Silhouette refers to contour, outline and profile. It is what we seen in a dress at one glance. The type of silhouette gives prominence of the total figure. This word is being used in the province of fashion and fitness to sketch the shape of a person’s body or the shape fabricated by wearing clothing of a exceptional style or period.
When designers get around making beautiful dresses specially for wedding they need to mark on a silhouette in mind prior deciding on the styling piece. According to the body shapes, comfort and sense of beauty of the wearer the designer decides on the type of silhouette.
Below are few types of silhouette which are generally used. Different dress silhouettes are designed to flatter different body types and to meet the dress codes for different events.
- Sheath silhouette
A sheath dress attribute a silhouette that fits close to the body and can have a hemline that hits anywhere from mid-thigh to mid-calf. In fashion, a sheath dress is a fitted, straight cut dress often tweaked at the waist line with no waist seam. It can come in many designs and length. It is often worn with shirt sleeves and reaches knee length. Materials are slightly heavier with a bit of stretch. Typically, sheath dresses work best in solid colors or tiny prints.
- A-line silhouette
An A-line silhouette is a skirt or dress that is designed to be fitted at the waist and flow out from there so as to approach the floor. This silhouette is favored because of its commending shape, a-line skirt is also equitably easy to sew. It generally means fitted from the shoulders to the hips and then widening to the hem. A-line slightly blaze from a narrow waist or shoulders. A-line gown is a simple, graceful, and effective type of gown. It looks attractive on all body shapes and has a fitted bodice until the waist and falls out to the ground in A-line.
- Straight column silhouette
Straight column silhouette is also referred as rectangular silhouette/tabular silhouette. As the name suggests it has a rectangular shape and the cloth falls straight from the shoulder. The rectangular silhouette is distinguished by equal bust,waist and hip measurements. It tends to be tall and lean and gives a well built look. It is the uncomplicated silhouette of all as it simplifies the shape of the clothing and makes the line simple and often features a high scoop or boat neck.
- Hour glass silhouette
An hourglass girdle is attire that creates a silhouette that bear a resemblance to an hourglass shape identified by wide hips,narrow waist and wide bust. The hourglass shape for organized and more tailored silhouettes creates a goodly sizable dramatic shape. This vintage wrap dress is ideal for hourglass figure as it draws heed to waist.
- Bell/ball silhouette
Bell or ball gown silhouette is fitted in the bodice till the waist and then blazes gently to the hem to make a bell shaped skirt. It is typically found in traditional dresses/wedding dresses .Bell shaped silhouette is a traditional stay in wedding dresses, and ball gowns. It looks stylish and graceful with narrow mid and upper section, with a big bell shaped bottom.
- Trumpet silhouette
A trumpet wedding dress fits near to a mermaid gown. It hugs the body in all the right places and gently flares outward. It is perfect for brides with an hourglass or tiny figure. The flare begins in the mid thigh, and flare out more gradually. Therefore it makes the wearer difficult to walk. But, undoubtedly it is a beautiful silhouette which makes the wearer look absolutely stunning and my all time favorite!
- Mermaid silhouette
Mermaid silhouette starts to flare just below the knee, producing an even more dramatic silhouette. A long and lean bodice is tight through the bride’s midsection and legs and ends with flared skirt just below the knees. Its identified by its fitting style, unlike A-line or ball gown it does not flare from the waist rather flares at or below the knee thus creating a mermaid like “tall” that is utterly elegant. A reliable, pliable hoop pulls the dress away from the body making it easier to carry.
- Asymmetrical silhouette
Asymmetrical silhouette is also known as one shoulder design. One side of shoulder is being covered while collarbone on the other side of shoulder is being uncovered. The basic characteristic of the asymmetrical dress is a slanted hemline or neckline, with most typical design featuring of a one shoulder bodice. It stabilizes the overall look and breaks loose the conviction that symmetry is complement to beauty.