Finding Your Wedding Dress Part 2 : More Bridal Gown Details

by Regina Evangelista November 10, 2014

As promised, Elliot Claire is here more than willing to guide you along the way in search for a perfect bridal gown to wear on your wedding day.  Please be guided accordingly;






The bodice refers to the portion of the dress between the neckline and skirt.
  • Corset — A form-fitting bodice with boning and lace-up closures.
  • Halter — Sleeveless bodice that wraps around your neck, normally backless.
  • Midriff — Fits very closely around the mid-section, accentuating your waist.
  • Surplice — Sections of fabric cross-wrap in the front or back.
  • Tank — Sleeveless with wide armholes like tank top.







The sleeve is the part of a gown that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. Sleeve length varies from barely over the shoulder to floor-length.

  • 3/4 sleeves — End between the elbow and wrist.
  • Bell — Long sleeves that flare out toward the wrist creating a bell shape.
  • Cap — Rounded sleeves, just covering shoulders.
  • Fitted point — Long, fitted sleeves that come to a point over the hand.
  • Juliet — Long, fitted sleeves with puffy shoulders.
  • Long sleeves — Extend to the wrist and are normally form-fitting.
  • Off-the-shoulder sleeves — Cover the upper part of the arm but leave the tops of shoulders exposed.
  • Poet — Long sleeves, fitted to the elbow then flared.
  • Pouf — Short sleeves, gathered to create a puffy look.
  • Short sleeves — About the length of t-shirt sleeves.
  • Sleeveless — Strapless with no sleeves.
  • Spaghetti — Thin spaghetti straps with no sleeves.






A train describes the long back portion of gown that trails behind the bride.

  • Sweep — 8 to 12 inches in length, just a few inches longer than the gown.
  • Court — Extends about 3 feet from the waist.
  • Chapel — Extends about 4 feet from the waist.
  • Cathedral — Extends about 6 to 9 feet from the waist.
  • Royal — Extends more than 9 feet from the waist.


So, there you go. Hope somehow we have helped you find an ease in your dress research.

Regina Evangelista
Regina Evangelista


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