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Wedding dress features for young brides to look grown up

How young do you think a young bride could be? 20? 18?

Yes, you are right! Whether or not it is a good idea to get married when so young, there are many brides who choose to do so at this age. One of the biggest challenges for many of them is finding the right wedding dress, as not all these brides look old enough to be a bride.

We’ve seen plenty of young brides walk into our boutique and ask us for one thing—a wedding dress that makes them look grown up and sexy! The main concern, however, is that they come shopping with their mothers, who usually believe they are still too young to choose anything other than the traditional ball gown. Trust us when we say that this is the last thing that young girls want to be seen in.

Fortunately, there are plenty of designs that can satisfy both parties, and prevent a power struggle. This is what we will look at today; the various factors in a dress that can make a young girl look grown up, while mom too thinks it is appropriate.

Fit and flare silhouettes

The fit and flare wedding gown, or more particularly the mermaid style dress which fits your curves closely along the torso, and then opens into a wide skirt is considered one of the most sexy silhouettes of all times. While this is a favorite with brides, the typical sweetheart neckline that is usually paired with these gowns may not be appreciated by moms. The solution is to strike a balance between the two.

This Sophia Tolli Y21507 wedding dress looks grown up and sexy with it’s fit and flare silhouette allowing you to flaunt your curves, even while it is modest. It has an illusion V-neckline and lace appliques on the cap sleeves. The layered mermaid skirt is magnificent, without too much pouf. The smart waistband gives more structure and adds elegance.

A-line wedding dresses

The next best thing to an elaborate ball gown skirt is an embellished A-line skirt. This has a sexy appeal, and you will look grown up and womanly in it. A-line wedding dresses are available with various neckline and sleeve options, and you can find one that is the right mix of embellishments and structure for your taste.

This tasteful Jasmine T162064 is a happy mix of a fit and flare gown and an A-line dress. The illusion halter-style neckline over the sweetheart bodice is sophisticated, so it can be easily carried off by young brides. The embellishments are elaborate, but with classic style.

Asymmetrically draped dresses

This style is a safe balance between contemporary and tradition. It looks best on tall women, but it is one that can be sported by short girls too, if they are slender. With pleats that drape towards one side, the best part of this dress is that it usually features dropped waists that reduce the prominence of the layers in the skirt.

The Alfred Angelo 2521 gown will be loved by both the bride and her entourage, as it brings together the classic timeless beauty of silk with a fit and flare silhouette. The dropped waist helps you show off your slender figure, while the skirt has enough layers to add grace to your stride.

To check out more such fabulous options that will transform you into a gorgeous beauty, however young you may be, check out our bridal gallery at Best for Bride today.

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Wedding dresses for the modern glamorous bride

The modern bride is unconventional and daring. She doesn’t obsess over traditions or worry about how brides are expected to dress, act, sit or behave. All she wants is to have a memorable wedding that she will cherish. When she chooses a dress, she looks at various factors, some of which include

  • one that fits her wedding theme
  • one that sparkles with individuality and allows her personality to shine through
  • one that is stunning and gorgeous
  • one that allows her to flaunt her super-sexy figure and look her very best
  • a dress that is uniquely different and one that will capture everyone’s attention

Here, we bring you our favorite wedding dresses that fit this description. Modern day brides, get ready to be enamored by this stunning collection that you will love to get your hands on.

Bold and feminine Elegance Bridal Gown 8691

This stunning white gown has a black lace overlay on the bodice as its signature element. An pretty bow is pinned to the waist and features a scintillating button for extra glam. The skirt is a cascade of soft feathery pleats in an inimitable style, rendering the modern bride a princess with personality. The pattern is glamorous and captivating. Lace which has always been considered a vintage style element is updated in black to make it endearing to the bride who wants something unique. Ruffles add feminine charm while the pattern itself is unusual and attractive.

Picturesque and perfect Jasmine Couture Spring T172004 gown

Not every bride has the confidence to carry off this modern design. The fit and flare silhouette drapes like a glove and features asymmetrical ruchings all over the criss-crossed bodice all the way down to the hips, from where it gently flows into a soft skirt. The highlight of the gown is the portrait off-the-shoulder neckline that instantly enhances glamour. Show off your sexy shoulders and decolletage in this stylish gown that is uniquely bewitching.

Mori Lee Voyage 2014 Chiffon 6782 gown

A halter-style neckline that plunges into a soft V, supports and styles this stunning Mori Lee wedding gown from the Voyage collection. Perfect for the bride who wants to get married in a romantic destination far away from home, this dress is light and easy to transport. The soft silhouette snugly drapes around the bride’s natural curves, helping her look elegant and confident. A slight sprinkling of sparkles along the neckline and the pleated crisscross bodice are all that it takes to make this gown a winner.

Short and stylish Alfred Angelo 2015 2512NT wedding dress

Brides who do not wish to be weighed down by a long and heavy wedding gown will love this breezy and delightful Alfred Angelo wedding dress with a high-low hemline. The sweetheart bodice and scintillating waistband at the natural waist add marvelous details to this glamorous gown. Show off your stunning figure in this snug A-line gown, which is anything but boring.

To check out more details on these gowns or to find your choice from a wider variety, visit our online gallery at Best for Bride.

 

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Basque, Empire, Dropped, Natural and other wedding dress Waistlines

The waistline of your wedding dress is important in defining your overall wedding day look. It is one feature that can make all the difference between whether you look tall or short and slender or curvy. Picking the right waistline for your dress can help you balance your entire look.

Let us look at the various types of waistlines that appear on wedding dresses, and help you identify the ones that are right for your body shape.

Basque

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This waistline lies close to the natural waist, but the seams from either side interconnect to form an inverted triangle in the front. It is usually found on structured ball gowns, where it defines the beginning of a layered skirt, and minimizes the size of the hips.

It looks best if you are pear-shaped or have an hourglass figure. The dip in the center creates the illusion of length and the pattern is slimming.

Avoid if you have a large waistline or if you are apple-shaped.

Empire

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The waistline is defined right below the bust, and the skirt usually flows loosely to hide the natural waist, while drawing attention to the chest.

It looks best on shorter brides who wish to look lean and tall and brides with small busts. It is also a good choice if your tummy looks puffy despite using inner shapewear.

Avoid if you are large-chested, as the pattern draws focus to your chest area.

Dropped Waist

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A dropped waist falls lower than the natural waistline. It creates the illusion of a longer and leaner torso.

It looks best if you have a small natural waistline, an hourglass figure or wide-hips.

Avoid if you are petite or if your natural waistline is already low.

Natural Waist

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As the name suggests, the waistline of the dress coincides with your actual waistline, just above your hips. It creates an hourglass figure, while reducing your length by adding a seam at the centre.

It looks best if you have a slender waist or are hourglass-figured. When the dress is a ball gown it works for pear-shaped brides too

Avoid if you are apple-shaped.

Asymmetrical

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Another more popular design is the asymmetrical waistline, where the seams drape the body asymmetrically, usually in a diagonal fashion. When it is done properly in a suitable fabric that holds its shape, it suits most body types.

It looks best on brides who are tall and slim, with an hourglass figure.

Avoid if you are short, as the diagonal drape of the waistline can make you look even shorter.

No Waistline

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These dresses have no noticeable waistline. Instead it flows gently from the bodice to the skirt, fitting snugly along your natural body curves.

It looks best on brides with hourglass figures, or those who are slender with just the right amount of curves.

Avoid if you are rectangular or wish to camouflage any problem areas with the help of your wedding dress silhouette.

While these rules can help, a dress may still drape differently from what is expected. The best way to find out is to try it on and see for yourself.

To check these wedding dresses out, or to find more options in the pattern you love, visit us at Best for Bride.

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The different wedding dress necklines and a guide to what looks good on whom

The neckline of your wedding dress has an important role in determining how you look. Not every neckline looks good on a bride, only the ones that flatter her figure and facial features will create the best impact.

Here is a roundup of the various types of necklines that are seen in our wedding gowns at Best for Bride. Read on to find out which of these will best suit you, before you go shopping for your dream dress.

Types of wedding dress necklines

Scoop Neckline

The scoop is basically a U or round neckline, the depth of which can determine the impact it creates. Its simplicity draws instant attention to the neck and face, and it is a universally flattering neckline that looks good on almost any bride. While most scoop necklines continue into the back with a slight dip, it can also be cut low in the front to give a modest display of cleavage. The rounded effect of a scoop neckline creates the illusion of curves and looks good on brides who are not liberally endowed in the chest area.

V-neckline

The V-neckline is a trend that is always popular, because there is a V for every bride. Any neckline that culminates in a pointed dip at the center can be classified as a V. It’s beauty is in its versatility. A deep cut plunging V-neckline is sexy and bold and looks good on brides with medium sized busts, while a high V-neckline is modest and elegant and suits both well-endowed and small chested women. The basic V-neckline looks beautiful on sleeveless gowns, but can also be found on cap-sleeve gowns and gowns with three-fourths or full sleeves.

Bateau or Sabrina

Also known as the Sabrina neckline, the bateau is easily recognized by its similarity to the shape of a boat. It has a slightly softened straight cut that extends from one collarbone to the other, and has a wide opening at the neck without revealing much of the decolletage. The bateau looks best on brides with small chests.

Strapless

As the name suggests, this neckline lacks straps and the support is built into the bodice. The neckline may either cut straight across the bust, or slightly curve for a softer look. Since this neckline draws instant focus to the upper body, it looks good on women who have moderate size busts and should be avoided by small-chested and large-chested brides. Additionally, it is not recommended for tall, thin women as it can emphasize their height and make them look skinny.

Sweetheart

A soft and feminine design, the sweetheart neckline resembles the upper half of a heart as it closely follows the natural curves of the bust and slightly dips in the center. This is a very popular neckline, and is also commonly paired with lace or sheer fabric to form attractive illusion necklines. It is usually paired with sleeveless or illusion style dresses but may sometimes be found on dresses with longer sleeve lengths. The design showcases the neck, decolletage and shoulders with elegance. Best recommended for brides with slender arms and shoulders, it should be avoided by brides who have too large chest areas.

Off-the-shoulder

A pattern that has recently gained popularity, off-the-shoulder necklines are characterized by the absence of sleeves around the shoulder. Instead the sleeves and neckline begin lower than the shoulder and extends in a line, across the chest. It thus draws attention to the shoulders, collar bones and decolletage. A very modern and trendy pattern, this neckline is a great choice for slender brides with well-toned arms and a beautiful neck. It is not recommended for brides with chubby necks and thick shoulders.

Halter neck

Here, the straps go around the neck and close at the back. Commonly seen on sleeveless gowns, the neckline usually closes with buttons or fabric behind the neck. It is stylish and slimming and may be cut low to reveal cleavage, or cut high to look very modest. The pattern is suitable for slim brides who wish to emphasize their bust area. Halters with sleeveless styles look great on women with long and thin necks and broad shoulders. It is not suitable for women with thick, short necks.

Single shoulder neckline

A neckline that instantly reminds us of Grecian goddesses and makes a befitting choice for beach weddings, the single shoulder neckline drapes towards just one shoulder, leaving the remaining one exposed. Also known as the asymmetrical neckline, it is very stylish and perfect for a dramatic bridal look. The single shoulder strap gives it more sophistication than the nearest similar look—the strapless design. It looks beautiful on women with narrow shoulders and thin arms. It will also suit brides with long necks and thin collarbones. In certain variations of this basic pattern, there may be a slender strap on the other shoulder, with an asymmetrical neckline that drapes more prominently towards one side.

Cowl neckline

This neckline features draped fabric that loosely hangs around the neck of the dress. The thicker fabric at the neck draws instant attention to the neck and the amount of chest that is being exposed. It can be paired with sleeveless dresses or those with sleeves. The neckline is suggested for brides with medium to small busts, as it emphasizes the upper body and makes it look bulkier than it actually is. Proper placing of the draped fabric can also work to shift focus from a full bust, but it can be revealing and so should be chosen with due care.

Illusion neckline

One of the most happening necklines, the illusion neckline is a universal classic. It features lace or sheer fabric that covers the bodice and continues upwards to form a higher second neckline. The sheer layer contrasts noticeably with the underlying fabric, and creates an ethereal finish. The most dramatic pairings are with sweetheart bodices, although it works with almost any other bodice too. The illusion neckline is often decorated with intricate lace designs, beading, embroidery or crystal work to create masterpieces of art. Such necklines eliminate the need for a necklace. The layer of thin fabric over the sweetheart or strapless neckline within it, offers support and gives the gown a modest yet sophisticated look. The illusion design used on the neckline often continues into the back of the dress too, crafting unique gowns with spellbinding effects.

Queen Anne Neckline

Similar to a halter-neck, the Queen Anne neckline is however higher up in the back of the neck and lower in the front. It is safe to say that it looks like the dress has a collar at the back, but recedes into a partially opened front. A sweetheart neckline in the front is a common design employed with this half-collar design. It has a very formal look, and this neckline is perfect for brides who do not want to display cleavage, shoulders or collar bones. It is usually paired with long sleeved gowns, to make maximum use of the elegance of its design.

Square

As the name suggests, the neckline and the straps meet at right angles. The depth of this neckline may vary from shallow to deep, and it may either be narrow or wide. The neckline looks good on brides with round faces, as the sharp lines defining the edges draws attention away from the roundness of the face.

Spaghetti straps

Very thin strands form the straps of these sleeveless gowns. The neckline as such may be cowl, scoop, V or sweetheart. The straps are usually adorned with scintillating elements to add a dose of glitz to the dress. Not only is it very stylish, it is also a modern choice that is youthful and fashionable. These straps are usually paired with modern and figure-fitting silhouettes to form glamorous gowns. It is a perfect choice if you have beautiful, well-toned shoulders and elegant collarbones. Spaghetti strap wedding gowns may not be a good idea for brides who have chunky necks and shoulders.

Jewel

This can be considered a very high-cut scoop neckline, where the neckline is exactly at the area where the neck ends. It is modest, and covers up the upper torso, shoulders and collar bones. The jewel neckline is similar to a typical T-shirt neckline. It is usually paired with sleeveless wedding gowns that extend into ball gown skirts, mermaid gowns and A-line dresses. It is a perfect choice for formal wedding ceremonies, held in a place of worship. Suggested for brides who want a supported bodice and do not want to draw attention to their chest area.

This covers all the different necklines that are commonly found on wedding dresses.

How to choose a suitable neckline

When choosing your wedding dress neckline, what are the basic factors you should consider? This article on the Oasis Events blog tells us that the three most important elements that should help you determine your choice of neckline are—body type, face shape and bust size.

Let us look at each of these factors in detail.

Body Type: The idea of choosing any dress feature is to create a balance in look. Average sized women, with slender figures can carry off most necklines. Brides who are on the heavier side should look for necklines like the square or V, which have prominent lines that can elongate and make them look slimmer. Extremely thin women should opt for curved and wide necklines that will give a more rounded appearance to their face. The bateau, scoop and jewel will be good choices.

The shoulder width is also to be considered when choosing the neckline. Women with broad shoulders should avoid necklines like the halter or spaghetti straps that create the impression of a larger shoulder. Similarly, if you have large shoulders, choose necklines that reduce the impact by shifting focus to another area. Scoop and V-necklines do this. For brides with very narrow shoulders, choose horizontally stretched necklines like the bateau or low-cut necklines.

Face shape: Unless your face is symmetrical and oval, you have to pay close attention when choosing your necklines. Oval and angular faces can make do with almost any neckline. For long faces, necklines that are horizontal are best. Bateau and off-the-shoulder necklines are examples. Brides with round faces should look at V-necklines or other designs that balance out the roundness of their faces. A wide neckline, on the other hand, will further add fullness to your face and blow your facial proportions even bigger.

Bust size: Last but not the least, your chest proportions have a role to play where your neckline choice is concerned. Brides with moderate or average busts will look good in almost any neckline. Small-chested brides should choose necklines that create the illusion of curves and emphasize the thickness of the chest. High necklines like the bateau, Queen Anne and sweetheart necklines are a good idea. They should avoid strapless designs or thick cowl necklines. Brides who have large busts should opt for supportive neck designs like the Queen Anne, scoop or V. They should be cautious when choosing the sweetheart and plunging V, as they can end up looking bulkier than they actually are. The illusion neckline is one universal neckline that works well for most brides.

On a final note, we should add that there are several variations for each neckline. So don’t be jaded by what is suggested for each. It is possible that a certain variation of a neckline may work well for you, so treat these only as a guideline. Trust your bridal consultant to understand what will work for you, and keep your options open.

To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here, or to look at more of our splendid designer wedding dresses, visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride. With a collection as vast as ours, you will have no difficulty finding a wedding dress with not just the neckline, but every other feature that you desire. Visit Best for Bride today and make your wedding dress dreams a reality.