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What are the best skirt styles for your wedding dress?

Which skirt styles on your wedding gown make you look your best?

The skirt of the wedding dress dictates the wedding dress personality. The skirt choice varies in the hemline from short to long, in volume from column to Princess style skirt and in style from classic to dramatic skirts. As mentioned before in general the length of the hemline dictates the formality of the wedding. Having said that it is not entirely true any more. A lot of country, going away and more casual intimate weddings has a maxi length, but the difference is that the fabric is less stiff and hardly embellished for creating an effortless and less formal wedding dress style. So, in the end it comes really down to choosing the right style for your body shape, so it creates the right visual balance in your look, for your body proportions eg so it doesn’t shorten your look with having too many style details in your wedding skirt.

 

Overview of wedding dress skirt styles

Accordion pleats

Bias cut

Box pleats

Bubble

Bustle

Draping

Fan-back

Fishtail

Flounce

Mermaid

Over skirt

Petal

Streamers

Tails

Tiered

Tulip

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Table of wedding dress skirt styles that go best with each body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle
Accordion pleats              
Bias Cut              
Box pleats              
Bubble              
Bustle              
Draping            
Fan back            
Fish tail    
Flounce      
Mermaid        
Overskirt  
Petal  
Streamers      
Tails    
Tiered  
Trumpet    

 

Definitions of the wedding style skirts

Accordion pleats are close together pleats that resemble the style of an accordion. The edges at the bottom are facing all in the same direction. This style reminds us of Grecian style wedding dresses are mostly used with a plain bodice.

Bias Cut skirt is a style where the overskirt opens up in asymmetrical line, which can be nearer the waist or more away from the waist. This style adds drama to the skirt and accentuates bodylines, curves as well drapes softly.

Box pleats can start at the waist, below the waist or can be placed at the lower third of the wedding dress. They are folds of Fabric Square pressed that spaced further apart- like an inverted pleat created between each box pleat. They add visual interest without competing with a busy or heavily embellished bodice.

Bubble shaped skirt is style that was popular in the 1980s. It is usually fitted in the waist and goes out in volume at the kneed and again goes inward at the hemline. The lower part is like a mirror image of the upper part.

Bustle is a gathered skirt – or train- at the back of a wedding dress, secured with buttons and hooks. It is a popular choice for brides to pull up a long wedding dress train for the wedding reception.

Draping in your wedding dress has swaths of fabric gathered to a back or side seam to add fullness to the wedding skirt.

Fan back is simply a spray out in the back of your wedding dress. A separate triangle piece of fabric attaches the dress to create a small train of a foot in length. The fan-back skirt is accordion pleated.

Fishtail is almost the same as the fan back. The difference is that the spray out in the back is not pleated as the fan back is. The fishtail wedding dress has often a contrasting fabric at the back to create attention and to underline a feminine silhouette to simulate a fishtail.

Flounce are usually wide ruffles sews at the hem of a wedding skirt. It will always add a romantic touch and flair to the wedding dress.

Mermaid wedding skirt is form and body fitted from the top to the mid thigh and dramatically flares out below the knee. This style accentuates curves and creates a standout feminine silhouette.

Overskirt layers over an underskirt often of a contrasting fabric or colour without coming together in the front. The styles and shapes of a wedding dress skirt vary and are subject to fashion and style preference of the bride.

Petal wedding skirt is a kind of overskirt where the rounded outlines at the bottom of the wedding skirt reveal an underskirt of a different texture. This style refers to the shape of flowers and petals.

Streamers are strings or ties going down the back of the wedding dress. Often used instead of a wedding train. The style and length varies to the style preference of the bride.

Tails are panels trailing down at the back of the wedding dress and are in contrasting colour or texture to the wedding gown. As the steamers tails are used instead of a formal train. Tails can be of different colour or texture or and length to create a stand out feature for the wedding dress.

Tiered is a wedding dress style that is made of layers of various lengths fabrics. This achieves a soft and float wedding dress skirt style. The tiers can vary from horizontal to diagonal as well the size of the tiers from narrow to wide.

Tulip skirt silhouette gradually-flares out from a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips. Most trumpet wedding gowns begin to flare at about mid-thigh, and can be thought of a combination of a mermaid and soften A- line skirt or like the mouth of a trumpet.


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