Posted: Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010
LENGTHSFloor length: Hemline falls 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches off the floorAnkle length: Somewhat shorter than floor length, falling around the anklesTea length: Hemline falls between the knees and the ankles
STYLESBall gown: A fitted bodice and denoted waistline with a full skirt the traditional bridal gownA-line: A versatile, easy-fitting style with two vertical seams that begin at the shoulders and follow the A-shape to a flared skirtEmpire: A somewhat fitted, raised waist that falls just below the bustline, with a slim skirtSheath: A modern, form-fitting style, which often ends with a flare at the bottomMermaid: A very slim, figure-hugging dress that ends in a little fishtail skirt
TRAINSSweep: Extends 8 to 12 inches beyond the bottom of the skirtChapel: Extends 31 to 41 inches from the waistSemi-cathedral: Extends 41 to 51 inches from the waistCathedral: Extends 61 to 71 inches from the waistExtended cathedral/monarch: Extends 12 feet or more from the waist (Princess Dis train was 25 feet!) Note: Some trains are detachable. If your dress has a train that is not, you will need to bustle it so you can move around freely at the reception. Tiny hooks sewn into the back of the dress and the train allow you to pull the extension up and attach it to your dress.
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