February 28, 2024

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How to Style Your Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses represent the culmination of an independent woman’s life and her transition into dependent wifehood. Although white gowns were once rare, Queen Victoria set the trend with her elegant white ensemble on her special day.

Brides typically start their search by considering silhouette. Gown shapes range from tight and fitted to flowy; fabric choice can also determine how formal your gown appears.

Bodice

The bodice is the top portion of a gown that connects its neckline and waistline, and can come in any style or shape. Often decorated with intricate beadwork such as lace, beads or crystals for a luxurious feminine aesthetic and as a dramatic contrast against plainer fabrics.

Other fabrics used in wedding dresses may include velvet (an ideal winter fabric), silk satin (smooth and shiny) or tulle (light-catching material). Fabric pieces must first be cut to shape before stitching them together.

Bodice styles vary between ball gowns that emphasize their waistline, empire waists that sit just beneath the bustline, drop waists that elongate the torso and drop sheath/column silhouettes that loosely hug the body without an apparent waistline.

Skirt

The skirt is an essential component of a dress, making a dramatic statement about you and your overall appearance. There are various styles available that highlight or hide unseemly bumps around the belly area.

Skirts can also be enhanced with romantic and feminine fabric like lace, which has long been beloved. Lace’s wide array of weaves and shades allow you to craft bold designs tailored perfectly to your personal aesthetic.

For a sleeker appearance, structured fabrics like silk zibeline can provide the ideal foundation. Woven from straight fibers into one direction to create its shiny surface finish, silk zibeline works best when worn as part of structured gowns such as fit-and-flare or A-line styles and can even be combined with an overskirt that cinches at the waist for extra effect.

Sleeves

Sleeves add a romantic and youthful charm to a wedding gown, creating an airy yet feminine appearance. From cap sleeves to full lace bishop sleeves, sleeves can add romance without restricting movement – perfect for pairing with different dress silhouettes!

Sleeves create an irresistibly feminine and chic aesthetic, perfect for any wedding style. Long sleeves usually extend all the way up to or slightly beyond the elbow, with dramatic or fitted styles available.

Add sleeves to your wedding gown can completely transform its overall aesthetic and provide more modest fit for brides who prefer more conservative styles. However, not all bridal designers allow sleeves, so before requesting any modifications from them it is necessary to consult first with them first.

Embellishments

Embellishments add texture, dimension and sparkle to a wedding gown. Popular choices for embellishment inclusion are embroidery, beading, lace and sequins – three popular embellishments used as wedding dress embellishments.

Lace appliques are hand-cut or laser-cut pieces of lace with patterns sewn onto fabric for embellishing wedding gowns, adding feminine detail to necklines, sleeves or hemlines.

Beaded appliques are similar to lace appliques, except with beads sewn onto fabric instead of thread. This embellishment is ideal for brides looking for ways to add color without altering their dress altogether.

Crystals and rhinestones add an eye-catching element to wedding gowns, particularly when placed along the shoulders, neckline and train of the gown. Brides can add further shimmer with an embellished waist sash or beaded bridal cardigan.

Train

Addicted brides might come into their first bridal appointment with an idea in mind of what they want; others may come with only general ideas of silhouette, fabric and neckline in mind but are open to exploring other possibilities.

Longer wedding dress trains may extend for several feet behind the gown’s waistline, making them beautiful yet heavy and impractical to wear all day long.

Shorter options like Watteau and sweep trains attach directly to the shoulders for a cape-like effect without adding excess weight to your dress. Detachable trains can be taken off after the ceremony for more comfortable movement during and dancing at your reception, while bustles are discreet sets of hooks, buttons or ribbons sewn into the back of your gown in order to shorten its train.

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