For the general concept of dress, see Clothing. For other uses, see Dress (disambiguation). “Dresses” redirects here. For the song by Betty Blowtorch, see Betty Blowtorch#Discography. A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). In Western culture, dresses are usually considered to be items of women’s and girls’ apparel. The hemlines of dresses vary depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer.