Saturday, October 16, 2010

Let's get started with the dress!

Source: McLellan Style
Most little girls dream of their wedding day, wearing that pretty Cinderella outfit and getting married to Prince Charming riding up on a majestic white horse. However, girls do grow up and of course, like all sensible beings, we want to look our best on our Big Day, sometimes without that Cinderella outfit.

A wedding day is always about the dress, how the bride shines in it, how she moves with it and how this dress makes her the most beautiful woman on the day. 

How do we choose a dress that compliments our figure? How do we start and what should we look out for?

Tip #1: You need to feel comfortable and confident in the dress.
Tip #2: Do not buy a dress that swallows you up. You are wearing that dress and not the other way around.
Tip #3: What looks great on your best friend, your favourite celebrity or even your mum may not look so great on you. Try it first! 
Tip# 4: Embrace your figure. 
Tip #5: The dress is about details details details!

Source: Hughes Bridal 
Some Typical Wedding Dress Silhouettes

1. Sheath: Designed to tightly fit the body, cut on the bias.
2. Empire: Youthful and elegant, cut under the bust-line, made with light material like chiffon.
3. Ball Gowns: Small waist and full skirt.
4. Slip Dress: Originated from the 1930s, made with silk or satin, cut on the bias.
5. Princess Gowns: Clean lines with a widening skirt.

Top 5 Most Common Figures

Look for - vertical lines that elongate your body like a high-waisted empire-line dress. 
Avoid - Boat neck, full skirts and long trains.

Small bust
Look for - Fitted or empire-line dress with beading or embroidered details, ruching or a cowl neck to add volume where needed.
Avoid - Sweetheart or plunging necklines.

Large bust
Look for - V-neck gowns, off-the-shoulder neckline or accessorizing with an eye-catching necklace.
Avoid - High full collars or thin strapped dresses.

Fuller Figures
Look for - A-line skirts, deep v-necks or scoop necks.
Avoid - Mermaid skirts, ball gowns and unstructured material.

Pear Shape
Look for - A sash around the wist to emphasize the slim waist, A-line or full bias-cut skirt without gathers.
Avoid - Mermaid or trumpet skirts.  

We work with so many talented designers in Singapore. We like them honest so they tell you which dress suits you most, emphasizing your assets and flattering your body shape. Sometimes, you find "the one" in the first shop you step into, sometimes, you find it in the 78th shop you go into. Whatever it takes,  patience is the right virtue here. 

Happy Shopping!