Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lets Pick Your Dress

In wedding planning your gown is the centerpiece. Basically, everything else is built around it. The gown sets the style and formality for the ceremony and reception.
Your bridal gown should create a signature statement for your wedding. You should select a dress that makes you feel like royalty.

The A-line dress features a shape that is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase A. The dress flows fluidly from the bust to the hem with an unbroken line. Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion.

An empire dress is defined by the raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem. This style is usually paired with a square neckline and wide set straps or sleeves.

The column dress has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This dress, also referred to as a sheath, tends to hug the body and show any and all of your curves.

Ball Gown
The ball gown style is perfect for those brides envisioning a fairy tale wedding. This silhouette pairs a fitted bodice with a full skirt that can either be one piece or separates. The ball gown is most appropriate for large, traditional weddings.

The mermaid silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem. This is a very sexy look that highlights the curves of a woman’s body.

The Sleeves

Choose your sleeves so you can feel comfortable. Flattering sleeves can enhance your overall look by camouflaging heavy or thin arms.

These sleeves are short and fitted on the arms. They are usually paired with a fitted bodice.

This is a fitted sleeve that ends midway between the elbow and the wrist.

This natural set-in sleeve can be either long or short. It is always without fullness and worn very close to the arm.

This sleeve is fitted from the shoulder to the elbow, then flares out in a tier to mid arm in front and to the wrist in back.

The set in sleeve is fitted from the armhole to the elbow, flaring out at the wrist.

No Sleeve

Full and gathered at the shoulder and upper arm creating a "pouf" shape, then narrowing down towards the elbow and wrist.

Waistline - The waistline brings shape and balance to your gown and adds style to your silhouette.

The bodice and skirt are joined and fitted naturally at the waist.

This has an elongated bodice, which fits through the waist and drops to a pointed "V" in front.

The bodice is dropped several inches below the natural waistline.

This has a shortened bodice with a high-waisted seam just below the bust line.

Lengths - The length you wear will depend on the formality of your wedding and your gown's silhouette. It can either add the illusion of height or make you appear shorter.

The longest hemline falls 1/2" from the floor, slightly brushing the floor ( formal or semi-formal).

The long hemline barely revels the ankles (formal or semi-formal).

This hemline falls several inches above the ankles (semi-formal or informal).

The short skirt falls just below the knee (informal).

The shortest skirt falls mid-thigh (informal).

Hemlines- add definition to the overall look of your dress. The right hemlines can work wonders in enhancing the shape of your hips.

A slim, fitted skirt or dress that flares out at the knee to create a conical trumpet shape.

The skirt falls gently from the hips and flares at the hemline to create an A-shape.

A panel sewn on to the back of the skirt simulates a fishtail.

A dress that falls from the hips straight down to the hemline with no diversions.

(Info provided by The Afrocentric Bride)

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