7 popular wedding dress styles and how to style them
A-line or princess gowns are pared down versions of the ballgown and the most popular style for its universally flattering silhouette. Heavier fabrics like duchess satin give it a classic look, while tulle or organza are modern options. If you’re all for baring skin, try a deep V-neckline that’s super on-trend and very sexy.
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For brides seeking fairy tale gowns, the ballgown is the go-to. Like the A-line, lightweight layers of tulle are the current favourite to evoke an ethereal and romantic appeal. For the petite bride, you might want to steer clear of too many ruffles and embellishments, or a super long train so the gown doesn’t overwhelm you.
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This is usually best for brides with an hourglass body type because of its curve-hugging silhouette. But that’s not to say you can’t rock it even if you don’t. Talk to your dress designer – diagonal drapes can actually nip in straight waists, and peplums are perfect for hiding your tummy or balancing narrow hips. Otherwise, you can always rely on your trusty shapewear.
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This is one of the most popular necklines for brides. It’s pretty versatile too, and can go with a wide array of necklaces. Think pendants that echo the shape of the neckline, a single strand of diamonds, or even a bib necklace for a more dramatic approach. Opt for a one that rests between your collar bone and the neckline.
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We can never get tired of portrait backs! From delicate lace to dramatic, eye-catching styles like this Michal Medina piece, there’s one for every bride. Consider an updo to show off the design of your dress. If you’re going for an open back, make sure it doesn’t gape at the side of your bust.
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Got fab shoulders you want to flaunt? Go for dresses with an off-shoulder neckline! This style exudes femininity and grace – perfect for the elegant bride. One of my favourite ways to style this look is with an updo and long, statement earrings.
With a sheer layer that reveals just a hint of skin, it’s the perfect combination of romance and sexiness. Delicately embroidered details for that dreamy feel, or turn up the glamour in sparkling embellishments. A boat neckline, like on this Rico-A-Mona dress, imparts a sophisticated 60s feel. A necklace might be too much for this look, but you can consider pretty earrings to add a touch of sparkle.