Wedding Dress Waistlines Explained!

When brides think of what style wedding dress they want on their big day, they probably envision a silhouette, fabric, and color. They may even know what neckline they want and what length is to their taste. However, don’t forget to consider the wedding gown waistline! It can and will play a very important role in how you will look in the dress. Below are some of today’s most standard waistlines and what they mean for you.

Natural Waist

A natural waistline is just as it sounds… sits right at the bride’s actual waist. Keep in mind that different designers will have different ideas of where the natural waist actually is. This is arguably the most common waistline of all. Flattering for any body type.

This classic sweetheart neckline is adorned with dimensional details, with 3D floral embellishments, beading and pearls adding enchanting texture. The bow detail of this wedding dress adds an oh-so-sweet touch while accentuating the natural waist.

Dropped Waist

A dropped waist gown design sits below the natural waist, closer to the hip. How far the drop is depends on the designer. Some will go just a few inches, and some a bit more. You are likely to find a dropped waist on a ball gown or trumpet styles. Ideal for showing your curves.

A slight sweetheart neckline is youthful and feminine, as the Pearl Mikado fabric continues into a dropped waist and dramatic flared skirt for a universally flattering effect.

Basque Waist

A Basque waistline emphasizes a “U” or “V” shape to give the illusion of a longer silhouette. The waistline hits about a few inches below the natural waist, either in the front or back, and is typically fitted to the body. Again, depending on the designer, this can vary. You will see a Basque waist mostly in ball gowns. Looks lovely on all brides.

A sleek ballgown featuring flirty and romantic detachable pouf sleeves, modern scoop neckline and beautiful deep Basque-inspired waistline and architectural seaming from the back.

Empire Waist

The empire waist features a highly raised waistline that sits right below the bust. Empire waists are designed so the rest of the dress can flow more freely from the body. Perfect for de-emphasizing your tummy area.

This royal-inspired wedding dress is as timeless as love itself. Made of matte Mikado fabric, the ballgown silhouette features a modern empire waist and open, square back.

Banded Waist

A banded waist is just that… a band of structured fabric that acts as a type of faux belt look. It is perfect for emphasizing an already tiny waist or giving the illusion of a smaller waist. A win-win for every bride.

A ball gown of all ball gowns, its deep plunging neckline and banded waist are draped with large Dalia flower motifs.