Dress Shopping Made Simple — Tips From Your Women’s Dress Shop

October 25, 2018

If there is one piece of clothing that is incredibly frustrating to shop for, it’s a dress! Dresses aren't standardized like denim jeans or t-shirts, and are instead classified by both size and “cut.” Because of this, it can be incredibly difficult to browse online shopping sites for women and feel confident enough to purchase a dress without being able to try it on. In an effort to help you, our customer, become more confident when shopping for dresses online, we thought that we might discuss a few of the different cut styles for dresses.

Continue reading as we discuss some of the most common cut styles!

Women’s Dress Cut Styles

As you likely already know, dresses have sizes that refer to measurements of the shoulders, waist, bust, and hips that dictate how a dress should fit — making it easy to order clothing online with confidence. That being said, a woman might require different sizes for different dress cut styles. At Cloz to Home, our remedy for this situation is to suggest trying on different cut styles so that when you are looking to order trendy boutique clothing online you can choose a dress that you know will fit. Below, we have listed some of the more common cut styles that a woman might find at cute clothing boutiques and women’s dress shops.

Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a long, flowy, dress that can be worn in both casual and formal situations. Maxi dresses most commonly consist of a medium-to-tight fit on the torso, while the dress becomes loose and flowy above the hips. Are you wondering what situation a maxi dress might come in handy? Consider wearing a maxi dress any time that you would like to accentuate your curves while remaining comfortable.

A-Line Dress

While maxi dresses are generally an easy dress to gauge fit for while online shopping, A-line dresses can be more complicated. A-line dresses are generally tight and form-fitting in nature, meaning that the fit must be more precise. A-line cut styles fit tightly along the shoulders and upper torso, but tend to flare out along the upper midsection. What is the appeal of an A-line cut style? This dress cut allows for you to show off the more flattering features of the body while hiding those that you are less confident about.

Empire Waist Dress

The empire waist cut style is one that you have likely seen many times, yet the name might sound unfamiliar. Almost looking like a flowy gown, the empire waist dress features a loose fit, as it loosens its tight fit on the upper midsection and bust of the body. What is the best part about empire waist dresses? They are perfect for a night in with friends or a night out on the town!

Mermaid Dress

Sounds elegant right? Mermaid dresses are a formal dress that is often designed in the capacity of a wedding dress. Mermaid dresses are tight, and form-fitting, from the shoulders, through the chest and midsection, down to the mid-to-lower thigh. Below the thigh, mermaid dresses flare out, often times boasting frills or georgette fabrics.

Revel Dress

Are you looking for a dress that is perfect for being out and about? Revel dresses are comparable to large button-up shirts in the sense that they are loose, yet they are still slightly tailored to the shape of your body. Not only are revel dresses cute, but they are also comfortable — and they are easy to buy online. While most dresses might require some extra research before submitting an online order, revel dresses are generally pretty easy to gauge what size will fit.

Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is very similar to a maxi dress in the sense that it is moderately form-fitting from the shoulders through the midsection while listening and becoming flowy from the hips down. What makes it different? Well, a wrap dress uses fabric to create the illusion that it is wrapped around your body (although it is not). Wrap dresses can be both easy, and difficult to gauge size for when you are browsing various women's dress shops online. The ease of determining the proper fit will be determined by the tightness of the upper section of the dress.

Halter Dress

Halter dresses are a popular variation of dresses that feature a knot behind the neck to hold up the upper section of the dress. Halter dresses are common in both formal wear and casual wear, as the dress can be made from many different materials. Because of the fastening style of halter dresses, they are generally flexible in fit, meaning ordering them online is not as risky as other cut styles of dress.

Tunic Dress

The tunic dress cut style is one of the most versatile, and easy to fit dresses. Closely resembling a shirt dress in fit, tunic dresses hang on the shoulders and are loose and flowy from the bust down to the bottom of the dress — with the most common lengths being mid-thigh to knee length. Tunic dresses are generally easy to fit, as they are loose in nature.

Sheath Dress

Sheath dresses are incredibly simple and incredibly chic. Sheath dresses, so aptly named for how they slide on, are tight and form-fitting. While sheath dresses are body-hugging, they are not too tight, making them a flattering, yet comfortable, choice for a night out on the town. If you are browsing online shopping sites for women, we advise that you familiarize yourself with the particular brand’s fit to avoid the lengthy return process.

Bodycon Dress

Bodycon dresses might be the most difficult dresses of all to shop for online, as their cut is form fitting. Bodycon is derived from “body conscious” standing testament to how true-to-form that this cut style is. When shopping online for bodycon cut styles, the most important thing to consider is the material of the dress, as some materials are stretchy and form-fitting, while others are not.

Regardless Of Fit, Shop For Dresses Online with Cloz to Home

Cloz to Home is just one of many online shopping sites for women but the quality of our products is what makes us stand out. Our dresses, of all cut style varieties, are high-quality and easy to size. Why are our dresses so easy to size? Not only do we list the measurements and dimensions of our trendy boutique clothing, but we offer sizing support over the phone — because when you do business with us, we want you to receive a dress that fits you perfectly.

Shop our large online inventory of trendy boutique clothing today!