Some long for that feeling deep inside when you just know you put on “the one,” others say the process of trying on dress after dress is a magical experience. Either way, finding that wedding dress that fits your body like a glove is a memory to cherish forever.

Ladies, I know we all have different body types, and that’s completely OK! But how do you know which dress will look best on you? We got down to the business with Flori Waters from Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta (@SayyestoFlo) and she gave us a Wedding Dress University class on the four major dress styles.

Mermaid: A mermaid gown is one that fits close to the hips and torso but flairs out to the floor.

  • Often also called a fishtail dress
  • Often strapless but there are no real rules on how the top of the dress is styled. Can have straps, sleeves, or other neck line detail
  • Favored dress of large busted and curvy women

Ballgown: A ballgown is the fanciest type of dress! With a full skirt and fitted bodice, this dress is perfect for the most formal of weddings.

  • Although available in various fabrics, ballgowns are usually made with luxurious fabrics such as taffeta, silk and velvet
  • Ballgowns can have a strapless look, sleeves, a halter style top, thin spaghetti straps or even an illusion neckline.
  • The modern ballgown is a representation of Christian Dior’s “New Look” which debuted in 1947

A-Line: An A-Line dress typically has a skirt that gradually flairs from the fitted bodice, starting at the waist, extending to the hem. This type of dress forms an “A” Shape

  • Often referred to as the Princess silhouette
  • Often favored by petite or straight figured women as it gives a taller appearance and adds curves
  • Also favored by more curvy women as it de-emphasizes wide waistlines and hides a heavier bottom half.
  • Term A-Line was coined by Christian Dior in 1955, when naming is Spring-Summer Collection

Mini: More popular today than ever before is the mini wedding dress. This is a dress that had a hem line that sits well above the knee.

  • This is the shortest option of wedding dresses
  • Can be made with multiple fabrics as well as various necklines
  • Can include an option for a train for a high-low appearance

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