What it is: Brides are going short and sweet. Wedding designers from Vera Wang to Galina are showing lovely white knee-length creations. It’s perfect both for the wedding ceremony and to dance freely at the wedding reception. It’s as flattering as a cocktail dress but maintains the refinement that is often called for in a wedding gown

Best suited for: A bride who dares to go short is feminine, confident and sophisticated. She is empowered, glamorous, enjoys the transformative power of fashion and is not dictated by trends.

Wedding type: Consider a knee-length frock for a garden or beach fete, or even a vow renewal. Can’t make up your mind? Consider a long gown for the ceremony, then change into a flirtier knee-length number when it’s time to party.

Fitted Yet Fluid

What it is: Soft and sexy figure-skimming silhouettes, or fit-and-flare gowns play up your figure in all the right places. They convey a sexy, effortless mood that can accentuate not only a woman’s figure but also leave room for her personality.

Best suited for: A romantic, modern and sexy bride will love this long and flowing silhouette that shows off a feminine shape.

Wedding type: A wedding with natural light and glass chandeliers, lace and flowers, and romantic touches such as a horse-drawn carriage. Some of other favorite concepts are an afternoon garden reception, vows on the beach, a chic urban loft or an artsy gallery setting.

Ball Gown

What it is: At its best, this 1950s-inspired silhouette gives a small waist, a pop of beading or netting at the neckline, and then billows out from the waist in regal fashion.

Best suited for: A classic bride (especially with princess fantasies!) can’t go wrong. The great part about a ball gown that hits the natural waist is that every body type is going to look amazing. It’s forgiving if you have curves, it elongates you if you’re petite, it shows off your assets and hides your flaws.

Wedding type: Depending on the fabric, a ball gown can work in summer or winter. Just remember they may be heavier to carry.

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