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The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Bridal Wear -

ON’T BE ridicu­lous Char­lotte. She looks like a big meringue.” For some rea­son, that bit­ing ri­poste de­liv­ered by Fiona ( Kr i s ten Scot­tThomas) in the film Four Wed­dings and A Fu­neral, al­ways comes to mind when­ever I think about bri­dal­wear. There’s some­thing about the way Fiona dares to air such an un­char­i­ta­ble ob­ser­va­tion, while at­tend­ing the nup­tials of a bride who has opted for a BWD — aka the Big White Dress.

Un­like the LBD (Lit­tle Black Dress) which is so for­giv­ing of all shapes and sizes, the BWD is much less so. Rather than ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tive, it mag­ni­fies the neg­a­tive by draw­ing at­ten­tion to non-ex­is­tent waists, short necks and too much dé­col­letage. To stop that from hap­pen­ing, ad­here closely to the fol­low­ing.

1) Ask for per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions for bri­dal retailers from friends, work col­leagues etc who have re­cently got mar­ried.

2) Build a re­la­tion­ship with your bri­dal re­tailer. You will be see­ing a lot of them in the run-up to your big day and you should like them as much as you love your dress. Well, al­most as much.

3) Take some­one you trust with you to look at dresses. That’s trust. The only per­son who will give you an hon­est re­ply to “Does my bot­tom look big in this?” is your mum or your hus­band-to-be. The lat­ter can’t come to a fit­ting, but the for­mer can – and if that’s un­think­able, take a friend who has no fear of mak­ing you cry. Just the one, mind. Too many peo­ple can lead to mixed mes­sages. It’s your day; you need to feel amaz­ing and be com­fort­able in what you wear.

4) A rep­utable re­tailer will know their stock and be able to guide you to­wards gowns that will flat­ter your fig­ure. But be open-minded and try on a va­ri­ety of styles. What you least ex­pect may be the per­fect gown for you.

5) Oh, and avoid pick­ing a brides­maid like Pippa Mid­dle­ton if you want to be the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. Or at the very least make her walk in back­wards.

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