Dress Basics

Before we look at the best wedding dress styles for each body shape, we'll just run through some basics that the shop assistance won't give you. 

Get the basics right... Step 2

• Start at the beginning...
Ok, let’s get down to business. One of the first lessons I was taught when studying bridal fashion was to get the basics right – the underwear! Specialised hosiery will give you an instant smoother, slimmer silhouette, and worn with control pants that conceal unwanted bulging will provide the perfect foundation for that dream wedding dress. True, it may not be your idea of sexy, but believe me, it will make you and your dress look and feel a million dollars. Do, however have available a change of underwear if you intend to change clothing for the evening event.

• Don’t be impulsive...
Make appointments to at least 3 separate bridal shops. Visit each shop trying on as many dresses it takes to find the ideal one but when you think you've found it, don’t buy it on the spot. Discuss ideas on suitable underwear (See the above ‘Start at the Beginning’ notes) with the consultant. Visit each shop before making a decision, then take time to think about the accessories for your favourite gown. Once you think you’ve come to the final decision, arrange and attend a 2nd appointment at the shop armed with the appropriate underwear. Commit to buying the dress only when you are 100% sure it’s the one for you.

• Full Monty, not...
Always fasten up completely when trying on dresses as it will feel and look totally different when completely fastened / laced up.

• Sit down...
During the wedding day, you will probably be sitting down in your dress for long periods, so when dress shopping, don’t just float around like a princess in the dress; Make sure it feels and looks right when sitting down too.

• Appropriate Strapless Bra...
If you’re shopping for an off the shoulder style wedding dress, take a flesh coloured strapless bra, or even self-adhesive bra to the appointments. You can later discuss appropriate underwear with the shop assistant. (See the ‘Start at the beginning’ comments).

• Think to the future...
Today’s fashion, is tomorrows laughing stock – I therefore suggest you choose a timeless wedding dress style, rather than a contemporary design that won’t stand the test of time. You don’t want to look back at the photo’s and think what the hell was I thinking. But remember it’s your wedding, so don’t be steamrolled into choosing a dress that you’re not completely comfortable with.

• Diets and Fitness Routine...
Whilst wedding dresses can be altered, going on a drastic diet will result in extreme size alterations that may lose the integrity of what you liked about the dress. Instead, think more about keeping your shape, or loosing just a few pounds by starting a fitness routine.

• Birth Control issues...
If you have just started, or intend to start taking birth control pills or similar, mention this to the dress assistant because the extra oestrogen WILL increase your bust line. On the flip side, stopping the pill will almost certainly reduce your bust size.

• Celebrity Pose...
As the saying goes “The camera never lies”, but making the right pose, like red carpet celebrities do, will help make you appear slim and sleek. Go on try it now in front of the mirror to check how the different poses reflect.

• Curvaceous Wedding Dress Collection...
A common complaint is that boutiques stock very few fuller figure wedding dresses for brides to sample. There are however designers such as Callista, Sonsie and Sincerity Plus who specialise in the plus size range. There are also boutiques that cater specifically to curvaceous brides, so any wedding dress shopping fears you have will be turned into a fabulous awe inspiring day of feeling like a princess.

• Online Budget Made-to-Measure Wedding Dresses...
There are a number of websites springing up, showing images of dream wedding dresses at a fraction of the price you’d normally expect to pay – You will probably find these are Asian based organisations. Be WARNED, the images shown are usually designer dress range images, NOT images of their dresses. They will however copy that general design with far less detail and inferior material. Many Brides have been reduced to tears after receiving cheap copies; it’s not all bad though; some brides have been delighted with what they've received - It really is pot luck. There will also be hidden expensive shipping charges to consider too. We intend to investigate this subject in more detail in the not too distant future, and write an article on our finding.

Right, we've discussed the basics - in step 3 we'll look at your individual needs.

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Body Shape

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Dress Basics was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Gabriella

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