A dress is a one piece garment for a woman or girls, consisting of a skirt and bodice that covers the body and part of the legs. The top part of the dress above the waist is called the bodice and the lower part covering the hips and legs is called the skirt. In the U.S., women have historically worn dresses or skirts but beginning in the 1950s pants or trousers became more common. However formal attire and in some cases work clothing generally consists of a dress or skirt and blouse. In the 1970s the dress code in U.S. public schools prohibiting pants gradually changed and pants became acceptable attire. Styles of dresses include: shift, caftan, sheath, pinafore, jumper, polonaise, shirtdress, sundress, trapeze dress, strapless dress, caftan, cocktail dress, coatdress, evening dress, halter dress, prom dresses, wrap dress, A-Line dress, bandage dress, maxi dress, mini
dress, babydoll, smock, empire waist dress, maternity dress, tea dress and many other styles. Finding a suitable dress style is not an impossible task, there are stores specializing in dresses for all shapes, sizes and occasions: plus size, petite, tall, extended sizes, casual, formal, evening, prom, gowns, party dresses, flowergirl dresses, wedding, bridesmaid, homecoming, maternity dresses, sweet sixteen, Quinceanera and much more.