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A Guide to Popular Wedding Gown Silhouettes | Part 2 of 2

by Mark Douglas May 09, 2018

A Guide to Popular Wedding Gown Silhouettes | Part 2 of 2 | All Dressed Up Bridal Prom Tuxedo | Chattanooga, TN

You're a micromanaging bridezilla who doesn't need a wedding planner and offers no apologizes, I can respect that... news flash: you're now disqualified from 2-3 beautiful silhouettes. (watch embedded vid below)

Who knew your attention to detail and overbearing managerial skills would effect the one bridal gown silhouette that perfectly matches your body shape? I did, so don't say I didn't warn you. If you're this type of bride don't you dare even think about wearing a mermaid gown. What's a better word for regret?.. Never mind, you'll regret it. Running around and telling people what to do is your last concern. Ripping your mermaid gown to shreds because your seamstress's alterations were suspiciously a little too good, which has turned you into Miss Thang (the super sexy Miss Thang); that's your new concern. Hire a professional degree carrying Certified Wedding Planner, like ADU owner (my wife), Cheron J. Douglas! This will keep you in your seat, nice and neatly folded into that lovely burrito themed Mermaid show stopper, all while someone else takes and deflects all the stress! #Genius (although clearly my idea) Let's take a look a the three remaining silhouettes. They're incredibly similar, but with a few key differences. 

(Be sure you've read Part 1 and watched it's corresponding video.)

The Fit and Flare Silhouette

Fit and Flare Silhouette

The fit and flare hugs the waist and hips tightly and begins it's flare just below the hips. It has more of a gradual, sloping flared skirt. Best-selling Fit and Flares include Morilee Blu's Maura, Sophia Tolli's Aludra, and Sophia Tolli's Cassiopeia. Click to shop Fit and Flare Silhouettes

 Morilee Maura Wedding Dress

Sophia Tolli Aludra Wedding Dress

Sophia Tolli Cassiopeia Wedding Dress

The Trumpet Silhouette

Trumpet Silhouette

trumpet dress also holds the waist and hips firmly all the way down, shooting out around mid-thigh, appearing like the bell of a trumpet. Popular Trumpets include Martin Thornburg's Cantata, Sophia Tolli's Lynx, and Mon Cheri Enchanting's 217124. Click to shop Trumpet Silhouettes.

 Martin Thornburg Cantata Wedding Dress

Sophia Tolli Lynx

Enchanting 217124

The Mermaid Silhouette

The Mermaid Silhouette

The mermaid dress clings gently to the torso and thighs, constraining the legs together down to the knees where it boasts a more pronounced flare out down to the ground. Our favorite Mermaids include Morilee's Marguerit, Morilee's Muse, Morilee Julietta's Miliana, and Morilee Julietta's Kori. Click to shop Mermaid Silhouettes.

Morilee Marguerit

Morilee Miliana Wedding Gown

 Morilee Kori Wedding Dress

All three silhouettes look best on individuals with curvier figures, as they heavily emphasize the natural contours of the body. They offer a sophisticated, sexy, Old Hollywood glam, and though just about any type of sleeve or neckline will work, they often look best with strapless.

Accessories

If you decide to opt for a sleeveless or strapless gown, a statement necklace would make a lovely addition to your wedding attire. Alternatively, a pair of elegant earrings would work very well, though these would be best paired with an updo, as you don't want to have to be untangling your hair from your jewelry all evening. Make sure that you don't add more than one statement piece, though--otherwise they might clash. If you would prefer a belt instead of traditional jewelry, we offer a variety of styles for just about any dress style that you choose. If you are interested in a veil, we have a wide selection to choose from.

This week's corresponding Video Bonus just went LIVE!: #12 Finding My Perfect Wedding Gown | Silhouette Discovery Guide, Pt 2 | 'Puttin On The Ritz w/ DJ Mark!'  

Video Dialogue:

Mark: "Ladies and gents, before we begin, check out this Sophia Tolli, Y11896B, size 8, hanging now in the store. Come and get it ladies. ADU is your home for the latest Wedding, Prom, and Tuxedo knowledge...  so don't miss a single episode or blog! Subscribe to our Channels. We are active on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter so be sure to follow and click the various notification options. (We understand these silhouette guidelines are not universal rules; personal preference is paramount.) In part 1 we discussed three silhouettes: the A-Line, the Ball Gown, and the Sheath. Today we'll cover three different silhouettes that are easy to confuse due to their similarities: The Fit and Flare, The Trumpet, and The Mermaid. Stay tuned for the show recap highlighting the differences. First up, the Fit and Flare Silhouette: The Fit and Flare gown closely hugs the body through the bodice and right past the hip, where the skirt flares away from the body. Advantages include... Adds feminine curves to a straight figure... Can be a better option for petite brides, as it lends a slightly taller appearance than a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette... Great for adding Bridal Belts or Sashes around the natural waistline... It also... May emphasize a wide waistline and hips... however, it can offer the perfect accentuation for curvy ladies. On to The Trumpet Silhouette: The trumpet gown features a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips to the mid thigh where the skirt gradually-flares to the hem. Just as the name suggests, the gradual flare of the skirt resembles the shape of a trumpet's bell. The silhouette of a trumpet wedding dress... Adds feminine curves to a straight figure. With a trumpet dress, Bridal Belts and Sashes can help highlight your natural waist, accentuating (or creating!) an hourglass figure, and adding a personal touch to your gown. The trumpet silhouette is a wonderful style for plus sizes, and can greatly complement a curvy figure. The Mermaid Silhouette: The mermaid gown is a great style for flaunting feminine curves; tightly hugging the contours of the body from the bodice to the knee (or slightly below the knee), where the skirt begins to dramatically flare away from the body, down to the hem. Merits include... Highlights feminine curves, making it one of the best dress styles for hourglass figures... Adds feminine curves to a straight figure... a mermaid dress can feature a high neck and/or long sleeves... can be a great choice for curvy women... Mermaid dresses tend to emphasize waists and hips can beautifully highlight the voluptuous curves of a bride with a more full-figured body shape. Mermaid dresses can restrict freedom of movement. Because the mermaid dress is such a form-fitting style, be mindful when choosing your undergarments - you don't want any lines peeking through your gown. Let's recap theses similar silhouettes, and their difference. Notice... The Fit and Flare pops out right below the hip... The Trumpet begins to flare around the mid-thigh... the Mermaid flares at or below the knee as you can see these silhouette styles are lower half show stoppers, highlighting (like it or not) the tummy, the hips and the thighs, trading out freedom of movement  as a result. Now comes some DJ Mark advise you didn't see coming! If you are the type of bride who wants to be in complete control during your wedding you'll naturally want to be, over here, over there, and everywhere in between, making sure things are going exactly the way you want them to go... That's cool with me. But you're going to have to decide: Will I be a Queen on my wedding day by hiring a degree carrying Certified Wedding Planner so I can sit back and relax in my Mermaid - awesome body flattering silhouette, or am I going to be a Queen B, skip the Wedding Planner, and go with an A-Line silhouette. choices, choices! I'll let you decide which part of that was tongue in cheek. Back to the ranch, these three silhouettes, although beautiful, may restrict your freedom of movement. That covers the 6 major silhouettes. Certain manufactures continue to list additional silhouette types, some of which are identical to one of these 6, and some are slightly modified versions of one of these 6. Ladies, we're interested in your silhouette story! Would you like to be featured in one of our blogs or episodes? Share your event and silhouette style directly from our website alldressedup.me. it's easy to find in the footer section and I'll place a link to it in the corresponding blog. Are you learning something? Won't you Subscribe, Like, Comment, and Share? And make sure you get those notifications! And we will see you, next time!"

Wedding Dress Silhouettes Part 2

Special thanks to The Wedding Shoppe Inc

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Size Guide

MOST Professional Boutiques will size you at no cost; simply call and set an appointment. Of your 3 measurements: ALWAYS go with the dress size aligning w/ your higher dress measurement.

For example: If a size 10 calls for a 37 Bust, 29 Waist & 40 Hip 

Discover your measurements with this All Dressed Up Size Guide pic.

How To Measure

 

Prom / Homecoming

Dave & Johnny - Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 26 36
1/2 33 27 37
3/4 34 28 38
5/6 35 29 39
7/8 36 30 40
9/10 37 31 41
11/12 38.5 32.5 42.5
13/14 40 34 44
15/16 41.5 35.5 45.5
17/18 43.5 37.5 47.5

 

Dave & Johnny - Women's Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
14W 43 36 46
16W 45 38 48
18W 47 40 50
20W 49 42 52
22W 51 44 54
24W 53 46 56

 

Clarisse - Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 31.5 24 34.5
0 32.5 25 35.5
2 33.5 26 36.5
4 34.5 27 37.5
6 35.5 28 38.5
8 36.5 29 39.5
10 37.5 30.5 40.5
12 39 31.5 42
14 40.5 33.5 43.5
16 42 35 46
18 44 37 48
20 46 39.5 50
22 48.5 42 52
24 51 45 54
26 54 47 56
28 56 49 58

 

Alyce Paris & Alyce Paris Couture Prom Dress Sizes - Size Chart 1

     *Unless noted in the product description all items use Size Chart 1.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
000 30 22 34
00 31 23 35
0 32 24 36
2 33 25 37
4 34 26 38
6 35 27 39
8 36 28 40
10 37.5 29.5 41.5
12 39 31 43
14 41 33 45
16 43 35 47
18 45 37 49
20 47 39 51
22 49 41 53
24 51 43 55
26 53 45 57
28 55 47 59
30 57 49 61
32 59 51 63

 

Alyce Paris & Alyce Paris Couture Prom Dress Sizes - Size Chart 2

     *Unless noted in the product description all items use Size Chart 1.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 33 26 37
2 34 27 38
4 35 28 39
6 36 29 40
8 37.5 30.5 41.5
10 39 32 43
12 41 34 45
14 43 36 47
16 45 38 49
18 47 40 51
20 49 42 53
22 51 44 55
24 53 46 57
26 55 48 59
28 57 50 61
30 59 52 63
32 61 54 65

 

Alyce Paris & Alyce Paris Couture Prom Dress Sizes - Size Chart C

     *Unless noted in the product description all items use Size Chart 1.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 34 36
2 33 25 37
4 34 26 38
6 35 27 39
8 36 28 40
10 37.5 29.5 41.5
12 39 31 43
14 41 33 45
16 43 35 47
18 45 37 49
20 47 39 51
22 49 41 53
24 51 43 55
26 53 45 57
28 55 47 59
30 57 49 61
32 59 51 63

 

Ellie Wilde and Colette - Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 31 23.5 34.5
0 32 24.5 35.5
2 33 25.5 36.5
4 34 26.5 37.5
6 35 27.5 38.5
8 36 28.5 39.5
10 37 29.5 40.5
12 38.5 31 42
14 40 32.5 43.5
16 42 34.5 45.5
18 44 36.5 47.5
20 46 39 49.5
22 48.5 41.5 52
24 51 44 54.5

 

La Femme - Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
24 52 44 55

 

Jasz Couture - Prom Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
24 52 44 55

 

Zoey Grey - Prom Dress Sizes

     *For styles 30614, 30693 & 30701 see size chart below.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 24 36
2 33 25 37
4 34 26 38
6 35 27 39
8 36.5 28.5 40
10 38 30 42
12 39.5 31.5 43.5
14 41.5 33.5 45.5
16 43.5 35.5 47.5
18 45.5 37.5 49.5
20 47.5 39.5 51.5
22 49.5 41.5 53.5
24 51.5 43.5 55.5
26 53.5 45.5 57.5
28 55.5 47.5 59.5
30 57.5 49.5 61.5

 

Zoey Grey - Prom Dress Sizes - for styles 30614, 30693 & 30701

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 35 26.5 38
8 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 35 46
20 45 37.5 48

 

Bridal

Morilee - "New" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dresses Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 0-28. See "Designer Gallery" size chart below for items listing sizes 2-28.

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Women Sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35.5
2 33 24.5 36.5
4 34 25.5 37.5
6 35 26.5 38.5
8 36.5 28 40
10 38 28.5 41.5
12 39.5 31 43
14 41 32.5 44.5
16 42.5 34 46
18 44.5 36 48
20 46.5 38 50
22 49.5 41 53
24 53 44.5 56.5
26 57 48.5 60.5
28 61 52.5 64.5

 

Morilee - "Designer Gallery" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dress Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 2-28. See "New" size chart above for items listing sizes 0-28. 

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Woman sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
2 32 23.5 35.5
4 33 24.5 36.5
6 34 25.5 37.5
8 35 26.5 38.5
10 36.5 28 40
12 38 29.5 41.5
14 39.5 31 43
16 41 32.5 44.5
18 42.5 34 46
20 44.5 36 48
22 46.5 38 50
24 49.5 41 53
26 53 44.5 56.5
28 57 48.5 60.5

 

Morilee - Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids W Dresses - Women's Sizes

     *This chart is for all Julietta items. It's also for Morilee Bridesmaids Dresses with the following style numbers: 21601W - 21626W

Size Bust Waist  Hips
16W 43 35 46
18W 45 37 48
20W 47 39 50
22W 49 41.5 52.5
24W 51 44 55
26W 53 46.5 57.5
28W 55 49 60
30W 57 51.5 62.5
32W 59 54 65

 

Christina Wu - Bridesmaids Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 24 35.5
2 33 26 36.5
4 35 27 37.5
6 36 28 38.5
8 37.5 29 39.5
10 39 30.5 41
12 40.5 32 42.5
14 42 34 44
16 43 35 45.5
18 44 37 47.5
20 46 39 49.5
22 48 41 51.5
24 51 43 53
26 54 46 56
28 57 49 59
30 60 52 62
32 63 55 65
34 66 58 68
36 69 61 71

 

Martin Thornburg and Enchanting - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 36 26.5 38
8* 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 34.5 46
20 45 36.5 48

 

Martin Thornburg - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
18W 45 38 49
20W 47 40 51
22W 49 42.5 53.5
24W 51 45 56
26W 53 47.5 58.5

 

Enchanting - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
16W 43 36 47
18W 45 38 49
20W 47 40 51
22W 49 42.5 53.5
24W 51 45 56
26W 53 47.5 58.5

 

Sophia Tolli - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31.5 23.5 34
2 32.5 24.5 35
4 33.5 25.5 36
6 34.5 26.5 37
8 36 28 38.5
10 37.5 29.5 40
12 39 31 41.5
14 41 33 43.5
16 43 35 45.5
18 45 37 47.5
20 48 40 50.5
22 51 43 53.5
24 54 46 56.5
26 57 49 59.5
28 60 52 62.5

 

Sophia Tolli - LS, Large Size Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
22LS 51 43 53.5
24LS 54 46 56.5
26LS 57 49 59.5
28LS 60 52 62.5

 

Special Occasions

MGNY Dress Sizes (Madeline Gardner New York)

Size Bust Waist  Hips
2 33 27 36
4 35 29 38.5
6 36 31 40.5
8 38 32 41.5
10 40 34 43.5
12 42 36 45.5
14 45 39 48.5
16 47 41 50.5
18 50 44 53.5
20 52.5 46.5 56
22 55 49 58.5
24 57.5 51.5 61

 

Cameron Blake and Social Occasions Dress Sizes

     *W=Women's P=Petite WP=Women's Petite

Size Bust Waist  Hips
4 34 27 37
6 35 28 38
8 36 29 39
10 37.5 30.5 40.5
12 39 32 42
14 41 34 44
16 43.5 36.5 46.5
18 48 38.5 48.5
20 48 41 51
16W 45.5 39 48.5
18W 48 41.5 48.5
20W 50.5 44 53.5
22W 53.5 47 56.5
24W 56.5 50 59.5
26W 59.5 53 62.5
4P 34 27 37
6P 35 28 38
8P 36 29 39
10P 37.5 30.5 40.5
12P 39 32 42
14P 41 34 44
16WP 45.5 39 48.5
18WP 48 41.5 51
20WP 50.5 44 53.5
22WP 53.5 47 56.5
24WP 56.5 50 59.5
26WP 59.5 53 62.5

 

Little Black Tux - Jacket & Pant Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31 24 33
2 32 25 34
4 33 26 35
6 35 28 37
8 37 30 39
10 39 32 41
12 41 34 43
14 43 36 45
16 46 39 48
18 49 42 51
20 52 45 54

 

Flower Girl

Joan Calabrese - Flower Girl Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist
2 22 21
3 23 21.5
4 24 22
5 25 22.5
6 26 23
6X 27 23.5
7 28.25 24.25
8 29.5 25.25
10 30.75 26.5
12 32 27.75
14 33.25 29
16 34.5 30.25

 

Joan Calabrese - Half Size, Flower Girl Dress Sizes

Size Bust Waist
8.5 33 29
10.5 36 32
12.5 38 34
14.5 39 36

 

Joan Calabrese - Baby Size, Flower Girl Dress Sizes

     *m=months

Size Bust Waist
6m 20.75 20
12m 21.25 20.5
18m 22.25 21.5
24m 23.25 22.5