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Trumpet vs. Mermaid Wedding Dresses – What’s the Difference and Which is Right For You?

A staple in the bridal fashion world, wedding dresses with flared skirts top our lists – not to mention, they look amazing on every body type! From mermaid wedding dresses to fit-and-flare gowns to trumpet styles, there is a flared wedding dress for every bride and the style she is in search of.

Trumpet vs. Mermaid Wedding Dresses: What’s the difference?

The difference between a mermaid wedding dress and a trumpet wedding dress is all about where the flare of the skirt starts: Mermaid wedding dresses start to flare just below the knee while trumpet wedding dresses flare above the knee.

Slim throughout the body, the skirt of a trumpet wedding dress flares in a dramatic fashion at the lower thigh, right above the bride’s knee. Mermaid silhouettes start to flare just below the knee, making for an even more dramatic silhouette. A long and lean bodice is tight through the bride’s midsection and legs and ends with a flared skirt just below the knees.

what is the difference between a mermaid and trumpet wedding dress?

What is a Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dress?

Fit-and-flare wedding gowns have the least dramatic flare of any flared wedding dress styles. Flaring out just below the hip, the flare of the skirt is larger and wider. For a classic glam wedding-day look, we love Essense of Australia style D2679. This fit-and-flare wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline is the perfect combination of romantic and sophisticated. A plunging sweetheart neckline accentuates the form-fitting lace bodice of this gown, while the crepe skirt creates a subtle flare that is completely figure-flattering.

Essense of Australia Style D2679

Essense of Australia Style D2679

For a more soft and romantic style, we can’t get enough of Stella York style 6873. Proving to be a head-turning design, this fit-and-flare wedding dress with an illusion back will make a statement as you walk down the aisle, and during every moment after! A curve-hugging lace bodice is accented beautifully with a sheer, illusion back and a dramatic tulle train that flares out just below the hips.

Stella York Style 6873

Stella York Style 6873

Traditional brides, don’t worry, there’s a breathtaking fit-and-flare gown for you, too! Take one look at Stella York Style 6867 and you’ll know exactly what we mean. This classic silhouette has been given a glamorous update with bold beadwork throughout.

Stella York Style 6867

Stella York Style 6867

What is a Mermaid Wedding Dress?

Mermaid wedding dresses are another silhouette of gowns that feature a flared skirt. Flaring out just above the knees, this silhouette has a prominently-flared skirt. In search of a sexy style on your wedding day? Look no further than Essense of Australia Style D2844. This lace mermaid gown brings the sexy with its curve-hugging bodice. Rich beadwork and silver detailing adorn the bodice of this gown, down onto the tulle and lace mermaid skirt, making this a standout style.

Essense of Australia Style D2844

Essense of Australia Style D2844

Are you in search of something more unique? Essense of Australia Style D2812 was made for you! This mermaid wedding dress features a clean, Matte Mikado bodice that highlights your figure, before flaring out into a full, tulle skirt.

Essense of Australia Style D2812

Essense of Australia Style D2812

For all the elegant and romantic brides in search of a mermaid wedding gown, Stella York Style 6883 will become your instant favorite! Featuring a plunging neckline and a mix of fabrics, the mermaid silhouette of this gown is accented perfectly with lace detailing, giving it a completely romantic look.

Stella York Style 6883

Stella York Style 6883

Say hello to Martina Liana Style 1131 – a mermaid wedding dress that brings all the old Hollywood glamour! Featuring asymmetrical details this mermaid gown is available in your choice of eight sleek and sophisticated colors, adding to this vintage, glam look.

Martina Liana Style 1131

Martina Liana Style 1131

Completely modern, this mermaid wedding dress with heavy beading – Martina Liana Style 1032 – is perfect for the bride searching for something unexpected. In a soft, ivory tone, this wedding gown features 3D lacework throughout the fitted bodice, accented with botanical details. The lace skirt of this gown flares out, adding the perfect amount of drama to this otherwise modern and sophisticated style.

Martina Liana Style 1032

Martina Liana Style 1032

What is a Trumpet Wedding Dress?

Trumpet wedding dresses are the third gown style that features a flared skirt. Flaring around the knees, the skirts of these styles reflect the name perfectly – they resemble a true trumpet shape. A classic and elegant style that still brings all kinds of sexy, Essense of Australia Style D2832 is the trumpet wedding dress you’ll want for your wedding day. With a plunging neckline, the sheer cutouts of this gown features graphic lace and is accented perfectly with a laser-cut train. Sleek matte Mikado fabric hugs every curve before flaring out into a dramatic trumpet skirt.

Essense of Australia Style D2832

Essense of Australia Style D2832

If you’re searching for something a little more vintage inspired, Martina Liana Style 1140 is the perfect trumpet wedding dress for you! Bold, graphic linear lines create a breathtaking silhouette made for hugging your curves! The trumpet skirt adds dimension, while the bold fabric lengthens the body and adds stunning interest. The incredible train makes for an asymmetrical style that is truly unique.

Martina Liana Style 1140

Martina Liana Style 1140

Mermaid, fit-and-flare and trumpet wedding dresses are ideal for the bride who wants to feel sexy on her wedding day, but stay true to her personal style. No matter your style, the focal point of these wedding dress styles is the dramatic skirt and train, making both your entrance and exit a showstopping moment.

To find a mermaid, fit-and-flare or trumpet wedding dress that matches your personal wedding-day style, use the Essense of Australia, Martina Liana, and Stella York store locators. Be sure to follow along on social media, too, for more wedding day inspiration!