The Mermaid Wedding Dress
A very popular shape of dress is the mermaid. It is a shapely form that flatters a lot of bodies. It makes the body look more like an hourglass by hugging the hips, then flaring out like a fishtail. It’s also less cumbersome than huge ball gowns or crinoline-like skirts. However, how do you know if the mermaid dress fits you?
First, you should know that it does flatter some body types more than others. If you have a natural hourglass body shape, if you have broader shoulders than hips, or with a rectangular body shape, the mermaid gown is for you.
The mermaid is actually the skirt of the dress, so how about the top? Just look at the various styles to see what goes well with the mermaid. Sleeves, no sleeves or bare above the bust will do. Common sense should apply though. Butterfly or bell sleeves might overemphasize wide shoulders. Bare above the bust will not do for.
The mermaid doesn’t need to be strictly tight and form-fitting. Even the trumpet style dress, slightly slim around the hips then gently flaring out, is just as good. In case you’re not any of the above body types, for example, you have wide hips, you can still use the mermaid or trumpet skirt. Just avoid the bare top and use something like a scalloped neckline or puffed sleeves to balance with the width below.
Of course, always consult the wedding experts, such as gown fitters. Don’t be afraid to give them your opinion too, in case you really want the mermaid gown. But always keep an open mind for ideas about your wedding gown, because someone else may have a better idea.