Fabric & Styles

Fabrics and Styles of Wedding Gowns as seen on the “Perfect Wedding Guide”.

Necklines of Wedding Dresses

Off the Shoulder – The wedding dress sits just under the shoulder line
Spaghetti Straps – Thin or very thin straps that go over the shoulders to back
Bateau – “Boat” neckline slightly scooped from shoulder to shoulder
Halter – Straps go around the back of neck
Scoop – U-shape
Square – Square neckline
Strapless – No straps
Sweetheart – Heart-shaped
Jewel – Rounded
V-Neck – V-shaped


Batiste – Lightweight, sheer, delicate fabric in a plain weave. Similar to cotton, but thicker
Brocade – Heavy material with a pattern
Chiffon – Lightweight, flowing sheer woven fabric with a soft drape
Crepe – Lightweight fabric with a “wrinkled” surface
Peau de Soie – Is a medium to heavy, drapable fabric with a satin weave and de-lustered finish
Damask – Medium weight fabric with pattern formed by weaving
Dupioni – Thick, heavy 100% silk
Gazar – Sheer stiff fabric similar to organza, linen-like
Organdy – Stiffer semi-sheer fabric
Organza – Sheer fabric similar to tulle but heavier
Polyester – Man-made fabric often blended with silks or made to mimic a certain type of fabric
Rayon – Similar to polyester but more elastic
Satin – Smooth and heavy fabric typically used for wedding gowns. Comes in Silk or Polyester
Shantung – Rough textured fabric with lines and “nubby”.
Silk – The most popular fabric for wedding gowns. It soft and has a beautiful luster
Taffeta – Crisp, rustling fabric
Tulle – Stiff netting similar to organza but stiffer and coarser

Shapes and Styles

2 Piece – Separate skirt and top.
A-line – Fitted bodice with no waist, but gently flares at or near the natural waistline
Ball Gown – Traditional full skirt and fitted bodice
Mermaid – Very fitted at waist and hips then flares out at knees.
Sheath – Very fitted gown almost tube-like.


Basque – Waistline dips below natural waist forming a “V” in the center
Dropped – Waistline dips below natural waistline and sits more on hips
Empire – High waistline just under bust
Princess Cut – Many gowns, especially A-lines, have no defined waist
Natural – Waistline sits between the empire and dropped waistlines.