We get this question a lot from brides who wonder which wedding dress style will look best on them. Recently Brides magazine answered this question with a great visual showing the difference between a fit and flare, trumpet, and mermaid wedding gown:
You can see that the difference between them is basically where it flares out from your body, either just past the hips, mid thigh, or around the knee. We tell our brides that mermaid wedding gowns place the most emphasis on the hips because they come back in at knee, so you'll be showing off the full curve of your hips in this style. Brides that want to de-emphasize their hips will want to chose one of the other silhouettes.
We also often say that mermaid wedding gowns are the sexiest style because they show off your shape the most. As the article noted, they do restrict movement. So if you're looking for comfort over style, you might want to chose a trumpet or fit and flare.
Lately we've noticed an increase in requests for mermaid gowns, and we're thrilled that our Arizona brides are exploring these options. We'll be looking for more mermaid gowns at the upcoming bridal market next month!