The mermaid dress is distinctive and perhaps the sexiest silhouette for a wedding dress. It is well-named. Think of a mermaid and you have the shape! (Some designers call it the trumpet dress.) The dress hugs the bust, the waist and the hips, and then, at just above the knee, bursts into a full skirt. Sometimes the full skirt extends into a train.
Mermaid gowns are designed with endless variations, with different fabrics, sleeves and necklines. Fit is all-important. If a bride is considering a mermaid gown, she must understand how the dress should fit to be flattering.
Where It Is Worn
The mermaid is always full length so it is a more formal silhouette. It would not be a choice for a beach, barn or park wedding, but is ideal for a chapel, a church or an historic home.
Who It Flatters
The dresses are closely fitted and structured over the torso, giving an hourglass figure with great definition. The top can balance the flared bottom by including a veil and show-stopping jewellery.