Understanding Wedding Dresses - The Waistline

Understanding Wedding Dresses
The Waistline

This blog post is a continuation on wedding dress terminology. It's helpful to know these terms when you’re trying to explain to a sales consultant how you would like your waistline to appear. While some individuals have a clearly defined waistline, most women do not. Understanding the different types of “waist” on a dress can truly transform your wedding gown. The waistline is the hardest part to alter, so it’s best you pick a dress with one that already fits your shape. This will save you money and in my opinion, can “make or break” a dress.

Basque: 
A low U or V Shape

Pros:
Helps to elongate torso

Cons:
Can be uncomfortable when sitting

Dropped Waist: 
Waistline hits below the natural waist – usually mid-hip.

Pros:
Helps elongate the torso

Con:
if you’re already considered “short” this waistline will make you look even shorter. However, if you’re comfortable with 3-inch  + heels then go for it!

http://sangmaestro.com/2014/07/elegant-collections-of-organza-dropped-waist-wedding-dresses/

http://sangmaestro.com/2014/07/elegant-collections-of-organza-dropped-waist-wedding-dresses/

http://wedding-pictures.onewed.com/match/images/18977/2012-wedding-dresses-kenneth-pool-ivory-silk-satin-drop-waist-mermaid-beaded-straps-allegria-bridal-gown.original.png?1379119777

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Empire: 
Waistline is just below the bust.

Pros:
"Food Baby" is no issue here

Cons:
Hides your curves!

http://www.ebridalgowns.ca/4561-10019/silk-shantung-strapless-empire-a-line-wedding-dress.jpg

http://www.ebridalgowns.ca/4561-10019/silk-shantung-strapless-empire-a-line-wedding-dress.jpg

Natural Waist: 
Waistline hits at the natural waist (somewhere between the hips and the ribcage).

Pros:
Definition! Can easily add a belt, bow or ribbon

Cons:
Not everyone has a clearly defined waistline, which can make your figure look “square”

http://www.xmpllc.com/bmz_cache/duk_medium/a-2012-designer-wedding-dress-020.jpg

http://www.xmpllc.com/bmz_cache/duk_medium/a-2012-designer-wedding-dress-020.jpg

http://www.bellasdress.com/images/large/wedding-dresses/20130624/sweetheart-tulle-with-lace-mermaid-natural-waist-fantastic-wedding-dress_2013060806_02.jpg

http://www.bellasdress.com/images/large/wedding-dresses/20130624/sweetheart-tulle-with-lace-mermaid-natural-waist-fantastic-wedding-dress_2013060806_02.jpg

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=14783&rowid=23&page=3

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=14783&rowid=23&page=3

Princess: 
A fitted Bodice with a large full skirt. Waistline will appear right before the “ball”.

Pros:
The princess dress

Cons:
A heavy dress

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