Aline Dress - Fitted at your natural waist and gradually widens towards the hem to create a triangular shape that fans out slightly.
Sheath Dress - Form fitting in shape and encases the body. Also known as a body con dress, usually stops somewhere around the knee area.
Shift Dress - Falls straight down from your shoulders, lacks detailed shaping.
Empire Dress - Has a high waistline located just under the bust line with the rest of the dress flows out.
Wrap Dress - Has a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other may tie at the side or button to form a V-shaped neckline.
The dresses above also have variations. Each has the same basic premise of its primary inspiration 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.