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Bridal Wear

by J. Cassar

Princess Style

The Princess style is perfect for any bride except the very petite, turning fantasy into reality with the perfect Cinderella gowns. We’ve got some tips for you to get the best out of your dress.

• For those of you who want to hide your bottom the wide skirt on princess dresses does the trick.
• If you want to show your cleavage, the halter style supports but does not hide a full bust. For that extra support you can wear a halter bra underneath.
• The most flattering style for the full figure would be the square neckline. It is sexy but not too revealing and at the same time the full skirt and long sleeves offer coverage all over.
• A fitted bodice accentuates curves, giving a pretty shape for the small bust. Finding a dress with pearl, rhinestone, crystal or sequin trim will enhance the chest further. As with the full bust, you can increase this look by wearing a strapless push-up bra underneath.

Column Style

To find your simplest but most stunning silhouette, look carefully for subtle design tricks. Look for the direction of the seam or the placement of the waist to get the right dress for you.

• Some of us have a thick waist and get scared to wear these dresses. You need to find a boat neck gown where the seams curve in at the middle, delineating the waist and drawing the eyes lengthwise instead.
• The empire waist creates a natural definition around the bust area to solve the problem of a small bust. To get a bigger boost wear an adhesive body bra underneath.
• If you have that boyish figure and want to get ride of it go for a dress with a V-neck. The diagonal lines of a bias cut will accentuate curves, while the seams around the chest plump up a small bust.

Halter Style

A new twist on wedding-day regalia, halter dresses are high fashion and a very sexy way to make the most of your features.

• For those who have a full bust, you will need to find a gown that shows off skin and great arms but is roomy enough to wear a halter bra underneath. Try to find a gown that has a lace pattern or similar to keep the eye moving for balance.
• As quite a lot of us are bottom heavy, a fitted waist adds more definition, and an A-line skirt hides those extra inches. If you can get one with beaded detailing above and below it will keep the eyes off the hips.
• An embellished bodice enhances the bust area for the more boyish figures, while a bias cut creates the semblance of curves.

Sleeves Style

Elegant and polished at any length, sleeves give brides a certain confidence that coverage can bring.

• For the very petite, a mock turtleneck gown with cap sleeves and mermaid skirt is perfect. It gives a simple silhouette with the high neck maintain proportions. Keep the lines long and lean.
• The full figure would be better off with a V-neck gown. Embellishment at the waist creates definition, while the skirt and sleeves offer all-over coverage for those who prefer it.
• A separate top to the skirt would help those who have a thick waist. With the top skimming the middle, while gently clinching the waist adds definition.

Strapless Style

This style flaunts great shoulders and arms, while adding balance to your other assets.

• The beaded waistline puts emphasis on a nice middle, while the A-line shape hides your bottom half.
• The embellished seams running vertically along the torso helps thin the midsection – great for those with a thick waist.
• The unadorned narrow silhouette plus vertical seams creates a long line and gives the illusion of height – perfect for the more petite figures

Whichever style you choose you will need to take into consideration that should you opt for a church wedding you will need to cover your shoulders. Always try on different styles you will know when you put on the perfect dress so go with your gut instinct.



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