Don't Buy A Dress You'll Regret--10 Wedding Gowns That Never Go Out Of Style

March 21, 2013 by Melanie Barnes
shefinds | Weddings
Strapless: The most popular wedding gown style of all? Strapless. Year after year, it's the one brides keep going back to. Thread Georgia Gown ($720)

Sweetheart: If you're looking for something that's just a little more special than a plain strapless gown, go with a sweetheart neckline. It's sexy without being inappropriate and stands the test of time. Badgley Mischka Collection Strapless Lace Gown ($715)

Ballgown: This quintessential wedding dress shape is exactly what you grew up envisioning for your big day. The key is to stay away from huge skirts and don't overload on beading and embellishments. J.Crew Collection Lucinda ball gown ($2,500)

V-Neck: To avoid regret with a V-neck gown, stay away from too much draping to stay classic, and definitely steer clear of showing too much cleavage. Ann Taylor Silk Georgette V-Neck Gown ($550)

Trumpet: A slim-fit bodice that flares ever-so-slightly just past your hips is a classic, so long as the flare isn't too dramatic. You'll also want to make sure the dress isn't too tight.

A-Line: This silhouette looks good on every body type, so it's no surprise it never goes out of style. An A-line gown gives brides that princess-y volume without going over the top. Reem Acra Virtue Strapless Gown ($2,800)

Halter: A halter neckline doesn't belong to any specific generation, which makes it perfectly timeless. Plus, it's a great option for showing off sexy shoulders, while offering more coverage than a strapless gown. Giambattista Valli Cross Front Wedding Gown ($2,395)

Sheath: A simple, straight sheath gown is fuss free, which means there are no tell-tale trends to date it. It's a great silhouette for tall brides and is easily dressed up with the right accessories. J.Crew Percy gown ($650)

Column: The slim-fitting column gown has been around since Ancient Greece, and we still aren't sick of it. The pleating and draping give it just enough detail to keep from being plain, and the V-neckline is the perfect feminine touch. Lanvin Long Dress in Netting ($10,895)

Short Dress: If you're saying "I do" in a small ceremony or even at city hall, the short dress is your best bet. Not only will you not regret spending a fortune on a gown, but with the right design you might be able to wear it again. Roland Mouret One-shoulder wool-blend dress ($2,923)

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