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

A-line
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.

Empire
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.

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

Trumpet
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.

Mermaid
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

Bateau
Follows the curve of the collarbone to the very tip of the shoulders.
Cowl Neck
A floppy, loose neckline, drapes below the collarbone.
Dipped
A slight curve, not cut as low as the sweethear.
Halter
Straps wrap around the back of the neck.
Plunging
A revealing, deep v-neck.
Portrait
A wide neckline with straps or sleeve resting on the tips of the shoulder blades.
Scalloped
A sea-shell or fan looking top
Scoop
U shaped neckline, with varying varying depths.
Sweetheart
Shaped like the top half of a heart.
Square
A straight and horizontal bodice that meets with straps at a 90 degree angle.
V-neck
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

Basque
A low U or V shape
Dropped Waist
Waistline hits below the natural waist, at mid-hip.
Empire
Waistline is just below the bust.
Natural Waist
Waistline hits at the natural waist, the indentation between the hips and rib cage.
Princess
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

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

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