Go Figure: Taking A Closer Look At Wedding Dress Silhouettes


Go Figure: Taking A Closer Look At Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Because of our vast selection, the possibilities for your wedding gown are practically endless at New York Bride & Groom. That means your dream dress is here waiting for you. Our seasoned Bridal Consultants are ready to help you sort through the multitude of silhouettes to find it. If you aren’t quite sure about the various dress silhouettes, no worries. We’ve got you covered with this informative blog post so keep reading.

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Essense of Australia, style D2275: Our featured dress (pictured above) is a princess silhouette with a lace and tulle skirt. This stunner was made for the statement-making bride. The bold, lace bodice — complete with sweetheart neckline — is coupled with a full ball gown skirt that’s detailed with lace appliques extending to the train. The back closure is a zipper beneath your choice of pearl buttons or fabric buttons.

NYB&G Raleigh Has It All

Our inspired designs and popular pricing ensure that every bride can look and feel amazing on her special day. And when it comes to silhouettes, fabric selections, alterations and accessories, we’ve got it all covered to provide a stress-free shopping experience for every bride-to-be who passes through our doors. Stop in and you’ll see why we are Raleigh’s premier bridal salon.

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Rebecca Ingram, style Yvonne: This enchanting A-line features a lovely lace bodice and sweetheart neckline. Layers of tulle part in skirt’s front, revealing a layer of Donelle crepe. Finished covered buttons over zipper and inner corset closure. Lace jacket with three-quarter sleeves and illusion bateau neckline sold separately.

More Details About Silhouettes

In general, some dress silhouettes work better with some body types than others. One of the keys to looking amazing in your wedding gown is finding the silhouette that highlights the things you want to be noticed and downplays those you don’t.

Empire Waist

This high-waist style hits just below the bustline, de-emphasizing the waistline and hips while making you look longer and leaner — the perfect solution for women looking to play down their middle. This style is less flattering if you have a large chest or full hips because it will overemphasize those features.


Simple and sophisticated, this style looks best on petite or slender brides who benefit from its elongated lines and formfitting cut, which gently hugs the body from head to toe. Its slim silhouette lengthens the body, giving the illusion of height, which won’t overwhelm a smaller frame the way a full ball gown could.


This feminine style, known by its trademark full skirt, fitted bodice and natural waist, looks particularly good on boyish figures because it gives the illusion of enhanced curves. It’s also great for pear shapes, since the fitted bodice defines your waist while the billowy tiers skim over your hips. Tall brides will appear statuesque in voluminous silhouettes, and busty brides will love this shape too, since it creates balanced proportion.


Often confused with a mermaid silhouette, a trumpet silhouette has a straight-lined bodice (unlike the body-hugging one of a mermaid silhouette) that subtly flares toward the hem, creating a semi-full skirt (shaped like the bell of a trumpet) starting at the knee. It’s another popular option for flaunting your curves, but it’s slightly easier to move around in.


For a dress that contours to the body this slim, tapered, curve-hugging style follows the line of your hips and thighs and then flares out below the knee. With a cut that hugs so closely to the hips, this silhouette works best for brides looking to show off their curvy figures. More details at The Knot

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Stella York, style 6343: This scalloped lace keyhole back wedding dress by Stella York brings the drama. Lace over matte-side lustre satin in a modified mermaid silhouette is complemented by soft sequin sparkle and floral patterned lace. The kissing scallop back with illusion lace is accented by delicate pearl buttons creating a truly unique style. An elegant train is finished by a wide lace trim and features an extraordinary cut-out that brings attention to the dramatic details of the lace — perfect for a fairytale exit.

New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh offers an unparalleled shopping experience. Our salon is 17,000 square feet of modern luxury that’s filled with sensational wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, rental tuxedos for the groom’s party and a range of bridal accessories.

Our “No Appointment Needed” policy means you can shop with us at your convenience. We have 20 changing suites available and a full team of consultants waiting to give you a hand. Whatever works for you is awesome for us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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