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16 Gorgeous Wedding Dress Styles ...

By Lucy

I'm a firm believer that no two wedding dresses are the same whether that be due to embellishment, tulle, lace, form-fitting shape or a ribbon around the waist! Each style is so beautiful and luxurious in its own way. Get inspired with these styles!

Table of contents:

  1. Mermaid
  2. Traditional
  3. Strapless
  4. Lace
  5. Embellished
  6. Sweetheart
  7. Fitted
  8. Princess
  9. Fit & flair
  10. Decorative
  11. Tulle
  12. Textured
  13. Train
  14. Ball
  15. Trumpet
  16. Overlay

1 Mermaid

A mermaid dress will typically be tight and fitted around the bodice and waist area before flaring out toward the bottom, similar to that of a mermaid's tail.

2 Traditional

A traditional dress is typically kept quite simple with a fitted bodice and flowing bottom half from the waist downwards. Generally speaking, embellishment and other details are excluded to reflect traditional style.

3 Strapless

A strapless dress, as the name suggests, does not have straps - although this is the only specification for the dress itself. This means that it can have other elements such as embellishment, lace, tulle and many more.

4 Lace

A lace dress will either be made partially or fully of lace, which can be anywhere on the dress itself. Additionally, it may also have a lace 'overlay' (external layer of a dress) with lining underneath.

5 Embellished

An embellished dress will have some sort of embellishment, which could be anything from sequin to lace and everything in between. Embellishment gives the dress a more complex look due to the added detail.

6 Sweetheart

A sweetheart neckline dress means it's similar to the shape of the top of a love heart, which typically curves outwards and downwards. Due to this, it accentuates the bodice in a shapely way.

7 Fitted

A fitted dress is typically very tight and form-fitting, which is incredibly flattering on many body shapes. It will have minimal to no flare or 'fan' effect, instead being quite straight up and down in shape.

8 Princess

A princess dress is also commonly known as a 'ball gown' due to the many similarities. One of which being a fitted bodice and a dramatic, full flared bottom half which is often made of tulle.

9 Fit & Flair

A fit and flare dress is tight and fitted around the top and mid section before giving a subtle or obvious flare outwards towards the bottom. The style gives the dress plenty of shape and interest.

10 Decorative

A decorative dress will often have an added accessory designed to 'decorate' the dress. This could be anything from ribbons to a belt and anything in between the two.

11 Tulle

A tulle dress describes a fabric which is commonly used for wedding gowns. It's a very lightweight, thin netting which acts as an overlay for the main fabric used.

12 Textured

A textured dress includes any element designed to give it a certain texture, look or feel. An example of this could be ruching on the bodice or bottom half of the dress, which instantly adds complexity.

13 Train

A train dress is one that has a large, back portion of fabric which hangs or 'drags' behind the dress for an effect such as making it more dramatic and eye-catching.

14 Ball

A ball dress dramatically fans outwards from the bodice down and is often made of lots of fabric to create an extravagant, luxurious feel.

15 Trumpet

A trumpet dress is form fitted around the top half and gradually flares outwards from the waist down. This is usually done in a subtle way for an added softness.

16 Overlay

An overlay dress describes a thin piece of fabric over the top of the main fabric or lining, used to create a two-tone effect. This can typically be lace or tulle for wedding gowns.

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