Five Things for a Curvy Bride to Keep in Mind from Michele Weston
1. Consider staying away from voluminous styles that overwhelm your figure --bigger is not better, trust me! My bride-to-be friend and I learned that we curvy girls need to pay close attention to what both fits and flatters our curves. Finding a body-skimming silhouette to enhance your female form is still the best way to go for your special day. It's a matter of showing off your assets to their fullest-- no pun intended!
2. It's so important to try on different gown silhouettes. Don't be afraid to reach for a certain style because you think curvy girls can't wear it. Try EVERYTHING on. See what you like.
3. Flatter your shape. Feeling overwhelmed by the many varieties of necklines, bust lines, and dress silhouettes? See To Know Your Shape is to Love Your Shape for my tips on wading through dress terminology to know and choose a style that flatters-- or doesn't flatter-- you! Go to: http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22264/45211-know-shape-love-shape
4. In choosing a style, you should represent your style. My friend Suzanne started her search by revisiting clippings she had kept from magazines since high school. She had lots of images, some great, and some we crumpled immediately! Keep a scrapbook of images that inspire you, move you, and represent you.
5. Shop around. Spend a lot of time looking and trying, playing and experimenting. "Have fun searching for the perfect gown for your perfect day and for your perfect figure," Michele says. "Yes, you heard me! Your PERFECT figure. Celebrate your curves and have a truly memorable day."
And don't forget the web! Here are some of Michele's favorite online retailers:
For more Shopping tips for the Curvy Bride, visit divinecaroline.com
These bridal fashions were shown ABC 7 News at 11 am:
Kiyonna worn by model Rachel Hanna
www.kiyonna.com or 1.888.459.6662
Scalloped Lace Knee Length Dress with Satin Cummerbund Detail
For the unconventional bride who wants just a touch of tradition, this modern mid-length dress is given vintage inspired touches with a delicate lace overlay. Specially dyed two-tone ivory scalloped lace and a smartly tailored cummerbund sit atop a satin charmeuse lining for a gorgeous marriage of texture and shimmer. This ultra chic bride need not sacrifice comfort for style. Both the delicate lace overlay and stretch satin charmeuse lining are infused with just the right amount of stretch.
Galina Woman Collection, exclusively for David's Bridal
www.davidsbridal.com or 1.877.923.BRIDE
Spaghetti strap ruched empire chiffon goddess dress with burnout floral fabric worn by model Kristin Arceneaux
NOTE: A POP of color is one of the most important bridal trends this season. Consider a wrap, a bag or a headpiece in Atlantis Blue, Citrus Green, Mystic Purple, or Periwinkle. You can find incredible trains with ribbon detail trim and satin sandals, pumps and sling backs in many styles as well as delicate tiaras and colored glass headpieces, as well as great estate looking costume jewelry. All are available at prices that won't break the bank, but make you love your special day. Check out www.davidsbridal.com
Want some sexy alternative ideas? Count on EvansLondon to bring us satin-fitted corset tops, lace wrap tunics and runway fishnet skirts for women size 12 and up. Their newly launched Bridal Collection runs from $75 for tops up to $300 and will make you feel like a princess bride. Complete your look with satin sling backs and 40's inspired pumps that are in wider widths and range up to a 12 1/2, as well as divine accessories from head to toe.
Think separates for a perfect fit: Sizes 14 to 30W worn by model Johanna Edelberg and Ashley Carmen
Also consider a DARE that's a DO! Trousers this season are oh, so elegant for an outdoor wedding on the lake. Worn by model Kimberley Hurley
All separates available at www.evanslondon.com.