We often hear the terms "Mermaid", "A-line" "ball gown", etc. when discussing dresses, but what do they all mean? Today we will show you what the different technical terms are for various dress silhouettes - and also, which silhouette suit what body shape.
A-line - the dress gradually flares out under the waist. Nothing dramatic though.
Here we have Sarah Hyland doing a demo for us. Her grey A-line dress has a trail, making it red-carpet appropriate.
A-Line dresses are suitable for ladies with a bigger bottom or feel that they have an uneven upper/lower body. A-line is likely everyone's favorite at occasions because it is not too dramatic like a ball gown, but is able to do the tricks in hiding parts that women are often self-conscious about.
Mermaid - the dress hugs the hip and flares out drastically at the knee length. We have the help of a couple of ladies demoing for us below.
Mermaid dresses hug the upper body, so it's suitable for ladies with a hour-glass figure to accentuate the waist.
Trumpet - similar to mermaid, it hugs the upper body and the hip, but it flares out more gradually. Our absolute favorite is what Charlize wore to this year's Oscars.
Similar to Mermaid silhouette, trumpet is suitable for ladies with hour-glass shape.
Ball Gown - Cinderella-like poofy dress. It poof's out under the waist. We have Olivia Wilde doing a stunning demo here.
Formal events, prom, and when you are the bride of a wedding. Ball gowns are for (as you guessed) balls, when you wear a dress so big, you have to be prepared to get a lot of attention! This dress is definitely suitable for ladies who are ready for attention :) And as mentioned above, those who want to cover up their bottoms.
Sheath - the sheath silhouette is subtle like the A-line but it does not flare out and extends straight to the ground from the waist. Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a two-tone Dior gown that has a sheath silhouette, and a thigh-hight slit to it.
People that are looking for a more low-key dress. Designers also like to work with sheath silhouettes because they can use their creativity to make the dress pop (just like Jennifer's Dior gown above).
Tea Length - the dress is not floor length but extends to the shin area. In the past, this is what ladies would wear to enjoy high-tea with their friends, hence the name tea length dress.
Ladies who are looking for a sophisticated look, just like Emma Stone above. The Tea length dress is often elegant and sophisticated, it's also very convenient to walk around in! (no tripping over your own dress!)
Overall, the suitability we mentioned above are just guidelines, you should always pick the silhouette that you are the most comfortable in. It's always handy to know more about the terminology in dresses so you can convey to your friends/tailor/seamstress/personal shopper what you are looking for for your special occasion.
Be Confident and you will look stunning in anything ;)