BallgownWhat it is: This is the classic style that brides think about when they hear the phrase wedding dress. It has a fitted bodice, hugging the waist at its smallest point, before exploding into a gorgeous poof of skirt. They can come with or without trains, but having a train adds to the layers of fabric which float down the aisle after you. The ballgown draws the eye to the narrowest part of the waist, and can balance a fuller bust with its fuller skirt. Perfect For: Princess Bride anyone? The ballgown can skew into the ultra-girly for brides who want a fairy-tale feel to their wedding. It's also great for the classic bride. Picking a ballgown with a minimum of decorations gives the traditional style a modern take.
SheathWhat it is: The sheath is the slimmest fitting of the styles, and follows your body's frame. Many sheath dresses closely trace your frame while others fall straight down like a column. The long lines have a lengthening effect, while the close-fit cut won't overwhelm petite frames. Some choices are lacy and delicate like the one above, while others have a Greek goddess like effect with their artful draping. Perfect For: Often these gowns have the least amount of construction in them, so they're perfect for garden weddings and other less formal venues. Utterly modern, the sheath dress is also an excellent choice for the cutting-edge bride.
What it is: The A-line is the dress silhouette we see a ton in non-wedding dresses, which means that not only are they timelessly gorgeous, they are utterly wearable. The fitted bodice highlights your waist while the skirt flares out gently. Depending on the dress, the skirt is more or less full but the main difference between an A-line dress and ballgowns is the fullness of the skirt. A great style trick for a ballgown you love but want a little less poof from- you can take out layers of crinoline and make it an A-line! Perfect For: The classic bride who wants the timelessness of a ballgown, but also wants to be a little more casual, whether that's in her choice of venue, ceremony, or simply outfit! The bride wears a very boho take on the A-line, but the versatility of the A-line means that there's one available in every style, be that glam, minimalist, romantic, and even more.