Silhouette Spotlight: Ballgowns

Silhouette Spotlight: Ballgowns

When you’re out shopping for your wedding dress, one of the most important decisions you make early in the process is selecting the silhouette of gown you want. Gown silhouettes include ballgowns, A-lines, fit and flares, mermaids, and sheath gowns. If you have no idea what any of those mean, have no fear! Our goal with this series of blog posts is to make your shopping experience that much more streamlined and stress-free by going over each silhouette and highlighting some of their main qualities and characteristics, so that when you come in to shop, you’ll practically be a gown connoisseur!


When you want a little (or a lot!) of poof, and you're in that Cinderella state of mind, your best bet is a ballgown. Now, what makes a ballgown? You may be thinking that it’s the sheer volume, and you would be right! Similar to an A-line gown, a ball gown generally features a form-fitting bodice which is tight down to a seam at the natural waist; the difference, however, is in the skirt. While an A-line flows naturally from the seam and down the hips, a true ball gown includes a crinoline under-layer to help create that classic, full shape. So, if you’re ever in doubt about what you’re looking at, just take a peek under the skirt! If it’s got crinoline, then you’ve got yourself a ball gown!


You may be thinking that a ballgown is only for the fanciest and frilliest of brides, but the truth is that there’s enormous variety within the world of ballgowns. Indeed, some are frilly and fanciful, some are all glitz and glam, and others are clean, simple, and purely elegant. Just take a look at a few from our Dearly inventory and see for yourself!



Justin Alexander 44220


Champagne and candlelight; this mikado gown is a picture of refined elegance. A high back slopes into a classically flattering V-neck line which highlights the bust without being revealing. Additionally, the bodice features boning sewn into the seams and an elastic hook-and-eye strap to add extra support and comfort. The skirt flows from the natural waistline, adorned with a delicate belt, into a circular train that’s just the right length. Finally, a row of buttons from neck to train adds that final bridal touch for a truly romantic look.



Elsa by Essence of Australia


Elsa is vintage glamor personified! This simple-yet-stunning dove satin gown has just enough detail to draw the eye without being over-the-top. A chic, off-the-shoulder neckline accentuates your neck and shoulders, while an attached fabric waistband and simple seaming highlights your figure throughout the grand silhouette. Modern and regal, Elsa is the dress for a bride who wants to make a smashing statement wherever she goes, so slay queen!



L’Amour LA8122


Photos by Tiffani Given Photography

Magic is in the air when you put this gown on. A layer of floaty tulle adorned with glittery floral appliqués pack a crystalline punch, while a horsehair-trimmed, handkerchief hemline lends an air of enchanting whimsy. The bodice features a modest V-neckline and high back, and is trimmed in crystal beading for some eye-catching glitz and glam.



Calla Blanche 19254


Less of a classic ballgown and more of a modified A-line in silhouette with some incredible volume, this luxurious gown by Calla Blanche is a soft and romantic number, utilizing 3D floral appliques to their best advantage. These delicate, pearl-studded rose clusters stream from the bodice down the voluminous skirt, all the way to the hem and extravagant train, composed of layers and layers of ivory and glitter tulle. The bodice is daring, featuring a deep, plunging neckline, low back, and double-strap detail.


Pop Quiz: What constitutes a ballgown? If your answer is CRINOLINE, then you are correct! Crinoline is the key to creating that wonderful volume which you won’t find with any other style of dress.


Like what you see? You can find these gowns and more among our Dearly inventory, so if your fancy is a ballgown, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to book your appointment HERE and have a look at these fantastic gowns in-person!