A lot of brides go bridal shopping with very open minds (which we love) and just want to find
something that goes with their personality and flatters their body. In this series, we will be
breaking down each Bridal silhouette to help you figure out what you want in your gown.
This week, it’s all about A-lines! You would not believe the amount of times we get brides
saying they don’t want something fitted, but don’t want something cupcake-y. Don’t worry girl,
A-line are the perfect solution for this request!
A-line gown are named such because the skirt of the gown mirrors the letter “A.” This means the
skirt will not be fitted and will flare out at the natural waist of a bride. Most of the time, the
bodice, or top part of the dress, will be fitted to really showcase the flare. Bonus; this silhouette
will make your waist look extra tiny!
The Body Types
The best part of A-line gowns is that they look good on most body shapes. The way a-line gowns
are constructed accentuate an hourglass figure. Additionally, the natural flare of the skirt will
never swallow a shorter bride!
For a softer and more romantic look, many A-line gowns have skirts made out of silk organza,
chiffon, or tulle. These fabrics are thinner and tend to be layered and gathered to make a big skirt
without feeling too heavy.
For a more structure and fancier look, choose an aline with a thicker fabric like mikado or satin.
Typically, these gown gowns are one layer and have some crinoline to give a little volume.
Although you and your seamstress can customize the bustle to your liking. Here are the bustles
we most often see with A-line gowns
Traditional Bustle – This bustle is one of our favorites! This method involves the skirt begin
lifted and attached following the waist of the dress. Because of the nature of a-line gown tends to
have more flowy skirts, this bustle looks very natural and tends to mirror the way the front of the
Reverse Bustle – The reverse bustle is the method of having the train fold underneath and be
attached on the inside of the skirt of the dress. This bustle tends to be best on gowns with a more
structured material like a mikado.
French Bustle – French bustles have the attachment points under the dress and fabric is
folded in. This gives a ruffles arc effect to the back of the skir t. This bustle is also best
used with a thicker fabric like crepe or satin.