The man of your dreams has proposed and the day that you have been planning most of your life is now set to become reality. It is time to start picking out colours and, most importantly, deciding on the perfect dress. But with so much variety, the issue of picking bridal fashion can be confusing. So before setting out on this mammoth task, take a look at our handy outfit checklist. It will soon put you back on the right track.
It is hard enough to pick out an outfit for a night on the town, so finding possibly the most important dress you will ever wear, can seem like an impossible mission.
The best advice for brides picking a dress is to stick to your own personal style; you need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Unfortunately there isn’t a magic formula to finding the perfect dress but there are a few simple tips to keep in mind that should narrow down the search.
Pick a dress that will suit your shape; a figure hugging dress might be perfect if you are lucky enough to be an hourglass, but might not be right for someone who is more of a pear. Only show of your favourite features; for instance if your arms are an issue area, going for a dress with sleeves could be a good option.
Anna Mewes, image consultant & personal stylist – imagebyannaelizabeth.com
“Make your dress your own; your wedding dress should reflect your personal style to ensure you feel comfortable wearing it all day. Don’t be afraid to add embellishments, opt for a colour other than the traditional white or ivory or personalise it in some other way.”
“Shorter dresses are great for summer weddings or those with a vintage feel. They are great for all body shapes and a fabulous way of showing off your legs. Be sure to consider where the skirt finishes; just below the knee is flattering on the leg and an elegant length for a wedding dress.”
The key to bridal shoes is comfort, comfort, comfort. You need to remember that you will be on your feet for a long time. Find a pair of shoes that you will be able to wear all day. If five inch heels are a must have for your ceremony, why not invest in a cute pair of flats for the evening reception?
Bride-to-be Vicki runs personal style blog “The Magpie Girl”
Vicki’s wedding will be a mix of traditions with a relaxed country fete style and plans to go a little less traditional with her shoes.
“I’m not a fan of wedding shoes so I won’t wear anything satin or with diamonds. I haven’t picked my shoes yet but I would like a gold peep toe.”
Accessories are the perfect finishing touch to a bridal outfit. Adding a bit of “bling” can add an elegant statement and a tiara can be a great alternative to a veil. A bag is often an overlooked wedding day accessory but for those who can’t live without their phone and make up supplies, a clutch is the perfect accompaniment.
Katy Dyer is a personal stylist and image consultant – katydyer.com
“Make sure to keep accessories within your own scale. If you are petite, wear delicate and intricate jewellery. If you are tall, accessories which are slightly larger in scale will suit you better – very small pieces will get lost in the look”
“The clutch bag has been back in vogue for a couple of seasons now and is an elegant choice. If you really do need to keep the essentials with you throughout the day, a simple soft silk drawstring bag is a great option too.”
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