Dresses have always been seen as the most feminine element of women’s wardrobe. By the time of sexual revolution, whose outcomes was among others the obtainment of a law for women to wear trousers, a dress and a skirt had been the only alternatives available for the representatives of the fairer sex. Currently, a woman has got a choice and when she decides to choose trousers no one is shocked by that particular decision. However, often when she wants to look feminine, sexy, and elegant or tasteful she chooses daytime and evening dresses.
Cuts of daytime and evening dresses
In the past, dresses were produced from one or two pieces of cloth which were specially fastened together, tied, and pinned and in such a way they were fitted to a woman’s figure. Back then people started to come up with a variety of ways of joining and tying of the cloth in order to attain the most interesting effects. The ancient tailors saw, as the first ones, the potential in the appropriate arrangement of the cloth which was helpful in the concealment of the drawbacks of one’s figure and the highlighting of the best assets. Currently, there exist many techniques of cutting, draping, and sewing that allow to created exceptional outfits, which match a variety of women’s figures. Many of them are based on the most basic geometric figures and are presented by different alphabet letters. Their history usually starts in the 20th century and is connected with widely known names such as Pierre Cardin, Coco Chanel as well as Christian Dior.
– A-line dresses – this cut is also known as trapezoid-line and it was introduced for the first time in the 60s of the 20th century. The top of the dress is narrow which, in the combination with the wide bottom and a higher or lower waistline, results in a situation in which the shoulders appear to be petite, whereas the abdomen and hips are wholly concealed by the lower part of the trapezoid.
– X-line dresses – it is one of the most universal cuts, which suits almost every woman. Only those who have no waistline should avoid it. This cut is characterized by comfortableness and a variety of options that can be applied both in case of length and in case of the choice of fabric. The dress can have both well-fitting top and flared bottom as well as loose-fitting top and equally wide bottom.
– Y line dresses – this cut was the most popular in the 80s of the previous century. The dresses possessed a well-developed shoulder line and a narrow and well-fitting bottom. Currently, this cut occurs in a slightly more moderate form. Shoulder pads sewn to the inside of the dress are no longer applied in this type of dresses. The elements enlarging the upper part of the figure are now placed on the outside and these can be epaulets, beads, studs, feathers, bows, and balloon sleeves.
– I-line dresses – their cut is based on the shape of a narrow rectangle. Due to the lowered waistline, this cut is also referred to as H-line. Dresses sewn according to the rules of this cut were extremely fashionable at the turn of the 20s and the 30s of the previous century. In the 50s a boyish line was broken by the addition of the waistline.
– Bubble dresses – its shape is based on a circle that comes in two versions. In the first one, the top is close-fitting, whereas the waistline is clearly emphasized. The second one is characterized by higher waistline and is commonly known as “baby doll”.
– Tulip dresses – this is a variation on the previous cut. The top of the dress is usually exposing shoulders, the bottom is flared from the level of waistline and then it becomes narrower and often draped on the hip line. Its shape resembles an inverted cup-shaped tulip flower.
– Tube dresses – the basic version of this cut is a close-fitting dress highlighting breasts, waistline as well as hips. However, it requires an ideal figure shape from the wearer, otherwise it will emphasize all of the shortcomings. Accessories which will model our shortcomings are a well-profiled bra which adds certain fullness to our beasts as well as special darts highlighting our hips.
– Princess line dresses – this is a cut for women who dream about resembling princesses. This cut will make our figure look slimmer. It is thanks to the fact that the dress is well-fitting at the level of our breasts and waistline as well as to the flared bottom. A characteristic element of this cut is the so-called French darts, which make the top of the dress fit the figure perfectly. In the short version this dress cut adds charm and girlishness and in the long version – elegance as well as femininity.
– Siren dresses – film stars love this type of cut. It is extremely glamorous, classic, and elegant. Unfortunately, our figure has to fulfill certain requirements if we want to wear this particular cut. Due to the fact that it is extremely close-fitting, the wearer should probably have more feminine figure. It emphasizes breasts, hips as well as our waistline. However, this type of dress conceals our legs, which do not have to be perfect. The dress can widen from the hips or from the knees towards the bottom.
– Empire line dresses – this cut is modeled on the dresses coming from the French Empire period. It comes in many varieties, thanks to which it matches a number of different types of figures. The dress can be long or short as well as there can be short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions. Usually, it has got square or boat neckline. The waistline is raised and highlighted with a belt or a ribbon. Owing to the fact that in order to create a dress in this cut flowing and soft fabrics are use, it adds slenderness and daintiness to one’s figure.
– Shirt dresses – this cut is inspired by men’s shirts. The most characteristic feature of this type of cut is placement of buttons on the entire length of the dress. It is intended for less formal occasions. In a classic edition it has got long sleeves with cuffs, a collar, a belt, and is knee-length. The top of the dress is usually slightly close-fitting and the bottom is flared.
Length of the dress
Fortunately, the times when dresses had to reach the floor and cover woman’s legs including ankles have passed long time ago. Theoretically, nowadays we have got full freedom in the choice of the length of the dress. However, each woman who experienced a faux pas in this field knows that there are a number of limitations that still apply – which we have to respect if we want to make a good impression. The factors that limit us are fashion, customs regulating when to choose which type of outfit as well as the weather.
Generally accepted rules say that it is better to wear knee-length daytime and evening dresses, instead of those shorter ones, for official occasions. In fact, if we attend an examination, job interview, or an important business meeting we should make sure that the dress is covering our knees. It is always worth checking whether the fabric moves upwards and exposes not only our knees, but also half of our thigh when we want to sit or bend over.
Such short daytime and evening dresses should be left for clubs, parties, and dates. If we can show our beautiful legs off, it would be a sin to hide them under the dress. However, if evening mini dresses are too much of a challenge for us, we can choose the safe length which ends slightly above the knees. This type of length makes most types of legs look good.
Nowadays, long dresses are reserved for balls as well as extremely important events – probably the first important event in many people’s lives is the pre-graduation ball. This event is held one hundred days before the Matura Exam. It is an important experience for girls and it takes meticulous preparation. A long, beautiful dress will allow each girl to feel like a princess. Another such important day, on which women often decide to wear a long dress, is their wedding. A white dress that ends just above the floor or with an additional train gliding in an extremely stately manner adds solemnity and elegance to that special day.