About to embark on your wedding dress shopping and don’t know your bateau from your mermaid? We give you the ultimate lingo guide to confusing wedding dress shapes and necklines.
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Common wedding dress shapes
This is when the waist line sits right under the bust.
Empire gown by Jenny Packham
An A-line gown features a ftited bodice and a gently flaring skirt (goes out in the shape of an ‘A’).
Column or sheath dress
A simple silhouette with a narrow fitted cut.
A fitted bodice with full skirt – think Cinderella!
Beautiful ballgown skirt by Berta Bridal
A fitted dress and bodice which features a full skirt just below the knees, usually with a train.
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A fitted bodice that tapers out just above the knees.
Trumpet gown from Sottero & Midgley
A wedding dress that stops below the knees, but above the ankles.
A mini over-skirt that usually sits above the hips.
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A waist that sits below the hips – a very twenties relaxed style.
A skirt with lots of layers of varying lengths.
Common wedding dress necklines
A strapless dress that curves around the bust (like the top of a heart).
Sweetheart neckline by Ellis Bridals
A strapless gown with a completely straight line.
A one-shoulder wedding gown.
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A dress that is high neck at the back with cap-sleeves and falls into a plunge at the front.
A dress that meets at the back of the neck.
A strapless gown with arm detailing
Off-the-shoulder gown by Julie Vino
A simple rounded collar.
A plunge neckline in the shape of the ‘V’.
A sheer neckline with detailing such as embellishment or lace.
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Delicate, thin shoulder straps.
A wedding dress that features a high collar – think Princess Grace.
A dress with shoulder and off-the-shoulder straps.
Cold shoulder gown by Anna Campbell
Bateau or boat neck
A wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders.
Very similar to the bateau, but more curved and slightly narrower.
A neckline with a excess of fabric that falls gently into a relaxed, draped shape.
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