Fashion tips for finding the dress
It’s easy to get misguided by the models you see in magazines. But remember: What looks good on another woman might not be the best look for you.
This is the time to play up your strengths! Here’s a look at some of the modern styles and fabrics brides are going for.
Strapless gowns: Paired with a swooping neckline, these perennial favorites give any bride a slimming silhouette. These dresses work well for brides with sloping shoulders, which may cause spaghetti straps to fall.
A-line gowns: These modern gowns hug the body through the bodice then flare out below the hip, accentuating the waist.
Sheaths and Columns: With narrower silhouettes in vogue, brides are embracing these looks that drape the female form in sophistication. This style begs for vintage-inspired lace overlays, such as corded or Chantilly lace.
Short Gowns: Designers are rolling out higher hemlines for a fun, fresh look, which work great on their own or as a second, “reception” dress. Many designers have their own collections of “little white dresses.”
The more lace, beading and embroidery a dress has, the pricier it will be. Today’s trends are gearing toward clean lines and minimal but dramatically placed details; ornaments, mainly crystal and embroidery, are concentrated on bodices and hems. Consider these fabrics:
Organza: A thin, sheer plain-weave fabric made from silk, its lighter feel makes it ideal for summer-style weddings.
Taffeta: A crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetics that is known for its slight sheen and light weight. Thin enough for ruching, taffeta can add texture without bulk.
Tulle: A lightweight, fine netting that can be made from silk, nylon and rayon, which gives gowns stunning, flowing skirts.
Charmeuse: A lightweight fabric usually made from silk or polyester. It’s smooth, soft and drapes beautifully.
Chiffon: A plain, sheer woven fabric with a soft drape. It can be made from silk, polyester or rayon.
Dupioni: A plain weave using yarns to create a fabric with surface slubs. In silk, it has a distinctive rustic and sleek luster.
Georgette: A lightweight fabric usually made from silk or polyester that’s heavier and less transparent than chiffon. The fabric’s fibers are twisted, which gives it a springy quality.
And don’t think you have to default to white, either. Shades of ivory and champagne are popular among brides looking for a nonwhite option, and they flatter most skin tones.