The Fishtail silhouette, also known as the Mermaid silhouette, is defined by the style of skirt. It follows the shape of the hourglass body shape, fitting the body all the way down to the knee, where it flares out to the hem line, just like the tail of a mermaid or fish. It is fitted to the bust, waist, hips and thighs. Fishtail dresses can be worn with a special fishtail-style hoop, to help hold the shape of the dress and to keep the underskirt away from the bride’s legs.
The figure-hugging Fishtail / Mermaid style is often chosen by celebrities and requires a bride who is confident about her curves! Also, due to the fit of the dress, brides opting for this style will need to be aware of the tightest point of the dress, as the closer it fits around the knees, the more difficult it becomes to walk – and we wouldn’t want anyone tripping up the aisle!
The difference between the Fishtail and Trumpet silhouettes is the point at which the dress begins to flare. Whilst the Trumpet silhouette flares from below the hips, the Fishtail flares from the lower thigh or knee.
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