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Names of Women’s Dress Styles in English

A Guide to Popular Women’s Dress Styles

For many years the dress has been a staple in women’s wardrobes. Different styles of dresses have been designed to either emphasize a beautiful woman’s assets or conceal her shortcomings, and there are different styles for various events and occasions. In this age of emancipation and feminism, dresses have undergone significant changes, but they have never gone out of style.

Today I invite you to take a look at the names of different styles of dresses in English. There’s a tremendous variety among these dresses: short dresses, knee length dresses, loose-fitting or form-fitting to your body shape. Some have ruffles and a high neckline, some are long sleeve and some sleeveless, and some are basically just large t-shirts! You’ll probably prefer some to others based on current fashion trends and your own personal style.

This subject will be helpful to those who work in the world of sales and fashion in the international market, and also for those who love to go shopping in other countries.

Basic Styles of Women’s Dresses

  •         Classic
  •         Folkloric
  •         Business
  •         Sport
  •         Casual
  •         Elegant
  •         Formal (evening)

  1.    Culotte dress
  2.    Babydoll dress
  3.    Wrap around dress
  4.    Kimono dress
  5.    Bubble dress
  6.    Tutu dress
  7.    Polo dress
  8.    Shirtdress
  9.    Sundress
  10.    Sari
  11.   Sack dress
  12.   Tunic dress
  13.   Sheath dress
  14.   Shift dress
  15.    Trumpet dress
  16.    Smoked/layered dress

4 English Idioms with the Word “Dress”

1. Dress up

To wear formal clothes, usually for a special occasion

For example: Don’t forget to dress up for Megan’s birthday party. It should be fancy!

2. Dressed to the nines

Dressed very elegantly; dressed very fancy, with attention to every detail

For example: Clare was dressed to the nines to impress the jury.

3. Dressed to kill

Dressed very elegantly and stylishly, often with the intent of impressing others

For example: Sam was dressed to kill when I saw him last week at the conference.

4. Give someone a dressing down

To strongly and angrily reprimand someone

For example: Dad will give me a dressing down as soon as he finds out about my bad marks at school.

Finally, I’d like to mention that many style experts recommend giving some consideration to your figure and body type when choosing a dress. That’s a good idea, isn’t it?

It’s best to know ahead of time which types of dresses are best for your figure instead of grabbing the first dress you like and then being disappointed that it doesn’t look right on you

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