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Bridesmaid Term Dictionary

A-Line:
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.

Asymmetrical:
An uneven design element that creates interest; it may be gathering of fabric on one side, an uneven hem or a one-shoulder strap.

Chiffon:
A sheer and thin, flowing fabric that drapes well on the body.

Cordedge:
A slender length of fabric that creates a subtle raised line often as a border or edging.

Ball Gown:
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.

Empire:
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.

Flair Skirt:
A skirt shape that spreads outward creating fullness starting from the hip that is generally found on shorter skirts.

Halter:
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.

Mock:
A design that mimics an opening, wrap, or multiple pieces.

Pleat:
A fold in fabric made by doubling the material upon itself and then pressing or stitching it into place.

Princess Seam:
Shaped seams that run down the front and sides of a dress or bodice to fit the garment closely.

Satin:
A smooth fabric woven with a glossy face and a dull back.

Shirring:
Tight decorative gathers which create flattering pleats in the fabric.

Spaghetti Strap:
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.

Strapless:
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.

Surplice:
An over lap of fabric usually found on the bodice and is very flattering to a smaller bust.

Sweetheart Neckline:
This neckline is shaped like the top of a heart and elongates the neck with the subtle dip in the middle.

Tea Length:
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.

V-Neck:
As the name implies, the neckline dips down in the front and often in the back as well.

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