Dress Waistlines & Necklines

Waistlines

{Natural}: Sits squarely at your actual waist, across the belly button.

{Dropped}: Sits squarely below the waistline near the hips.

{Asymmetrical}: Sits diagonally, usually from the natural waist to below the hips.

{Empire}: Sits high on the waist, extending from under the bustline.

{Princess Cut}: Vertical seams, without a clearly defined waistline.

{Basque}: Sits slightly below the natural waist, forming a ‘v’-shape at the dress’ center.


Necklines

{Asymmetric}: Single strap runs from the shoulder to the chest.

{Halter}: Double straps that connect behind the kneck.

{Off-the-Shoulder}: Straps or cap sleeves held by a bodice, that hit below the shoulder.

{Strapless}: Straps are removed, and dress is held by boning or a bustier.

{Sweetheart}: Heart-shaped curves across the bodice.

{V-Neck}: ‘V’-shaped cut-out extending from the shoulder to the bodice.

{Scoop}: Half Circle-shaped curve extending from the shoulder to the chest and back.

{Spaghetti Strap}: Thin straps extending from the shoulder to the chest.

{Square}: Square- shaped cut-out characterized by right angeles at chest.

{Bateau}: Horizontal & slightly curved across the collarbone at 1 inch from the shoulder.

{Portrait}: Similar to Bateau,  yet lower-cut and off-the-shoulder style sleeves.

{Jewel}: Short curve at the base of the neck, also named t-shirt style.

{High-Collar}: Collar covering all if not most of the neck.