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Your Guide to Wedding Dresses

wedding dress silhouettes

Your Guide to Wedding Dresses

 If you have just got engaged (congratulations!)- it’s highly likely that you’ll be pouring over wedding dresses on the internet right now. One of the things most brides are confused about is which style dress to choose. Our advice is to try various styles on to see what you feel fantastic in. To help you along here is a guide to the different types of wedding dresses available.

Silhouettes of Wedding Dresses

Empire Gown. With the waistline under the bust this style gives the illusion of height. Perfect for petite shapes.

A-line- The fitted bodice and gently flaring skirt suit most body types, and shows off your tiny waist. Perfect for pear and petite shapes.

Mermaid, Trumpet or Fishtail- A fitted bodice with a skirt that flares from the knee (Mermaid), mid thigh (Trumpet), or mid calf (Fishtail). Designed to hug your curves in all the right places. Ideal for hourglass figures.

Fit and Flare- A tight bodice which flares just below the hips, perfect for curvaceous figures.

Ballgown/ Princess/ Bateau- Fit for a princess- a fitted bodice and full voluminous skirt.

Sheath/ Column- A narrow cut shape which emphasises all of your curves. Perfect for a well proportioned figure.

 wedding dress silhouettes


With many necklines to choose from on wedding dresses- sweetheart, straight, scoop or illusion- it is best to try on lots and see what makes you feel great.


Trains can take some time to get used too. There are lots of shapes and lengths of trains available. For a subtle effect, choose a train which has a larger lace overlay than satin layer- the train will almost disappear into the floor. Which train did you opt for? It’s worth considering your venue when choosing your train, some staircases and hallways call for a cathedral length train. Here are the most common lengths of trains:

Brush/ Sweep or Puddle- Sweeps the floor

Court- 1 foot long (30cm)

Chapel- 3 feet long (90cm)

Cathedral- 6 feet long (182cm)

Royal- 10 feet long (3m)

Watteau- This style starts from the shoulders, rather than the waist.


Wedding Dress Fabric

There are many types of fabrics available for wedding dresses, and it is worth trying on a number of different fabrics to see what you like the most. Here are some of the most common fabrics found in wedding dresses:

Satin- Smooth,  heavy and shiny. A very traditional fabric for wedding dresses

Chiffon- A transparent fabric, often layered with silk, polyester or cotton.

Lace- Lots of different types of lace exist, with a variety of patterns. Mix different coloured laces and under skirts to make the  lace stand out.

Crepe- A fine fabric with a crinkled surface.

Taffeta- A smooth fabric often made from silk. A crisp, soft finish.

Tulle- A form of netting which can create volume and creates a lovely, unusual skirt.

Tulle skirt

A tulle skirt on a Stella York gown



At Caroline Clark Bridal Boutique you will find many different gowns with various silhouettes, necklines, trains and colours. We have handpicked our gowns to offer you the best selection, and we have recently introduced a specific plus size range for ladies with a curvaceous figure. To book your appointment and view these gowns please call 01905799474. We look forward to welcoming you.

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