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8 tips to help you choose a fantastic evening gown

There is so much variety in evening dresses, that it can make shopping for the perfect one totally confusing. However, when you find the right dress, you will feel like a diva in it. Not only will it be comfortable, it will also bring out your best features and make you happy to show it off.

So, how do you set about looking for one, and identify if it is the right choice for you?

Here are ten valuable tips from Best for Bride, to help you find the right formal gown for your next big social event.

1.Assess your body shape first

This is the primary factor in finding a gown that will look great on you. For best results, you should always choose an evening gown that enhances your best features, while hiding or camouflaging the less desirable aspects of your body frame. To find the right silhouette for your body shape, you should first determine your body shape. Our previous article here will guide you towards finding out what category you fall into. In brief, we can say that most women fall into one of the following categories:

  • Apple-shaped: where the shoulders and upper torso is wider than the hips and legs.
  • Pear shaped: Where the lower half of the body, from the waist and hips is more pronounced than the bust
  • Hourglass: Where the bust and hips are similar in proportion, and separated by a distinctly slender waistline
  • Rectangular: Where there are few to no noticeable curves and the frame is slender overall
  • Petite: where the overall height is less than 5’4” with a well defined bust and hip region

Depending on which category you fall into, you can find suitable recommendations in dresses in this previous article of ours. By choosing a dress style that flatters your body shape, you will look and feel confident and attractive. Certain styles, like dresses with A-line skirts and V-necklines are universally flattering, and are suitable for most body types. If you are unsure of your body shape, these may be the options to consider.

This A-line, beige evening dress from the Dessy Evening dress collection is a safe bet in terms of fit, color and style.

2.Stick to a budget

Before you go shopping, it is essential that you first calculate the maximum amount you can afford to spend on your evening gown. This will help you narrow down your choices and find a dress that is good, within your specified range. The price is often determined by the amount of details in the gown, the fabric, embellishments and designer collection to which it belongs. Evening gowns can be expensive. However, you should balance out the price with the use you intend to get out of it. If it is in a neutral color and timeless design, so you can get several uses out of, it is worth spending more for the good quality. Plus, this will help you make sure that it will last longer and look fresh. If you want to find a good deal for the money you spend, it is a good idea to look in the sale section. If you have an eye for detail and know it when you see a gown that is just right, you may find the right pick for a fraction of the original price, in the discounts department. Also be prepared to shop in the off-season (typically summer and winter), when prices will be at their lowest. This way, you can find a gown for the next holiday season, without paying a fortune on it.

Check out this sale and clearance section on Best for Bride for the latest attractive offers in wedding dresses and evening gowns.

 

3.Give priority to dresses from good designer collections

Although you can find formal dresses that are really cheap, you will be trading off design quality for savings, when you choose them. Evening gowns designed by experienced professionals are usually superior in terms of look and quality. They will feature flattering fits, neat seams and beautiful necklines. These dresses are created to showcase the best of the fabric and enhance the natural features of the wearer, through appropriate placement of embellishments. So, the extra price associated with a designer gown is usually worth it. If the price tag is a major source of concern, you can choose from discount and sale sections or be on the lookout for shops that offer sales on the designer collection.

Featured here is the J6070 evening dress from the Jadore Collection. This collection features exquisite designer gowns showcasing the latest trends from the top fashion catwalks.

4.Choose a gown closest to your actual size

There is no such thing as a standard size for women, and so it is highly unlikely that you will find a gown off the rack that fits you perfectly. For the best fit, we always recommend that you have your chosen dress altered to your actual measurements. This is quite easy to do, and so you incur least expenses on alterations, you should choose a gown that is closest in size to your actual measurements. This simply means that you shouldn’t choose gowns that are too big or too small in size. Don’t ever make the mistake of choosing a gown that is smaller than your actual size, expecting that you will shed several pounds closer to the time you have to wear it. Just in case you don’t, you will simply lose the chance to wear the dress you carefully chose for the occasion. Buy your actual size at the time you go shopping, and you can always have the extra fabric taken in, when you lose the extra weight. When wearing close-fitting gowns, we also recommend that you invest in some good quality shape wear to hide any unsightly bumps and sport a fantastic, trim figure instead.

This gorgeous Mori Lee 726 evening gown in lace, for example, features a slimming fit and flare silhouette. To bring out the actual beauty of the dress, you should either have a perfect hourglass figure, or wear shapewear underneath to tuck in any flab you may have around your waist or hips.

5.Choose colors wisely

As beautiful as a dress may be in a picture or when on display, it isn’t necessary that it will be the best choice in color for you. When choosing formal evening gowns, it is always a good idea to only look at colors that match your complexion. Colors play a significant role in enhancing your overall look. They also have the power to do the opposite. Why should you want to wear a dress that makes you look pale or sick, when you could be wearing one that makes your eyes pop and your skin glow? Remember this when you go shopping, so you can stay focused even though you may be attracted to a dress in a beautiful color that may not work for you. Many dresses are available in more than one color. So you may like to look at the other color options if you absolutely love a particular design but the color doesn’t look great on you. Also, always try on the different dress options you have shortlisted. This will clearly reveal which one is best on you, rather than go by instinct.

This stunning red beauty, the J6074 from the Jadore collection is also available in pale yellow and black. So, you can satisfy yourself with the same design in an alternate color, if this dress doesn’t look as beautiful on you, as you would want it to.

6.Don’t always go for the trendiest

Trends come and go with startling speed. Unless you don’t mind your gown looking outdated in few months, it is best to buy dresses that aren’t too trendy. Choosing dresses with features that are always in style, will allow you to use it for much longer. Specific prints, styles and embellishments can quickly lose their charm, and you may not find it appropriate to wear this dress in a year’s time. Some of the safe choices that are bound to always be fashionable include the following.

  • Sweetheart necklines where the neckline gently follows the natural curves of the bust.
  • V-necklines have and will always be popular because of their universally flattering style
  • Cap sleeves are romantic, whimsical and a versatile choice for many types of figures
  • A-line dresses appeal to all women as they are a safe option that looks good on all body frames
  • Colors like black, white, navy and gold are always trendy

Here is a gown that will always be a favorite for several reasons. This Mori Lee 112 evening gown is a classic beauty, with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line silhouette. The criss-cross ruched bodice and gently shirred skirt, as well as the stunning navy color will always be festive and suitable for most formal occasions.

7.Choose the right fabric

The way a fabric drapes around your body and the natural flow it has, will impact the overall effect of the dress. While some fabrics like tulle are crisp and rigid, others like chiffon are soft and flow gently. The fabric you choose for your dress should be one that is suitable for your structure and height. If you are naturally very slim, a fabric that clings to you may make you look even more thin. If you are bulky, a crisp fabric structured to give more bulk to a dress may add extra pounds to your look. So, make a wise choice where the fabric is concerned. How the fabric is layered, and whether it features ruffles or similar dramatic elements, can also alter the overall look of the dress. Another factor to consider is the suitability of the fabric for the weather at the time you will be wearing the dress. Since you will most likely be using this dress more than once, also find out how it has to be cared for and cleaned. Certain materials like silk will require a great deal of care and you may have to dryclean it to keep it looking fresh.

This Mori Lee 106 chiffon dress with embroidery is suitable for functions in summer and spring, as the fabric is soft, lightweight and breathable. It is also low maintenance, making it an ideal choice for women who don’t want to spend too much time or money on cleaning it.

8.Choose to dress it up or down with accessories

While a great dress will do wonders in transforming you into a striking beauty, it is also necessary to choose the right accessories to complete your look. You can always dress your overall look up or down, based on the accessories you wear with it. As a general rule, if your evening dress has elaborate details, stick to minimum accessories to avoid a cluttered look. On the other hand, if your dress is relatively simple, you can dress it up with bold accessories that add the desired touch of drama. Apart from shoes, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, also consider clutches, hair accessories, scarves and belts or sashes to create an entirely different look. Other factors to look at when choosing the right mix of accessories, include the neckline and sleeve, as well as other design elements of the chosen dress.

This J6003 from the Jadore collection is a dress that can be accessorized in many different ways to create the look you desire. It is a lovely dress that will work by itself, as well as look great with the righ choice of accessories.

Best for Bride has dresses for women of all ages and sizes. We bring you a stunning collection of evening dresses to choose from. Visit our evening dress collection today to find out what fabulous dresses are available today. Also, the clearance and sale section will allow you to choose from the most attractive deals available. Take a look today, and we are sure you will find more than just one that you will love.

 

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Is your wedding dress the perfect fit? Here is how to find out

Finding your dream wedding dress is only half the deal. To be the bride you always wanted to be, your dress should fit you perfectly. One that is too tight or loose can totally spoil your look.

So, this article is all about the various factors that make sure your wedding dress fits perfectly. Let us begin.

Choose the right size

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This is crucial to make sure that your wedding dress will be perfect after alterations. Do not choose a dress that is more than two sizes bigger than your actual size. Another thing is that however certain you are of being much slimmer when you walk down the aisle, buy a dress that currently fits you. When you do lose those extra pounds, you can take your gown in; but if you don’t you’ll end up with a gown that will be uncomfortable and tight.

Does it allow you to move?

This is a very significant question. Wedding dresses can be heavy and when you choose a silhouette such as the trumpet, your movement will be restricted to a great extent. Imagine how it will be if you have to dance through the night when you can barely walk in your gown? Or worse, how exhausting will it be if you have to climb a staircase in a gown that clings to you? Consider the venue, the practicality of the dress and whether you will have trouble moving around the room in the dress you choose, before you commit to it.

Can you breathe in it?

This is very important if you intend to choose a dress that is smaller than your actual size. When a dress size is smaller, it is small all over. So, you will have a dress with not only a smaller bust and waist, but also one that fits more snugly. Remember that you will be wearing your wedding dress for several hours, and so you should be comfortable in it.

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A tight dress that feels as though it is about to snap isn’t the ideal choice. The bodice should fit snugly, but it shouldn’t be too tight that your skin feels pinched. Similarly the skirt shouldn’t be so heavy, that you will be exhausted dragging it along. If you think it is so, check whether you can have a few layers taken out and whether the gown would still look good. Make sure your dress has enough allowance so you won’t feel too uncomfortable in it when you are done with dinner and dessert.

Get the length right

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One of the most embarrassing things that can happen is to trip over your wedding dress and fall. Unfortunately, hundreds of brides have ended up having such mishaps, mostly because they didn’t get their wedding dress length right. To avoid this mistake, wear your wedding shoes to your fitting sessions and get your dress hemmed at the precise length that will allow you to walk comfortably without tripping over. An experienced seamstress will know how to do this correctly.

To find the right wedding dress and also get it altered and fit for your big day, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Dress Advice for the Mother of the Groom

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There are hundreds of columns, books and articles dedicated to wedding advice for the bride, groom, bridesmaids and even mother-of-the-bride. However, we seldom come across useful advice for the mother of the groom. So, this article is dedicated to the mothers of the grooms, and we will soon explore the guidelines that will help the mother of the groom choose a dress that is appropriate for her son’s wedding.

Going with tradition

Traditionally, it was the bride’s mother who first chose her dress and informed the groom’s mother of her selection. The mother of the groom would then choose a dress that would match. The dresses of both mothers weren’t expected to be a perfect match. Nevertheless, it was common practice that their dresses didn’t clash, but would instead complement each other. So, if the mother of the bride chose a long dress, the mother of the groom would also do the same.

Go with the wedding theme and colors

You should be aware of the various colors that are in the wedding palette, and the type of wedding that is planned. Depending on the specific nature of the wedding, you may choose your dress in a color and style that matches the style of wedding. Take cues from the bridesmaids dresses and choose your dress in a color that complements it, but isn’t the same shade.

 

Avoid white and black

You should stay away from white, obviously because it is the bridal color. Black isn’t usually considered suitable for a wedding, and unless it is a part of the overall color scheme, or the couple don’t mind you choosing a black dress, it is best avoided.

Comfort is key

It is not a good idea to experiment with daring options in dress styles on this day.You will be spending several hours wearing the dress you choose, so go with a style that you are comfortable in.

Once you choose your dress, get it altered to fit your measurements. This will make sure it flaunts your figure. Also select appropriate innerwear to support you throughout the day, and invest in a good pair of shoes.

Dress appropriately and aim for elegance

Choose a dress silhouette that flatters your figure, and make sure it is one that doesn’t cause any eyebrows to be raised. Modern etiquette rules do not demand that the mother of the groom be dressed conservatively. So, you can choose dresses that highlight the latest trends, but aim for a classic and elegant look. If you want to try something bold, it is a good idea to first get your would-be daughter-in-law’s opinion on whether it would be appropriate for the occasion.

Accessorize to enhance your overall look

Don’t just rely on your dress to look great. Make sure you have the jewelry to add the finishing touches. Classic choices are pearls and diamonds, but you can also go for colored gemstones that match your dress. Choose a stunning clutch and matching shoes to add style to your outfit. Finally pay attention to your makeup and hairstyle to look fabulous.

To choose from a great selection of dresses in all colors and patterns to wear at your son’s lifetime event, visit us at Best for Bride.