Wedding-gowns

Red Carpet Inspiration: Wedding Gown Silhouettes

Choosing the wedding dress of your dreams should be just that, a dream, but it can get overwhelming. Before you go searching for the perfect dress two important things you need to remember are to be open-minded about the style that you want, and to have some sort of understanding of the different silhouettes that you are going to come across, whether in a store or whilst browsing Pinterest. The celebrity red carpet is the perfect place to start looking at different silhouettes and styles that you think you might like. So we have done the hard work for you and have found beautiful red carpet dresses in the most popular bridal gown silhouettes.

Ball gowns

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The ball gown is the quintessential fairy-tale dress, the one you most probably dreamed of as a little girl, especially if you watched Disney movies. The ball gown flares out from the waist with a full skirt.

A-line 

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One of the most popular and flattering styles, A-line dresses are fitted at the bust and flare out to the ground to form a capital A shape, hence the name.

Modified A-line

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Similar to the A-line, the ‘modified’ comes in as the skirt is fitted more closely to the body and gradually flares to the ground in the A shape from under the hip.

Mermaid

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Just like a mermaid’s tail, a mermaid silhouette is fitted close to the body until it flares out just below the knees.

Trumpet (fit & flare)

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Similar to the mermaid in shape, however the trumpet flares out a bit higher, anywhere from under the hips to mid-thigh. Be prepared to show off your gorgeous curves.

Tea

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A pretty silhouette that falls mid-calf, just like a midi skirt.

Mini

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The mini is perfect if you are after something non-traditional and want to show off your legs.

Sheath (column)

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A sheath silhouette simply falls straight down the body, gently skimming your skin.

It’s important to remember that not every dress that you come across will fit perfectly into one of the above silhouette categories, but what really matters is that you love how the dress looks and you love how you look in it.

Which is your favourite silhouette?

Images via vogue.co.uk

By Natasha Price

May 20, 2014

Q&A With Bridal Designer Henry Roth

We’re thrilled to chat with bridal designer Henry Roth about the latest bridal trends, flattering wedding gown styles for every body shape, and his secret bridal beauty tip to leave you radiant on your big day!

What are the biggest trends in bridal gowns for spring/summer brides?

The main trend for the Henry Roth collection is the return of the regal princess.  You are going to see ball gowns that are embroidered (Edwina) that really reflect old school in a new romantic way.  Also lace cut in contemporary shapes is really exciting so it’s not looking nanna, it’s much more about grand entrance statements that are fresh and contemporary with a nod to old school style (please see Endya, Ina/Diana).  For Michelle Roth Couture you will find striking simplicity (Odelia, Opal) with super clean lines uncluttered, unadorned and very nostalgic in the true sense of 40s glamour.

What about bridal accessories, like belts, veils and jewellery?

Interestingly enough veils are trending longer to floor length especially when it comes to accessorising sheaths or A line dresses (Kelsey).  Otherwise as far as accessories are concerned significant earrings make a striking statement (Abigail) really keeping the neckline clean for the additional drama of contrast.  Brides are continuing to have a love affair not just with their future husbands but also with beaded belts seen here with Deidre.

What are your best tips for finding the perfect gown for your shape?

My favourite topic:  Shapes 101.  I highly recommend using a specialist bridal retailer to find the right style for your shape.   You can’t beat personalised service, that’s what takes the pain of leaving stress and strain, issues and tissues out of the equation.

My tips for specific shapes are: Pear shapes should choose a style which accentuates the waist and softens the hip area, our classic Harley style is ideal.  V and sweetheart necklines (Kalea) are friends to big busted brides.  Petite brides should look for gowns like Helena that are fitted to the bodice with princess seams to elongate the body.

What is your favourite bridal makeup? Any must-have products?

I’m a big fan of old-school simply because you can’t beat the look and the effect.  To that end whatever you’re doing with the rest of your makeup I highly recommend not using a liquid liner but a chalk or pencil liner because that truly creates Hollywood glamour. Before your wedding day, consider what you eat, I’m not saying for weight purposes but because of your skin.

Make sure you have lots of hydration, protein in the form of almonds and I must admit if you can try and remember Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil which is not greasy and moisturises and balances your skin and is a bride’s best friend.

Another one of my secret tips is trying a natural yogurt face mask.  Go to your local supermarket and choose your favourite brand of natural yogurt with active cultures.  Apply a thin layer to your face using your hands, stay in a non humid room and don’t talk or laugh until it dries then use your hands and stand over a sink and rub the dried yogurt off your skin to exfoliate.  This is a great beauty tip and I am happy to hear from anyone and tells me what they think.

What are your favourite bridal hairstyles for spring/summer?

Overall the trend is not just about the gown but the overall styling which makes the final impact amplified.  What is trending is tousled hair, whether it’s an updo or a tousled chignon make sure it is not tight or over-coiffed, make sure it has a tousled wave through it.  You can use hair extensions not necessarily to lengthen but to volumise.

My own personal tip is to make sure you are doing hair trials ahead of time and that you have photos taken at this time so that you can see what other people will be seeing on your wedding day.

Catch Henry Roth in person this Saturday, 17 August at the Vision in White Parramatta Designer Day, 40 Macquarie St Parramatta.

August 15, 2013