When you start shopping around for your dream gown, the sheer variety of shapes and styles, can, at times, feel overwhelming. While there are a number of variations, we have broken down the top 5 styles to consider.

Certain styles suit certain body shapes, and this will be explained below, however, sometimes rules can be broken, so never limit yourself.

When visiting boutiques, we suggest trying on a bit of everything. Step out of your comfort zone, try on dresses that you think won’t suit you, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

  • A-Line/Princess Cut –

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The A Line gown, is shaped like the letter A and is typically flattering for most body shapes. It flares out gently from the waist and flows over the hips and thighs. A dropped waist style skirt or classic A- line are always flattering choices for pear shaped bodies in particular.

  • The Ball Gown –

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The ball gown typically has a structured bodice, and a very full skirt. The structure of the bodice pulls in your waist, this, combined with the fullness of the skirt a ball gown dress gives you the appearance of a small waist, and the full can hide a lumps and bumps in the hop and bum area.

We recommend the ball gown for women with height, as the sherry heaviness and size can drown petite women.

  • The Mermaid/Fishtail/Trumpet –

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This shape, as may variations, but they typically mean a gown that is fitted tightly over the hips, bum and thigh area, the skirt then flares our from the mid thigh or the knee.

These shapes are known to be very glamourous and suit women with killer curves. Holly wood starlets loved these shapes. A beautiful elegant shape that is very glamorous. The most important thing you need to wear this dress is confidence. I am not saying avoid it if you are not confident, if this shapes works on you it will give you all of the confidence you need!

Try a few of this style on as the cut can make all of the difference, you might hate the way you look in one and feel a million dollars in the next one you try, so don’t rule this style out too quickly!

  • Empire Line –

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This shape is fitted to just underneath the bust line and then flares out in a soft and romantic style, skimming, rather than ‘hugging’ the figure. This shape, is however, a style that not all brides can pull off and can sometimes make you look bigger then what you are.

Having said all of this when this shape does work, it’s beautiful and very classic, think Pride and prejudice.

Why not book you appointment today with Contessa Bridal and lets us help you find your dream wedding gown? Call +971 4 364 9280 today.

Happy shopping brides!