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Trend Report | Drop Waist Wedding Dresses

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drop waist wedding dress

If you read our post about 2024 bridal trends, then you know that drop waist wedding dresses are one of our favorite emerging styles. Also known as the basque waist [pronounced ‘bask’], this refers to a bodice of a dress that hugs the silhouette and often extends past the natural waistline, slightly covering the hips. Most basque waists also feature two angled seams that form a flattering triangular shape at the bottom of the drop waist bodice.

This unique style dates back to the mid-19th century, an innovation of the time that was not only a fashion statement, but a sign of the times. It was the epitome of Victorian-era fashion, highlighting a feminine figure with touches of grace and elegance. The drop waist wedding dress is now seen in many variations, and is a style that looks great on many different body types. It elongates your torso, draws attention upwards and gently shapes your waist for a cinched + snatched look. We see this popular style paired with a multitude of other trends, including clean and classic styles, all-over lace, rich jacquard and much more. Keep scrolling for a few of the drop waist wedding dresses you can find at our Columbus bridal boutique!

Vera Wang Fernanda

drop waist wedding dress

Vera Wang Fernanda is a stunning drop waist wedding dress, boasting a full ball gown silhouette, thick crepe bodice and full tulle skirt. The basque waistline is balanced with a slight v-neckline, for an elongating and flattering bridal look!

Wtoo Collette

drop waist wedding dress

Wtoo Collette is a strapless ball gown that boasts idyllic botanical details above the drop waist. Delicate beadwork adds a touch of shimmer for a gown that feels ethereal and whimsical!

Monique Lhuillier Fleur De Lis

drop waist wedding dress

Although Monique Lhuillier Fleur De Lis doesn’t have the triangular shape of a true basque waist, it does feature a drop waist silhouette. One of Monique’s most iconic styles, this gown is a quintessential classic bridal look, featuring intricate lace from bodice to hem, and a classic sweetheart neckline underneath the removable lace topper!

Watters Wyetta

drop waist wedding dress

The next dress on our list, Watters Wyetta, takes basque waist to a new level, with a zig-zag pattern around the whole waistline. This creates a truly unique look and a one-of-a-kind take on the drop waist wedding dress. Decadent lace adorns this full silhouette, complemented by an exposed corset on the bodice for true depth and dimension.

Netta BenShabu Stella

drop waist wedding dress

Netta Benshabu Stella combines alluring details with romantic elements, for the wedding day look you’ve always been dreaming of. A classic basque waist sits below an exposed corset and above a sultry high slit, creating the perfect balance of timeless bridal looks with contemporary trends.

Wtoo Hilty

drop waist wedding dress

Another stunning ball gown option, Wtoo Hilty boasts a slight basque waistline! Layers upon layers of airy tulle make up this grand silhouette, and the moscato color gives it a slight blush tone, for a truly romantic and feminine feel.

Coming soon to LJM:

Nicole + Felicia NF043

drop waist wedding dress

Nicole + Felicia NF043 is what classic bridal dreams are made of! This jaw dropping ball gown features a basque waist above the full skirt and dramatic train. Tapered straps and a flattering scoop neckline finish off the look for a clean and timeless feel.

Leah Da Gloria Anastasia

drop waist wedding dress

Rounding out our list of drop waist wedding dresses is Leah Da Gloria Anastasia – a show stopping wedding dress of all-over lace and a dramatic basque waist. A full skirt and train complete the look, along with a classic sweetheart neckline for a truly unforgettable wedding day style.

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