Floor length: Hemline falls 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches off the floor
Ankle length: Somewhat shorter than floor length, falling around the ankles
Tea length: Hemline falls between the knees and the ankles
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Ball gown: A fitted bodice and denoted waistline with a full skirt – the “traditional” bridal gown
A-line: A versatile, easy-fitting style with two vertical seams that begin at the shoulders and follow the A-shape to a flared skirt
Empire: A somewhat fitted, raised waist that falls just below the bustline, with a slim skirt
Sheath: A modern, form-fitting style, which often ends with a flare at the bottom
Mermaid: A very slim, figure-hugging dress that ends in a little fishtail skirt
Sweep: Extends 8 to 12 inches beyond the bottom of the skirt
Chapel: Extends 31 to 41 inches from the waist
Semi-cathedral: Extends 41 to 51 inches from the waist
Cathedral: Extends 61 to 71 inches from the waist
Extended cathedral/monarch: Extends 12 feet or more from the waist (Princess Di’s 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.