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How to Determine Which Wedding Dress Style Best Suits You

Wedding dress shopping is tricky enough, but when you aren’t sure of what style or silhouette you want for your big day, it can start to make your head spin.

From romantic to vintage, boho, and classic, there are so many styles of bridal gowns on the market, but what do they all mean, and how do you know which one lines up with your personal style?

To help give you a better understanding of wedding dress styles and silhouettes, we’ll explain the most common bridal styles and provide tips to help you determine what your bridal style is.

The Most Common Wedding Dress Styles Defined

Bohemian

Relaxed and flowy, and a little bit sexy, boho gowns are a perfect fit for carefree brides looking for something airy and comfortable yet funky and non-traditional.

Recommended Designers: All Who Wander, Essence of Australia

Romantic

Do you dream of lace, sweetheart necklines and flowy tulle skirts? A romantic style gown may be perfect for you. Romantic gowns are sweet and elegant while still being princessy and glamourous, without too much sparkle and drama.

Recommended Designers: Essence of Australia, Stella York, and Christina Wu

Princess

Whether it’s a huge ball gown or a fitted dress with a dramatic overskirt, princess gowns have one thing in common: luxurious fabrics, big skirts, intricate beading, and romantic glamour. With a big, glittering ball gown, you can make all your fairy tale dreams come true.

Recommended Designers: Eddy K, Stella York, Christina Wu

Classic & Elegant

Classic gowns are simple and elegant, with clean, crisp silhouettes, and buttery fabrics like satin and silk. Rather than beaded, shimmering fabrics and big skirts, a classic style favours more understated, elegant silhouettes so that all eyes are on you, and not just your gown. Think old Hollywood glamour and timeless beauty.

Recommended Designers: Stella York, Eva Lendel 

Sexy

Show off your curves in a daring, sexy wedding dress with sheer fabric, a figure-hugging silhouette, and plunging neckline. Whether you decide to go all out with a sparkling beaded number or choose a more understated style, you’re bound to turn heads and feel unbelievably confident in a sexier gown.

Recommended Designers: Essence of Australia, Wonà Concept

Vintage

Do you feel like you were born in the wrong era and dream of open keyhole backs, soft lace, pearls, and classic sleeves? A vintage-inspired gown may be for you.

Vintage style gowns are typically lace and come in a flowy A-line or more fitted silhouette. Think of them as a modern take on your grandmother’s wedding dress.

Recommended Designers: Eddy K, Essence of Australia

Edgy

The opposite of a princess gown, edgy dresses are fashion-forward styles that are anything but traditional. More reminiscent of a red carpet gown than your traditional white wedding dress, an edgy style is perfect for a bride who likes to take risks and doesn’t play by the rules.

From unique beading, funky patterns, and even coloured fabrics, don’t be afraid to take risks and stay true to yourself on your wedding day.

Recommended Designers: Tesoro, Eva Lendel

Modest

While there’s nothing wrong with showing off your curves and rocking a sexy gown on your wedding day, if you’re more of a traditional bride and would rather keep things under wraps for your future spouse, you may want to consider some more modest styles.

Whether it’s choosing an already modest gown or making some changes through alterations, there are plenty of modest options available to help bring your vision to life.

Recommended Designers: Christina Wu, Stella York

Extravagant/Glamourous

Similar to princess, but a bit less traditional, extravagant gowns can come in any silhouette, but tend to have one thing in common: sparkle, sparkle, and more sparkle!

With luxurious beading, shimmering fabrics, and extra-long trains, you’ll be the center of attention on your big day.

Recommended Designers: Wonà Concept, Tesoro, Eva Lendel

Non-Traditional/Fashion-Forward

Similar to edgy, but with little to no semblance of a traditional bride, a non-traditional bridal look is completely out of the box. From coloured fabrics and dramatic sleeves to short dresses, capes, or even a jumpsuit or romper, the possibilities are endless.

Recommended Designers: Tesoro, Eva Lendel

Beachy

Planning a small, intimate destination wedding and don’t want to feel weighed down on the beach? A simple and flowy beachy gown might be the perfect fit.

Whether it’s a light and airy lace and tulle boho dress or a dreamy Grecian goddess inspired gown, you’ll look stunning and feel comfortable in whatever beachy style you choose.

 Recommended Designers: All Who Wander

Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Besides wedding dress styles, there are many different silhouettes to consider. Here are some of the most common silhouettes you will come across when shopping for your bridal gown.

Mermaid/Fit and Flare

One of the most popular silhouettes, mermaid and fit and flare gowns hug your body and flare out at the bottom. They can either be simple at the bottom or have plenty of drama.

This type of silhouette is incredibly flattering on many body types, whether you are looking for a gown to flatter your curves or give the illusion of an hourglass shape.

Trumpet

If a mermaid or fit and flare are too figure-hugging for your taste, but you still want something fitted with a bit of drama, a trumpet silhouette may be the perfect solution.

Fitted through the bust, waist, and hips and flaring out between your hips and knees, a trumpet silhouette highlights your figure without being too fitted and dramatic.

Column

A column gown is sleek and streamlined, skimming straight down your body to create a fitted yet flowy silhouette.

Sheath

Similar to column, a sheath gown allows you to show off your figure without any bells and whistles. With a slim silhouette that gently hugs your body and falls straight to the floor, a sheath gown is a great way to rock a fitted gown without showing off too much.

Ball Gown

Fitted until your natural waist or hips and then flaring out dramatically into a large, full skirt, a ball gown allows you to feel like a true princess for a day.

 A-Line

Similar to a ball gown but with less volume in the skirt, an A-line dress is dreamy and airy, allowing you to float down the aisle and move around comfortably, while still feeling like a princess.

Now that you have an understanding of the different bridal styles and silhouettes, you’re well on your way to solidifying your bridal vision and start shopping for your perfect gown. Just remember to stay true to yourself, because no matter what gown you choose, you are going to look stunning as you walk down the aisle.