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Answering Questions About the Wedding Dress

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Fashion is all about creating illusions for the taller, shorter, slimmer or fuller. Wedding dress fashion is no different. Finding the perfect fit is accomplished when you find the silhouette that compliments and contours your unique shape. The magic of illusions takes your perfect proportions and creates all the right perceptions. Let’s take a look at questions that bride’s have about the wedding dress and the answers from wedding professionals.

Which style of wedding dress looks best with wide hips?

A bride with wider hips can wear an asymmetrical or draped waist or a ruffled skirt. A halter or one-shoulder strap can create dimensions and illusions that balance the proportions. An A-line dress can bring attention to a narrow waistline, while camouflaging the hips. A ballgown can perform the same trick.

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Which wedding dress looks best on a short bride?

A shorter or petite bride can pull off a form-fitted or sheath gown. A simple wedding dress will look better than one overwhelmed by embellishments. An empire waistline that begins just below the bust can create an illusion of a longer torso and legs. A short bride should avoid the voluminous skirt of a ballgown. The wide skirt will make the bride appear even shorter. If you want to add the illusion of height and an elongated waistline, choose vertical lines and seaming.

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What is the best fit for a pear-shaped bride?

A pear-shaped bride can choose a halter to bring attention to the shoulders and balance them with the hips. A strapless dress will also bring attention to the shoulders and neckline. Off-the-shoulder is an elegant neckline that brings attention to the shoulders and offsets wider hips. Cap shoulders are similar to sleeveless, but have a small piece of fabric on the shoulders that broadens the shoulders and lengthens the arms.

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What looks best on a curvy bride?

Never be afraid to hide your curves. A structured bodice appears sleek. An A-line wedding dress will balance proportions. Consider a halter neckline or a scoop neckline to enhance the bust and shoulders.

Which wedding dress will look best on a pregnant bride?

If you want to camouflage the waistline, you will want the empire wedding dress. The high waistline sewn just below the bust allows the fabric to skim over the midriff and compliment curves. Pregnant brides frequently choose this silhouette for this reason. Empire wedding dresses usually have a square neckline, which draws attention to the neckline and creates definition.

How can a bride show off an hourglass shape?

If you really want to show off your hourglass shape, you want a fitted mermaid wedding dress. This silhouette hugs the body all the way down to just below the knees. The tight fit is balanced by the volume in the dramatic skirt. Slender brides with proportionate curves usually choose this silhouette.

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What should a small-busted bride wear?

A smaller chest could be made to appear slightly larger with ruching and embellishments. However, instead of trying to create illusions, you might want to wear a deep plunging neckline and a low back that only a small-busted bride can pull off. Sometimes it is better to rock it than it is to fake it.

How do I choose the fabric of my wedding dress?

Fabric is an important part of the wedding dress, since it will determine the shape, texture and sheen. Finer fabrics are softer and drape better. Always think about how the fabric makes you feel. Consider the wrinkle factor and play with the fabric in your hand to test it. Decide whether you want a natural fiber, such as silk or if you prefer a synthetic blend of silk and polyester. Natural fibers breathe and feel cooler in warm weather. Synthetics are heavier and work best in cooler weather. Silk has always been a wedding dress favorite for the way it feels and absorbs dye. Satin can look ravishing, but low-end quality can create unwanted illusions. Chiffon or georgette is lightweight, sheer and flowing. Crepe is lightweight and thin with a pebbled texture. Organza is a semi-sheer fabric that maintains shape. Illusion is a sheer fabric that can be used in the sleeves or the bodice to add applique or lace detailing you could not otherwise. Faille is a light ribbed fabric. Velvet is a stiff and heavy material with a thick and plush pile. Lace is romantic and delicate on a spectrum from fine Chantilly to heavy guipure.

How do I choose the train of my wedding dress?

The train of the wedding dress adds personality and conveys the theme. Chapel trains are popular for elegance and versatility. They extend from the waist and trail three to four feet behind. A cathedral train is long, formal and dramatic with fabric that extends six to eight feet behind. A royal train is the most extravagant, extending twelve feet or more. A Watteau train begins to fall from the shoulder blades. A puddle or sweet train provides a small fishtail at the bottom of the dress.

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