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Trends we love: V-necklines

We see so much variety in wedding dresses. While we are amazed with the overall effect in most cases, some particular features strike a chord, and become our all-time favorites. One such feature is the V-neckline.

This neckline has been the rage on runways, with variations of subtle, demure soft V’s to deep and daring low cut V-necklines. The beauty of this trend is in how versatile it is. If you aren’t comfortable with sporting a plunging V, you can still opt for a smaller dip, and still look great. Every woman can find a V-neckline that flatters her shape and emphasizes her figure.

A deep V is dramatic, and adds personality to a soft romantic gown. It shows off your bold edge, even when the dress is floral lace gown that is very feminine. A wide-cut V exposes your collar-bones, allowing you to show off your slender neck. The general shape of this pattern elongates your upper body, and makes you look longer and leaner.

V-necklines go beautifully with most gown silhouettes and sleeve patterns. They add style to a full-sleeved dress, and add a sexy and dramatic edge to a cap-sleeved gown.

We’ve seen plenty of V-necklines this year, in wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses and evening gowns. Let us take a look at our favorite from each category.

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Here is an example of a stylish sparkling wedding gown,where the soft V-neckline draws focus to the upper body. This Mori Lee 2715 from the Spring 2015 collection is a spectacular gown with scintillating elements running all over the bodice and thinning into floral applique clusters towards the skirt. The mermaid silhouette is glamorous, and the magnificent waistband and stylish V-neckline together add the finishing touches to the stunning gown which is fit for a modern bride.

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The Sophia Tolli Spring 2015 collection brings us this fairy tale gown with a stunning wide V-neckline in sheer fabric over a sweetheart bodice. It dips slightly in the center, allowing a subtle display of cleavage and draws focus to well-toned collar bones and facial features. The crystal beading that runs across it sparkles and adds texture and finesse to the dainty floral lace appliques over the body. The fit and flare tulle skirt has a dreamy delicate finish.

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Now, take a look at this sophisticated red bridesmaid dress sporting a modest V-neckline. The chiffon beauty which belongs to the Mori Lee Bridesmaids Fall 2014 collection has the two sections criss-crossing at the center and forming a V-neckline that balances out an empire waist. The ruffles that flow down the center add an element of drama and make this gown a perfectly unique piece.

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This navy mother-of-the-bride dress from the Mori Lee Spring 2014 collection beautifully blends a V-neckline with sheer butterfly sleeves, to create a gorgeous dress in which mom will look glamorous. The elegant design has asymmetrical ruchings criss-cross at the centre to form a snug V-neckline that drops into a well-defined waistband that adds extra pizzazz.

You will find many more pretty wedding gowns, stylish bridesmaids dresses and perfect mother-of-the bride dresses with beautiful V-necklines, at the Best for Bride gallery. Come and visit us today, and you will realize why we love this trend so much.

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A guide to wedding dress necklines

Of the various features that you have to choose carefully in your wedding dress, the neckline is an important one. The right neckline should highlight your facial features, flatter your figure and balance out the proportions of your chest with the rest of your body.

Once you are aware of the effect that different necklines create, finding one that suits your body shape and facial features is relatively easy. This is what we will help you with. Let us look at popular wedding dress necklines, and the body shapes they suit best.

Sweetheart neckline

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One of the most popular necklines, the sweetheart softly follows the contours of the bust and dips in the center. It is often seen on gowns without straps, and it emphasizes the decolletage and shoulders. This pattern elongates the neck and torso, and creates a classic Cinderella-style look. It is especially suitable for brides with angular faces and sharp jaw features. Consider this neckline if you are medium to large-chested.

Strapless

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This neckline cuts across the chest, drawing focus to your shoulders and arms. It looks best on brides with well-toned shoulders and arms, and are medium-chested. Avoid this design if you have a large chest as it further emphasizes your bust proportions. Similarly, if you are small-chested, it doesn’t really help to add any curves to your figure.

Illusion

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The illusion neckline is by and large, one of the biggest trends this year. There is a sheer layer of fabric above the original neckline of the bodice, and this layer ends higher up creating a second neckline for the gown. It is stylish, elegant and exciting, with an air of mystery.

Illusion necklines embellished with lace or metallic embroidery add a sophisticated touch to the gown. This second neckline may be clubbed with any bodice, but it looks prettiest with the sweetheart neckline. The style is universally flattering, and it looks good on most brides. It adds a modest touch to a gown, while still allowing you to look sexy and stylish.

Bateau

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Also known as the Sabrina, this high neckline stretches across your shoulders, following the natural curve of your collar bones. It offers extra coverage even while looking chic and enhances the proportions of the bust. The bateau looks best on slender brides with narrow shoulders, and it creates the impression of a fuller chest. Avoid this neckline if you have a large bust, as it draws focus to the chest area.

V-neck

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This neckline can be deep or high, and this plunge of the V determines whether the gown looks classic or modern. The shape elongates the neck, and exposes the decolletage and collar bones.

A deep cut V-neckline displays cleavage, and works well on gowns with sleeves and has a slimming effect. The pattern looks good on brides who are apple-shaped or have hourglass figures.

Scoop

Any neckline that has a U-shape is called a scoop neck. Like the V-neck, the depth of the scoop may vary, and accordingly create different looks. It generally suits brides with angular facial features, and a high scoop neckline can provide modest coverage to a bride who is large-chested.

At Best for Bride, we have wedding gowns in all styles and silhouettes. Browse through our online gallery to find the dress (and the neckline) that flatters you, and make a great choice for your big day.

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Stylish wedding dresses for classic wedding themes

When we think of a vintage wedding, it is the 1920’s or 1950’s that come to mind. These were indeed the eras of fashionable extravaganza. The various designs that were popular during those decades had signature style, and it continues to inspire designers to this day. Wedding dresses that feature the characteristic style elements of these time periods are perfect for a classic wedding theme.

Let us explore the various factors that will allow you to recreate the magic of the vintage fashion eras through your wedding day look, and still look modern and attractive. These features are available in the most modern wedding dresses, and will be perfect for your vintage-style wedding.

Join us as we look at some fabulous designs from the latest collections that will transform you into a modern bride, with a classic twist.

Glamor and sparkle with embellishments and dropped waists

The Jazz age or the1920’s were an era of sparkle and shine. Dresses that were complete with extensive embellished works were very popular. This style is once again back in fashion, with many designers bringing out dresses with beading, metallic embroidery, embellishments with rhine stones and crystals.

Another fashionable choice that was very popular was the dropped waist design, that elongates the torso and makes the bride look slimmer and taller.

Pair it with finger-waves hair and an elaborate hairband, and you are set to rock the stage.

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This beautiful wedding dress from the Sophia Tolli 2015 collection features a dropped waist design with an embellished neckline and straps. The mermaid inspired silhouette adds a modern twist to an otherwise classic pattern; it is perfect for a beach wedding.

Sheath silhouettes and lace gowns

During this era, women bid adieu to tight corsets, and ball gowns. Instead, they embraced their natural beauty by flaunting sheath silhouettes. Lace dresses were also a huge hit, and lace is the perfect choice for a truly vintage look.

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This fantastic lace slip dress from the Madison Spring 2015 collection features a sheath silhouette that defines your natural curves. The lace adds a classic touch to the design.

Tea Length wedding dresses for the original 1950’s look

After the classic show of natural beauty in the 1920’s, the 1950’s heralded an era of casual, fun and retro looks. The wedding scene wasn’t spared from this effect. To rock this theme at your wedding, the bridal gown should ideally fall just below the knee.

Elbow length gloves, and fashionable accessories like stoles and wraps were huge hits. So, you can add these to your wedding outfit, to fit the theme.

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This bridal dress from the Mori Lee 2013 spring collection is feminine and fun. It is a good choice for a vintage wedding theme. For a modern twist on the 1950’s look, brides can choose short dresses with a colorful underskirt to update their look. Consider adding a red underskirt to the one we just looked at, it would give you a subtle contemporary touch that is just right.

Visit our online gallery of wedding dresses to find more spectacular dresses that fit the vintage wedding theme. You can also find the accessories to go with your wedding dress at our website. So, drop by and enjoy what you see.

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Tips to choose the right pair of wedding shoes

DesireAs much as your wedding is about looking fantastic, it is also essential to feel comfortable in what you wear on the day.

You will be spending hours on your feet, and a pair of ill-fitting shoes may ruin the entire experience. Although it may look great, you do not want to end up with blisters, sore ankles or pinched toes from wearing a pair of shoes that aren’t up to the task. Then again, you don’t want to compromise on the look either.

So, what do you look for when choosing the shoes you are to wear on your big day? Let us find out.

Comfort is king

Let this be the main determining factor when you start looking for your wedding shoes. Good shoes should be constructed with extra padding and cushioned soles that make it comfortable to wear for hours at a stretch. Consider the height and structure of the heel. Make sure you choose a comfortable height (3 inches at the most). If you aren’t used to wearing high heels but still want the added inches. Choose platform heels or kitten heels to feel comfortable. Choose ones that are open toed or round, so they don’t pinch.

Another factor to consider is the venue where your wedding will be held. For an outdoor wedding, choose wedges or flats, while flat heels are best for beach weddings. Break them in, by walking in them before your wedding day. This way, you’ll be more comfortable in them on your wedding day.

Budget sensibly

Your shoes  are on special duty on your wedding day, so set aside a higher budget than you would for regular shoe shopping. Put aside roughly 10-15% of your wedding dress cost for a suitable shoe.

To compliment your wedding dress, you would have to find one that matches the white of your wedding dress. Shoes, like gowns, come in various shades of white. The best way to find a matching shoe is to carry fabric swatches of your dress to find the shoe color that goes with it.

Choose the right size and design

Make sure that you go shoe shopping in the afternoon, when your feet swell the most. At the store, try on shoes in both greater and smaller sizes, apart from the one you think is right, to determine the best fit. Walk around in it, and see if it feels snug or slippery.

If you will be wearing a long wedding gown, or one with an embellished hem, make sure that your shoe doesn’t tug on the fabric and cause damage to it. It is a good idea to choose your shoes after you get your wedding dress, so you can choose one that will match perfectly and also be comfortable.

Make sure you take your shoes to your wedding dress fittings, so that your dressmaker can adjust the hem of your bridal gown to the right length by adjusting for the heel height.

Keep these points in mind and you are set to put the right foot forward, when you go shoe shopping!

Visit us at Best for Bride to browse through our shoe collection and all your wedding needs, shopping advice and more!