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womens dress Dresses and skirts are popular with American women and girls of all ages.  In many formal situations, such as weddings, school proms, business meetings, and church services, dresses are fashionable and attractive choices.

In the nineteenth century, before ready-to-wear garments were available, many women made their own dresses at home or hired a local dressmaker.  These dressmakers often imitated the latest fashion ideas from Paris, using printed fashion plate illustrations.  During the Victorian era, from about 1840 on, persons who made and sold fashionable women's dresses and millinery were known as "modistes."  In modern times, most women buy their dresses ready-made, but custom dressmakers still make dresses for special occasions such as weddings, proms, and other events.

blue dress Over the years, dress styles and hemlines have changed considerably.  Prior to World War I, hemlines ranged between floor length and ankle length, but during the 1920s hemlines became short, then long during the 1930s.  Hemlines were shorter during World War II, longer again during the 1950s, and short again during the 1960s.  Since the 1970s, dresses and skirts of varied lengths have been fashionable simultaneously.

The basic dress shapes include the shirtwaist, sheath, shift, sundress, and tent.  A shirtwaist dress has a bodice like a tailored shirt to which a straight or full skirt is attached.  A sheath dress is fitted and often sleeveless; it may not feature a waist seam.  A shift dress is simple and straight, with no waist seam or shaping.  A sundress is sleeveless with a low neckline, and is made of lightweight fabric for use in warm weather.  A tent dress is flared from above the bust and sometimes features a yoke.  Certain of these dress types have been fashionable during different eras.

On WomensDresses.us, you will find a selection of women's dress shops offering fashionable women's apparel in a wide range of styles, sizes, and price ranges.

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Women's Designer Fashions and Dress Shops

  • Chadwick's
    Find your favorite designer styles at everyday low prices.
  • Ann Taylor
    Features business apparel, refined dresses, and special occasion dresses.
  • Talbots
    Browse a good selection of classic apparel for Misses, Petites, Women, and Kids.
  • Coldwater Creek
    Find stylish casual clothing, accessories, and gifts for women.
  • Metrostyle
    Features women's fashion values for Misses, Petites, and Talls.
  • J Jill
    Features women's apparel, accessories, and footwear. Available sizes include misses', petite, women's, and tall.
  • Jessica London
    Features brand name plus size fashions at discount prices.
  • Eddie Bauer
    Fine-quality all-occasion apparel, outerwear, and accessories.

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