Wedding Gown Terms

We know how difficult it can be some days to know what all of the wedding terms can mean. There’s a lot of bridal lingo, and it’s important that you understand some key words, otherwise you will struggle with finding the right jewelry to match your dress, especially if you don’t know the style of dress you have. Luckily, with our wedding gown terms glossary, we have you covered with every term you may need during this wedding planning adventure.Read our wedding gown terms glossary for help you may need distinguishing between certain dress styles.

A-line: A gown with a slim-cut bodice that hugs the waist. The skirt flares out gently, in the shape on an “A”. Generally known as a universally flattering fit.

Ballgown: Features a dramatic skirt and a slim-cut bodice.

Basque Waist: Features a fitted bodice that goes past the natural waist, and gently floats away from the body with a full skirt from the top of the hip. Considered a very flattering waistline.

Boatneck: Wide neckline that extends to the shoulders.

Cold Shoulder: Sleeve sits on the shoulder, and the remainder drapes below, allowing part of the shoulders and arms to peek through.

Column: Hugs the body’s contours, and gives room for natural curves. Cowl Neck: draped neckline.

Drop Waist: The seam falls lower below the hips rather than at the waist and the dress is more loose fitting.

Fit & Flare: Flares out at the waist, but offers a form-fitting style above.

Flutter Sleeve: Sleeve that has more volume, and is flowy.

High-Low: The hem is shorter in the front and longer in the back.

Illusion: Lace or embellishment that appears to float on the skin.

Keyhole: Opening in the fabric, usually in the chest or waist, that allows skin to peek out.

Maxi: Floor length.

Mermaid: Gown features a dramatic flair below the knee, with a form-fitting silhouette until then. Bottom looks like a mermaid’s tail.

Midi: Dress falls to mid-calf.

Off the Shoulder: The sleeves drape along the arm, leaving the shoulder completely bare.

Separates: Instead of one piece, this is a top and skirt or pants.Sheath: follows the body’s contours for a fitted look throughout.

Suplice: Diagonally crossed neckline, creating a deep v-neck.

Sweetheart: Neckline that mimics the top of the heart. Very flattering for many women.

Tea-Length: A vintage style, dress hits at the ankle.Trumpet: skirt flares at mid-thigh.