Brides always come in with a vision, but don't know how to explain what they are looking for. Even though pictures are amazing, sometimes as stylists we use terms that not everyone would know! Dress shopping is like learning a whole new language, but don't worry we've got you covered!! We will give you the basics and you will learn all about bridal. We hope this dictionary is helpful and prepares you for your dress shopping!!
A-Line Silhouette: An A-line wedding dress features a skirt that gradually begins to flare out from a fitted bodice, starting below the natural waist, and lightly skimming the hips, as it and extends to the hem, forming an "A" shape. This silhouette is thought to be universally figure-flattering.
Fit and Flare Silhouette: A dress with a fitted bodice through the hips and a flared skirt. Often times brides will use the term 'mermaid' for this style, but mermaids and trumpets have a whole different look!
Sheath Silhouette: A long, narrow, slim-fitting silhouette with straight, lines usually made from lighter fabrics, such as satin or chiffon, which is more suitable for the body-skimming shape.
Ballgown: The “fairy tale” dress, with a fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a full skirt. Ideal for most body types but looks great on pears, since it hides the lower body. Not good for petites; the skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame.
Trumpet: Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is between a modified a-line and a mermaid cut. Ideal for frames with small waists, such as the hourglass, banana, and petites. Not good for pears and apples, as it accentuates stomach and hip area.
Mermaid: Fitted on the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out close to the knee. Ideal for slender frames and hourglass body types who are willing to show off their curves. Not good for apples and plus size body types.
Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Ideal for all body types.
Wedding Dress Terms
Bustle: A fancy word for a sewing method used to transition a gown with a long train into a length that makes it easier to walk and dance in.
Bodice: The top part of your dress, above the waist.
Boning: This gives a dress' bodice structure and prevents drooping, especially in a strapless dress and we seriously cannot stress how important this is in a strapless dress!! Which is why we carry the exclusive designers that we do here at OUTW.
Chiffon: A very soft, delicate fabric that is extremely sheer and layered for modesty. This fabric is best known for being popular for bridesmaids dresses but is also becoming a lot more popular for wedding gowns.
Corset: A lace up back of the bodice, whether for ascetics or wiggle room with your size. Give yourself some extra time on your wedding day to lace it up!
Illusion Back: A more recent trend in wedding gowns - this design gives you the look of an open back with the comfort and beauty of a full coverage gown.
Organza: A type fabric/material that is made from silk, but is much stiffer than chiffon. It has a similar sheen to it, like satin but without all the weight while still creating volume in a dress. Often used for full skirts to give it more flow than tulle.
Sweetheart Neckline: A strapless bodice with rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle - makes a heart-like shape.
Train: The long back portion of a the dress that trails behind the bride. Trains can be different lengths. Brides adore this feature for walking down the isle and formal pictures.