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What are the choices of waistline styles for your wedding dress?

Which waistline style on your wedding gown flatters your body shape?

Wedding Dress Waistlines

Along with the neckline and sleeves, the waistline works to add a signature style to a particular dress silhouette. It is also responsible for bringing shape and balance to a gown. Meaning it is important for your proportions e.g. short body or long body.

Waistlines can be also used to manipulate gown proportions. Dropped waists help to create a longer torso while a high Empire style line will create not only the opposite but will have as well a slimming effect for those who are fuller around the waist or around their thighs.

 

Overview of wedding waistlines

Asymmetrical

Basque

Dropped

Empire

Natural

 

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Table of wedding dress waistline styles that go best with each body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle
Asymmetrical              
Basque              
Dropped              
Empire              
Medium/Natural              

 

Table of wedding dress waistline styles that are best for short, average and tall women

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Short Women Average Height Tall Women
Asymmetrical      
Basque      
Dropped      
Empire      
Medium/Natural      

 

Glossary of the Wedding Dress Waistlines

Asymmetrical Waistline runs across the body diagonally and changes height from one side of the dress to the other. The position of the waistline and “ the steepness of the asymmetric waistline varies. The asymmetric waistline creates a dramatic feature around the waist and hip area.

Basque Waistline goes downwards in the form of “V” or a”U” shape. It sits just beneath the medium waistline (also, called the natural waistline) or sits much lower. It creates the illusion of a smaller waist. The word “Basque” originates from the Italian word “Basta”, which means tuck.

Empire Waistline is characterised by the high raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress goes down to the hemline. This style was made popular by Napoleon’s wife Josephine in the 1800s and received its name after the Empire period. The result is a shorter bodice and a longer skirt style.

Medium Waistline called as well the “Natural Waistline” is where the seam of this waistline marks the separation between ribcage and hips. It is the popular waistline for wedding dresses.

Dropped Waistline goes below the medium waistline (Natural Waistline) at the mid of the hip, which creates a longer bodice and a short skirt. This fashion trend started in the 1920s – the time of the flapper dresses-which gave more comfort than the corset and tuck in waists in the years before.


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