These are the most common terms used to describe the sillouette of wedding dresses....
A-line wedding dress
Form fitting bodices that flares out from the waistline to a full skirt. These bridal gowns
have a seamless waist.
Ball gown Very full skirt that begins at the waist and continues to a formal length wedding gown.
Basque waist/V-waist Dropped waist starting at or just below the waistline, and dips in the center creating a V shape.
Column skirt/straight skirt Straight-line skirt with no flare or fullness at the hem or waistline.
Empire waist wedding gown Waistline begins just below the bust.
Mermaid Skirt that hugs body until it reaches the knees then ends in dramatic flare.
Sheaths Usually have straight or close fitting skirts, accompanied by a form-fitting bodice. Skirt is often ankle length and sometimes has a slit in either the front, side, or back to make walking easier.
Tulle skirt/bouffant gown A sheer, puffed-out skirt often made of stiffened silk, rayon, or nylon net.
Additional terms useful when shopping for your wedding dress....
Back drape A length of material attached either at the shoulder or the waist that flows over the back to floor length. In some cases can be removable.
Corset top/boned bodice Form fitting, usually strapless bodice with boning and either laces or snap closures, worn as an undergarment in the past, now popular as outer-garment.
Crinoline or Petticoats - stiffened slip worn under the dress to give the skirt height or poof. Most common is found in 2 styles. A-line and Full. A-line is 2 layers, Full is 3.
Gauntlets Dress gloves extending above the wrist.
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