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To a blind eye, all wedding dresses can look alike. However, once you start your search for the perfect dress, you realize how many different styles there are, and a drop waist wedding dress is one style worth considering. Drop-waisted dresses first became popular in the 1920s, so even the most modern iterations have a slightly vintage feel and are perfect for the bride looking for something retro.
A low rise silhouette is defined as a silhouette that hugs your curves all the way to the hips before flaring out. Since the “waist” is lower than your natural waistline, it gives the illusion of a longer torso and accentuates your curves. It’s similar to a mermaid (which is fitted all the way to the knee) and also a trumpet style (which flares out above the knee or mid-thigh). Dropped waist dresses can also make you look taller and are a good alternative to a classic A-line or ballgown style.
Ahead, keep scrolling for a selection of beautiful drop waist wedding dresses that you can shop now for your special day.
Sizes: 0-14 | Material: Mikado silk | Length: Floor length
This dazzling strapless silk dress is a classic option that feels very bridal. The applique ends where the skirt flares out, for a dramatic train that will look lovely in photos.
Sizes: 0-18 | Material: Matte crepe | Length: Floor length
This Jenny Yoo dress was created with a minimalist bride in mind. Simple and timeless, it’s crafted from stretch crepe and finished with fabric-covered buttons at the back and train.
Sizes: 0-16 | Material: 100% silk | Length: Floor length
With its fitted bodice, low waist and gathered silk skirt, this unique dress has an almost medieval look. It’s simple but made of high quality sumptuous silk which makes it extra special.
Sizes: Contact for details | Material: Sequins, lace, tulle | Length: Floor length
A floral lace pattern, delicate off-the-shoulder sleeves and a long train are just a few of the things that make this drop waist dress so feminine. It is a beautiful and classic option for the traditional bride.
Sizes: 0-18 | Material: Modal Silk Mikado | Length: Floor length
In case you’re wondering if you can rock a Cinderella-style ballgown with a drop waist, this dress is proof that you can. A plunging neckline, low waist and full skirt make this dress so unique.
Sizes: 4-10 | Material: Satin | Length: Floor length
This dress falls quite low before flaring out slightly, aligning more closely with a sheath style. The feathers on the shoulders are a fun and unexpected detail, too.
Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Matte stretch viscose jersey | Length: Floor length
While this is undoubtedly a great dress, this piece is more casual without a full skirt or train. The pleated skirt and low peplum waist make it so interesting, and we love the off the shoulder sleeves and the column silhouette.
Sizes: XS-XXL | Material: Satin | Length: Floor length
If you want the look of a drop waist without getting an actual drop waist dress, this is a good option. An asymmetrical hemline mimics a low rise, with a waistband that cinches your actual waistline. A long train and a high slit complete the look.
Sizes: Find out more | Material: Satin-backed crepe | Length: Floor length
Unique and charming, this evening dress is perfect for a fall or winter wedding. The low rise isn’t as dramatic as some other options, giving it a more modern look. We love the split sleeves and the plunging neckline.
Sizes: 2-12 | Material: Polyester, spandex | Length: Floor length
Fitted just below the hips, this dress has a high slit down to the low waist. It’s simple and perfect for a minimalist, casual or beach bride, and the price is great at under $300.
Sizes: 0-14 | Material: Silk Faille | Length: Floor length
Feminine details like spaghetti straps, a crystal belt and a full skirt make this drop waist dress so special. The crystal detail makes it interesting and also adds a nice sparkle.
Sizes: 00-15 | Material: Cotton, nylon, elastane | Length: Floor length
The corded lace detail of this dress makes it almost hard to see the drop waist style, but it’s there. The intricate design is gorgeous, and we particularly love the open back with a row of fabric-covered buttons down the middle.
Sizes: 16-30 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor length
This lace dress is both traditional and more bohemian-inspired, thanks in large part to the detachable sleeves that feature fun fringing. If you don’t like the sleeves, you can always take them off and still have a nice dress.
Sizes: Small | Material: Suede, crepe, lycra | Length: Floor length
Structural and with a contemporary feel, this dress is not for the traditional bride. It’s meant to stand out as it features unique cutouts, a low rise, and a two-piece silhouette.
Sizes: 0-30 | Material: Chantilly lace, silk chiffon | Length: Floor length
This stunning dress has an unexpected halter neckline, but is otherwise quite traditional. The subtle drop waist gives way to a flowing skirt and long cathedral train, and it’s basically backless for some sex appeal.
Sizes: 0-22 | Material: Satin matte | Length: Maxi formal
White may be traditional for a bride, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear it. Do something different in this festive and fun champagne color dress that is sure to stand out.
Sizes: Find out more | Material: Lace, tulle | Length: Floor length
The drop waist of this traditional wedding dress isn’t immediately obvious, which is part of what makes it so classic. A true ballgown, it features lace and beading, and a skirt that looks magical without being over the top.
Sizes: 0-16 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor length
Cinched details, an off-the-shoulder sleeve, unique neckline and high slit make this dress feel very current (in a great way!). It’s a beautiful and different option for fashion-forward brides.
Sizes: 0-16 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor length
The crochet knit look of this dress gives it a very bohemian feel. Details like a plunging neckline and a low back also give it an alluring look.
Sizes: 0-30 | Material: Silk | Length: Floor length
The low waist of this dress makes it a prom dress with a touch of originality. The flared skirt and floral lace give it a feminine look, while the low waistline sets it apart from other prom dresses.
Sizes: 0-16 | Material: Organza | Length: Floor length
Go fashionable and youthful with this two-piece dress that includes a strapless crop top. The skirt is tight around the hips then flares out to be fuller as the organza bands give a bridal feel.
Sizes: XS-XXXL | Material: Silk stretch jersey | Length: Floor length
Crafted in comfortable stretch silk jersey, this dress is perfect for the low-maintenance bride who still wants to look and feel glamorous. The drop waist and ruching are nice details, and the long sleeves make it perfect for cooler weather weddings.
What to Look for in a Drop Waist Wedding Dress
When searching for the perfect drop-waist wedding dress, decide how daring you want the waistline to be. Some low rises are subtle to the point that you can barely tell they’re there and really give the impression of elongating the torso. Some are much more obvious, which tend to have a more vintage feel, and others are a perfect blend in the middle. You should also think about what size you want the skirt to be. There are ball gown skirts with a drop waist, but if you want something more minimalist, go for a straighter style with just a slight flare.
A drop-waist wedding dress that hugs your curves to the hips before flaring out into a fuller skirt. It accentuates your curves and can create the illusion of a longer torso.
Hipster and mermaid styles are similar but not identical. A drop waist dress is tight to the top of the hips and a mermaid dress is tight to the knees before flaring out. The skirt of a mermaid dress also tends to be a bit more dramatic than a drop waist skirt.
Anyone can wear a drop waist dress, but it accentuates your curves, especially around the hips. If you don’t want something that’s tight on your hips, avoid this style.
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