Mermaid vs. Trumpet Wedding Gown: The Difference Revealed

A classic silhouette: a gorgeous fitted bodice that hugs your curves and flares out dramatically at the bottom. The look has been a bridal favorite for decades. And we know why! Fit and flare (which include both mermaid and trumpet) dresses make a true bridal statement and are oh-so flattering on every body type. What’s not to love?

We have found that there’s always confusion as to the difference between a mermaid gown and a trumpet gown. They are, after all, almost identical. The answer is actually very simple, but also subtle. It’s all in the flare of the skirt and where it starts!

What is a mermaid gown?

A mermaid wedding gown is known for its fitted style, which hugs close to the body celebrating every single curve. The flare on a mermaid dress starts at or below the knee, creating a mermaid-like “tail” that’s both sophisticated and elegant. We love these styles by Berta, Elysee, and Pronovias.

What is a trumpet gown?

Trumpet wedding dresses are just as they sound. It actually resembles a true trumpet shape as the flare starts at the mid-thigh. It has been said that the trumpet style is a bit more comfortable than the mermaid as it frees up more movement for the legs. This cut gives the same dramatic and elegant feel we all know and love. Some of our fave trumpet gowns are by Martina Liana, Enaura, and Allure.