Dresses are a great way to add sophistication to a wedding or bridal party. A wedding dress is typically a full-length garment featuring a full skirt attached to a bodice. It usually consists of a top portion that covers the upper body and hangs below the arms. A formal dress may be any one-piece garment with a skirt of some length and maybe casual or formal. The term “dresses” encompasses a wide variety of unique and fancy gowns worn at weddings, as well as everyday clothes, such as prom dresses and cocktail dresses. Dashing in Dresses
Casual dresses are trendy for many different occasions and styles. These dresses are worn on a daily basis, rather than for a special event or function. They may be purchased from department stores or specialty shops. Some types of casual dresses include knee-length skirts with spaghetti straps, halter dresses, and tight-fitting maxi dresses. Ankle-length styles are often called knee-length dresses since the term implies they are worn with long dresses, but the term may apply to any style of dress that falls a little below the ankle.
Formal dresses are generally designed for a much-wedding-like affair, though there are some instances where a more elegant style may be appropriate. For example, it is perfectly acceptable to wear a ballroom gown or other formal evening dress, or a more casual outfit like a work jacket or sport coat over a wedding gown. There are also special occasion dresses, sometimes called grand dresses, which are used to celebrate significant social or cultural events, or for high society gatherings. If you want to have an elegant dress at your wedding, consult with your dressmaker to see available styles.
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There are two major styles of dresses for the spring/summer seasons, formal and semi-formal. Semi-formal dresses tend to fall between tea-length and knee-length, with sleeves reaching to the elbow. Formal ballroom blue dresses tend to be floor-length, with full sleeves reaching to the wrist.
The majority of the formal styles for women’s dresses are long on the floor, with a short hemline on top. These include long dresses worn as evening wear by many women today, dresses for evening occasions by well-known designers, and the traditional wedding dress, which have a classic, romantic style that never goes out of style. Another style of dress for the spring/summer seasons is ankle-length, which is a recent trend. Ankle-length dresses give the wearer elegance and are pretty comfortable to wear even in warmer weather. Audrey Hepburn popularized the classic ankle-length dress style in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
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Modern-day dress fashion has taken styling to a new level, with many dresses having a plunging neckline, a very short hemline, or even no hemline at all. Some of the latest trends in dress fashion include skin-tight, sleeveless, halter neck, and full skirt dresses. Skin-tight dresses generally feature lines on the bodice, sleeves, and skirts so thin that they appear to be skimpy. Sleeveless dresses feature a low, V-neck line, usually combined with ruffles, bows, or a combination of these embellishments. Halter neck dresses featuring sweetheart or v-necklines have been quite popular in the past few years.