Wedding Dress Decisions
May 23, 2014
A woman’s wedding day is often thought of as one of the most important days of their life. With so many aspects to consider when bringing together the perfect wedding from the theme and style to the colour scheme and accents, the scope for ideas and inspiration is enormous. Surely though, above everything else, the dress and accessories for it are the show-stopping feature of the day. ..but how on earth do you choose the right one?
Every body shape suits a different style, and here we go over how to dress to impress on your special day.
For pear-shaped ladies – a body with larger hips and thighs and a smaller shoulder width – a dress with a gradually flaring skirt is the most flattering. Bringing it in at the natural waist will highlight the slimmest section of the body creating a sumptuously sophisticated sillouhette. Particuarly nice in fabrics such as satin and taffeta, team with a lace parasol too add a ‘southern-belle’ element to your look.
If you’re blessed with a little more up top, finding a dress to even your proportions is key. Dresses with scooped necklines will help open up the face and neck area calling attention away from your assets. Strapless dresses can also work, however a heart-shaped neckline will add length to your upper chest rather than extra size to your buxom blessings. Team this look with our Lisbeth Dahl lavenda pagoda umbrella for a look of 1920s chic.
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Plus-sized ladies can enhance all the right areas by choosing empire cuts. This style accentuates the slimmer areas by covering the tummy and allowing attention to fall onto the bride’s glowing face. Dresses with empire lines and a skirt that flows into a floor length a-line are most preferable with fabrics such as satin adding more structure. This look can turn a bride into a Greecian goddess and is perfectly matched with a ruffled white parasol.
A clinched-waist dress suits this shape the most. A bustier with embriodery or lace is perfect at being eye-catchingly elegant but also great at distracting from the areas you may rather keep hidden.
The gloriously tall among us are blessed with legs that go for miles and a commandingly statuesque figure which only needs to be shown off. Choosing a dress that creates an unembellished and simple silhouette will show off your natural proportions and make you the centre of attention. If you want to add accessories to a slightly plainer dress, a frilled or embellished umbrella can give your look the sparkle you desire.
Straight and Narrow
If you’re slim and lacking curves and want to create the hourglass figure for your big day, look at bias-cut dresses to add some volume to your body or try something with a large flowing skirt to hide the lack of hips and also add that fairy princess vibe. A 50s inspired dress with a clinched waist and patterned fabric works well.
Pretty and Petite
If you have the little pixie look, large ballgown dresses and dresses with bows and patterns can leave your small physique lost under the details. A straight and simple a-line dress is better suited to the smaller bride; and a raised waistline which makes the bottom half of the dress look longer will add length to your body too, giving the impression of extra height. Simple dresses look gorgeous when teamed with a vibrant wedding umbrella which will draw the eyes up the body rather than down.
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