Dropped? Basque? Empire? Which Is It?

If you are confused by all of the lingo and terminology surrounding wedding dresses, you are definitely not alone.   My girlfriend Martha got married a few years ago and I guarantee you she still can’t name the silhouette, fabric or neckline of her wedding dress. (She did, however, look amazing at her wedding and is is very happily married today).

So, while what matters most is how you feel in the dress, for the record, here are the different waistlines explained.

Basque Waist: waistline features a low U or V.

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Basque Waist

Dropped Waist: features a waist line below the natural waist near the mid hip.

Priscilla of Boston Dropped Waist Wedding Dress

Empire Waist: has a raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem.

Vera Wang Empire Waist Wedding Dress

Natural Waist: waist line that hits at the natural waist (the indentation between the hips and the rib-cage).

Monique Lhuillier Natural Waist Wedding Dress
Princess/ No Waist: A-line silhouette with vertical seams down the front.

Anne Barge Princess Waist Wedding Dress