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A Guide to Popular Wedding Gown Silhouettes | Part 1 of 2

by Mark Douglas May 02, 2018

A Guide to Popular Wedding Gown Silhouettes | Part 1 of 2 - A-Line, Ball Gown & Sheath | Chattanooga, TN

Identifying and understanding Wedding Dress silhouettes is a great place to start in your search for the Perfect Wedding Gown! ;)

So, you're engaged--CONGRATULATIONS!!! We hope that you and your future spouse have a wonderful and happy life together for many years to come. Of course, the ring on your finger also means that you now have a wedding to plan. One of the most crucial parts of your big day is the dress, and it's okay if you feel a little overwhelmed with all of the options. Don't worry--we're more than happy to help. Let's review the different silhouette options. And later, in the corresponding video (embedded below), I'll bring even more focus by comparing the various silhouettes with body type and personal style.

The A-Line Silhouette

The A-Line Silhouette

This style of dress is an absolute classic, and looks good on all body types. With this style, the bodice is rather fitted, but the skirt (and train, if you choose to add one) is rather flowy. By changing up the type of fabric used, you can opt for a more structured or airy dress. Embellishments such as beadwork, lace, and embroidery all work well with this style, though it can look beautiful without them, as well. Some of our more popular A-lines include Morilee's Malke, Martin Thornburg's Coda, and Sophia Tolli's Kora. Click to shop A-Line Silhouettes.

A-Line Morilee Blu Malke 5574

Mon Cheri | Martin Thornburg - Coda 118281 118281W

Mon Cheri | Sophia Tolli - Kora Y11881 Y11881LS

The Ball Gown Silhouette

The Ball Gown Silhouette

If you've dreamed of having a fairytale princess wedding since you were a little girl, then a ball gown-style dress is for you. With this type of gown, the bodice is very fitted and the skirt is very full (think Disney princess dress). Just like the A-line, almost any fabric will work with this style of dress, though the weight of the fabric will determine how structured it will look and feel. Most any body type can wear this dress. Also like the A-line, a train works very well with this type of dress, especially because it is one of the more formal styles available. Our best-selling ball gown dresses include Morilee's Kali, Morilee Voyage's Myrcella, and Sophia Tolli's Helia. Click to shop Ball Gown Silhouettes.

Morilee | Kali 8202

Morilee | Voyage | Myrcella 6864

Mon Cheri | Sophia Tolli | Helia Y11888 Y11888LS

The Sheath Silhouette

The Sheath Silhouette

This style can also be referred to as a column dress. It's one of the more simple styles, yet is still very classy and elegant. It works best for those who have slender body types, as it can emphasize curves in a less-than-flattering way, and can help add some height, if needed. It is very versatile, and can be adapted to anyone's personal style and wedding theme by changing the embellishments, fabric, length, sleeves, and neckline. Some of our favorites are Mon Cheri Enchanting's 217123, Morilee Blu's Milena, Morilee's Kassia, and Morilee Julietta's Kameron. Click to shop Sheath Silhouettes.

Morilee | Julietta | Kameron 3231

Morilee | Kassia 8203

Morilee | Blu | Milena 5569

Mon Cheri | Enchanting 217123

This week's corresponding Video Bonus just went LIVE!: #11 Finding My Perfect Wedding Gown | Silhouette Discovery Guide, Pt 1 | 'Puttin On The Ritz w/ DJ Mark!'  

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Mark: "Ladies and Gents, Before we begin, check out this flower girl Joan Calabrese dress, style number 117358, 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. Maybe you use Facebook, or Instagram, maybe YouTube or Twitter. We are active on each of these platforms so be sure to follow and click the various notification options. Today we're talking Wedding Gown Silhouettes. Let's take a look at the options. (A quick note: We understand these silhouette guidelines are not universal rules; personal preference is paramount.) First up, The A-Line Silhouette. Up next, The Ball Gown Silhouette. Moving right along, The Sheath Silhouette. Ladies and gents, I'm cutting in right now to keep this video short. Be sure to catch part 2 next Wednesday, when we'll cover the last three silhouettes: Fit and Flare, Trumpet, and Mermaid. 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. Won't you Subscribe, Like, Comment, and Share? And make sure you get those notifications! And we will see you, next time!"

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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.

David Tutera, 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

 

David Tutera and 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

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

 

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

     *see below for Julietta Bridal Gowns 

     *See "New" size chart below for the following Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid style numbers:

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 - "New" Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dress Sizes

     *"New" refers to the following Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid styles numbers

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, Julietta - Wedding Gown Sizes

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

 

Joan Calabrese - Flower Girl

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

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

     *m=months

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

 

Little Black Tux, by David Tutera - 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

 

Cameron Blake - Special Occasions

     *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

 

Ellie Wilde and Colette - Prom

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

 

Dave & Johnny - Prom

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

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

 

La Femme - Prom

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

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

     *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 - 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

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