I have been doing some research on wedding dresses. It’s very interesting, it whispers, its soft and elegant..It’s the detail. The reason details is so important, especially on wedding dresses, is that it adds something special, something beautiful and something personal. When choosing a dress, it’s all about the shape of your body, the theme of your wedding and the feel of your venue; it’s all about capturing a piece of you. This is where the detail plays a big part. We all know love is in the detail and since you will be photographed on your Wedding day more than any other day in your entire life (an interesting fact) it’s kind of a big deal to get the perfect dress. Easier said than done..I know! So here is my guide to the top 5 Wedding Dress details. I have included, just for fun, the body shape it will flatter the most, why it’s so special and where to get it off course.
1. Closure. You can zip it or weave it.
Add a row of cover buttons to the panel covering the zip. It gives an elegant finish and doesn’t take an hour to button-up or button-down. It looks amazing if you keep the buttons really small and cute! A Zip closure works well for dresses that are not to heavy (so the dress doesn’t slip down) and body shapes like the brick and the lollipop. You can find the detail on the “Lily” and “ Princess” dress at Crystals and Crème.
Weaving it requires an extra pair of hands- or two. Make sure the ribbon is ironed. Nothing comes close to a beautiful thick weaved-up back. Its such a beautiful pattern! Weaving is very trendy now, go check out the latest "Vogue UK". A weaved up back dress works well with heavy dresses (as it holds the dress in place). It suits an apple and pear shape best, as it gives you a waist and curves in the right places. You can find the detail on the “Garden Shiek” and “Evening Princess” dress at Crystals and Crème.
Intricate, soft and textured..O, how I love lace! The pattern of the lace, should it be flowers, leaves or lines, will depend on your personal taste. Make most of your lace dress by adding tiny little pearls or sequence. It adds luster and depth to the design. A lace dress flatters every body shape. If you play around with the placement of the lace design, you can draw attention to the focus point of the dress or draw the eye away from the hip area of the body. You can find the lace detail on the “Lace Sweetheart” and the “Lace Flower” dress at Crystals and Crème.
3. One Shoulder Detail.
It’s off-centre, unbalanced, and it always gives a wow factor. The reason this detail works so well, especially with a wedding dress, is because it draws the eye towards the face of the bride. It also elongates the body and connects the ‘whole’ picture. You can really go wild with the one shoulder detail- lace, flowers, ribbon..It’s so much fun! The one shoulder detail works well for the upside down pyramid shape (broad shoulders) and Apple shape (big busted ladies) as it covers up in a subtle way. You can find the detail on the “Enchanted Princess” and “Diamond Flower” dress at Crystals and Crème.
Meters of fabric folded gently into intricate sections giving depth and interest to any dress. Pleat me! Pleats can add volume to a small bust and camouflage a tummy. Pleats give a four dimensional illusion to a 3 dimensional dress. Pleats have been used for centuries; it has stood the test of time, and came up on top. The pleat detail works well with the column shape as it gives volume and the hourglass shape as it sculptures the body. You can find this detail on the “Diamond Daffodil” and “Iris” dress at Crystals and Crème.
Transparency in fashion is very trendy right now. It’s a very romantic detail. It says I am shy and sexy in the same sentence. Sheerness gives the option of covering and exposing bits and pieces of your body. Cover your arms up, or that ugly scar on your back..use sheerness to show some leg or as subtle straps to your dress. Sheerness can flatter every body shape, depending on the use of the detail. Play around with it; don’t be afraid to use it! You can find this detail on the “Tulip” and “Lace Princess” dress at Crystals and Crème.
I know I said Top 5 Wedding Dress Detail..well, surprise! I have another one I just have to share with you. Top 6 Wedding Dress Details just sounds silly and I know how much you love a surprise, so here it goes..
Size, shape, sheen, texture, pattern..beading is wonderful and really adds something extra to a dress. It’s an extraordinary labour intensive application process. The end result is breathtakingly beautiful. Use beading to draw attention to the centre of the dress or as a trim for the hem. It looks great as a finish around the neckline or on the straps of the dress. The words ‘beading’ and ‘wedding dress’ goes hand in hand as it complements each other so well. Be very specific when choosing a bead. Make sure it’s about two shades lighter or darker than the dress, this way it will get noticed and turn some heads. Beading will flatter every body shape. You can find this detail on the “Angel Dust” and “Poppy” dress at Crystals and Crème.