Glossary edition 4: Bodices Home

We’re back to expand on your wedding dress glossary! Today we're talking about bodices. You’re probably familiar with a few of these terms but we’re confident there’s still a few more we can educate you on.


Asymmetrical - The fabric covers one shoulder, or attaches over one shoulder with a strap, leaving the other shoulder bare.

Corset - Hugs tight against the body with hook, snap or laced back securing. The bodice can be strapless or strapped, criss-cross strapped or braid-strapped.

Empire - Fitted at the chest, then fabric hangs straight down under the bustline. A very romantic look, and one favored by expecting brides and bridesmaids.

Midriff - Reaches just down to below the ribs, baring your stomach.

Princess-line - Lined with two vertical seams that angle over the breastline down to the hem.

Surplice - Fabric is crossed in the front or the back, sometimes twisted for extra effect.

Tank - Just like a tank top, this one is sleeveless with thin or thick straps.


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