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Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress

Posted by M.D. 22/07/2013 0 Comment(s)

It's an exciting time that should be filled with joy but, as we all know, it can easily become a stress filled chore instead of a fun filled pleasure. When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, there's so much to consider including the price, your budget, the style that suits you best and many other things. 

Retro Style Wedding Dress with Lace

It's YOUR Day!

It's your day so the most important thing is that you feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. when you marry the man of your dreams. Some people will say the "designer" is very important but in reality, this is only important if you have the budget available to pay for a designer. The most important thing is that, since we are all individual, the dress should suit you and doesn't have to follow any "trends".

Fashion has seasonal trends with colours and styles but wedding dress styles are slow to change and what looked amazing on a bride a few years ago, can still look amazing today. Just look at the "retro" styles that are increasingly popular in modern times. Retro styles are not for everybody but the bottom line is to choose a dress that suits you and don't worry about trends. 

In this article, we will try to give you some guidelines on what to look for and what to avoid. Remember, just because you like a particular style does not mean that it will look stunning on you. Most big name designers hire very tall models with slim figures and to be honest, they are not representitive of what the average woman looks like. We all know this only too well but if we think about it, we know ourselves better than anybody else and we know what we're comfortable in. All we need is a bit of direction and a few ideas. Choose carefully and if you choose the dress that is right for you, then the chances are you will look stunning on your big day!

Big Bust:

If you have a large chest, we suggest you choose a dress that has one or more of the following features:


Wedding Dress Necklines

   Scoop Neck 

   Full Coverage V-Neck (you don’t want it dropping too low)


   Halter Neckline


   Off the Shoulder

   Strapless - Sweetheart is more suited for large chest than Straight Cut. 

Try to Avoid

   Bodice fabrics with a sheen such as Silk, Satin or Organza as they tend to add volume and draw attention to your bust. 

   Ruched fabric on the bodice. This has a similar effect as fabrics with sheen.


   Straight cut strapless. Because of the straight cut, the bust can look almost like a big ridge and it's not  exactly the look you want on your wedding day!

Small Bust 

Are you a bit smaller on top?  If you are, we suggest you go for one of these styles. 

   Strapless with ruched bodice to add volumn

   Halter Neck 

   Bateau Neckline


   One Shoulder 


   Empire Silhouette 

Pear Shape 

If you’ve got a pear shaped body, you don't want to emphasize your hips. Instead, you want to turn the focus onto the narrowest part of your waist or toward your neckline. The following styles should help achieve this goal.


   A-Line Dress


   Strapless Dress


   V-Neck

   Scoop Neckline

   Spaghetti Straps


   Off the Shoulder 


    Ballgown


    Diagonal Desgin. This is draped across the body and is great to accentuate curves!


    Bateau Neckline


    Basque Waists

    Empire Silhouette


In general, we advise to go for a stiff fabric that is a bit sturdier in its construction
 as it's bettter suited to Pear Shape.

Avoid

    Sheath Silhouettes

    Trumpet and Mermaid Gowns


    Fabric like Chiffon that is clingy or too flowing 

Apple Shape

For an apple shape, you should go for a dress that will draw the eye upwards toward the bodice or neckline.  Try these:


    Asymmetric neckline


    Deep V-Neck or any plunging neckline 

    Scoop Neck


    Strapless Empire 

    A-Line 

    Princess 

    Empire

Avoid

    Ballgown

    Sheath 

Hourglass

Similarly to pear shape, you’ll want to accentuate the smallest point on your waist.  And be sure to show off your curves!!  These features should look fantastic on you:


    Off the Shoulder


    A-Line Dress 

    Standard or Dropped Waist to elongate your body


    Mermaid and Trumpet Mermaid

    Sweetheart Necklines

Avoid

    Sheath Silhouette

    Ballgown

    Empire 

    Fabrics that are too clingy or tight

Straight / Rectangle / Athletic Body 

If this is you, you’ll should choose a style that will lengthen your torso.  These styles will definitely flatter you

    Bateu Neckline – they help balance narrow shoulders and smaller chests

    Spaghetti Straps


    Sheath Column

    Ballgown


    Mermaid


    Trumpet


    A-Line

    Necklines that fall below your collarbone – these add a great touch of femininity


    Drop Waist Skirt 

    Empire 

Avoid

    Soft Sheath


    Princess Gowns

    Basque Waist

    Portrait Necklines

    Off the Shoulder Dress

    Halter Neck

Full Figure

OK so it's an old cliché but,  if you’ve got it, flaunt it!  Try for a dress that will show off your voluptuous upper body while flattering your waist and hips.  These styles will look great on you:

    V-Neck

    Scoop Neck

    Sweetheart Neckline

    A-Line Dress

    Ballgown

    Dropped Waist

    Empire Gown (with a high waist just under bust line)


Avoid

    Unconstructed Silhouette

    "Clingy" Silhouettes

    Sheath dresses


    Spaghetti Straps


    A-Lines that starts at the chest


    Pleated Fabrics


    And just remember, not too tight but if it’s too loose, it will add pounds

Tall

Tall brides will want to find a gown that accentuates your height.  Check out  dresses that have the following characteristics

    Plunging V-Neck 

    Halter Top

    Open Necklines and Backs - the more open, the better!


    Sheath Silhouette

    Trumpet and Mermaid Gowns 

    Ballgown

    A-Line with a well defined waist


Avoid

 Princess Dress

Petite

Smaller and petite brides should keep their gowns simple. Too much embellishments and eye-catching appliques will just look overwhelming and awkward.  You’ll also want to try for a style that will create length without interrupting the bodyline. Try these styles

    Sweetheart Neckline

    Halter Top

    Cowl Necklines

    Mermaid or Trumpet with raised waistline

    Soft Drape Grecian  style


    Sheath Silhouette – great for thin body types


    A-Line Gowns

    Empire 

    Princess gowns


    Eye catching necklines to draw the attention up

    And don't forget the heels!  

Avoid

    Ball gowns


    Dropped-waist silhouettes


    High collars or overwhelming necklines

We understand how important it is to "get it right" on your big day and we hope this article will help in some small way. Take a little time to do your research and avoid the avoidable mistakes. 

Finally, when you look in the mirror, see yourself as you are and not as you want to be

 
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