INTERNATIONAL BRIDAL SHOWS AND CATWALKS ARE REFLECTING FASHION’S OBSESSION WITH LAYERING, LACE AND EXQUISITE DETAILING
Take your cue from the international catwalks for the ultimate in high- end aisle style
As one of the most important pieces of attire you’ll ever wear, your wedding dress is one fashion purchase you want to get right. Whether it’s a sumptuous structure with a plunging back and heavily layered skirt, or a sentimental nod to vintage romance with generous layers of lace, designers have lavish gowns to suit every bride this season. While on the hunt for the dress of your dreams, be sure to remain open-minded to different styles. Skirts, necklines and fabrics you might have originally skipped past in magazines could be the designs that hug your figure perfectly, suit your skin tone glowingly and culminate to form the dress you have always dreamed of. Be sure to take into consideration your venue – a skirt elaborately detailed with feathers won’t hold up well on the black sands of Raglan – and tie in your dress with the overall look, feel and theme of your day. As bride, you will be the focal point. Make sure you shine in a gown that’s a worthy tribute to lifelong love.
A-line styles feature a structured bodice with the skirt flaring from the waist in an ‘A’ shape. Skimming curves, it’s a silhouette that’s universally flattering.
Dropped-waist gowns feature skirts which fall from the hips rather than the waist. Pairing a dropped-waist style with a fitted bodice creates curves on a tall, slender bride, but is best avoided if you’re petite.
Goddess dresses feature floaty, ethereal layers and can work to create the illusion of height. Often they have a short bodice and a high waist, which has a slimming effect – perfect for plus-size brides. Mermaid or trumpet skirts have a form-fitting shape and flare out at the thigh, knee or calf. Highlighting curves, this style is perfect for an hourglass figure.
Asymmetrical skirts have an uneven edge or are cut on an angle. They allow you to show a hint of leg without revealing them completely.
Sheath gowns skim the body from head to toe and feature a narrow skirt – a popular choice for athletic types.
Short skirts are a fun, fresh alternative to full-length gowns for cocktail-style receptions. They also provide a great opportunity to showcase a pair of standout heels.
FULL-BODIED FUN LUXURIATE IN THE FORMALITY OF THE OCCASION WITH DETAILLADEN SKIRTS – THINK PRETTY PLEATS, FEATHERED FRIVOLITY AND LASHINGS OF LACE.
SHEER BEAUTY A REFRESHING ALTERNATIVE TO THE STRAPLESS GOWN, ILLUSION NECKLINES WHISPER DEMURE INTRIGUE. SHORT AND SWEET SHOW OFF A KILLER PAIR OF PINS WITH A KNEE-KISSING SKIRT THAT’S STEEPED IN STYLE. ONE-SHOULDER WONDERS IF THIS SEASON HAS SHOWN US ANYTHING, IT’S THAT ONE SLEEVE IS JUST AS GOOD AS TWO. GO ASSYMETRICAL FOR A BRIDAL LOOK THAT’S HIGH ON FASHION’S HIT LIST.