A dress with a fitted bodice that gradually flairs from the waist, and is flattering to all types of figures. It can balance a figure thatís small on the top and fuller on the bottom. The skirt has a smooth, perfectly continuous shape all the way around and doesnít need a vent.
An uneven design element that creates interest; it may be gathering of fabric on one side, an uneven hem or a one-shoulder strap.
A sheer and thin, flowing fabric that drapes well on the body.
A slender length of fabric that creates a subtle raised line often as a border or edging.
A full skirted dress that brushes the floor and has netting under to fill it out. They are classic and elegant perfect for a formal affair. This unbroken line all the way to the floor has a graceful elongating effect and the fullness of the skirt gives the illusion of floating across the floor.
A bodice with a high waistline hitting directly below the bust. This effect lengthens the body and legs making it a great look for most body types.
A skirt shape that spreads outward creating fullness starting from the hip that is generally found on shorter skirts.
A neckline featuring straps that wrap around from the front and connect behind the neck. This is a sophisticated look that works well with broad shoulders and tall figures.
A design that mimics an opening, wrap, or multiple pieces.
A fold in fabric made by doubling the material upon itself and then pressing or stitching it into place.
Shaped seams that run down the front and sides of a dress or bodice to fit the garment closely.
A smooth fabric woven with a glossy face and a dull back.
Tight decorative gathers which create flattering pleats in the fabric.
Skinny straps that attach at the front and back of dress or tie at the neck, often detachable. The best of both worlds because the offer support but also create a bare look.
A dress without straps that is a very popular neckline that brings the eye to the collarbone and offers unlimited jewelry options. This design accentuates great shoulders and works well most figures.
An over lap of fabric usually found on the bodice and is very flattering to a smaller bust.
This neckline is shaped like the top of a heart and elongates the neck with the subtle dip in the middle.
A gown or skirt with a hem that falls between the bottom of the ankle and the bottom of the calf (several inches above the ankle) creating a look that is elegant yet casual.
As the name implies, the neckline dips down in the front and often in the back as well.