First coined by fashion designer and stylist Christian Dior, A-line silhouettes are among the most popular dress types because they look great on almost every body shape. The A-line silhouette features a fitted bodice and flares out at the waist to form a triangle shape like a capital A.
A-line silhouettes emphasise a defined waist and broader hips. A-line dresses can range in length from above-the-knee to full skirts (maxi). Occasionally, the term A-line may describe any dress that has a hem much wider than its shoulders, regardless of a fitted upper body, cinched waist, or corset-style top.