The A-Line/Princess Wedding Dress

The A-line and princess cut are the two most versatile types of wedding dress as they can suit the most types of body, as well as being appropriate for any wedding setting. Whether you’ll have a traditional ceremony or have a chic and casual wedding at the beach, any of these two gown types could look great on you. Below are the finer points of choosing an A-line or princess cut gown.

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The fluid flow of the dress from the bust to the hemline is able to have different structures to define your waistline more, if you so desire. For a more extravagant feel, add layers of fabrics by including a separate skirt or bodice. The A-line dress can be a full-length one with a long train for chapel weddings, or a knee-length one for the modern, adventurous bride.

The Princess cut wedding dress focuses on smooth lines which create a slimming effect. Vertical seems running from the neckline to the seams help for a narrower waistline while being bust flattering. Different variations of the Princess Line style can be altered for brides with a range of hip sizes. With varied skirt cuttings, brides with narrow hips can look forward to be given more shape, while brides with wider hips will have them hidden well.

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An evergreen version of the A-line style involves flowing silks such as charmeuse. They create a beautiful, feminine silhouette, by letting the dress drape softly on your frame. Heavier fabric like satin create a more structured look which accentuates the classic A-line shape. To create a fuller skirt for a more dramatic feel, supporting fabrics like organza can also be used. Depending on the look you desire, embellishments can be sewn on to add more style to the dress. Lace and beadwork add more formality and class to the gown, while bows and ribbons add that stylish statement.

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Body Types

The A-line dress is one of the most versatile and suitable for almost every body type. On a rounder bride, the smooth, vertical lines can give the illusion of a slimmer figure, while adding height to a shorter frame. Column-shaped brides can achieve a curvy image with a full skirt, as well as hide a fuller lower body. To accentuate or remove focus from certain body parts, simple modifications can be made to the fabric, waistline or neckline. Such is the versatility of the A-line wedding dress!

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