Another page from our “Learn the Lingo” series:
A-line: This dress line is the most accommodating, whether you are tall or short, big or slim. The gown gently flares from the shoulders down. No seam on the waist. The vertical seams flow from the shoulders to the hem.
Empire: Similar to the A-line, however the upper body features a form fitted bosom and is high waisted. The empire silhouette is the best for women who have medium to large busts and wider waistlines. Compliments with a slender, graceful skirt.
Sheath: This shape follows the natural body curves from shoulder to hem. They are often cut on the bias, which means they will cling to your shape. Most are strapless and even backless. A very sexy dress for very sexy bodies.
Mermaid: Similar to the sheath, except it flares at or below the knee. Again, a very sexy form fitting dress.
Trumpet: Similar to the Mermaid, except it flares above the knee – creating something of a trumpet shape.
Ball gown: The Cinderella dress, with a fitted corset bodice and a full, multi-layered skirt. the waistlines are either “V” shaped, natural, higher than natural, or lower on your hips. This gown shape is great for those of us who are not fond of our hips, buttocks or thighs.