(Closed) Sorry but wht is the difference between slim a line and mermaid gowns? Thx!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
415 posts
Helper bee

I feel like a slim a-line will always have a triangle shape- whether it be slim or not. A mermaid is slim throughout the hips and pinches again around the knees- where is may or may not poof out. Mermaids really hug all of your curves. A-lines accentuate a waist- and are generally flattering on all figures.

Post # 4
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010




Slim A-Line:

Post # 5
5165 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Slim A-lines arent as wide as the regular A lines that literally look like an A shape from the waist down.  The mermaid is ultra fitted over hips and then has a fish tail flare at the bottom usually just above or below the knees.

Post # 7
16 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’d say that dress could probably be called a modified a-line. Hard to say with the layers though.

I am just as small as you on top, slim waist and probably more hip and booty than you. I really did not think a mermaid would look good on me and went looking for an A-line. In the end the modified or slim A-line dresses looked best.

I ended up choosing a slim A line from La Richi Couture. As soon as I put on the sample, I was shocked – I have never looked so tall or thin in clothes before! Because my waist is so small compared to my hips and my torso is so petite, clothes really do not fit me well.

Unfortunately there are no pictures online of the dress. Here’s a similar one from the same designer. It is loosely fitted through the hips and then flares more subtly than a mermaid.


Post # 8
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Slim a-line is flattering on all body types, as it doesn’t overemphasize any specific body parts or drown out a petite build. It’s also very flexible in that it can go any number of ways with whether you choose to wear a crinoline and what type. My reception dress was a slim a-line. I had orginially wanted a ballgown so I wore a very full crinoline, almost bigger than the dress. Here are three pics of the same dress: in one it almost looks like a sheath, in one it looks like a full a-line and in one it looks like a mermaid.

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Post # 11
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Awww, thank you so much ladies! You are very kind.

My dress is a Romona Keveza Legends L195 (for sale in the classifieds if anyone’s interested Tongue out). 

  @kalliela: Not lame at all! Pretty much all my wedding vocabulary I learned on this site too 🙂 A sheath is a very slim, close-fitting dress that comes down straight without flaring. Crinoline like you said is the same as petticoat. You can make the skirt a lot fuller like I did with a full petticoat, without it being as overwhelming as a ballgown. There are also mermaid/trumpet petticoats that only flare at the bottom, if you want your dress to be more fitted at the hips and fuller towards the bottom. I kinda wish I’d done this because my petticoat was so gigantic it probably added about 4 inches to my waist; but because my dress only arrived 1.5 weeks before the wedding my alterations and accessorizing was done very haphazardly.

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