11 Mar 2019
Who is the best wedding dress designer in Auckland and how do you select the most flattering wedding dress for your body shape?
Modes are New Zealand’s leading wedding dress supplier and have extensive knowledge in this area
Below are some tips from Diane and Katherine at Modes Broadway.
For most women, finding the perfect wedding dress will be the most significant shopping choice they make in a lifetime. An important thing to keep in mind is that you want your wedding gown to reflect your personal style and look. The dress you wear on your big day will likely be immortalized in dozens of photo’s, looked back on for years to come. Avoid the temptation to follow a passing trend and instead choose something timeless that captures you as a bride.
Don’t be afraid to try on a range of wedding gowns on to find out what features you love and which ones don’t work for you. Remember to think outside the box and don’t make assumptions based on what a dress looks like while still on the rack. A good assistant should be able to give you a broad selection of wedding dress styles to get things started.
Making the right choice takes time. Remember that a dress that looks great on that model in the Bridal Magazine will not necessarily be the ideal silhouette for you. Here are some valuable tips to keep in mind to help flatter each and every bride’s figure type.
For the “Straight Up and Down” Bride
Try on dresses that have features such as ruffles, rouching or other details to add fullness where you would prefer it to be. Styles such as Peplum dresses can create the illusion of curves around the hip area. Empire lines are an elegant option for enhancing a slim frame in a very feminine manner. Halter necks and sleeveless styles will make a feature of slim and toned arms.
For the “Pear Shaped” Bride
If you try a classic wedding dress such as “A line” style silhouette you will likely find that the lower part of the dress will sit beautifully over your thighs and hips while highlighting the elegance of your slim waistline.
Dresses designed using a more structured fabric such as taffeta or duchesse satin are a classy option that won’t cling to areas that you don’t wish to highlight. Bridal dress styles that incorporate V necklines and strapless bodices will also make a feature of a more slender upper body.
For the “Top Heavy” Bride
If it is not the area you wish to feature, shy away from dresses that have ruching or are made with a high-sheen fabric (such as silk or satin) on the top section of the dress. Favor styles that have a scooped neck or a subtle sweetheart cut that will enhance your bust line without highlighting too much cleavage.
Make sure you feel comfortable and secure with the way the dress sits on your bust and experiment with dresses while trying them on, i.e. sit down, lean forward, move around, checking that everything stays sitting the way you want it to sit. There is nothing worse than feeling the need to continually hitch up your dress throughout the day, especially when you are the bride.
For the “Plus-Sized” Bride
Try out Empire line dresses, made with fabric that synchs in just under the bust and drops to the floor. Avoid heavy pleating or dresses that are too loose as these styles may actually appear to add inches to the figure. Experiment with various fabrics that are quite structured so as to enhance and support your shape, while show-casing the feminine beauty of your curves.
For all Brides
Be sure that you enjoy the entire bridal experience, right from your proposal through to saying those two words, “I do”. Finding the perfect wedding dress is often the best way to start and can do much toward putting your mind at ease. Book in for fittings at Bridal Boutiques that have a relaxed, ambient setting and who have a broad range of dresses on hand to try on.
Relax in the assurance that there is a wedding dress to perfectly suit every bride; it is just a case of knowing where to look. If you are based in Auckland, Modes Newmarket is highly recommended when it comes to caring for brides, with over 20 years experience and showcasing an extensive range of Wedding couture.