Know-hows of Wedding Dresses

On September 20, 2013 by marrywear
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Before choosing wedding dresses for your big day, better take time to understand a bit more and learn what all the terms mean, so that you can buy wedding dresses that best suit you.

The Silhouette

Fitted at the bodice and gently flares wider toward the bottom, resembling the letter A.
Body type: Flattering on most body types and good for disuising bottom heavy figures.

The waistline is above the natural waistline, as high as right elow the bust.
Body type: Best on smaller busts or petite figures. The empire silhouette creates the illusion of lengths and camouflages a bottom-heavy figure or thick waist.

Ball gown
A long formal dress silhouette, fitted at the bodice with a very full skirt.
Body type: Flattering on average heigth to tall women as the full skirt visually cuts the body in half. It is a very forgiving style, hiding everything from the mid-section, hips and legs.

A figure-hugging silhouette with a straight skirt at mid-calf or shorter has a defined waist(no belt or waistband).

Fits closely to the body until mid-hip, and then widens gradually to the hem, resembling the mouth of a trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee.
Body type: Adds curves on a straight figure or accentuates feminine curves on a fuller figure.

Fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem.
Body type: Best on hour glass body shapes.

Wedding Dress

The Neckline

Follows the curve of the collarbone to the very tip of the shoulders.
Cowl Neck
A floppy, loose neckline, drapes below the collarbone.
A slight curve, not cut as low as the sweethear.
Straps wrap around the back of the neck.
A revealing, deep v-neck.
A wide neckline with straps or sleeve resting on the tips of the shoulder blades.
A sea-shell or fan looking top
U shaped neckline, with varying varying depths.
Shaped like the top half of a heart.
A straight and horizontal bodice that meets with straps at a 90 degree angle.
Neckline dips down into a v-shape.
One Shoulder
Strap comes across only one shoulder.
Off the Shoulder
Sits just below the shoulder, highlighting the shoulders and collarbone.
High Neck
A high neckline, T-shirt cut or a small collar.
Queen Ann
A higher collar in the back and a scoop or v-neck in front.

The Waistline

A low U or V shape
Dropped Waist
Waistline hits below the natural waist, at mid-hip.
Waistline is just below the bust.
Natural Waist
Waistline hits at the natural waist, the indentation between the hips and rib cage.
A fitted bodice with a large full skirt.

Sleeve Style

Strapless, spaghetti straps, sleeveless, cap sleeve, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve

The Back

Open, X-cross, closed, U-shape, V-shape, bare

The Train

Attaches to the shoulders rather than the waist.
10 feet long
6 feet long
3 feet long
1 foot long
Brush or Sweep
Barely brushes the floor.

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