I thought that there were so many different types of dresses that it was a bit confusing, so I made up this list of modern dresses in alphabetic order that I see being used in modern fashion, style and trends the most.
Of course, there are many more outfits but I think I have come up with a dress name list that can be related to the modern fashion world, that at least has the names of different types of dresses with pictures, rather than a types of dresses list with pictures, that you have to scroll through forever to see them all.
It’s an all in one picture for my Slay It Queen Girls. If you want to learn more about a certain type of dress, I have described the dress styles below.
Video of Some the Styles of Dresses for Women
Different Types of Dresses List with Pictures
An A-line dress is a dress that touches the hips and thighs and which is wider at the hem and narrows at the top of the hips to the waistline. The fact that it widens at the bottom makes it resemble the letter A. I think this dress is best if you have a pear-shaped; hourglass or petite body shape, but I do not believe it is a good choice for the apple or chubby women’s body type. This is a type of dress style that can be worn for any occasion and is the classic little black dress that every girl should have in their wardrobe. You should see it from the back, it’s not as plain as it looks. Click here for our prices
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An Apron dress is much the same as an apron except the skirt fully encircles your waist. There is a kind of apron like bib, hence the name. Although it fully encircles the waist there may be a gap at the back exposing your behind. This dress is good for curvy or pear shaped girls. Get this Apron Dress from Amazon
An Asymmetrical dress has different lengths on one side than the other, for example, it may have a longer skirt on one side than the other or it might also have one sleeve that is longer than the other. This makes it great for more casual events and can usually be flattering to any body shape depending on the variation you choose. There are some variations though that you would need to have a rocking body to wear as below. You can get a similar Asymmetrical Dress from Amazon.
Baby Doll Dress
A Baby doll dress has a short loose skirt and a fitted bodice. Usually used as a nightgown it is sometimes gathered at the waist and skirt and can have long sleeves. suitable for curvy, slim girls and not so good for an apple shape body. Click here to see a Babydoll Dress from Amazon
The ball gown is a classic evening dress traditionally worn at a formal ball such as in the story Cinderella. Balls are now very rare except among wealthy high people and end of year formals and weddings which a not technically balls.
A ball gown is full skirted down to the floor flaring out from the hips with a fitted bodice. It is best for people with a pear shaped body or hourglass body. This type of dress would not suit apple shaped women due to the fitted bodice. Check out Amazon by clicking here for a Ball Gown.
The balloon dress flares out a bit from the waist down to the hem line which is then curved inward so that it resembles a balloon. See a Balloon Dress on Amazon.
The bandage dress is a type of dress cut that looks like a bandage crisscrossing the body as layered fabric which is attached together to form the dress. As this dress portrays a bandaged body, the dress generally hugs the body in a body con style. I think that if you are of a slim, petite or hourglass body shape, this style is for you and you will Slay It on any semi-formal occasion. Click this link to see our prices.
A Bardot dress is really just a dress with a Bardot neckline. In other words off the shoulder with no straps totally bare from the neck to the shoulder with a sleeve that hangs from below the shoulder. The neckline is usually straight across the bodice but can curve around the breasts. Check out a Bardot Dress on Amazon.
Bell Sleeve Dress
The bell sleeve dress has the sleeves flaring out in a bell like shape from the middle of the forearm or wrist. The actual dress can be any type, however the sleeves are the central theme. See a Bell Sleeve Dress on Amazon.
A blazer dress is styled like a men’s blazer except longer to cover your booty. the front overlaps and there are two rows of buttons. The fabric also imitates a men’s blazer in style. This dress is good for any season and looks fine for business. It could suit rectangle shaped bodies or hourglass, but I would not recommend this type of dress for pear shaped or apple shaped women. Click Here to see a Blazer Dress on Amazon.
A blouson dress has a tight waist line which brings about a puffy looking top like a blouse. Click Here to see a Blouson Dress on Amazon.
A bodycon dress is a tight-fitting stretchy dress that shows off your body shape in a very obvious way, enhancing the curves like a second skin. I think this type of dress is best if you have a curvy hourglass body type. These dresses come in different lengths but generally come in mid-thigh to knee length. I think this dress is best if you are attending a party in the evening or a cocktail party. This style is also fine for you to wear to the office. Click this link to see our prices.
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This dress has numerous ruffles in a gown that reaches the floor. This can often be seen in ball gowns or wedding dresses. Good for pear shaped women. Click Bouffant Dresss to find this on Amazon.
A camisole dress looks like what you would normally wear as a night gown or slip. However a camisole is a top so the length is extended to become a dress. Check out Camisole Dress on Amazon.
This dress has a cape attached to it which is a variation from the classical cape worn over the dress in historical times. The capes can be of varying lengths and it is a very queen-like style. I think the capes on these types of dresses can make you look slimmer if you are a larger size which is available up to 5xl, especially if you wear heels but make sure you already have fairly long legs. This style is perfect for parties or meetings of a casual nature. Click Here to see our prices on this Cape Bodycon Dress or on Amazon.
A chiffon dress is a different type of dress that can come in almost any style as chiffon refers to the way that the fabric is twisted in different directions when woven, forming a crumpled look. Traditionally the fabric that was mainly used for chiffon was silk, which is still the best fabric but these types of dresses can be expensive and hard to find. Other types of material are synthetic or synthetic silk blends. I think a chiffon dress is perfect for you to wear on any occasion as the light flowing glimmer and sheen is very eye-catching and stylish. Imagine the feel of silk against your skin. Click here for our prices.
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A cocktail dress is a knee length semi casual, semi formal dress meant for going out for drinks to a classy establishment. I would recommend this for slim to hourglass body types. Coming soon to Slay It Queen. Click Here to see similar Cocktail Dresses on Amazon.
A corset dress is simply a dress that has a corset built into it and showing on the outside as traditionally they were hidden. They used to be used to reduce the waist. This type of dress would be good for hourglass shaped women, pear shaped or rectangle shaped women who want to shape their body but I think that apple shaped women would find this dress too restrictive. Click here to see a Corset Dress on Amazon.
A debutante dress is required to be white and the skirt must reach the floor the bodice is fitted but the style of skirt can be varied. This dress is ideal for pear shaped girls or hourglass shaped people. Not recommended for apple shaped bodies due to the fitted bodice. White gloves are usually worn to complement the dress. Find a Debutante Dress on amazon by clicking here.
A denim dress is just that, made of denim. In my opinion, it looks best when it looks like an over-sized shirt and needs no trimmings or decorations. This type of dress is a casual style and you should probably wear it for travel, pool parties or at the beach. This can be worn by most body types but is not really ideal for stout body type girls. However, it is a very comfy dress for outings and can be very versatile. Why not order from the comfort of your home. Click Here for our prices. Click Here to check out Amazons Prices.
A dirndl dress is a style of dress that came from European peasants. This type of dress has an apron with a bit of lace on the apron. Suitable for almost any shaped women. Find your Dirndl Dress on Amazon by clicking here now.
This style of dress is gathered to make a fuller looking dress. This dress can suit any body type.
Drop Waist Dress
This dress has the waist of the skirt at hip height with a longer length top part. The waist is very loose and because of this type of dress can suit any body type.
Empire Waist Dress
This type of dress is ideal for a body shape with a tummy because it has a high waistline just under the bust and flares out from there. I think that if you are one of the body types not suited to tight bodycon style dresses then this is the dress for you. In other words, if you are an apple shape, pear shape or rectangular body shape this is a dress that you can wear with style and it comes in larger sizes up to 5 xl. You can wear this dress to any formal and is one of those types of dresses for prom, casual or practically any occasion. It comes in red, black and blue and the lace design is extremely classy. Click Here for our prices. Or see something from Amazon – Click Here.
Fit and Flare Dress
This type of dress has a fitted bodice and the dress begins to flare out slowly as it gets toward the hemline.
A gathered dress is simply a dress that is gathered at the waist.
This an older style with a high collar. It is loose and comfortable in fit all over, something your granny might wear. This dress is suitable for all body types.
This is a dress that has a halter neck strap from the top of the bodice going around the back of the neck. Since the style of the rest of the dress can vary the actual halter neck is suitable for any body type but the dress style would have to be assessed individually as to what body type it looks good on.
Handkerchief Hem Dress
This style of dress has an asymmetric hemline as in the hem of the dress varies in length around the base as if there were a couple of handkerchief’s hanging down. as the dress is usually loose fitting with the waistline sometimes just under the bust this could be suitable for any body type.
This is a long flowing dress that ends with a narrow hem. This loose fitting type of dress could probably suit any body type
High Low Dress
This type of dress has a hem that is high at the front and low at the back. This dress is sometimes called asymmetrical and I think that whatever body shape you are you can wear it depending on whether there is a waistline that can be non-existent or of the empire style depending on the design that you choose. Usually, the fabric is light so that you can freely move around as you wish. Click Here to see our prices or Click Here to see this dress on Amazon.
A kaftan is a very loose one piece dress that has bulges a bit at the side and ends at the below the calf. This dress would suit apple shaped girls as well as any other body type.
A kimono dress resembles the traditional garment traditionally worn in Japan. This dress overlaps at the front and has long sleeves. There can be a sexy split down one side but this is a modern addition. This dress can be suitable for most body types.
A lace-up dress is a dress that has a lace-up section on the dress, sometimes running down the entire length of the dress and is designed to be very sexy by showing a bit of skin. I think it depends on what style the dress shape is as to whether this will suit your body shape. Obviously the tighter the dress and the more skin you show will limit this. This type of dress is perfect if you are going clubbing, discos and nightclubs or pubs. If you want this smoking hot feel like a “Rock Chick” look, Click Here for prices or Click Here to see Amazon’s collection.
A layered dress has layers of fabric. Usually, this type of dress does not hug the body and can largely add dimension to the outfit and accentuate your curves while hiding your lumps and bumps. I think this design would suit you if you have an hourglass, slim and petite or rectangle body type, but would not suit you if you have an apple shape or pear shape. This type of dress would be best for casual or pool parties, a day at the beach or when you are traveling. A truly lovely dress that you will be glad to own. Click here to see our price or Click Here to see Amazons Prices.
Little Black Dress
A little black dress is usually a simple fitted, but short black dress that can be used for almost any occasion and is one of the most versatile dresses you can own. This dress is best for an hourglass or rectangular figure. A pear shaped body might be able to wear this dress depending on the type of skirt, but it is not recommended for those with an apple shaped body.
Long Sleeved Dress
A long sleeved dress is best for cold weather but comes with many different dress styles. It’s not really a type of dress but more a type of sleeve. However if the dress does not fit into any other category then long sleeved dress is as good a name as any.
A maxi dress refers to the length of the hemline. Many dresses are referred to as maxi dresses if they reach the floor but actually a maxi dress is any dress below mid-calf length, this means that in modern days an ankle, full or floor-length dress is called a maxi dress. I think that a maxi dress is one of those types of dresses which should form a central part of your wardrobe as they naturally exude style and class in any occasion. You can choose from many forms of maxi dress with slits or prints or different fabrics like chiffon to suit your style. I think these dresses would be perfect for you if you have an apple shape, rectangle or slim figure, but I don’t recommend this type of dress if you are pear-shaped or short. Imagine wearing this dress for formal events or weddings. It could almost double as one of those types of dresses to wear to a wedding. You would look super sophisticated wearing this dress, and outshine all the competition. Need this? Click this link to see our current prices.
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Mermaid or Trumpet Dress
A mermaid style dress flares out at the bottom anywhere between the thighs and calf area, with the upper part more fitted. It is a long dress and reaches to the floor. This dress is good for most body types except the apple body type due to the fitted or slimmer upper portion of the dress.
A midi dress is any dress with a hemline that below the knees about mid-calf length. It does not matter what design the dress is, the length of the hem is what designates the dress as midi. I think that this dress is best for you if your body shape is apple-shaped, pear-shaped or tall depending on how figure hugging the dress is. Obviously, if it is figure-hugging I don’t recommend it if you are apple-shaped but a midi dress does not have to be figure-hugging. The only thing I don’t recommend this dress for is if you are very short. Apart from that this would be a wonderful dress to own. Click here to see prices.
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A mini dress is mid-thigh length. Any shorter than that and it becomes a micro dress. It can be figure-hugging or flare out downward from the waist. I think this type of dress would be best for you if you are petite, short or have an hourglass shape. This type of dress is good for clubbing, casual, beach-going or going out in the evening. I would not recommend this type of dress if you are a girl who has log legs, but for average height girls, this dress would be super cool to have in your wardrobe. Imagine wearing it on a warm day. Click here to see current prices. To see similar on Amazon Click Here.
Off Shoulder Dress
An off-shoulder dress is a dress that has sleeves that are off the shoulder or has no sleeves at all leaving your neck and entire shoulder area bare, showing some skin in a sexy yet classy way. I don’t think it really matters what body type you are if you want to wear a dress like this as it kind of takes the focus off of other less flattering areas of your body. However, If you have broad shoulders this type of dress is probably not a good idea for you. If you don’t have broad shoulders, however, it’s very forgiving around the booty area. Perfect for you if you are any body type. Click here to see prices.
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One Shoulder Dress
A one shoulder dress is an asymmetrical dress with one shoulder and arm laid bare while the other shoulder is covered with either a long sleeve or has a strap. This can be very alluring and attracts a lot of attention. Due to the fact that any dress silhouette can be paired with this style it depends on the actual dress silhouette type as to what body type would be suitable to wear this dress, but I would not recommend it to those with triangle shaped bodies.
This is a dress style traditionally popular with European peasants. They usually come with long loose sleeves such as raglan sleeves.
A pencil dress is like a pencil, which means it is straight down with no flare. The pencil dress is different from a bodycon dress as it is not stretchy and moulding around your curves. A pencil dress can be straight and is not as form-fitting. Also pencil dresses have a hem length at the knee as opposed to mid-thigh to knee length. I think this type of dress is well suited to you if you have a killer body, or have a pear-shaped or hourglass body shape. I would not recommend this type of dress if you are a bit chubby or apple-shaped. The occasion that you could wear this type of dress for includes a cocktail party or imagine if you want that hot but focused businesswoman to look without wearing a suit. It would also be good for interviews. Click Here to see our prices or Click Here to check out Amazon.
These dresses have a ruffle at or high around the waist and are good for hiding any excess lumps around the waist. This type of dress usually has a narrower skirt usually extending down to the knees which the ruffle sits on. I think this dress is perfect if you have a pear-shaped or hourglass body shape. I believe that these types of dresses would be great for your office work, meetings with clientele or official dinner occasions. Click Here if you want to see our prices or to check out Amazon’s collection Click Here.
This type of dress was originally made for young children from a pillowcase which usually had a pretty pattern.
This type of dress has low cut arm holes and medium straps over the shoulders with adjustable buckles or buttons like a pair of overalls it is loose around the top so is usually worn over any kind of top.
Princess Seam Dress
A princess seam dress has rounded seams sewn into the front (or the back) of the bodice to add shape and contour following the shape of a woman’s body.
Princess Silhouette Dress
The Princess Silhouette Dress is a princess like gown. Something that you might see at a Royal Ball. The top down to the waist is tailored with a full flowing gown below the waist. This is a traditional dress evolved from classic traditions and fairy tale films.
Sequin Party Dress
A party dress is a generic name, but usually, modern party dresses are form-fitting and can be sequined for extra pizzazz. These different types of dresses are usually shaped to show off your killer body while the shimmer and shine dazzles. The one below one of the types of dresses that is similar to the one worn by Kendall Jenner at her birthday party. I think that this dress can be for you if you have any body type depending on the design. The occasion that you can wear this dress for includes parties of course and also for clubbing, Imagine wearing this dress to a party. One word Slay. Click here to see our current pricing.
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The main thing that can be said about a shift dress is that it is short, usually mini (mid-thigh) and this type of dress has no definitive waistline. For that reason, I would recommend it for you if you have any body type as they are not figure-hugging, have no sleeves and just hang on the body. It can be quite a cute dress and is suitable for your work or play. Order easily from the comfort of your couch. Click Here for the price or Click Here for Amazon’s price.
A skater dress is a different type of dress that is usually short and they flare out from the waist with a fitted bodice and the waist is defined ie fit and flair. Don’t expect to see Avril Lavigne wearing this though Lol. I don’t know if anyone remembers her single sk8r boi which came out when I was about 15. Anyway back to the dress. I think it can be very sexy and is kind of a party dress that can also be used for casual wear. I would recommend this for apple-shaped, rectangle and slim body types, however, it’s not so good if you are pear-shaped or very short in my opinion. However, for average height girls, this dress is an eye-catcher. Imagine wearing this out or to a party, you would really stand out from the others with class and sassy style. You won’t find this in retail stores. Easily ordered with a couple of clicks. Click Here to see the price or Click Here to see Amazons prices for a similar dress.
Also known as a camisole dress but this is not strictly correct naming as a camisole is just an undergarment top. A slip is also traditionally an undergarment but is a full length undergarment that has now become fashionable to be worn on the outside, much like superman wears his undies on the outside Lol. All jokes aside this light and filmy feeling dress is usually made of satin and lace. Recommended for slim or hourglass body types. This dress coming soon to Slay It Queen, or see something like it on Amazon
A slit dress is one of those different types of dresses that looks very hot and steamy by showing off a bit of forbidden leg in a formal setting while still looking very classy especially if the dress is also a maxi dress, which I would recommend in a formal setting like a wedding or a cocktail party. You will look great in this dress if you are tall and have long legs together with a pair of high heels/stiletto. I don’t recommend this dress if you are very short or have log legs. But otherwise, it is a very beautiful dress, you won’t regret owning it. Click Here to see our price or browse comparable dresses on Amazon Click Here.
A sun dress is a light and airy casual dress meant for summer. It usually has thin straps but not necessarily, and is very comfortable with an open neckline. The colour can be plain or have a floral pattern. The waist can be firm or loose, there is no standard here. This dress can be worn by slim, pear shaped, hour glass body types with flair as it is loose and flows around both ample curves as well as lumps and bumps. This dress will be in stock soon at Slay It Queen. In the mean time you can browse similar Sun Dresses on Amazon
T Shirt Dress
I guess the idea of a T-shirt dress is that it is supposed to look like your boyfriend’s T-shirt. They are really just a T-shirt that is a little bit longer than conventional and are great for hiding any lumps or bumps around your waist. They can also be very sexy at the same time as they are short and show off your killer legs. I think the idea here is one mainly of loose comfort and are great for summer allowing a cool breeze to circulate up there Lol. You might also be thinking that In the winter you can also wear them with leggings. Quite a cool dress. Click Here for our prices. Click Here for Amazons prices.
A tube dress is generally strapless and sleeveless or can have one strap over one shoulder. You generally need a good fit at your bust so that you don’t flash your assets. You will usually need an adhesive invisible bra. This dress is basically a tube that is form-fitting and goes straight down. I think that this would be good for you if you have an hourglass or pear-shaped body type. However, would not look so good if you are very skinny with no curves. I think that this dress would be perfect if you are going to a wedding or daytime outdoor formal occasion or even a cocktail party. Click Here for our prices or check out Click Here dresses like this on Amazon.
A tulle dress is a different type of dress that is basically a tutu usually made up of lightweight mesh net style material in the skirt quite often used in the design of ballet dresses. In my opinion, the body type that would be most suited to this is if you have an hourglass body shape. This is great for a prom or I guess a wedding, or maybe not. Probably better for dancing or for your 5-year-old daughter. If you are of an apple stout or pear-shaped chubby body type, I don’t recommend this dress for you. See more styles on Amazon Click Here
A wrap dress is usually wrapped around the body in some way. Usually where one side that wraps over the other side and is tied together in some way. The dress usually hugs the body but the number of wraps can mean that it can hide certain aspects of the body. I think if you have an hourglass or pear-shaped body type you will be able to wear this dress with flair but it is not really suitable if you are too chubby. I think this dress would be great for you if you are attending a party in the early evening or traveling. It could also work during a day outing in the country. Click Here to see our prices. Or Click Here to see Amazon’s collection.
Well if you have read all of this or even just read the things you want to find out about regarding different types of dresses, you will realize that a dress can actually encompass several different styles, and now you can look at a dress and say well, my favorite out of all these different types of dresses is an off the shoulder slit maxi dress with an empire waistline. From this description you can form a picture as to what the dress looks like and to mix and match all these different types of dress styles so you can decide which is your favorite, which is what fashion is all about.