June Letters Studio
InStyle Staff
Apr 09, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

Below is an excerpt from "Finally---a Complete Guide to Wedding Dress Shapes," which originally appeared on popsugar.com/fashion. Read the full story at popsugar.com.

When searching for a wedding dress, the amount of choices can be somewhat overwhelming—especially so when you're first starting to shop. Are you a column gal, or does ball gown suit your style? A-line or modified A-line? And what the heck is the difference between trumpet and mermaid? Is there a difference?

Not to worry. We had the same questions, which is why we did some research and created this guide—complete with easy-to-understand illustrations—for each distinct silhouette. Read on for a handful of knowledge before you begin the hunt.

READ MORE: A Complete Guide to Wedding Dress Shapes

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