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Bridesmaid Dress Bodice Ideas & Inspiration

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A bodice is the top part of the dress from bust to waist the bottom of the bodice forms the waist line from where the skirt will fall. The standard bodices discussed below can be part of your individual dress by adding your preferred neckline, straps or sleeves and skirt.


Empire Line Bodice


Empire Line


Again, another style which describes the top of a dress but isn’t officially a bodice. The empire line is basically a very high waistline.  The seam which defines the Empire Line lies just under the bust. The bust area is normally very fitted and expert seamstresses can include additional padding to really maximise cleavage. The rest of the dress flows down in a single piece from this seam.  See our section on skirts for ideas for the lower part of this dress.




Princess Line


This isn’t really a bodice as it more a design of dress. However it is important to discuss it in the bodice section as it an option for the style of the top of a wedding dress. For ‘Princess Line’ the material flows from top to bottom without horizontal joins. Darts at the bust give shape and support. It can be used for A-line and Column dresses but it wouldn’t work for a ballgown profile as it couldn’t provide the required definition at the bodice to get the ‘big’ skirt look. Material can then be used over the base dress to provide definition and highlight certain areas however it is the initial cut of the dress that makes it ‘Princess Line’. For example, a crumb catcher effect around the bust or rouching at the waist.



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