A mermaid wedding dress is characterized by its fitted style, which hugs close to the bride’s body. Unlike A-line or ball gown wedding dresses, this style doesn’t flare out at the waist. Rather, it flares at or below the knee, creating a mermaid like “tail” that’s utterly elegant. This “tail” typically features some sort of alluring detail, such as ruffles, lace or beading. It also can feature any length of train.
However, many people mix mermaid, trumpet and fit-and-flare gowns together. Not all “Mermaid” like dresses are mermaid dresses. They actually a bit different from each other.
On the whole, mermaid and trumpet wedding gown is more nuanced version of a fit-and-flare gown, which features a tight bodice and a gradual flare beginning at the waistline – it is one of the most popular and classic silhouettes.
The key difference between fit-and-flare, mermaid, trumpet wedding gowns is where the flare begins:
- The Fit and Flare flares right below the hip
- The Mermaid flares at or below the knee
- The Trumpet flares gradually, at approximately mid-thigh: This creates a trumpet-like silhouette and may make it a bit easier for the bride to move around vs a mermaid gown.
Another key, though slightly less obvious, difference between three styles is the size of the flare. Mermaid wedding dresses have a more dramatic flare, while trumpet & fit-and-flare style gowns flare out more gradually.
Evening prom gowns in trumpet and mermaid:
Hope the above explanation clear up some of the confusion surrounding mermaid, trumpet, fit-and-flare dresses at the same time you know what’s is a mermaid wedding dress.