Basque Wedding Dress

Basque wedding dresses, sometimes called corset waist wedding dresses, feature a specific type of waistline, which falls below the natural waistline and dips in the middle to form a ‘v’ or ‘u’ shape. The term is of French origin and was latterly used to describe a type of long corset that extended past the hips.

This elegant style features a fitted bodice that sits on the hips and is often found on structured ballgown dresses, such as this Maggie Sottero sweetheart neckline basque gown, which features lace motifs cascading over a Keela Mikado bodice and voluminous tulle skirt - the perfect dress to channel your inner Marie Antoinette.

Basque waist wedding dresses are an ideal style for tall, slender brides wanting to create an hourglass shape. A basque dress featuring a fuller volume skirt can help to draw attention downwards and create a slimmer waistline, as demonstrated on this stunning Sophia Tolli sweetheart majestic satin ball gown with an ornately embroidered boned bodice and curved Basque waistline.

Brides with a pear-shaped figure may also find this an ideal style if looking to create the illusion of a longer torso thanks to the lower waistline.

More petite brides, however, may wish to consider other wedding dress styles as the basque wedding dress may create a shorter appearance by lengthening and already shorter torso.

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Trumpet wedding dresses are often confused with fit-n-flare and mermaid styles. The latter flare out from below the hip and knee respectively, while the skirt on a trumpet wedding dress flares dramatically from the mid-thigh.


If you want to show off your figure then a dropped-waist wedding dress may be the style for you. As the name suggests, the waistline falls much lower down than the natural waist, before flaring slightly around or below the hips.


A slim A-line wedding dress, also known as a modified A-line wedding dress, feature a closely fitted bodice with a skirt that flares gradually to the hem to form an ‘A’ shape.

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