Types and styles of prom dresses - Terms and definitions

Types and styles of prom dresses - Terms and definitions

Are you baffled when it comes to buying prom dresses? With all types of dresses and dresses available, there are also many terms that describe the length, design, cleavage and style of a ball gown. You may feel overwhelmed when talking to a vendor at a formal wear store or even when shopping online for prom dresses. Below, we've put together some useful terms and definitions to help you be an informed buyer of ball gowns and other women-related topics of prom.

Ball Gown Styles

Some of the prom dress styles that you might see include the prom dress, the A line (princess), the sheath, the lace covered lace, the neckline, the doll, the chiffon, a shoulder, the empire , the glamor gilded, the modest and the halter.

A-line prom dresses and ball gowns

A prom dress has a very large skirt that goes from the waist down to the middle of the calf or ankles. It may have a fitted waist and a corset top or top. The A-line dress or princess lengthens to the baseline and is narrow at the waist. It forms a "one" form because it fits your body from top to bottom.

High-Low Prom Dress, Lace and Chiffon

The high-low dress zigzags vertically at the hem to be short in some places and long for others. The sheath dress is a dress that clings to the body and hides nothing of your figure. The dress covered with lace can be a satin or a satin like under with lace like top layer. The chiffon dresses look like an elegant night gown worn by women of Rome or Greece. With a tall empire waist, the dress is long and runs from hips to ankles. It's great for almost any figure.

Doll dresses, one shoulder and sleeveless

The doll prom dress is usually very short and cute. It usually slips into the top and slips down with a high waist in between. Doll dresses are usually accompanied by a knotted ribbon or a belt around the stomach to give the appearance "baby dress". The prom dresses of one shoulder have only one shoulder strap, the other side being sleeveless. These are usually long and elegant dresses. There are also evening dresses and prom dresses full strapless. These can be worn with or without a jacket or wrap.

Halter, Golden Glamor, and modest ball gowns

The halter ball gown looks like a halter top with sleeves and then runs to the knees. It is usually not longer than just below the knees and may look like a high-low dress at the base. The glamorous golden dress is usually bright gold in color to appear as a "Hollywood" style garment. The modest ball gown is beautiful, simple and modest. It covers everything while giving the wearer a touch of glamor and elegance.

Sleeve types

The sleeves are short and cover only the arms and shoulders. Juliet's sleeves are puffed at the shoulders and shrink to the wrist. Some sleeves begin below the shoulders or seem to "hang" on the shoulders. In addition, the spaghetti straps are thin sleeveless straps.


necklines are also important when choosing a prom dress. The empire neckline scoops out and then connects with a very high waistline. A sweetheart neckline looks like the top of a heart. A jewel neckline is simple and round, located just above the collarbone. The boat neckline (Bandeau) comes around to each collarbone, similar to a sailor's suit.

Other conditions of the ball to know

There are also handbags, or small purses, and clutches that can match your prom dress. Clutches are small purses without straps. Shawls and wraps are not jackets, but snug around your shoulders. You can wear them outdoors in cold weather and easily remove them to dance. A tiara is a princess type hairpiece that you can wear with your hair up or down. There are elbow gloves and wrist gloves. The bent gloves reach your elbow and cover the lower arm, while the wrist gloves cover only the hands.

Before shopping for a ball gown, know which styles and accessories you are looking for in order to save time. Also, go online to see all the different styles available. You can even find online offers on prom dresses from designers such as Mori Lee, Jovani, Clarisse, Niteline, Dave and Johny, Paris, Riva and Alyce Designs. There are often beautiful dresses online for the prom, the homecoming and other official events that a city wear store may not offer.

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