A mermaid dress is characterized by sticking to the body of the bride and opening its skirt from the knees or a little higher. Obviously, this silhouette replicates the tail of those mythological beings who give the cut its name, the mermaids. But what are the myths surrounding mermaid silhouettes? Here are the myths or truths you need to know about mermaid wedding dresses. Ready to break down the stigma? Keep reading!
They Shorten the Figure: True
Mermaid skirts visually shorten leg length, making brides who wear them look smaller. The tighter the waist and the lower the slit of the skirt, the more this effect is amplified. It will also simulate wider thighs.
Therefore, if you are a petite bride, have prominent hips and thighs and want to hide them, you can camouflage them with a dress that has a more wispy mermaid skirt. If, in addition, the cut opens a little under the hip, you will counter this dreaded visual effect.
Similarly, if you don’t want to look smaller or fuller, avoid combining a mermaid silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. Instead, two very elegant and flattering necklines are the Queen Anne and the halter, which highlight the shoulders and chest. Also, a very pronounced neckline in the back will make you visually lose a few inches from your waist. It’s best to opt for a gathered hairstyle and avoid loose hair.
As an accessory, choose high-heeled wedding shoes that style your figure. And in case your wedding takes place on the beach or in another natural environment such as the countryside or a garden, opt for wedges with which you gain height without ending up buried in the sand or grass.
They Only Look Good on Tall, Thin Women: Myth
Although slim brides have an easier time wearing this type of dress, those who feel the best are those with a curvy figure. Mermaid dresses highlight the curves of hourglass-shaped bodies and can give an extra boost to rectangular figures. However, any confident woman can wear it. All you need is to want to feel particularly feminine and attractive on your wedding day and know which details of the dress can be used to emphasize which attributes.
Explore the possibilities of lightweight fabrics like chiffon, lace, organza and satin. These types of flowing fabrics will prevent your body from looking fuller. If you need to flatten your tummy, feel free to wear a control garment, such as a bodysuit or corset for the waist and hips. Yes, it is true that this is not the most stylish type of dress. Despite this and taking into account all the above, you will also find mermaid models among the wedding dresses for curvy women that look great.
If this is your case, you can also combine the fitted mermaid skirt with a V-neckline, which, combined with an elegant updo, will help you visually elongate your features. Similarly, natural and large bridal bouquets will help you balance your figure: a too small bouquet will make you look bigger.
They Are Less Comfortable Than Other Cuts: True
The tight fit across almost the entire figure significantly reduces mobility. While framing the waist can simulate a wasp effect, the fact that the dress is also fitted at the hips and thighs can be uncomfortable. Brides-to-be who want to dance unrestricted to each of their wedding songs should perhaps consider princess or empire cut wedding dresses that give them more freedom.
To find out how tight the skirt is, when measuring dresses, make sure you can perform some basic movements such as walking, bending and climbing some steps. Some modern wedding dress designers have already taken this detail into account in their collections and choose to “rip” the skirts, so that the deep openings give them more freedom.
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