Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a fitted top and a flared bottom: an A-line dress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a silhouette that replicates the letter A by flaring out from the top, like a funnel, narrow and fitted at the neck and shoulders, skimming the hips and widening toward the bottom, with little or no shaping or seaming at the waist.

Etymologies

From garments being shaped like a capital A.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From A + lineĀ ("figure") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So something with an A-line or a Princess-style skirt how appropriate with a fitted waist will be most likely.

    Kate's Royal Wedding Look: The Dress, The Veil, The Tiara and More

  • Victoria Beckham described midi looks from her fall collection as the "the new precision pieces," a concept she interpreted well with clean hourglass dresses whose hemlines hit the beginning of the shin, along with even looser, longer A-line shifts in maple brown, cranberry and khaki.

    The 75 Percent Solution

  • I look best in princess lines, A-line or straight skirts, and v-necks.

    Home Living

  • Even with my glasses on, I am not able to discern if the body of the dresses are constructed with princess seams or are simply A-line.

    Hawaiian Dresses

  • A little more practice will give you the skills to make a skirt A-line rather than straight, gathered rather than pleated.

    Light Yellow Cotton Dress

  • Go preppy and offset Miu Miu's puff-sleeved style with a crisp white shirt and tweed A-line skirt.

    Holli Rogers: The Great Cover Up

  • This season, the denim skirt Ms. Adams-Geller likes best is a button-down A-line piece that ends just above the knee, which she calls a "throwback to the '70s."

    A Light Touch With Summer Denim

  • If you're going for a longer denim style, such as the popular ankle-dusting skirt, Ms. Adams-Geller suggests looking for pieces that are cut in a narrow A-line style that won't make the wearer look shrouded in fabric.

    A Light Touch With Summer Denim

  • A-line or mermaid cuts are ideal, as are gowns that draw attention to shapely legs.

    My Fair Wedding

  • Pear-shaped brides look best in A-line or flared gowns with necklines that are scooped, V-necked, or squared.

    My Fair Wedding

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