(Closed) What is the diference between a trumpet and a mermaid?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Good question — I think mermaid refers to a dress that has a fitted cut down the legs (sometimes to mid-thigh and sometimes longer), whereas trumpet refers to a sudden flare of fabric around the knees or calves in the shape of a trumpet horn. This isn’t a technical definition (obviously!) but how I view the two. Maybe this photo — which was labelled "Mermaid Trumpet Taffeta Dress" — will help you to visualize the difference.

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree with million. At least in my own mind I think of trumpet as being looser through the upper thigh than mermaid. Trumpet is more like a modified mermaid. Sigh. Lol that isn’t very helpful.

Pics may help! Trumpet:

Versus Mermaid, which I think of as verrrry fitted through the upper legs/thigh area:

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the terms are more often than not used interchangeably. Having said that, I agree with the others – mermaid brings to mind a more abrupt flare, rather than a gradual one. Also, I think mermaid style dresses like the second two pics texaslawgirl posted are harder to bustle, though I am sure it is possible.

I have a trumpet style dress and I wouldn’t be able to wear a regular crinoline with it, though it has its own crinoline to fill out the flare. I think any style that is not an A-line or ball gown doesn’t really work with a typical crinoline. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

mermaid is tighter on the thighs and spreads out around the knees. trumpet starts spreading out somewhere in the mid-thigh region. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Daniela, Google Image search Pronovias Gironde – that’s my dress. 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

try to do a google search for mermaid crinoline’s or check ebay for them! i agree with pp you will not be able to have a regular crinoline with these.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

From what I’ve noticed, a mermaid silhouette is very defined. A trumpet dress is a hybrid of an a-line and a mermaid.

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