(Closed) Mermaid, trumpet, a-line, modified a-line – ummm, what?

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Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

hi!  oh boy, you’ve been suckered in, havent you?? LOL.  well, this is not a professional definition or anything, just my observations.  the terms trumpet and mermaid are pretty much interchangeable from what i can tell.  they are narrow and fitted all the way to or past the knees (just picture a trumpet horn…narrow spout, and it flares at the very end!).  there are varying degrees of flare..some huge, some subtle.  the “modified a-line” or “drop waist” basically is fitted down to the mid or lower hip area, again, with varying degrees of flare from there.  I consider the a-line to not have a very wide or pronounced flounce in the skirt, while drop waists can be seen in tons of ball gowns with giant flouncy skirts.

Again, disclaimer: NOT a professional in the wedding field, just shoppped and tried on a BUNCH of dresses!!!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

A Drop waist ball gown, fitted to the hip:

courtesy jlmcouture.com

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Here’s a link to a useful site. I think Trumpets are fitted through the knee and mermaids are fitted through the calves. A-line fits more narrow up top and subtly flairs out towards the bottom. I think the modified has less flair than an a-line, but I’m not sure. I’m not an expert though!Smile

Helpful link:

http://www.weddingsolutions.com/fashion_and_beauty/Dress_Styles_Mermaid.html

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

A trumpet or mermaid cut:

Also called “fit and flare”!

again, jlmcouture.com

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mermaid – Trumpet

 

Modified A-Line

A-Line

 

I hope that helps you Laughing 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

it looks like a slim a-line cut

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

it looks like a modified a-line to me

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second @denverbirdlet: it looks like a modified A-line…It’s beautiful Wink

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree, modified a line.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with the modified a-line. Very nice! I also have an Essense dress, it’s a-line. I am hoping to modify it to somewhat mermaid.. we’ll see!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Go to maggiesottero.com, even if you’re not interested in buying one of her dresses. The site lets you advance search for dresses, so if you check off something like “A-line” or “dropped waist”, it’ll bring up  a list of dresses that have those features so that you can see what the style looks like and how it differs between style. I learned a lot about dress tiles from doing this.

Post # 16
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Wannabee

A mermaid is fitted to the knee & flares out in varying degrees, A trumpet is fitted to the hip & flares out at the thigh, An A-line is fitted to the waist & flares out in an A shape, A modified A-line is a slimmer shaped A, A ball gown is fitted to the waist & poofs out in varying degrees, a dropped waist is a longer waisted style dress usually starting to have more volume at the mid-hip, A fit & flare is a dress that cannot be catorgorized so basically it is a combination of two shapes but it is usually fitted on the bodice & flares out..sometimes with asymetry.  An empire waisted dress is fitted thru the bust and floats out under the bust.  A sheath is going to skim the body with no real volume.

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