There are two universal facts about gowns that every woman who has ever tried will agree with. Firstly, gowns are a beautiful portrayal of feminine elegance and unabashed gracefulness, and secondly, shopping for the right gown is probably one of the hardest wardrobe choices a woman will have to make. This is true partly due to the fact that there are numerous distinct types of gown cuts, styles, and fabrics. The tough choice is partly because the right choice of gown depends on the body type of the woman it is meant for.

Different Gown Cuts And Styles

In order to make choosing the perfect gown easier, it is important to have a clear idea about the various different types of cuts, patterns, and styles available as options. The right gown can make you look like an absolute vision, so much so that no one will be able to take their eyes off you!

Regency And Empire Waist Gowns

These types of gowns are typically characterized by raised waistlines that are placed just below the bust. In the past, these gowns were generally made of delicate fabrics and soft materials, which were quite expensive. As a result, they could only be afforded by the wealthy class and eventually came to be recognized as a status symbol among the English upper tier society. The empire waist gowns are perfect for those who want to distract attention from the middle portion of the body and accentuate the bosom.

 Princess Cut Gowns

The princes’s cut gown is a favorite of most women as it fits almost all body types perfectly. This is one of the most fuss free gown designs. Princess cut gowns have a beautifully fitted bodice, which tapers near the waist. This tapering is slightly different from conventional waistlines as the former is more subtle. This is a perfect choice for those who want to achieve a toned down hourglass look with a tiny waist.

A-line Gowns

A-line dresses and gowns are probably the most popular all over the world. The top bodice hugs the upper body closely, giving the person a petite look while the skirt flares down from the waist till the hemline. The elaborate flare accentuates the figure and forms an “A” giving the dress its popular name. A-line gowns have gone through a number of changes in the past few years and designers keep experimenting with this dress structure. These are one of the most preferred gowns for parties and weddings.

Tea-Length And Shorter Dress Gowns

The tea-length gown falls between the ankle and the knees, while there are several shorter gowns available as well. In order to achieve a look that is slightly different from the usual, pick a tea length gown that ends a few inches below the knee. This is a flattering dress length on almost all body types. While slender women can go for shorter dress lengths, plus size women generally prefer to wear knee length or full-length gowns. However, the selection depends on a great deal on personal choice, and your personal preference of length and comfort level must be the key factor while choosing.

Gowns With An Indian Twist

These days, the fashion world has become so interconnected that even the most traditional attires of various countries have been tweaked to suit the global palette. The same thing has happened with conventional gown designs which are now being designed and manufactured keeping the choice of Indian women in mind. Indian gowns are made of luxurious fabrics such as silk and satin, which are then lined with tulle, net, or organza for a brilliantly attractive look.

These gown fabrics are a little different from the Western designs and are brighter in colour and more elaborate in design and pattern. The embellishments are exquisitely placed in such gowns and they are made ornate with embroidery and stone-studded designs. Indian traditional gowns come with dupattas and patterns such as saree style or lehenga style gowns.

How To Choose The Perfect Gown?

There are two things on which the perfect gown for you depends on. Firstly, consider your body type and do a little research on which cuts and fabrics fit the best. Secondly, the personal preference of the woman for whom the gown is meant is of utmost importance. One of the other most important choices is that of the fabric. While fabrics such as silk and satin fit almost everyone well, some others such as crepe and thin chiffon cling to the body snugly and highlight the woman’s curves. Also, consider the season when the gown is to be worn as this might help narrow down your choice of cuts and patterns.


With the right gown, all a woman needs is a few complementing pieces of jewellery to look like a million bucks.