Dress Style Glossary

Dresses Styles

The most common dress styles that women are aware of  are the following dresses. 

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

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Sheath Dress - Form-fitting shape and encases the body. Also known as a body con dress, usually stops somewhere around the knee area.

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

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

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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.

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Other common dress styles

The dresses above also have variations. Each has the same basic premise of its primary inspirations but with a twist to create a unique 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Skirts Styles

These are the most common skirt styles. Each of these can have different details such as please or asymmetric, but the basic cut of most skirts fall into one of these categories:

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

  • Pencil, Body Con or Sheath Skirt - This fitted skirt is form fitting and almost always knee length.Fishtail Skirt - Fishtail skirts also known as mermaid skirts are narrow at the waist, hips, thighs and knees, then flare out around the calf. 

  • Hi – Lo Skirt - This design had an uneven hem that is higher in the front, or side, than in the back.

  • Mini Skirt - Miniskirts are just that mini. The length tends to end somewhere along the mid thigh.