The Princess Line
The princess line is a very flattering cut of wedding dress. It flows in an unbroken line from top to bottom. This divides the dress into vertical panels, from the shoulder or curving from the armhole to the hem. This style of wedding dress is minimal, clean and sliming. From mini dress, to coat dress or bell shirts this is a very versatile style.
Great style for petite brides
Charles Worth is said to be responsible for this style of dress. He designed a dress for Princess Alexander when she married Edward VII in 1863. He also established the first couture house in Paris in 1858.
Princess line suits most figure types
The Princess line wedding dress adds an appearance of height because of the strong vertical and sculptural lines making it an ideal design for petite ladies. However this style will suit most figure types. It is suitable for those with a curvaceous figure and for those who want to give an illusion of curves. The dress is also suitable for those who want to disguise wide hips and a large bottom. If you have a long body and short legs this is an ideal style. Necklines can vary from high necks, scoop necks and round necks.
Heavier fabrics like duchesse stain work best for this style
Fabrics like duchesse satin, peau de sie and other heavier weight fabrics are the best fabrics to use for this dress. Lace and damasks can also be used if layering to create texture. Queen Elizabeth II worn a princess line styled satin wedding dress with lace décolletage when she married Prince Phillip in 1947. Celebrity’s who have chosen this style; Carmen Electra and Mellissa Gilbert.
The A Line Dress
This dress style has a fitted bodice and a flared skirt and is probably the most popular style of wedding dress. The A Line dress differs from the princess line dress because it usually has a horizontal line at the waist. The fabrics used can determine if it is simple, clean and sculptural or soft and flowing. A Line dresses can be full and circular, have pleats or flare from the waist to the floor.
Similar to Princess Line but can have horizontal line at waist
The A-Line dress came into fashion during the swinging 60s. Dior is considered the originator of this style. The bodice can be seamed into the skirt or a contrasting fabric of lace or a textured fabric can be used for the bodice.
Can camouflage a pear shaped figure
This style of dress can camouflage a pear shaped figure. The waist can be emphasized to define a shapely figure. The bride with beautiful legs could raise the hemline to mini dress height. The back of the dress in this mini dress version could sweep the floor.
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Structured silks, chiffon, voile or organza fabrics
Structured silks like grosgrain, shuntung, damask and duchesse satin are a great selection for dresses in this style. Lace, beads, embroidered details or sheer organza, voile or chiffon over base fabrics are often used with for the A-Line dress. Jennifer Lopez wore a version of this style in Chantilly lace and silk for her wedding in 2001.
This slim fitting dress is made up of a corset bodice to disguise any figure flaws. The unstructured 1920s flapper style is also considered a column dress. The column style of dress was originally brought to prominence by Mario Fortuny during the Edwardian era in the early 1900s. The Queen mother had a version of this style created for her in the 1920s. Simple column style Art Deco influenced dresses were also popular at the time. The style has been revived in 1960s and 1970s.
Drop waist style great for women with boyish figures
This style is great for women with boyish figures. The tops of the dresses were often designed with thin straps with lace inlaid and square neck lines. The drop waist dress could have a hemline anywhere between the knee and ankle.
Strapless sheath worn with shoulder length gloves creates Marilyn Monroe glamour
The strapless column as worn by Marilyn Monroe a satin sheath woven with shoulder length gloves is another version of this style. Sweetheart necklines or picture collar and belts are other variations. They are often worn with floor length veils and train. Another popular version is the lace column sometimes the lining reveals the neck and shoulders of lace.
Excellent for brides with good shoulders, short brides appear taller in this style
This style of wedding dress can show off great shoulders. The short bride can appear taller in this dress. This is not a flattering style for those with a pear shaped figure. It works for tall curvaceous girls. It is not a flattering style for the very thin tall lady.
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Not a flattering style for those with a pear shaped figure
The best fabrics for this style are light, flowing and soft. This style of dress allows for great movement, to walk, sit and dance easily. Satin, crepe and twill fabrics are best for this style of dress. Dupion and taffeta silk tends to crush making them a poor option.
Mermaid and Fishtail
This style became popular in the 1930s when bias cut figure hugging silk dresses were worn by Hollywood film stars. The style is similar to the column style. It is usually figure hugging to the knee then flares to the hem. The fish tail can vary greatly. The cowl or drape neck are often used in this style.
Need to be slim or of athletic build to carry off this style
To carry off this dress you need to be of slim or athletic build. It is not always attractive on the very flat chest or shinny bride. This style can work on the very curvaceous well proportioned figure.
The fabrics suitable for this style of dress include crepe, georgette, mousseline, and organza. For a slip style variation satin, crepe de chine and lace would work very well. Added to this can be fringed, beaded or sequined fabrics.
Find images of the different versions of the styles on the SampleBoard website
You will find great examples of the different styles mentioned in this blog on the SampleBoard website. There are also many images of items to help you with your wedding planning. Creating mood boards is a brilliant way to play around with your ideas. Its fun and it’s easy. All you need to do is click on the Create your own digital mood board on the right (under Creative Buzz Links)