A wedding dress or bridal gown is the dress worn by the bride during a wedding ceremony. The color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants. In Western cultures, the wedding dress is most commonly white, which fashion was made popular by Queen Victoria when she married in 1840. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness.
A bride in a contemporary version of the traditional long white wedding dress with train, tiara and white veil.
Today, about 75% of wedding dresses on the market are sleeveless and strapless, though some brides may prefer more modest styles with sleeves, higher necklines, and covered backs. Most of today's wedding dresses have either lace-up backs or zipper backs. Wedding dresses can also be long or short, depending on the type of wedding.
Some of the most popular contemporary silhouettes include A-line, ball gown, empire, mermaid, tea-length, and trumpet.
A dress or skirt silhouette that is narrower at the top, flaring gently wider toward the bottom thereby resembling the letter A. Works well on most figure types; good for disguising bottom-heavy figures. It is also known as Fit & Flare.
Characterized by a very full skirt that begins at the waist and continues to floor length. It has a full bodice and a cinched waistline that falls into a full skirt.
A type of dress or top where the waistline is raised above the natural waistline, sometimes as high as of right below the bust.
The mermaid dress is close-fitting through the bodice, down through the hips and to below the knees where the skirt flares out.
A dress with a hemline that hits the center of the thigh.
It can resemble a cocktail-style dress that shows off the lower legs and bridal shoes.
A straight skirt with a hem flounce that flares away from the body at the hem.
Popular contemporary neckline types include asymmetric, bateau, halter, jewel, off-the-shoulder, portrait, scoop, sheer, square, strapless, sweetheart, and V-neck. The neckline refers to the shape of the material at the top of the dress as it falls on the neck and shoulders.
Asymmetrical by its very definition means there is no symmetry or no balance. So this neckline appears different on either side of the center front.
Also known as the "Boat neck". This is a wide, high neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends in points on the shoulder seams.
Necklines have a high panel on the front, which is then tied around the neck for support and, optionally, may be tied behind the neck or include a clasp, exposing the back and shoulders.
A plain, slightly rounded neckline without a collar. Also known as the T-shirt neckline, the jewel neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat.
This neckline sits below the shoulders, with sleeve-like straps that cover part of the upper arm. Shows off your collarbone and shoulders.
Characterized by a wide, soft scoop from shoulder to shoulder.
Also known as a "ballerina neckline", this U-shaped style is often cut low, and occasionally the scoop will continue on the back of the dress.
A neckline that is created by "sheer" or translucent fabric, such as lace or netting, rather than an opaque material or strap.
This neckline is nearly strapless, except for the presence of thin, delicate straps; a bit like strings of spaghetti.
The neckline is cut straight across the top in between the straps, creating a "square"-like shape to the top of the dress.
A neckline that can be any shape, but is discerned by its lack of straps (neither over the shoulder nor around the neck).
A neckline with a plunge in the front in the shape of the top of a heart.
A neckline characterized by a plunge in the front shaped like the letter "V".
Characterized by a hemline that hits at the ankle.
Characterized by a hemline that hits the floor.
Characterized by a hemline that hits the center of the thigh.
Characterized by a skirt length that falls between the knee and ankle.
Characterized by a skirt length or attached and/or detachable train that can be several feet long.
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