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Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress - The Silhouette

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 12, 2012

Each Women is made differently but there are a few basic Body Types most women have.  Before deciding on a Silhouette, make sure you know which Body Type you have.  If you haven't done so, you can refer to our Body Type Guide by clicking here.

Remember that no dress off the rack is meant to look perfect.  Every wedding dress will need to be tailored to your unique body shape.  At Champion Wedding Gown Specialist in Birmingham Alabama, we have a Professional Seamstress and several Certified Wedding Gown Specialists for all of your Wedding Dress needs.

The Following guide will help you determine which silouette you'd look best in. 



A lineDress  

A-line: fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground, with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an uppercase A).

This traditional, classic cut elongates the waist while covering up wide hips and is the perfect choice if you have the desire to appear taller and thinner. An A-line dress will be slightly flared on the waist and will fall nicely over your hips. It is a great option if you want to cover up your hips and stomach.

Best for:  Everyone


Ballgown: fitted at the bodice and has a waistline that leads to a full skirt.

Any figure is flattered in a Ballgown Silhouette. Ball gowns can cover up wide hips and make your body look perfectly curvy. It will be fitted to the torso; the skirt of the gown will be full and puffy. The waist can be either at your own waistline or dropped down to your hips. These gowns are most commonly detailed with lace or sequins.

Best for:  Everyone


Mermaid: fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.

Bring out your hourglass figure by choosing a mermaid-cut dress. This type of dress will be fitted at the waist and the top. At the knee, the dress will flare out a lot. This ultra-girly dress accentuates curvy bodies. This type of dress works best on taller women.

Best for:  Hourglass, Top Hourglass, Spoon, or Pear


Trumpet: fits closely to the body until the midhip and then widens gradually to the hem. (resembling the mouth of a trumpet). Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee.

Like the Mermaid Cut it works great at highlighting your natural curves, but is not as restricting.  Since the flair occurs higher up on on the gown, it is better for those with larger thighs and legs or those who want a better range of movement.


Best for:  Hourglass, Top Hourglass, Spoon, or Pear


Sheath: fits very closely to the contours of the body. Has a straight skirt with no waist.

This is a great option for the tall, slender bride. It is a slim-cut dress that will graze your body, softly highlighting your curves. Slip dresses are similar, often unembellished and backless.

Best for: Inverted Triangle, Straight

Click here for help determining your Body Type

Click here for help picking your Neckline

Click here for imformation about Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation in Birmingham, Alabama

Wedding Dress Alterations in Birmingham Alabama

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From simple hems, to adding a bustle, altering the bodice to a redesign of a vintage gown.  We can do it and you can relax.

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