50+ different types of dresses for women - Hot Trends

50+ different types of dresses for women

Dresses, dresses everywhere, not a name I know. Have you felt this way, looking at all the different types of dresses available in the stores? There are hundreds of different kinds of dresses – in every style imaginable. Let us check out the most important types of dresses.

1. Aline dress

This dress basically follows the Aline silhouette – ie flowy from the shoulders. It can also have a fitted defined waist but the hem is always flared giving the whole silhouette the shape of a capital letter A.

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2. Tent dress

A shapeless tentlike full dress,  that hangs loosely from the shoulders; it has a baggy silhouette and is usually worn short. The airy billowy dress is a favorite as a summer wear.

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3. Yoke dress

This is a type of dress with a shaped top portion of the bodice which is separate from the bodice. The yoked dress can have a front yoke or back yoke or both

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4. Empire line dress

This is a  high waist dress that has a fitting bodice till just under the bust and then a flowy silhouette

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5. Shift dress

This is a short sleeveless dress  that skims the body without a fitted waist.

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6. Dirndl dress

This is a European traditional dress originally worn by peasants there;The dress has an apron with lacing on the back or front. 

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7. Sheath dress

A close fitting dress usually ending near the knee. Usually there will be a slit in the back so that you can walk comfortably.

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8. Low or drop waist dress

This is a loose fitting dress with the skirt seam being somewhere near the hip rather than at the waist length.

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9. Tunic dress

This is a loose fitting dress ending near the hips  or near the knee , usually with slits on the side seams.

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10. Princess seam dress

This is a dress with a princess seam down the bodice.

11. Blouson dress

This is a dress with a fitted/clinched waist which will cause the top portion to have a billowing effect.

12. Shirt waist dress

This kind of dress resembles a shirt in the top portion, with a collar and an open front button placket.

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13. Wrap around dress

This is a style of dress with an Asymmetrical closing. This  dress usually has one side wrapped over the other side and usually has a tie which closes the front opening.

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14. Peasant Dress

This is a dress originally worn by the peasants in Europe, with raglan sleeves or very loose sleeves.

15. Baby doll dress

A baby doll dress refers to a short sweet dress with a fitted bodice ( at times a bralette) and a loose gathered skirt. This is usually is used as a nightgown. A dress with gathers above the waist and long sleeves is also referred to as a baby doll dress.

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16. Body con dress

This refers to a tight fitting body hugging dress made of a stretchy fabric. It usually ends near or above the knee.

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17. Cocktail dress

This is a short dressy dress meant for attending semi-formal functions.

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18. Debutante dress

This is a white gown typically worn by debutantes on their first ball. The white formal full length gown is usually accompanied by white kid gloves.

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19. Skater dress

This is a dress that has a fitted bodice and a very flared circular skirt. They have an Aline silhouette with a very defined waist.

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20. Camisole dress

This dress resembles the camisole worn as a slip or nightgown. A camisole dress is a longer version of this and is usually worn over tops.

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21. Pinafore dress /Jumber dress

This is a collarless, sleeveless low cut dress which is worn over tops / blouses.

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22. Granny dress

A granny dress is a loose fitting dress with long sleeves. This dress usually has ruffles or flounces and a high collar.

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23. Harem dress

This is a full length dress with a flared cut narrowing down to a narrower hem. It is usually made in a flowy fabric.

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24. Trumpet dress / Mermaid dress

A  trumpet dress has a fitted bodice till the knee or just below the knee  where it flares to the hem.

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25. Maxi dress

This is an informal full length / ankle length dress usually made with a flowy fabric.

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26. Apron dress

Apron dress is a sleeveless dress with a bib and a skirt attached to it just like an apron.

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27. Sweater dress

A sweater dress is a long sweater that can be worn on its own as a dress. It is usually knee length.

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28. Swing dress

A swing dress has a fitted top portion near the bust and then flaring to a knee or above knee length hem.

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29. Tutu dress

Tutu dress is a tutu (gathered skirt made with tulle fabric ) with a bodice attached.

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30. Sun Dress

A sundress refers to any dress which is casual and suitable for the summer. They are usually made in flowy lightweight breathable fabrics.

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31. Little Black Dress

This refers to a short dress made in black.Usually this is a fitting dress which is short.

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32. Coat dress

A coat dress resembles an overcoat with lapels and openings.

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33. Corset dress

This is a dress that is fitted around the bust using a corset . The corset shapes the body with lacing.

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34. Balloon Dress 

A balloon  dress refers to a dress with a hemline turned inwards so that the bottom edge looks like a blown up balloon.

35. Bouffant dress

This is a full length gown with lots of ruffles.

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36. Paneled dress

This is a dress which is fitted in the top portion and then flares gradually towards the hem. This effect is usually achieved with panels.

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37. Handkerchief hem Dress

This type of dresses have an asymmetrical hem which looks as if a handkerchief is held from the middle.

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38. Gathered dress

This is a dress with a gathered waist.

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39. Kaftan Dress 

Kaftan is a loose fitting dress with billowing side seams; it is sewn as one with bodice and sleeves and usually ends near the  ankles or feet.

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40. Pillowcase dress

This refers to a dress made for kids with fabric from a single pretty printed pillowcase and some fabric straps to tie them to the neck. 

41. Slip Dress 

A dress which simply looks like a slip you wear inside as an undergarment. A slip dress is usually worn as an overgarment .

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42. Shirt dress

This is a longer version of the shirt with collar and an opening in the front (full or partial).

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43. Ball gown

Ball gown is a formal full skirted gown.

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44. Party dress 

This is a generic name for a dress worn for different kinds of parties. Basically it is an elaborately made dress. 

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45. Off Shoulder Dress

A dress without straps or shoulder joining seams and sleeve caps; the shoulder is laid bare with the sleeves and the bodice cut off at the shoulders. When this kind of dress has a shoulder seam with only the top of the sleeves cut off, it is called a cold shoulder dress.

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46. One shoulder dress

A dress with straps or shoulder joining seams only on one shoulder; the shoulder is laid bare on one side.

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47. Strapless Dress

This refers to a dress without straps holding the dress together at the shoulders. It is a form fitting style of dress.

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48. Halterneck Dress

A dress that features a halterneck. 

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49. Draped Dress

A Dress with additional fullness pleated gathered or held to one side or both sides. 

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50. Xray Dress

This is a see through dress made with sheer/transparent fabrics like lace chiffon organza etc. It is usually worn with a slip underneath or strategically placed fabric lining/ embroidery/fabric patches or body stockings underneath to cover modesty.

51. Fit and flare dress

A dress with a fitting bodice and a gathered skirt.

52. Cape Dress

This is a dress that incorporates a cape as part of the dress. 

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