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Style Glossary

Dresses


Aline Dress - Fitted at your natural waist and gradually widen towards the hem to create a triangular shape that fans out slightly.

Trapeze Dress - Has a triangular shape, but instead of starting at your waist, the silhouette begins at your shoulders and flairs out over your form. Similar to the a-line dress style.

Fit and Flare Dress - Fitted through the bodice and then flares out into a fuller skirt. 

Halter Dress - Straps are usually around the neck, bares the shoulders and may low in the front and the back may be visible.

Sheath Dress - Form-fitting shape and encases the body. Usually stops somewhere around the knee area.

Shift Dress - Falls straight down from your shoulders, lacks detailed shaping.

Drop Waist Dress - Has a low, horizontal waistline that usually falls near the level of the upper hips. The result is a lengthening of the torso.

Shirt Dress - Tailored dress styled like a shirt. A shirt dress tends to have an A-line or Shift dress bottom with a collar and button-down top. 

Empire Dress - Has a high waistline located just under the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows out.

Wrap Dress - Has a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or fastening buttons. This forms a V-shaped neckline.


Skirts

 

 A-Line Skirt - The A-line skirt is small at the waist and then widens evenly as it reaches towards the ground. They are

Fishtail Skirt - Fishtail skirts are fitted at the waist, fuller around the hips, narrow at the knees, and then they flare out at the heels. These are also known as mermaid skirts and they are either dressy or formal.

Flared Skirt - Flared skirts are similar to A-line skirts except they flare out towards the bottom. They can be calf length, knee length, or above the knees. 

Hi – Lo Skirt - Also known as asymmetrical, waterfall, or mullet skirts, are skirts with a hem that is higher in the front, or side, than in the back.

Mini Skirt - Miniskirts are very short and are usually long enough to reach between the crotch and the knees.

Peasant Skirt - Peasant skirts are similar to broomstick skirts without the wrinkled look. They have several horizontal layers. The layers can be made with the same fabric or they can have different fabrics for each layer. 

Pencil or Sheath Skirt - Pencil skirts are form fitting, knee length skirts. They are straight cut and they hug the legs closely.

Pleated Skirt - Pleated skirts have vertical pleats running up and down the skirt. When there is movement, the skirt appears to open up. These either reach to the knee or above the knee.

Straight Skirt - Straight skirts are fitted at the waist and hips, but then fall in a straight line downward so that they are loose at the knees. They are similar to the pencil skirt only they are less tight.