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Trumpet Silhouette

The Trumpet Wedding Dress Silhouette definition: Is a trumpet wedding dress the best dress for your shape?

What is a Trumpet Silhouette?

The trumpet silhouette is a style of gown that features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips. Most trumpet wedding gowns begin to flare at about mid-thigh, and can be thought of as a sort of hybrid between the mermaid silhouette and the modified A-line silhouette.

Just as the name suggests, the gradual flare of a trumpet dress' skirt resembles the shape of the musical instrument trumpet's bell.

A trumpet dress, while similar to mermaid gowns, is a more understated silhouette, as the flare of the skirt of trumpet wedding gowns is much more gradual than that of the dramatically-flared mermaid's skirt. (See "Bringing the Drama in Trumpet Wedding Gowns")

(See "The Difference Between Trumpet and Fit and Flare and Mermaid Gowns," to discover the differences between the trumpet, mermaid, and the fit and flare silhouettes.)

A great example of the silhouette seen in trumpet wedding gowns is Mori Lee Bridal Gown 1813:
Mori Lee Bridal trumpet wedding gowns Mori Lee Bridal trumpet wedding gowns
Mori Lee Bridal Gown 1813

Benefits of the Trumpet Silhouette:

The silhouette of a trumpet wedding dress:

  • Adds feminine curves to a straight figure
  • Offers a well-balanced display of drama and glamour
  • Is a great option for full-figured brides who like the look of the mermaid silhouette, as it offers the perfect balance of curve accentuation and minimization. (See "Trumpet Style Wedding Dresses for Full Figured Brides")
  • Allows more freedom of movement than the similar style of mermaid dresses
    • Trumpet wedding gowns are less constrictive, and the flare generally starts at about mid-thigh, whereas the mermaid silhouette tightly hugs the hips and legs, flaring at the knees.

Things to Consider:

There are a few body shape fashion tips to keep in mind when choosing your gown (as always, these guidelines aren't 100% applicable, because every body is different.) A trumpet wedding dress:

The Difference Between Trumpet and Fit and Flare and Mermaid Gowns

The trumpet silhouette is quite similar to the fit and flare silhouette and the mermaid silhouette, and the three are often thought of as interchangeable terms, used to describe the same style. However, there are a few characteristics that can be used to differentiate the three silhouettes.

So, what is the difference between trumpet and mermaid? And what is the difference between the trumpet and the fit and flare?

  • The Trumpet starts to flare gradually, at about mid-thigh
  • The Mermaid flares dramatically, at or below the knee
  • The Fit and Flare flares right below the hip

Keep in mind however, that, in fashion, there is always room for style interpretation, so if your heart is set on the style of a trumpet wedding dress, you may also want to shop our selection of fit and flare bridal gowns and mermaid bridal gowns, as you may find some fabulous styles among them, that perfectly fit your fancy.

Emphasizing Your Waistline in a Trumpet Dress

With a trumpet dress, Bridal Belts and Sashes can really help highlight your natural waist, accentuating (or creating!) an hourglass figure, and adding a personal touch to your gown.

(Read more about the waistline, to help determine which style is the most flattering for your figure.)

A gorgeous example of trumpet wedding gowns with a sash highlighting the natural waistline is Mori Lee Bridal Gown 1664:
Mori Lee Bridal Gown 1664

Another beautiful example of a trumpet wedding dress with a sash adorning the waistline is Mori Lee 2322 Bridal Gown:
Mori Lee 2322

Trumpet Style Wedding Dresses for Full Figured Brides

The trumpet silhouette is a fabulous style for plus size wedding dresses, and can really complement a curvy figure.

Mori Lee Bridal Gown 3105 is a gorgeous example of plus size wedding dresses with a trumpet silhouette:
Mori Lee Bridal Gown 3105

Variations of the Trumpet Silhouette

Just like any other form of art, fashion is open to interpretation, so designers vary the silhouette of the trumpet wedding dress in any way their inspirations leads them.

Bringing the Drama in Trumpet Wedding Gowns

While the basic form of the trumpet silhouette may be a more understated style than the basic silhouette of the mermaid style, that doesn't mean that a trumpet wedding dress can't pack just as much drama!

Maggie Sottero Chantelle is a stunning example of a trumpet wedding dress that boasts a dramatic display of full-blown wedding day glamour:
Maggie Sottero 

Shop bridal gowns at Wedding Shoppe Inc. today, to see more Trumpet Wedding Dresses!

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