109 Ladies Dress Names For Every Occasion

Aashita Dhingra
Jan 15, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Apr 21, 2022
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Dresses are the most versatile garments as they are available in different shapes, silhouettes, and cuts that flatter all body types.

Dresses are skirts attached to the bodice. Dresses can be further divided into different categories like midi dresses, mini dresses, and formal dresses.

Every country has its type of women’s dresses and wedding dress styles. Read on to know more about different types of dresses.

Dress Silhouette Names

Silhouette means the basic outline of the dress, and how it falls on the body. Choosing the right silhouette for one’s body type is important. Here is the list of silhouettes you can refer to.

A-Line (French Origin), A-line dress resembles the letter ‘A’. It has a triangular shape, narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. 

Asymmetrical Silhouette (American Origin), has a diagonal hemline instead of a round or proper shape.

Ball Gown Dress (European Origin), is a formal dress that has a big poofy skirt touching the floor like a bell. 

Egg Shaped Silhouette (French Origin), this silhouette is fitted on the top and bottom and loose in the middle. 

Empire Silhouette (English Origin),this dress design starts flaring right below the bust, giving the illusion of a longer torso. 

Hourglass Silhouette (French Origin), this silhouette has a shape that resembles an hourglass and clinches at the waist.

Mermaid Silhouette Dress (French Origin), is a type of Ball Gown and is considered perfect for black tie events.

Sheath Silhouette (English Origin), this silhouette fits close to the body without clinging to it.

Shoulder Wedge Silhouette (American Origin), this design emphasizes is on the shoulder and has masculine vibes.

Straight Column Silhouette (European Origin),This dress silhouette is a rectangle from the top to the hem.

Trapeze Silhouette (American Origin), this design has a tapered shape, similar to that of A-line and tent shape.

Trumpet Silhouette (American Origin), is a type of full-length dress that has a fitted bodice till the knees and then flares out. 

Voluminous Silhouette (European Origin), for this particular design, excess fabric is used to create volume. 

Y- Line Silhouette (French Origin), is the opposite of the A-line silhouette, it is loose from the top and narrow at the bottom.

Ladies Dress Names In India

Check these Indian ladies' dress name lists to know more about dresses worn in India.

A-line Kurta (Indian Origin), is a classic style kurta resembling the A shape. 

Angrakha Kurta (Indian Origin), is similar to a wrap-up style dress.

Chicken Kari Kurta (Indian Origin), this kurta dress has chikankari work on it and is usually straight cut.

Dhoti Kurta, (Indian Origin), This dress has a short tunic top and loose pants that resemble the dhoti. 

High Low Anarkali Kurta (Indian Origin), They are long flowy kurtas with umbrella cut.

Indian Gowns (Indian Origin), this dress is inspired by ball gowns. They are long flowy and have Indian embroidery over them.

Kurta And Churidar (North Indian Origin), the top resembles a frock and can be of any kind and it has a skinny bottom that has fabric gathered around the ankles. 

Lancha (Indian Origin), this dress has a longer choli and flared skirt. 

Layered Kurta (Indian Origin) is a type of dress that has layers beneath it. The top layers usually are open from the front.

Lehenga Choli (Indian Origin), the classic flared skirt that is worn with a blouse on the top, is part of traditional wear.

Open High Neck Kurta Skirt (Indian Origin),  this kurta dress has a high collar that is open from the front and is worn with a skirt. 

Patch Work Kurta (Indian Origin), on this dress, patches are sewn on the fabric.

Petal Cut Kurta Dress (Indian Origin), this dress hem is of flower petal shape.

Salwar kameez, (Indian Origin), is a tunic and loose bottom set.

Saree (Indian Origin), is a long piece of fabric wrapped around the body. 

Sharara (Mughal Origin), this dress is inspired by Mughal. It has a short tunic top and bottom that is fitted till the knees and then flares like a mermaid tail. 

The Nehru Collar Kurta, (Indian Origin), dress highlights its color, popularized by Jawahar Lal Nehru in India.

Woven Net Kurta (Indian Origin), this kurta dress is made with net fabric. 

Zardosi Lehenga (Indian Origin), is a type of lehenga that has handwork on its border. 

Ladies Dress Patterns Names

With the help of patterns, you can sew dresses of any design, style, and color. You can make the dresses listed below with the help of patterns.

A-Line Dress (French Origin) A-Line dress resembles the letter ‘A’. It has a triangular shape, narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. 

Asymmetrical Dresses (English Origin), this dress style is inspired by the Victorian ball gown that had a high low cut.

Balloon Dress (American Origin), These dresses have an inward hemline that gives off a balloon-like shape. 

Bandage Dress (Tunisian Origin), Bandage dress, falls under the category of Bodycon dresses. Bandage dresses give off the appearance of bandages as the dress is made of multiple thin fabric strips sewn together. 

Bell-Sleeve Dress (Japanese Origin), these dresses have long sleeves that flare from the elbow to the wrists. 

Blazer Dress (European Origin), Blazer dress is a formal dress. It looks like a blazer but is worn as a dress.

Blouson Dress (English Origin), this dress has a fabric-cinched waist, giving the top a billowing effect. 

Bodycon Dress (French Origin), Bodycon dresses have figure-hugging silhouettes and can be between the length of your mid-thigh and mid-calf. 

Camisole Dress (American Origin), this dress is the longer version of the slip dress. 

Coat Dress (European Origin), These dresses have the shape of a long coat and have flappings and buttons. 

Cold Shoulder Dress (French Origin), a dress that has cut-out sleeves is a cold shoulder dress. 

Corset Dress (European Origin), These dresses have a corset attached to them around the waist. 

Denim Dress (French Origin). The dress that is made from denim fabric is called a denim dress. Different types of dresses can be made from denim fabric. 

Dirndl Dress (European Origin) This dress was worn by peasants, it has a lace apron attached to it both in the front and the back. 

Drop Waist Dress (American Origin), is a dress type that has a droopy waist making it a loose-fitting dress. 

Granny Dress (American Origin), is a loose-fitting dress that usually has long sleeves, a high collar, and ruffles. 

Halter Dress (American Origin), It is a summer dress that has straps that are tied around the neck. 

Handkerchief Hem Dress (European Origin), these dress types were popular during the war.

Harem Dress (French Origin), this dress has a flowy silhouette that narrows down to the hem. 

High Low Dress (American Origin), is a type of asymmetrical dress. 

Kaftan Dress (Persian Origin), these dresses have loose-fitting and breezy sleeves. 

Kimono Dress (Japanese Origin), kimono is a full-length dress worn by the Japanese and has loose-fitted long sleeves. The modern kimono dress has a shorter length.

Line Dress (French Origin), a line dress is similar to an A-line dress, as its bottom is full and pleated. It is usually knee-length. 

Long Sleeve Dress (European Origin), long sleeve dresses have long sleeves that provide warmth. 

Midi Dress (American Origin) is a mid-calf-length dress.

Mini Dress (English Origin), these types of dresses have hemlines that end above the knee, sometimes at the upper thigh level. 

One Shoulder Dress (French Origin) these dresses have sleeves only on one side. The other side could have long sleeves or straps to give some support to the dress. 

Paneled Dress (European Origin), these dresses have a fitted top that flares out towards the hem which is achieved with a sewing dress with the panel.  

Pencil Dress (French Origin), pencil dresses have the shape of a pencil skirt that is a very narrow skirt that clings to the skin.

Peplum Dress (Greek Origin), peplum dresses have fabric strips gathered around the waist area to create the flounce.

Pinafore Dress (British Origin), a pinafore dress is a kind of sleeveless apron that is worn over a blouse. 

Princess Silhouette Dress (European Origin), these kinds of dresses are sewn with long vertical straps of cloth. 

Sheath Dress (American Origin), a sheath dress is a straight-shaped form-fitting knee-length seamless dress. 

Sheer Dress (French Origin), this dress is made of sheer fabric like lace.

Shift Dress (French Origin) a shift dress has a boxy shape. It is a sleeveless dress that is worn during summer. 

Shirt Dress (French Origin), a shirt dress is a casual women’s dress that has the appearance of a shirt with collars and buttoned upfront. 

Shirtwaist Dress (French Origin), these dresses have the top portion of a shirt. 

Short Dress (West Origin), short dresses fall under the category of dresses that are of mid-thigh length. 

Skater Dress (American Origin), this dress had a fitted top bodice and round flared skirt. 

Slip Dress (European Origin), originally made as a women's undergarment, has thin straps that fall over the shoulder.

Smock Dress (English Origin), this dress style was created for children. The piece of fabric is first pleated regularly and then it is embroidered.  

Sun Dress (American Origin), these types of dresses have loose fittings and are made with a light fabric. A sun dress is meant to be worn without other layers. 

Sweater Dress (European Origin), the sweater dress is a longer version of regular pullovers, these types of dresses are made of knitted fabric to keep a person warm. 

Swing Dress (American Origin), this type of dress is fitted from the bust and flares out to the knees. 

T-Shirt Dress (American Origin), It is a dress that resembles a casual T-shirt. T-shirt dresses have a round collar, it is loose-fitted and ends above the knee. 

Tea Length Dress (Asian Origin), These dress styles have been popular among Asian women.

Tent Dress (American Origin), this dress hangs loosely from the shoulders. 

Trumpet Dress (European Origin), is a type of full-length dress that has a fitted bodice till the knees and then flares out. 

Tube Dress (American-Iranian Origin), is a strapless dress made from stretchy skin-tight material. 

Tunic Dress (Greek Origin), tunic dress has loose-fitting with a slit at the sides. It is usually hip to calf-length long. 

Tutu Dress (European Origin), is a dress that had tulle fabric, attached to the bodice. 

Wrap Dress (American Origin), dresses that have cloth that crosses over the chest and clinches at the waist are called wrap dresses.

Yoke Dress (European Origin) is a type of dress that is made from the yoke pattern, which could be either way front or the back. 

Young Japanese girl wearing traditional kimono for Coming-Of-Age Day Celebration

Types Of Prom Dresses Names

There are so many dresses you can choose from; floor-length to short dresses. See the list below to find your prom dress.

Baby Doll Dress (American Origin), these are short dresses that have fitted bodices and a loose skirt. 

Ball Gown Dress (European Origin), is a formal dress that has a big poofy skirt touching the floor. 

Bardot Dress (French Origin), is a type of dress that has highlights the shoulder through sleeves cut and fall. 

Cocktail Dress (French Origin) a cocktail dress is a staple dress for those who attend semi-formal events all the time.

Debutante Dress (European Origin), is a white dress that is worn during the first ball dance with white gloves. 

Little Black Dress (American Origin), is a classic dress that could be of any type but is short. 

Maxi Dress (American Origin) maxi dress has flowy fabric and it touches the ankles, perfect for a casual setting. 

Mermaid Silhouette Dress (French Origin) This type of ball gown is long and straight from the top and flares into the wide skirt at the bottom like a mermaid's tail. 

Off The Shoulder Dress (French Origin), these kinds of dresses have sleeves that fall off the shoulder, baring the shoulders. 

Party Dress (Western Origin) is a common name for dresses that are worn to attend parties. 

Pouf Dress (French Origin), pouf dresses have a round or square helime sewn with the lining to give the pouf effect. 

Strapless Dress (American Origin), It is a kind of dress that doesn’t have any sleeves. 

Trumpet Dress (European Origin), is a type of full-length dress that has a fitted bodice till the knees and then flares out. 

Wedding Dresses Style Names For Your Big Day

There are so many silhouettes and wedding dresses to choose from. Take some inspiration from wedding dresses around the globe to find your perfect wedding dress from the list below.

Fairy Tale Dress and Tail (Austria Origin), Brides wear fairytale-inspired sleek gowns with long sheer veils.

Iro Uchikake (Origin Japan) is a colored robe worn over the regular gown by brides.

Kebaya (Asia Origin) In some countries floral blouses with skirts are worn as a wedding dress. 

Mermaid Gown (French Origin), French brides wear mermaid silhouette gowns on their wedding day.

Osaria (Sri Lanka Origin) is a type of saree that has frills around the waist. 

Peplum Gown (Ghana Origin), brides wear peplum tops and skirts to their weddings. 

Qipao Dress (Chinese Origin), is a traditional dress that has a high neck and straight skirt with delicate details. 

Famous Ladies Dress Brand And Shop Names

Indian women wear both traditional dresses and casual western dresses. These dresses are easily available in the local shops and boutiques as well. If you are looking for brands inclusive of all sizes, types, and occasions, you can refer to these ladies' dress brands' names to shop for some dresses. 

AND - It is a designer brand for western dresses.

Biba -This brand is perfect for Indo-western and traditional wear.

Fab India - This brand has a good range of traditional wear. 

H&M - You can find all types of dresses from shorts to cocktails here.

W for Women - this brand has a wide range of kurtas.

Zara - This brand has western dresses in a range in budget.

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