English Vocabulary: Skirt and Dress Styles

Skirts can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer's personal taste, fashion and social context ...

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Skirts can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer’s personal taste, fashion and social context …

A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice. It consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one-piece garment containing a skirt of any length. Dresses can be formal or informal. In many cultures, dresses are more often worn by women and girls.

Let’s learn different styles of skirt and dress.

Skirt Styles

1. accordion skirt – a form of tight pleating which allows the garment to expand its shape when moving

2. a-line skirt – a skirt with a slight flare, roughly in the shape of a capital letter A

3. bell-shaped – flared noticeably from the waist but then, unlike a church bell, cylindrical for much of its length

4. box pleated – knife pleats back-to-back, and have a tendency to spring out from the waistline.

5. circle – a skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist

6. culottes – a form of divided skirt, split skirt or pantskirt constructed like a pair of shorts, but hanging like a skirt

7. full skirt – a skirt with fullness gathered into the waistband

8. gored skirt – a skirt that fits through the waistline and flares at the hem

9. inverted pleated skirt – a skirt made by bringing two folds of fabric to a center line in front and/ or back

10. pleated skirt – a skirt with fullness reduced to fit the waist by means of regular pleats or folds, which can be stitched flat to hip-level or free-hanging

11. short skirt – a skirt with hemline above the knee

12. straight skirt/ pencil skirt – a tailored skirt hanging straight from the hips and fitted from the waist to the hips by means of darts or a yoke; may have a vent or kick-pleat set in the hem for ease of walking

13. underskirt – simple, basic skirt over which an overskirt, or drapery, hangs

14. wrap skirt – a skirt that wraps around the waist with an overlap of material

English Vocabulary: Skirt and Dress Styles

English Vocabulary: Skirt and Dress Styles

Dress Styles

1. shift – a garment that features straight lines and doesn’t hug the body’s curves or cinch the waist

2. tent – a dress that hangs loose from shoulder to below the hips, and does not have a waistline

3. empire line – fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high-waisted appearance, and a gathered skirt which is long and loosely fitting but skims the body

4. charleston – straight and loose, leaving the arms bare with a waistline dropped to the hips.

5. sheath – a type of dress designed to fit close to the body, relatively unadorned

6. princesse – dress with “princess seams” that typically run from under the arm curving gently over the bust point and down to the lower hem

7. shirtwaist – a style of dress that borrows details from a man’s shirt

8. skater – a modern version of A-line dresses

9. bodycon – a tight form-fitting dress, often made from stretchy material.

10. babydoll – a style of clothing that has gained and lost popularity throughout the years

11. cocktail dress – a woman’s dress worn at cocktail parties and semi-formal or “black tie” occasions

12. strapless dress – a garment that stays put around the upper body without shoulder straps or other visible means of support

13. maxi – a floor or ankle length informal dress

14. jumper – a sleeveless, collarless dress intended to be worn over a blouse, shirt or sweater

15. shoulder strap – a strap over a shoulder

16. balloon – narrow at breast and waist with a wide skirt balloon shaped and hem that falls to the knee

English Vocabulary: Skirt and Dress Styles

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