Do you know what these terms mean about wedding dresses? | ByCouturier
Posted by Karluti on April 26th, 2019
A little planning goes a long way, and we want to make sure you are well-equipped with all the information you need to make the right choice. So, we will tell you all the different things you should analyze, understand and note down before you set foot in a bridal store.
Understand essential wedding shopping lingo
When you attend your wedding shopping appointment, you will hear terms like mermaid wedding dresses, fit and flare, empire, butterfly sleeves, illusion necklines, organza, tulle and more. Do you know what these terms mean?
If not, spend some time trying to understand wedding dresses lingo, so you aren’t lost and confused at your wedding shopping appointment. Here is an easy glossary of wedding dress jargon for the uninitiated.
Wedding dress necklines:
Apart from the silhouette, the neckline is another distinctive feature of any wedding dress. Apart from the square, round and V-necklines, here are the other types of necklines seen on wedding dresses.
Strapless: Bodice cuts straight across the bust and there are no supporting straps or sleeves
Sweetheart: Strapless style where the top part of the bodice resembles a heart.
Bateau: Designed in the shape of a boat and reveals collarbones, as it extends from one shoulder to the other
Illusion: Sheer or see-through neckline over underlying bodice. Often embellished with lace or bead accents.
Single shoulder: Features a single shoulder strap and reveals other shoulder
Queen Anne: Neckline rises at the back of the neck and it has a V-neckline or scoop in the front
Halter: Straps wrap around the neck revealing a low-cut back and deep armhole
High neck: Neckline sits above the collar bones
Off-the-shoulder: Sleeves fall off shoulders to reveal décolletage and collar bones
Spaghetti straps: Thin straps support the bodice on either side
Here are the most common wedding dress silhouettes.
Ball gown: Structured bodice and ample skirt with layers of fabric that fall to full length.
A-line: Fitted on top and flares away from the body at the waistline, resembling the shape of an A.
Sheath: Column-style dress that outlines the natural curves
Trumpet: Fits snugly along the bodice all the way down to the hips, from where it flares out into a full skirt. Also known as the trumpet
Mermaid: Silhouette structure similar to trumpet, but skirt begins below the knee creating a more dramatic effect
The terms full sleeves, half sleeves and three-fourth length sleeves are self-explanatory. Apart from these, there are other types of sleeve styles as follows.
Cap sleeves: Barely cover the shoulders and top of the arms, revealing the arm hole
Bell: Fitted sleeves that taper into a bell-shape as it reaches the wrists
Juliet: Fitted at the wrist and puffed in the area between the shoulders and wrist
Basque: V-shaped defined waistline
Empire: High waist that begins just below the bust and continues into a full skirt
Dropped Waist: Bodice extends to beyond the actual waistline
Wedding dress trains
The length of fabric that extends beyond the wedding dress contributes to the overall impact and adds to the attractiveness of a dress. Based on length, the following types of trains exist.
Sweep: Short train that just brushes the floor as you walk
Court: This train extends to a foot beyond the hemline
Chapel: Longer than the court train and usually measures three to four feet length from the natural waistline
Cathedral: Dramatic train that measures over six feet from the waistline
Royal: Long train that flows to twelve feet or more length.
Wedding dress fabrics
Fabrics like chiffon and crepe are lightweight and soft. Satin and silk are also soft, but have a distinguishing sheen. Taffeta is heavy with a lustrous sheen. Organza and tulle are stiff fabrics used in structured gowns. A variety of lace also appears on wedding dresses. Find out how to identify each type of wedding dress lace in our article here.Also See: Wedding Dresses, Terms Mean, Right Choice, Planning Goes, Make, Wedding, Way
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