April 17, 2023
We get it! Not everyone has a background in fashion, nor do you need to! We are here to help you with all of the dress shopping lingo. We have compiled a list of the different types of silhouettes with examples. And hey, if you love what you see, each of these gowns can be found at Gemma Bridal in Pittsburgh, PA!
A-line gowns are sweet and romantic. They allow the gown to be free-flowing and non-restrictive. Sonora by Chantel Lauren is the perfect example. It is made out of a buttery soft crepe fabric and has a relaxed, comfortable fit.
Ballgown dresses are the next step up from an a-line. They have the same shape with added volume. They typically have more layers than standard a-line gown to create volume. They are perfect for formal venues where you can live out your princess dreams. Khloe by BECCAR is a beautiful, modern ballgown. It is made of embossed satin and is truly unique. The removable cape elevates the look even further.
3. Fit-and-Flare or Trumpet
Fit-and-flare gowns are more body forming than a-lines. They are fitted through the hip and then gently span out. Fit-and-flares are typically easy to move in and can be very comfortable depending on the material chosen. We are a sucker for the Evie Faye dress by Andria Bird. It is curve hugging with the most beautiful train. Modern and sleek, just the way we like it!
4. Column or Sheath
Column style dresses are a good middle point between a fit and flare and an a-line. They are more fitted than an a-line gown as they do not flare out but are less fitted than a fit-and-flare. Yoko by Anna Kara is a column gown with a stunning removable cape embroidered with florals.
Mermaid style dresses are a great combination if you love fitted but with the added drama of a flare. They are fitted through the hips and then typically have a seam at or near the knees. They then flare out with added volume. Harlow by Penelope and Lex is a mermaid style gown complete with a dramatic bow and plunging neckline.
A-line, ballgown, fit-and-flare, column, and mermaids are the five main types of silhouettes. They can come in many different variations. We always suggest if you are not sure which type you are interested that you try them all out! You will quickly find out which one you are drawn most to! If you ever have questions about types of silhouettes, the stylists at Gemma Bridal are here to help! To make an appointment to try any of the gowns above on, plus many more, visit us at https://gemmabridal.com