Bridal Club Magazine
Bridesmaids' Dresses Glossary
A-line: a dress with a skirt that flares out
towards the bottom, mimicking the appearance of the capital letter
A. A-line dresses suit pear shaped women as the flare of the dress
balances out the width of their hips.
Apple shape: apple shaped girls are usually big
busted with small hips and a rounder tummy. Wrap style dresses that
direct attention away from the stomach area are great for apple
shaped bodies. If the bride isn't 100% set on floor length dresses,
knee length dresses look great on apple shaped bridesmaids as they
usually have killer legs which are worth showing off.
Basque waistline: a dress with a U shaped or V
shaped waistline which sits closer to the hips than the
Boat neckline: a neckline which curves near the collarbone on a
sleeveless dress which usually features quite thin straps at the
tip of the shoulders.
Chiffon: a very delicate, transparent fabric which
is often incorporated in the outer layers of a dress to add detail.
Always check with the bride first about how much chiffon is
appropriate for the bridesmaid dresses.
Dropped waistline: a waistline which sits towards
the hips rather than the waist and is suited to women with an
inverted triangle shaped body who want to draw attention away from
their shoulders and towards their slim hips and legs.
Empire waistline: a dress which features a high
waistline, just below the bust. An empire waistline suits almost
all body types so may be the perfect choice for weddings where the
brides wants her maids to dress uniformly.
Hourglass figure: hourglass shaped women have a
large bust, small waist and large hips. Think Marilyn Monroe. If
you are lucky enough to have an hourglass figure, show it off with
a tight fitting yet classy dress but don't be shocked if the other
bridesmaids aren't willing to wear exactly the same dress.
Inverted triangle shape: women with broad
shoulders and narrow hips have an inverted triangle shaped figure.
V neck dresses suit this figure because they draw attention away
from the shoulders and towards the waist. A ruffled dress will also
give the appearance of wider hips.
Maternity bridesmaid dress: most bridal stores
stock lovely bridesmaid dresses for expectant mummies. Go dress
shopping early to be sure to find something flattering which will
match the colour and style of the other maids' dresses.
Pear shape: pear shaped girls usually have a small
bust, big hips, big thighs and a big butt that would make
Sir-Mix-A-Lot proud. Wrap style dresses with an A-line suit pear
shaped ladies. Capped sleeves will also give the appearance of
wider shoulders and a V-neck helps to balance out the small
Scoop neckline: a dress with a U shaped neckline.
The scoop can be shallow for modest bridesmaids or deeper for
bustier gals who want to show off their goods (within
Sheath: a case to hide a dagger if you have a
bridezilla on your hands or a closely fitted dress without a
waistline. This type of dress is best suited to hourglass figures
and petite frames.
Sheer: transparent material. Always check that
your bridesmaids' dresses won't turn sheer with flash photography
(or the camera won't be the only thing flashing).
Silhouette: the outline or general shape of a
dress, including the bodice and the skirt. Some examples of
silhouettes include A-line, ball gown, mermaid and trumpet style
Tea length: a tea length dress is a dress with a
hemline that is approximately midway between the knee and ankle.
Tea length is just a fancy word for ¾ length, really.
Tulle: a netting-like fabric which is often
featured as an outer layer on the bride's dress. Bridesmaids, try
not to go overboard with tulle dresses. You don't want to look like
ballerinas and you definitely don't want to out-tulle the