If you’re a confident bride looking for a show-stopping dress, then mermaid is the style for you! The sexiest of all the wedding dress silhouettes, the curve-hugging mermaid is guaranteed to take your groom’s breath away.
Also known as a fishtail, a mermaid wedding dress is closely fitted in the bodice all the way down to the knee, where it dramatically flares out – you’ll find that the skirt on gowns described as ‘trumpet’ or ‘fit-and-flare’ starts higher up, typically from either the mid-hip or thigh. The mermaid shows off your shape the most out of any of these styles, but don’t be put off – it can be a surprisingly flattering silhouette!
If you have a full bust or broad shoulders, then the dramatic skirt of a mermaid dress can balance out your top half, giving you a gorgeous hourglass figure. Although many of our real brides choose a simple, strapless neckline, the mermaid looks amazing with pretty much any neckline or sleeve length. If you’re worried about your arms, you can always choose to wear your mermaid with long lace sleeves – the figure-hugging shape of your dress means that you can look sexy without flashing the flesh!
The mermaid is all about emphasizing your curves, so if you’re a pear shape who’s worried about her hips, then this style might be one to steer clear of – but, if you’re proud of your shapely derrière, then go for it! Wear a mermaid with confidence and you’ll look incredible. For true knock-out style, accessorize your gown with a glittering belt to highlight your waist.
When it comes to styling your mermaid, just remember that height is key – you want to elongate your shape as much as possible to avoid being cut off by the flare at the knee. For your wedding hair, we advise you go for a high updo, or a style with a lot of volume at the crown – a high bun is perfect for this style. As for shoes, heels are preferable to add height – BUT (and this is a big but), make sure you try your shoes on with your dress and practise walking as much as possible. The tightly-fitted top half of a mermaid dress will naturally restrict your movements, so only wear high heels if you’re confident you can walk properly in them! If in doubt: practise, practise, practise.
Think you’d like to try a mermaid dress? Then here are our favourites from the latest 2014 collections!
20 of the best mermaid wedding dresses