The mermaid gown: fitted on the top, fabulous flare on the bottom, and curves that will have all eyes on you on your wedding day. Whether you are tall or petite, thin or curvy, the mermaid silhouette looks absolutely stunning on anyone when designed properly. Let me break it down for all of you brides-to-be:
The Fitted Top
It's sexy, it's demure, it's elegant, it’s everything you are looking for and more in a wedding gown. The wonderful thing about mermaid gowns is that they truly are versatile when it comes to the vibe they convey. When people think of fitted gowns, they normally think of sexy, but there is so much more to it than that. Sure they can be sexy with an alluring sheer corset, but they can also be romantic when covered with lace or demure when they have a bateau neckline and a buttoned up back.
Not only can bodices take on different styles, but the fitted top is wonderful for showing off your stellar silhouette. The female body is a magical thing and deserves to be celebrated. If you are thin it can create curves. If you already have curves it enhances them. With the right designer, like Pnina Tornai, anything is possible with a mermaid gown but one thing you can count on is that you will look dynamite on your wedding day.
The Flared Bottom
While mermaid does specify a certain type of gown silhouette it does not explain the huge variety that brides really have when it comes to mermaid gowns. Yes, for a standard mermaid gown the bottom of the gown is flared out dramatically as to mimic a mermaid tail. However, this flare can take on many different looks. It could be a solid tulle skirt or a dazzling ruffled flare. It could be a “torn” looking layered skirt or a softer look with soft cascading layers of organza. There are so many different styles and attitudes that the bottom of a mermaid gown can evoke that I am confident there is something that perfectly matches your bridal day style if you have your heart set on a mermaid gown.
As per usual everything really boils down to the designer. A celebrator of femininity and the female form, Pnina Tornai knows how to make a gown to suit any body type. Her mermaid gowns are as stunning and elegant as she is. If you decide a mermaid style is the gown of your wedding dreams, then I guarantee you – she has a gown for you. Equal parts fabulous and magical: just like a mermaid.
Written by: Jazmine Keels
Photography by: Alexander Lipkin (Editorials: Fragile, LOVE, Dimensions, and Wind Upon Water), Duke Photography for Strictly Weddings (Central Park, Lace Gown), & Jamie Levine Photography (grey background)