The A Team: 10 A-Line Wedding Gowns
The A-Line gown is one of the most versatile wedding dresses available, so it’s understandable why it’s one of the most popular choices for brides-to-be. One of the most iconic A-Line wedding gowns in recent memory was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day.
What makes an A-Line gown stand out from the others? The skirt is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital A (hence the name). Christian Dior first used the term as the label for his collection of spring 1955 gowns, and it soon became hugely popular with women across the globe.
What’s great about an A-line gown is that it flatters most body types. It can make a petite bride look taller, and slim down or hide any curves a bride doesn’t want to accentuate. It can also create the illusion of curves with the help of layered skirts.
A-Line gowns come in a large range of materials and detailing, and with or without sleeves and straps. The neckline also varies from dress to dress, as does the hemline. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more dramatic then try a princess cut, a style that emphasizes the clean lines of the A-line with vertical panels that run from the neckline to the hem.
Another element to consider is the bodice. There are several different types to choose from, with wrapped, layered, and tapered being three of the most popular styles. Using a fitted sash or small waistband can help accentuate a bride’s natural waistline. There is also plenty of scope for detailing, from appliqué to diamantes to lace and embroidery.
While many skirts have a full look, if you’re looking for a dress that has a relaxed vibe you can do without any slips or underskirts. A-Line gowns are easy to alter, so should you love a dress but want to change a detail talk to your bridal boutique about possible alterations. Take a look at some of our top wedding A-Line picks.