Exclusive Alterations Guide — 5 Most Popular Wedding Dress Silhouettes

The primary purpose of a wedding dress is to make a statement on your special day. Let’s take a closer look at five classic wedding dress styles that are extremely popular in the United Kingdom.

What is a Wedding Dress Silhouette?

As you start looking for your wedding gown, you’ll come across words like design, a-line, form, curves, waist, bust, fit-and-flare, and skirt. These are all related to various wedding gown silhouettes.

Some designs are more flattering and popular for particular body forms (e.g., petite, curvy), but since women have various body types, we intend to give you just a general guideline.

5 Most Popular Wedding Dress Silhouettes

1. A-line Silhouette

Look through our selection of a-line wedding gowns.
French couture designer Christian Dior was the first to adopt the phrase ‘a-line silhouette’. However, it was Dior’s successor, Yves Saint Laurent, who introduced flared gowns from a fitting shoulder line in his 1958 spring show.

2. Tea Length Silhouette

Tea length wedding gowns are ideal for brides who want a retro look. A tea length wedding gown is one that falls straight down to the ground from the knee to around the ankle. The primary aspect of this style is that it seems exquisite while still being extremely feminine. This kind of dress is often composed of organza, chiffon, or satin. It is one of the most popular wedding trends in 2021.

3. Mermaid Silhouette

Mermaid silhouette bridal trend seems to have come back on track in 2021.

This design is distinguished by its fluted hem and fitted bodice. The mermaid dress fits tightly to the body across the torso and hips and has its unique fairytale flare. The mermaid silhouette is also known as the fishtail silhouette. Mermaid wedding dresses are very popular and make great bridal dresses for the summer months when you want to look elegant and sophisticated.
Whether you have a classic hourglass shape, try this on in-store to see if you like how your chest and curves are highlighted.

4. Trumpet Silhouette

The trumpet silhouette is a timeless classic that works well in any setting, whether it’s a church reception, a garden party, or a simple registry office ceremony.

The trumpet shape, like the mermaid silhouette, is body-hugging in all the right places and the trumpet cut flares just below the hip.

5. Sheath or Column Silhouette

A sheath wedding gown skims the body and falls to the floor just below the hips. Sheath dresses, also known as column dresses, are slim-fitting gowns with a straight narrow form.

The sheath silhouette is a chic and contemporary option.

Depending on your preferences, consider adding lace and beading, or keep it minimalist if that is your style.

A luxurious cathedral length veil may be used to add drama to a sheath bridal gown. Remember, no matter what type of shape or size your body is, there is always a perfect wedding dress for you.

At Exclusive Alterations, we focus on helping brides find their dream dress so that they look and feel comfortable and beautiful on their big day.


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