Bride's Attire Glossary
- ANTEBELLUM WAIST: Dress has natural waistline that dips two inches to a point in the center front.
- BASQUE WAISTLINE: Waistline of dress is two inches below the natural waist; often dips to a point in the center
- BERTHA COLLAR: Cape of fabric or lace attached to neckline for shawl effect.
- BISHOP SLEEVE: Full sleeve that ends in gathered band at wrist.
Drooping fullness in fabric from bodice to waist; gathered at or below waist.
- BRUSH TRAIN:
Very short train that just sweeps floor during walk.
- CAPELET SLEEVE:
Falls several inches below elbow in soft flare.
- CAPELET TRAIN:
Flows from back of shoulders.
- CATHEDRAL TRAIN: Material extends three yards from waist.
- COURT TRAIN: Extends a little under three feet from waist.
- DOLMAN SLEEVE: Top of sleeve is wide, cut in one piece with shoulder.
- EMPIRE WAIST: High waisted with short bodice. Skirt begins two or more inches above natural waist.
- GIBSON SLEEVE:
Full at shoulder, fitted at wrist.
- LEG-OF-MUTTON SLEEVE: Very full puff at shoulder, tightly fitted on the forearm.
- PEEK-A-BOO SLEEVE:Sheer, puffed sleeve; different fabric showing through underneath.
- PEPLUM:Short flounce or overskirt attached at waistline.
- POET SLEEVE:
Pleated at shoulder; very full from shoulder to cuff.
- PRINCESS LINE: Dress style with a slightly flared design; accentuates the waist, but doesn?t hug the body.
- QUEEN ANNE NECKLINE:
High on sides and back; open bodice in sweetheart shape.
- QUEEN ELIZABETH NECKLINE: High collar stands up in back, comes to a closed V in front.
- SABRINA NECKLINE: Begins two inches inside shoulder; straight across front.
- SHEATH: Silhouette of straight, slim lines.
- SHIRRED WAIST: Fabric is gathered to make a horizontal panel at waist.
- SWEEP TRAIN: Slightly longer than brush train.
- TRUMPET SKIRT:Tapers close to legs, flares at or below knee; think mermaid.
- WATTEAU:Train falls from back yoke of dress.