There are many fashion icons and types of dresses. Dressing up can mean different things to different people. The length, shape and cut of a dress can affect dress styles. Dress styles are affected by the necklines, fabric and sleeves.
Coco Chanel is one of the most beloved designers in the world. She once said, “Dress badly and they will remember the dress.” They notice the woman when she dresses impecccably.
Keep this in mind as you look through the following list of types of dresses. The neckline, sleeves, collar, length, and length of each dress can all have an impact on the design and the effect.
These are 51 of the most beautiful and beloved types of dresses.
The A-line dress is fitted to the hips, and has a flare at the waist that adds fullness and shape. This style is great for those with pear-shaped bodies. You can have a lot or little flare. A triangular a-line shape appears when it is laid out on a table. The bottom of the a-line looks wider than the top. These types of dresses don’t require slits as the hem is wider and makes them easy to wear.
An apron gown is sleeveless. The dress is made from an apron-style with a bib at its front. The apron style dress is similar to the pinafore, but has more frills. It can also be worn over a simple dress.
These types of dresses come in many styles. You can have the hem at different lengths or it could have sleeves on either side, creating an asymmetrical look.
BABY DOLL DRESS
The baby doll dress’s bodice is usually fitted and under the bust. The skirt is loosely attached to the bodice and is gathered. This style is popular for night dresses, and it was very popular in the 1990s.
The ballgown can be made in many different styles. Although it may be cut in different styles, such as the princess or mermaid, the ballgown will always be formal and voluminous. Its purpose is to make an entrance.
The skirt of the balloon dress is full, while the bottom is pulled into a narrower band than the skirt. This creates the balloon effect, where the fullness of skirt balloons over the band to give it a puffy appearance. It will usually be above the knee. These types of dresses require a lot of fabric because they need to be lined.
Blazer dresses are more formal because they have a fastening at the front that gives it a double-breasted look. This dress is smart and can be worn all year round, but it’s especially good for the office. It can be given shape by adding a belt to the waist. Blazer dresses are often very short.
The blouson gown is soft and floating. The bodice covers the skirt. The skirt is attached to the blouse effect version.
Dresses, which are floating, soft dresses that evoke the hippy era, are called “Boho” dresses. These dresses can be paired with lace or tassels and are usually white or embroidered. This look is feminine and casual.
This style is similar to a slip or petticoat. The neck is round or v-neck and there is thin singlet straps. This style is best suited for soft fabrics. It may also be cut on the bias to increase stretch. It is often a straight-lined silhouette, but you can add a few details like gathers or pleats to give it some interest.
The dress is formal but not in the ballgown category. This dress is perfect for any occasion, such as a cocktail party or business event. This cocktail dress features different necklines and sleeves to draw attention to its style.
The corset is designed to enhance the look of these types of dresses. It can be laced up and worn over the dress. The corset has a flattering waistline and has a peasant-like look. Corsets can be used as a complement or contrast to the design. You can have the lacing at the front or back of the dress.
Because they are made from denim, these dresses are casual. You can change the design of the dress by adding collars, sleeves and button-up or zip closures. Pinafore styles are common for denim dresses, but no matter what style you choose, the fabric will always be denim.
EMPIRE WAISTED DESS
The flattering effect of this line is created by the dress being gathered to or attached to the bodice below the bust. This creates a longer line that flatters the body. Baby dolls wear a style of empire-waisted dresses.
FIT AND FLARE DRESS
Fit and flare dresses have a fitted bodice that flares out to a flared bottom. The waist may have a seam. This style is popular and flattering for pear shapes.
HALTER NECK DRESS
Halter necks flatter narrow shoulders and slim arms. They have no sleeves and are cut at the neck, where a tie or band holds the dress up. This is a bold summer look.
HANDKERCHIEF HANDKERCHIEF DRESS
The hem of the handkerchief gown is what gives it its unique style. The hem hangs at different points, giving the impression that the skirt was made from handkerchiefs. The skirt is squared so it is easy to sew.
Kaftans were originally associated with traditional Turkish, North African, and West African clothing. Kaftans are made from bright-colored fabrics. The pattern is composed of one piece. It is loosely flowing.
Double the fabric and sew a seam to the armhole. To allow the dress to be pulled over your head, a simple neckline is created. This dress is usually worn below the ankle and can be worn over a swim costume or on a vacation to the beach.
This style of dress is based on traditional Japanese clothing. The kimono dress has long flowing sleeves and is often a wrap-around style. Modern kimono dresses might only take a few elements from this design, rather than being a faithful replica.
You can make lace dresses whimsical and feminine, and they look great when you wear them in bold colors. One of the most popular wedding and formal fabrics is lace. A lace dress should be lined with a flesh-colored fabric at the back and front.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
A dress list is incomplete without the “Little Black Dress”. This dress can be worn for any occasion. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. Karl Lagerfeld stated this about the little black gown: “One is never too-dressed or underdressed when wearing a little black dress!”
For winter, long-sleeved dresses make a great choice. You can make this dress more formal by adding different types of sleeves.
LOW WAIST OR DROP WAIST DRESS
Drop waist dresses have the waist at the hips, not the waistline. This dress is flattering for those with a high waist who want to lengthen their bodies.
MERMAID’S TAIL DRESS
This dress is named for the frill or wider bottom. This is the mermaid’s tail. Flared parts can be found below the knee, or further down the skirt than the calf. If the flare falls too low, this style of dress can make it difficult to wear.
MINI, MIDI, AND MAXI DRESSES
The length of these three types of dresses varies depending on the length. Minima is shorter and higher than the knee. Maxi is full-length to the ankles and midi is for length between the knees and the hips.
OFF THE SHOULDER DRESSER
Slippery dresses are a great way to showcase slim shoulders and straight arms. You can choose to have the rest of your dress straight or flared, A-line, or any other style that supports the off-the shoulder look.
ONE SHOULDER DESS
The one-shoulder dress falls within the Asymmetrical Style with one sleeve, one strap at each shoulder, and the other side bare.
A peasant dress can be a loose-fitting dress that has long or short sleeves. The sleeves are typically raglan and the neckline is elasticized or gathered with a drawstring effect. For a more summery look, the neckline can be extended to the shoulder.
The pencil dress can be worn up or down. It is very basic and has no frills. To create the pencil-like look, the dress is gathered at the waist with the hem below the knee. This type of dress would look flat like an inverted triangle, with the hem narrower than the hips. Pencil dresses must be either short or have slits on the sides or back to allow you to walk.
This dress has a playful peplum frill at the waist. This frill can emphasize hips, but it is not a dress that will suit larger hips. Peplum frills are usually cut in half circles or in circles.
The pinafore dress is also known as the jumper gown. It does not have a collar. The dress’s straps cross over the shoulder and meet the back straps. You can wear a turtle neck sweater or shirt underneath.
POUFFE SLEEVE DESS
This type of dress is typically short and has a separate shoulder sleeve. It is often gathered at the bottom with elastic. This creates the illusion that the sleeves are completely separate and only join under the arm.
Because the princess gown is full-skirted, the top is very tight and the skirt is full, it creates a full silhouette. The skirt stands out and gives the design a princess feel.
QIPAO DRESS (CHEONGSAM)
This traditional Chinese dress dates back to the 17th Century. The dress has a high neck, straight skirt and often a slit at the sides. You can have the slit on either one or both sides. Traditionally, the Qipao gown was made from silk.
Sari is a traditional Indian gown that has a long piece draped around the body.
This style is for you if you are looking slim in a figure-hugging gown. It is fitted at the waist and flatters hourglass figures. This dress is suitable for smart office events and executive evenings.
This style is simple, straight up and down and very popular. This dress is long and falls from the shoulders, which suits a slim figure.
The shirt dress has a smart collar and buttons at the front. You can shape the hem to look like a shirttail. This dress is casual and comfortable.
Skater dresses have a fitted bodice with a full circle skirt. This style is short and reflects the styles used in ice skating. This is a fitted and flare style of dress.
The slip dress was inspired by an old-fashioned petticoat. Slip dresses can be worn underneath sheer clothing. The slip dress is made from soft, silky fabrics. It can also be cut on the bias to provide extra comfort.
A smock is a loose-fitting and comfortable dress. The yoke is often the part of the dress that falls from the smock. You can choose to have long or short sleeves.
Strapless is a style that does not have straps. The dress is fitted snugly around your bust and has elastic or boning to support it. This strapless dress can be worn as a summer dress or an elegant evening gown.
Sundresses are loose-fitting, strappy dresses that can be worn in summer. The sundress is usually fitted with thin spaghetti straps, which tie at the shoulders. It is also tighter around the waist. Beautiful floral fabrics are often used to make the skirt.
A sweater dress is a knitted garment with long sleeves. It’s a great dress to wear with boots or tights in winter.
This T-shirt dress is simple and round in neck. It falls down loosely to make it easy to wear. It sits just above the knee, and is suitable for any body type.
TEA LENGTH DESS
This is a Hollywood classic drama dress. The skirt is full circle and reaches the mid-calf. The skirt is semi-formal, reminiscent of Marilyn Munroe and Audrey Hepburn.
Tent dresses are loose, flowing. The hemline is extra wide and extends to the shoulders. When the fabric is pulled out, the dress looks like a tent. Tent dresses should be at least knee-length. They are best made from soft, flowing fabrics.
The name of this dress is a figure-hugging, strapless, and tube-cut dress. It is a beautiful summer style, and is very tight fitting.
The tutu dress is a long, mid-length ballet dress. The skirt is made from tulle.
This style can be worn across and tied at either the side or back. This style is flattering and creates a smooth silhouette when draped over the body. It is crucial to choose the right fabric for this dress. It should be easy to drape and not too bulky.
A yolk dress can have a yolk attached to the front, back or both sides. The yolk can be used as a contrast to the overall gown. The rest of the dress is free from the yolk.
In today’s world, dressing has become a way of communicating. Your choice of dress can reflect who you are. You can be a mother, businesswoman, mom, active sportwoman, casual outdoor person, busy mum, or all three. There are so many options for dresses that you can choose from, you can be whatever you want.