A mermaid’s wedding dress tale

Mermaids are finding their place out of the water and making a splash in the spotlight with celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts and Sofia Vergara embracing mermaid style couture gowns in red carpet events all over Hollywood. From the red carpet to the wedding aisle, top model Coco Rocha tied the knot looking stunning in a custom Zac Posen mermaid wedding dress with a tulle flared skirt. And though Hilary Duff’s marriage didn’t last, at least her strapless Vera Wang mermaid gown still manages to inspire long-lasting romance.

Eva Longoria's gown would make a fabulous wedding dress

Eva Longoria’s gown would make a fabulous wedding dress

A mermaid style, as the name recalls, is a dress silhouette that resembles a mermaid’s tail; it is form-fitting at the waist, hips and thighs and flares out below the knee to the hem. The ‘tail’ may come in a different colour or texture, and in some dresses can be detachable. This style is also known as the trumpet gown.



If you are blessed with a naturally curvy body and want to show off your shape, then the mermaid style is a beautiful and sexy choice. Of course, not all of us are blessed with Sofia Vergara’s curvaceous figure, so would a mermaid wedding dress still work for you?

Sofia Vergara in a mermaid silhouette

Fortunately, this style is versatile and can work well with different body types; you just have to know the tricks to allow this style to show off your best assets.

If you are tall, then this form-fitting style is a great silhouette choice, especially with a high neckline to emphasize your height. For more petite brides, don’t fret! The mermaid style can actually make you look longer, as long as you choose a gown with a waistline that is higher than your natural waist.


When tight isn’t right

When should you avoid this silhouette? One bride I know complained that although her dress looked fabulous, the body-hugging, tight style greatly constricted her movement and made her feel uncomfortable throughout the ceremony. If you are not used to wearing tight dresses, then perhaps this style is not for you, or you’ll just feel like a fish out of water.

Lastly, the best accessory to wear with this style is confidence.  Show off your curves with this style and you’ll definitely pack that ‘wow’ factor!

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