Whether you’ve dreamed about your wedding gown since you were a kid dressing up as a Disney princess or you have no idea what you want to wear, the number one piece of advice when shopping for a wedding dress: keep an open mind. Don’t lock-in on a particular look. Experiment and try on a variety of styles.
The number two piece of advice: Don’t shop with a ton of people, just bring one or two. “We see too much of an entourage is a hindrance not a help. Bring them back after you’ve narrowed it down,” says Andrea Anastasiou, owner of White Toronto.
And, for number three: Attend bridal trunk shows. “Sometimes you get previews of dresses not on the shop floor,” says Kirsten Mogg, spokesperson for White on White, a Canadian bridalwear manufacturer.
The fabric, cut and detail can affect the look of a dress. Satin, for example, is unforgiving. Dresses with structure, or an all-over lace pattern where the eye doesn’t fixate, are most forgiving. Here are tips for finding your body-enhancing style.
This is part two on how to find the perfect wedding dress. (For part one, 2012 wedding dress trends, click here.)
If You’re An O
You need bias or diagonal details that draw the eye into the waistline and create an illusion of a waist: draping and ruching from the bodice and hip or seaming details around the bust.
If You’re An A
Bottom heavy, pear shapes look best in A-line silhouettes. “A-lines are universally the most flattering silhouette,” says Anastasiou. “Then I would try a semi-fitted dress or a fit and flare—but not a trumpet.”
If You’re An H
Women without pronounced waists tend to look better with a fuller skirt because it creates an illusion of a waist. “We’ll choose dresses with draping or an embellished belt or coloured sash to provide contrast,” says Anastasiou. “If you’re petite, we’ll pick colours in the same tone.” Fitted looks are harder to wear, as are drop-waist silhouettes.
If You’re An X
You’ve hit the silhouette jackpot. An hourglass silhouette is the easiest to dress—almost anything looks good.
If You Have A Bigger Bustline
No sweetheart necklines for you. Go for a semi-sweetheart that just dips in front.
Shades Of White
Even white comes in shades—not all shades of white look good on all skin tones. White on White offers tips about the hue that’s right for you.
By Doris Montanera