Sunday, January 26, 2014

Know Your Wedding Dress

The objective of the wedding dress or wedding gown is to make the bride look exceptionally beautiful and attractive.  It should highlight the best parts of the body type of the bride leaving a lot for the imagination.  It is generally a halter cut dress with a long flowing skirt at the bottom.  Choosing a wedding dress for yourself can be a daunting task, and that is why we deal with some of the most common terms you should know about it, making your choice easy and perfect.

The Types of Necklines

The neckline is of utmost importance to a wedding dress because it provides the dress with a character and shapes the body type to fit the occasion yet be comfortable to wear.  The most common types are:
  • Sweetheart – It is an off-shoulder cut which is contoured at the bust and plunges down from the neckline, perfectly suited for most body types.

    A-Line Sweetheart Chapel Train Satin Wedding Dress

  • Straight Across – The neckline cuts horizontally over the bust cover most of it and allow less exposure, suited for body types on the heavier side.
  • Semi-sweetheart – This is similar to the Sweetheart but exposes less of the bust.

The Types of Silhouettes

The lower part of the dress down the waistline defines the overall look of the wedding dress and how gorgeous the look should be.  The popular choices are:
  • Ball gown – It flares around the waist substantially and spreads across a lot of area, very gorgeous and perfect for most body types.

    Ball Gown Sweetheart Chapel Train Sleeveless Tulle Wedding Dress For Brides

  • A-line – Its diameter is more restricted and the pleats of the dress form an ‘A’, extremely beautiful for those on the slimmer side.

    A-line Sweetheart Court Trains Sleeveless Taffeta Wedding Dress For Brides

  • Trumpet – The dress hugs the body closely till the thighs and then flares around the legs, giving a very slim and exquisite look.

    Trumpet/Mermaid Halter Chapel Train Satin Lace Wedding Dress


The Types of Waistlines

The waistline separates the bust from the hips and lends a strong look and feel to the wedding gown.  The ones that you should go for are:
  • Empire Waist – It starts high just below the bust and is perfect for a pear or apple shaped figure.

    Empire V-neck Court Trains Sleeveless Satin Wedding Dress For Brides

  • Basque Waist – It begins at the natural waistline but plunges down giving a very traditional look to the wedding dress, chosen by most body types.
  • Natural Waist – It is a straight cut waistline that goes well with almost any kind of dress and body type.

Sleeve Style

  • Sleeveless – Most women prefer this style because it is perfectly suited for the occasion and the wedding dress also.
  • Sleeved – Women who wish to expose less could go for short sleeves but long sleeves are passé and should be avoided.

Dress Length

The dress length depends upon the dress cut and the neckline but some common types are:
  • Floor Length – It lends a majestic character to the dress and makes the bride look fuller even if she is of a slim body type.
  • Ankle Length – Some brides prefer to show a bit of the ankle and the shoes while making the wedding dress more manageable.
  • Tea Length – It is almost between the ankle and the knees and is inspired from sophisticated tea parties, thus has a playful yet gorgeous look to it.

Trains

  • Panel – The train starts from the waist and flows across the length of the dress.
  • Court – It is an extension to the skirt of the dress and most commonly preferred.
  • Sweep – It is a more restricted form of the former and extends enough to sweep over the floor around the bride’s feet.

Fabrics

The following are some of the most preferred fabrics used for a wedding dress:
  • Silk – The most exquisite and majestic fabric that can be used for the wedding gown.
  • Satin – Similar to the former but cheaper and lighter.
  • Organza – It is extremely light yet looks and feels like satin.
  • Tulle – It is not used completely in a wedding gown, rather to make parts of it like the head-dress.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Types of Dress Cut

The type of dress cut is as important for a dress as the neckline.  The dress cut can make you look fat or skinny depending upon what your body type is and how you want to look.  The dress cut type is also important because it makes the particular kind of dress comfortable to wear for a specific body type.  In fact, you can choose what kind of dress is suitable for you to wear and look good just by looking at the dress cut type.  The following are some the most common types of dress cuts in vogue today:

Empire Waist

  • It is characterized by a waistline which is well above the normal waistline of the body
  • The part of the dress below the waist lightly hugs the hips and falls till the legs
  • It is best for the pear shaped body type or even those who want to accentuate the bust or the hips


Princess Cut

  • This has a well-defined bust area and less prominent hips and thighs section
  • It is best suited for the body types with excess fat on the hips and legs because it accentuates the hips and lets the rest of the body retain its natural shape
  • True to its name, it is more of a bridal dress, though can be worn as an evening dress or for sophisticated parties

Basque or V-Waist

  • It has a distinct V-cut from the neckline to the waist where it ends and the skirt begins
  • It is suitable for skinny types who want to accentuate the hips or for the body types with a short upper torso
  • This particular type has evolved from the Basque of the 1920’s but still retains a rather tightly fitted waist

The Bias Cut

  • This is characterized by a diagonal cut at the end of the dress
  • The fabric is generally made out of a stretchable material and owing to its cut hugs the body at all parts of the dress
  • This type of dress cut is best suited for extremely well-toned and curvaceous body types

Halter Cut

  • Although this comes in various types, the most common characteristic is that it will have a narrow neck sleeveless cut
  • Since it has a backless cut, it exposes the back and the shoulders and specifically accentuates the bust
  • It is perfectly suited for slim body types who want to accentuate the bust area

Wrap Cut

  • As the name indicates, the dress literally wraps around the body and generally comes with a band to fasten it to the waist
  • It is well-suited for different body types including ones the on the more

heavy side

  • The wrap cut accentuates not only the bust but also the hips; the wrap around the waist separates the two and gives a distinct shape to the body

Tunics

  • These are casual dresses which are straight cut and less flowing on the body
  • It is suited for almost all body types and can be worn just like a top with a skirt or a pair tights below

Drape Cut

  • The drape cut hangs loose on the body of the wearer in pleats and provides an extremely sensual style statement
  • This is more suited for those body types with natural curves especially ones the heavier side; skinny body types might look skinnier

Sheath Cut

  • This is an elegant dress cut which is characterized by full sleeves and a very high neckline
  • Since it hugs the waist, it helps accentuate the hips and the bust and is especially suited for pear or apple shaped body types


Full Skirt

  • This is shaped like a skirt which starts right from the neckline
  • This unusual dress cut is similar to the Empire Waist but looks lovely on all body types