Wedding Dress Styles and Silhouettes

Ready to say yes to the dress but not sure where to start? We’ve outlined the most common wedding dress silhouettes so you can find the perfect dress for your body shape and venue!

A-Line Wedding Dresses

A-Line wedding dresses are the epitome of classic beauty! A-Line gowns include a fitted, structured bodice and a flowy, easy-to-wear skirt that flares out gradually. It’s a very popular style as it complements brides’ proportions and flatters the figure with a romantic, feminine cut.

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Who it is flattering on:

A-Line wedding dresses are praised for their ability to look good on just about any body type. From athletic builds to pear-shaped brides, A-Line silhouettes are forgiving on a wide range of sizes. Brides who aren’t sure of which gown style to choose often start with a classic A-Line wedding gown and go from there. Ensure your dress fits perfectly by having it altered by a skilled seamstress.

What type of wedding:

The ever-flattering A-Line style is very versatile and works with every wedding theme. Dress it up for a black-tie wedding with a fingertip-length veil or a sparkly, jeweled belt. Achieve the bridal vision of your boho dreams by pairing your A-Line gown with sandals. Whether you’re opting for a rooftop soireé or a backyard big day, this silhouette could be your perfect fit.


Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dresses

 Fit-and-flare wedding dresses hug the body in all the right places! The top of the gown is fitted until the skirt flares just below the hips, which helps accentuate a brides’ waist. Fit-and-flare gowns are a hybrid of the A-Line and Mermaid silhouettes; this style accentuates the waist and still allows for dramatic flair.

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Who it is flattering on:

Fit and flare wedding gowns are often selected by brides with pear and hourglass builds, as the shape highlights your curves. The shape also adds length in the torso, which can help petite brides look taller. 

What type of wedding:

Choose a fit-and-flare wedding dress silhouette if you’re planning an ultra-romantic wedding. Fit-and-flare gowns will float down the aisle of a rustic vineyard or an elegant art museum! The modern shape pairs well with any season and multiple accessories, so you can be sure that your fit-and-flare gown will complement any wedding day vision. A lace jacket or fur shawl will glam up your fit-and-flare gown but a flower crown can make it the perfect beach option.


Mermaid and Trumpet Wedding Dresses

 Mermaid or trumpet wedding gowns are undoubtedly the sexiest silhouette a bride can wear. This style amplifies all of your feminine curves in all the right places. Frequently accented with a sexy sweetheart neckline, mermaid wedding dresses feature an elongated bodice that highlights the hips and flares out at the knee.

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Who it is flattering on:

Any bride who chooses a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress will achieve that sultry, uber-romantic effect. Hourglass shaped brides love the way this silhouette adds a dash of drama and totally flatters the figure. Straight and narrow brides, rest assured, the shape of this silhouette will create enviable curves as well!

What type of wedding:

When brides think of mermaid or trumpet silhouettes, their minds often picture a beach wedding. While this makes sense (and they are the perfect pick for summer nuptials) add lace sleeves and you have the most beautiful gown for a fall or winter wedding.


Ballgown Wedding Dresses

Two words: princess dress! Ballgowns are referred to as the most popular wedding dress silhouette thanks to their whimsical, romantic essence. They offer a traditional, classic shape that is the epitome of a quintessential wedding day look.

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Who it is flattering on:

Ballgowns feature a fitted bodice, sometimes complete with a corset back, and a full, layered skirt that flares out dramatically. Ballgowns cinch the waist in the most sophisticated way. The timeless silhouette is perfect for brides with a fuller bust line that want to balance out their shape while still highlighting their feminine curves.

What type of wedding:

Ballgowns are perfect for their namesake: a classic, elevated-glam ballroom reception. Layers of fabric give off a Cinderella-esque vibe and appear to float down the aisle. Ballgowns always make a statement. Envision this silhouette waltzing across the dance floor in a vintage boutique hotel ballroom.


Sheath Wedding Dresses

  Sheath wedding dresses are the embodiment of simple sophistication. This contemporary style is equal parts sexy and polished. Thanks to the straight lines and modern style, sheath wedding dresses have a flattering lengthening effect.

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Who it is flattering on:

Because sheath gowns are so sleek, they look best on straight and athletic builds. The column cut follows your body’s natural shape, fitting similarly to a slip dress. Petite brides can rest assured in this silhouette, as they’re usually minimalistic and chic without overwhelming you with tons of fabric. 

What type of wedding:

Sheath gowns are elegant enough to fit any theme! The column silhouette is perfect for small and simple, beachy boho, sexy, classic or vintage weddings. You can elevate your style and complement your big day style with vintage pearls, a glam headpiece or a romantic cathedral length veil.

The best way to decide if a dress is the perfect fit for your body shape, venue and theme, is to make an appointment at Pure Bliss and try them on. Once you’ve made an appointment, bring a list of your favorite styles and dresses to help steer the stylist, but keep an open mind. Oftentimes, THE dress is one you never would have thought of!!

What IS the Difference between Tuxedo and Suits?

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TUXEDO AND SUITS: The difference between a tuxedo and a suit is actually pretty subtle. The primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. Tuxedos generally have satin lapels, satin or cloth covered buttons, satin pocket trip and satin piping along the side of the pant leg, where suit detailing matches the rest of the suit. FYI, tuxedo pants don’t typically have belt loops, so if you are a belt wearer, you'll want to grab a pair of suspenders.. Typically tuxedos have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers.


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THE CARDINAL RULE OF BUTTONS: The standard classic suit features a two-button suit jacket. Despite having two buttons, you’re only ever supposed to button the top one, never the bottom, even if you’re standing.  If you’re tall or have a long torso, a three-button jacket might work for you. In which case the rules adjust accordingly: always button the middle button, never button the bottom button, and sometimes button the top one.


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PANT LENGTH: The pant break refers to how much creasing happens above your shoes. No break is a very modern fashion forward look, a slight break is standard these days, and a deep break tends to make your pants look more old fashioned, ill-fitting or sloppy.


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Classic Fit, Trim Fit and Slim Fit: At this point and time in our modern society, there’s no excuse for wearing an old-school, overworn, ill-fitting suit or tux to your wedding. Feel free to choose any style that you like but make sure it fits well!

The Best Princess Wedding Dresses

Are you a princess bride at heart? Well, if the ring fits! Let’s face it … no matter your venue, personal style or wedding destination, every bride looks beautiful in a ballgown wedding dress on her big day. Whether you’re a classic princess bride saying “I do” at a traditional ceremony, or taking your vows to an elegant rooftop in the city


Stella York 6758: Making her royal entrance today is Miss Stella York with Style 6758! Featuring a plunging neckline and square open back, this princess wedding gown boasts the modern trends you love with the classic bridal elements of your dreams. The to-die-for ballgown skirt is dramatic yet elegant, with fabric-covered buttons running the course of the simple train—and of course, some added pockets for a touch of bridal magic.

Stella York 6758: Making her royal entrance today is Miss Stella York with Style 6758! Featuring a plunging neckline and square open back, this princess wedding gown boasts the modern trends you love with the classic bridal elements of your dreams. The to-die-for ballgown skirt is dramatic yet elegant, with fabric-covered buttons running the course of the simple train—and of course, some added pockets for a touch of bridal magic.

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Stella York 6758 is available from size 2-34

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Stella York: 6391

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Stella York: 6391 This romantic lace wedding dress with cap sleeves and cameo back from Stella York is a sweet reminder of feminine style. Romantic, matte lace adorns the bodice of this sweet gown and creates a shadow effect throughout the tulle skirt, bringing dramatic volume and subtle interest to this A-line wedding dress. The flattering waist is drawn in by a crystal belt and deep sweetheart neckline that is finished by swirls of organic edge lace – for a truly unique dress! Highlighted with a unique, cameo lace design the back of this lace wedding dress is just as dreamy as the front! Fabric buttons over an easy-to-close zipper allow the butterfly lace motif to shine. This gorgeous lace wedding gown is available in sizes 2-34.

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Stella York 6718. Feel like the belle of the ball in this vintage satin wedding dress by designer Stella York. This new dove satin wedding gown has a romantic sensibility that can’t be beat. Lovely off-the-shoulder straps extend from the neckline of this gown and drape elegantly down the bride’s arms and can be detached to create a unique look from ceremony to reception. The gown’s easy-to-wear shape with a sweetheart neckline and natural waist are flattering on any figure. This wedding dress also features on-trend pockets that can be easily accessorized with a veil. Affordable and chic, this vintage satin wedding dress is available in a button finish or a lace-up back and is available in sizes 2-34.

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Stella York 6763: Gorgeous, simple and sleek, this wedding dress by designer Stella York is the epitome of bridal. Lace and Pearl Mikado fabrics are beautifully crafted together to create a very unique and luxurious ballgown. The sheer bodice has hand-placed lace and is created with corset-style exposed boning. The full, clean and simple skirt has modern pockets mixed with traditional pleating, which allows the skirt to maintain its shape throughout your wedding. Fabric-covered buttons line the length of the train for one final touch of glamour. This simple and sleek wedding gown is also available in plus sizes. 2-34

Picking out Accessories for your Vibe!

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After you’ve picked the perfect dress, it’s time to pick the perfect accessories to go with that dress! Whether you want a cathedral length veil, a modern over-skirt, fabulous headpiece or killer jewelry, picking out which accessories to wear to highlight the best parts of your dress can be a challenge. But not to worry! With our help, we’ll show you the best pairings for how to style your dream dress.

PS. We love accessorizing! It is what makes each dress truly unique to each bride!!


Veils

Veils are as synonymous with weddings as the dress itself! Veils add a touch of romance and tradition that no other accessories can bring. But with so many choices of lengths, styles, and adornments, the choice as to which veil to wear is endless!

3 Dimensional Floral Veil available in White or Ivory in any length.

3 Dimensional Floral Veil available in White or Ivory in any length.

First up, 3D veils. One of our favorite veils is long and flowy and is embellished with hundreds of hand-cut 3D flowers. This veil is perfect if you want to highlight the floral lace design of your dress. You can wear it with any silhouette, really, because the 3D flowers fall gently down the length of the veil as if the bride has walked through a field of wildflowers and the foliage has been picked up by her dress.


Another great option for the modern bride wanting to add a traditional veil to her look is a scalloped edged veil. Instead of just being cut in the traditional round shape, this veil is cut to mimic the scallop edged of the hand-cut lace trim that it is adorned with. What makes this veil even more special, is that it is lined with decadent bugle beads for added sparkle.

Another great option for the modern bride wanting to add a traditional veil to her look is a scalloped edged veil. Instead of just being cut in the traditional round shape, this veil is cut to mimic the scallop edged of the hand-cut lace trim that it is adorned with. What makes this veil even more special, is that it is lined with decadent bugle beads for added sparkle.

Headpieces

One of the most important parts of your bridal look is your hairstyle, which will be defined by your headpiece. Headpieces, like all accessories complete the whole bridal vibe that you are going for. When choosing a headpiece for your big day, there’s no other way to do it but try them on to find the perfect one on you, this is not a task that should be done on line. Looks range from bohemian halos, romantic floral combs to a headband/belt with a art deco inspired motif, and so much more. You will definitely want to take your wedding theme into consideration as well. Important insider note: we find it best, when choosing your accessories to have your gown on, a little make-up and a your hair as close as you can get it to the style you would like to wear on your wedding day. This is the best way to truly evaluate all accessories. This is the best way to get the whole picture. It is hard to do that if you are not in your gown. I’ve rounded up a few gorgeous wedding headpieces for your viewing pleasure. All are available at Pure Bliss!

Crystal Heaband with side vine

Crystal Heaband with side vine

Floral Crystal Silver large comb

Floral Crystal Silver large comb

Traditional Pearl and Crystal Tiara

Traditional Pearl and Crystal Tiara


Large Lace and Crystal Hair Comb

Large Lace and Crystal Hair Comb

Jewelry

Bling beautiful bling!

Bling beautiful bling!

Jewelry, quite surprisingly, seems to be an afterthought, rather than a priority, when it comes to planning a wedding. Big mistake! The right jewelry should show off your beautiful dress and make you feel fantastic, all day long.

It’s easy to get carried away with your budget, because you want everything to be perfect, but everyone has to rein it in a little. Your wedding jewelry doesn’t need to eat away at your bank balance – there are so many options and solutions for accessories on a budget. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down some tips and tricks to bear in mind when you’re picking out your w-day jewels

Earrings

Bridal earrings don’t have to be only your grandmother’s pearls!

Bridal earrings don’t have to be only your grandmother’s pearls!

Pick the style that suits  you  best.

Pick the style that suits you best.

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