For the last 55 years or so, Barbie has had hundreds and hundreds of different outfits – including several wedding styles. We’re always looking for new and fun ways to share information about weddings, so we thought with March 9th being National Barbie Day, there really was no better way to share wedding dress styles than with Barbie herself as the model. And so, we give you the wedding gown style breakdown featuring Barbie as our model. Keep scrolling to learn about each style!
Ballgown: Fitted bodice with a long full skirt.
A-line: Fitted at the bodice and gently flares wider toward the bottom of the dress, resembling the letter “A”.
Empire: Waistline above the natural waistline, even as high as right below the bust.
Trumpet: Fits close to the body until mid-hip where it then widens gradually to the hem.
Sheath: Figure-hugging with a straight skirt at mid-calf and a defined waist.
Mermaid: Fits close to the body until the knee, where it then widens gradually to the hem.
Sweetheart: Shaped like the top half of a heart.
Off The Shoulder: Sits just below the shoulders.
Halter: Straps wrap around the back of the neck.
High Neck: Has a high neckline or t-shirt-like shape.
V-neck: The neckline dips down into the shape of a “v”.
Bateau: Follows the collarbone to the tip of the shoulders.
Scalloped: A fan or seashell-like top.
One Shoulder: Strap comes over one shoulder only.
Strapless: No straps are used on the dress.
Short Sleeve: Sleeves that go a few inches past the shoulders.
3/4 Sleeve: Sleeves that are approximately elbow length.
Long Sleeve: Full-length sleeves that reach all the way to the hands.
Brush/Sweep: Bottom of the dress barely brushes the floor.
Chapel: The bottom of the dress extends approximately 3 feet.
Cathedral: The bottom of the dress extends approximately 6 feet.
Royal: The bottom of the dress extends approximately 10 feet.
What are your favorite wedding gown styles? Did Barbie ever give you fashion inspiration?