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To find or get a dress designed, in the ideal fabric and shape for your body-type, consider the following before shopping:
Popular wedding gown fabrics include:
Brocade is a woven material with raised design.
Chiffon is see-through material of rayon or sheer silk.
Crepe is soft with crinkles.
Eyelet has open-weaved embroidery.
Damask is a woven fabric with raised design (lighter than brocade)
Duchesse satin is a mix of polyester and silk with a satin finish.
Doupioni is a shiny silk with thick, rough finish.
Organdy is a see-through and stiff or rayon material.
Organza is sheer, stiff and synthetic or silk.
Satin is a material that is smooth and heavy with high-gloss on the one side.
Shantung is a cotton or simple-weave silk with uneven surface.
Silk is soft and smooth.
Silk Mikado is a mixed silk, heavier than normal silk.
Taffeta is light and crisp.
Tulle is nylon, silk or rayon with fine stiff netting.
Dress-shapes are mainly:
The A-line/Princess dress is a slim-fitting shape with vertical seams from the hem up to the shoulders. Suitable for: All.
The Ball gown has a fitted bodice and waist with a full, big and billowing skirt. Suitable for: tall and slim, full or pear-shaped figures.
The Basque has a V-shape which starts below the natural waistline. Suitable for: Pear-shaped figures.
The Dropped gowns sits on the hips as it has a drop below the waistline. Suitable for: hour-glass shapes.
The Empire dress has a slim skirt with high waistline and scooped, petite bodice. Suitable for: thick-waisted figure.
The Mermaid gown flares from the knee. Suitable for: tall and slim figures.
The Sheath has a chest, waist and hip hugging shape. Suitable for: tall and slim or petite shapes.
Necklines are mainly:
The Bateau- from shoulder to shoulder, following the curve of the collarbone.
Halter - wrapping around the neck.
Jewel - with a simple round neckline.
Off-The-Shoulder - fits below the shoulders with sleeves, long or short.
One-Shoulder - one dressed, one bare shoulder with an asymmetrical neckline.
Portrait - frames the neckline with extra scooped material.
Scooped - a deep u-shaped neck.
Square - surrounding the neckline with sharp square-forming lines.
Strapless - the body hugs above the bust with no straps.
Sweetheart - the neckline is in the shape of a heart.
V-neck - the neckline is in a simple v-shape.