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What is a Goddess Dress?

By D. Poupon
Updated May 21, 2024
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A goddess dress is a woman’s Greek-inspired dress that makes most women look fabulous. Goddess dresses are typically flowing, off the shoulder, and asymmetrical. What sets goddess dresses apart are the gathering around the bust line, which flatters most silhouettes. They typically have an empire waist and may be knee length or longer. Highly stylized goddess dresses may be more appropriate for costume parties, while more subtly embellished dresses make a fashion statement.

The goddess dress is inspired by the Greek toga, which is merely a large piece of fine fabric draped over a shoulder and often attached with a belt. It is usually a one-shoulder dress that is made from a quality fabric that drapes gracefully. Since goddess clothing should be beautiful, dressmakers carefully design a pattern that is free flowing without become bulky or clingy. The signature of a goddess dress is its asymmetry, even if it is a sleeved dress, with fabric gathered on one side.

It is difficult to find a dress that flatters all body types, but the goddess dress comes pretty close. The empire waist cinches under the bust line, highlighting at a woman’s naturally slimmest point. Gathering and draping call attention to the bust and smooth away problem areas such as wide hips and love handles. Heavier fabrics with a little weight to them will enhance the allure of the curvy woman wearing a goddess dress.

As well as coming in a variety of styles and fabrics, goddess dresses come in a variety of lengths. Full-length maxi dresses are most traditional and are particularly suited for tall, statuesque women and for beach cover ups. Above-the-knee goddess dresses are very flirty and can be paired with gladiator heels to perfect a look. The most flattering dress is mid-length with a full skirt that grazes the knee.

Popularized in many recent movies, the goddess dress is many women’s favorite costume. Paired with golden bracelets and headbands, the goddess dress allows women to go to dress-up parties looking exotic and glamorous. Costumes are typically white, but may be made out of flashier colors such as red or deep purple. Extra details such as rhinestone belts or gauzy arms may not be authentic but add a whimsical air to a goddess dress.

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