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Fashion Education 101: Dresses

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 3!

Fashion Education 101: Dresses

It is the dress that truly belongs to the female wardrobe. It is the one article of clothing we don’t have to share with men. It is as old as time but has never let us down. Dresses come in all shapes and sizes just like women do. We have dresses for religious’ affairs, prom, competition, work, celebrations and for just laying in the sun.

I know I have left some out but I feel that these choices are very popular or unique enough to know.

Enjoy!

1. A line

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2. Asymmetrical aka One Shoulder

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3. Blouson

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4. Bubble dress

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5. Bridesmaids

Not only a great movie but the dress the friend of the bride’s wears. Here is mine. I am wearing it for Amber’s wedding.

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6. Coat dress aka Shirtwaist

Think of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. This dress is retro but classy.

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7. Cocktail Dresses

These are dresses suitable for semi-formals, black tie events and cocktail parties. Christian Dior was the first to use this term. Cocktail dresses fall under the evening dress category. They can be long but are usually short.

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8. Drop waist aka low waist

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9. Empire waist dress

Empire waist dresses are easily recognized by the seam ending right below the breasts. It is very popular in prom and wedding dresses.

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10. Evening/Formal dress

My grandma said what makes an evening dress is length. If a dress is not long, it is not evening. I hold to the same belief.

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11. Flapper dress

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12. High waist

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13. Jumper dress

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14. Kaftan dress

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15. Kimono

A traditional Japanese garment worn by men and women. However recently we have thought they make great robes and fabulous hang around wear.

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16. LBD

The Little Black Dress comes in every shape, size, style and cut. But every woman needs one because they’re effortless sexy.

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17. Mini dress

We have mini skirts so naturally we have to have mini dresses. These are the dresses that are so tight, hot and little. Some may call them the club dress.

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18. Maxi dress

Dresses that are awesome! They are floor length but casual.

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19. Mermaid dress

Dresses that the end of them look like Mermaid fins.

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20. Pencil dress

Same principle as a pencil skirt. To be tight and curve hugging, and going straight down.

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21. Princess dress aka Ball Gown

This is what I call the poof dress. It poofs out. 🙂

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22. Peplum dress

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23. Pleated dress

The detail at the bottom of the dress is pleated. Notice they are different from Tiered dresses.

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24. Sweater dress

I love this look. SO cozy.

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25. Sheath

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26. Short/long

Short in the front, long in the back. It is the mullets of dresses. : >

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27. Strapless

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28. Tutu dress

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29. Tent dress

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30. Tiered dress

Note this detail goes horizontal while Pleated goes vertical.

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31. Tunic

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32. Wedding dress

I think the most important dress of a woman’s life. 🙂

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33. Wrap dress

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Here is another helpful picture. 🙂

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About jade is small

I am a short girl who likes writing and clothes. I love theatre, fashion, writing and business. I like to think I am highly entertaining.

3 responses »

  1. LOL short and happy – Precious. Love the blog. I’ll go to bed thinking of all those dresses and their shapes. BTW I am figuring out this environment too and it is quite a discovery in terms so many directions with no end to its use. From rote to reason.

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    • Thank you! And yes there are so many terms, I became overwhelmed with terms and types of dresses; but it was very fun to research. 🙂

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