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O Bridal Attire
So many choices – where do I start?
One glance through a bridal magazine will reveal what lies ahead. You will see a perplexing spectrum of choices: long straight sleeves to no sleeves, Victorian to contemporary silhouettes, high neck- lines to off-the-shoulder looks, a defined
waistline to an unstructured sheath, full bouffant skirts to slim A-line skirts, floor length to above-the-knee, the smooth, understated elegance of plain satin to elab- orate lace and beading.
Here’s yet another twist to the process. There are literally hundreds of shades of white: cool white, blue-white, antique
white, ivory, candlelight, and a whole fam- ily of pastel kissed whites. Maybe you’ll decide you want to wear a colored gown – ask your bridal salon to show you the designers that carry the beautiful, vibrant red wedding gowns.
It can be a real challenge to choose the precise color and shade that best flatters your natural skin tone under a variety of lighting conditions. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to have a color analysis done to determine whether your complexion has warm or cool undertones. This knowledge can make the critical dif- ference between choosing a color that makes you glow versus choosing a color that makes you look tired, washed out, or too “made up.”
All this is enough to boggle the mind of even the most seasoned, fashion-savvy wedding expert, but read on to further your pre-shopping knowledge. Keep in mind that there may be several excellent choices. Your mission is to sort through all the possibilities. Sift out that which is not pleasing, flattering, or appropriate and discover what makes you look and feel good. Choose a gown that reflects your personal style and best complements the theme of your wedding.
The elegance of today’s bridal designs blends luxurious fabrics with sublime sim- plicity. Gone are the ornate gowns with heavy beading and long puffed sleeves. Top designers are choosing organza, silk satin, crepe georgette, and silk peau de soie, as well as other rich fabrics for their bridal creations. Texture plays a key role in the basic design of the gown. For a ball- gown skirt, a designer may use a fabric with more body and texture while using a soft, flowing fabric for a sheath.
Strapless gowns are the number one favorite with brides, partly because of the freedom of movement they offer. Short cap sleeves are the second most requested. As for necklines, brides have many choices,
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