Wedding dresses: trains

Use our guide to wedding dress trains to find the ideal style for your bridal gown

dress_trainA train adds a touch of magic and majesty to a bride on her wedding day, accentuating the beauty of the bride and her dress.

If you choose a dress with a train, be sure to look at the view of the back of the gown to ensure that the look suits you and your figure, as wide trains that extend from the waistline can add the unwanted illusion of extra pounds. If you choose a long train, ask whether the train is detachable, or get the dressmaker or bridal assistant to show you how to gather up the train into a bustle at the back. Another option is ribbon loops that help you hold the train up so that you can dance. If you are petite, avoid the bustle and look for a detachable train, as you may look swamped by a large bustle.

A sweep, duster or brush train (below left) is a very popular style that extends around one to one-and-a-half feet at the back of the dress. They are usually worn at more informal weddings.

A puddle train (below middle) is similar to a sweep train but has more fabric at the back and sides, forming a "puddle" around the bride's feet.

A court train (below right) is the same length as a sweep or brush train, but extends from the waistline rather than the hemline, changing the silhouette of the bride’s figure.

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