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10 glitzy, glamorous wedding dresses for the modern, stylish bride

Glamour has different interpretations, as it means different things to different people. However, there is always one thing common to all that is glamorous; this style is distinctively evident, loud and impressive.

Not every bride wants a traditional wedding dress on her wedding day. There are more than a handful of women with a bold streak, who would love to show off their best features in a dress that does most of the talking. Then, there are also those brides who love the sophistication of subtle glamour. These women see a memorable wedding day look that is glitzy and stunning effect at the same time. These brides do not need hundreds of details in their wedding dress, to achieve their intended effect. Just a few interesting dress features chosen carefully can render this glamorous look.

So, whether you want outright drama or prefer a refined touch of splendor, here are some interesting wedding dress features that will instantly enhance your glamour quotient.

Scintillating shoe-string straps

Even if strapless gowns are your thing, you should consider dresses with scintillating shoe-string straps to look extra-glamorous on your wedding day. The gorgeous sprinkling of glitter on these thin straps makes it mesmerizing and attractive. Also, the sparkling effect draws attention to your shoulders and arms, and make it sexier than a strapless neckline. When these straps are attached to a dress with a dipped neckline, like a sweetheart or a V-neckline, the effect is very impressive. The best part is that these slender straps will give your dress added support, but the fact that they are so slender makes them very stylish.

Featured here is the Mori Lee 2807, with a pair of embellished shoe string straps that lead to a soft scalloped sweetheart neckline. This Alencon lace gown would look like just another wedding dress, hadn’t it been for the extra-touch of the sparkling shoe-string straps.

Sheath silhouette with V-neckline

The sheath is a simple silhouette, but one that is very powerful in creating a sexy effect. With the column design, with the fabric draping along your natural curves, the sheath draws attention to the natural figure and the beautiful curves a bride has. When combined with a modest V-neckline, the effect is further enhanced. V-necklines are traditional favorites, but are very stylish and look good on most body types. While it goes well with almost all wedding dress silhouettes, the combination with the sheath is worth special attention. This instantly draws attention to sensual curves and emphasizes femininity. It is naturally slimming, and the bride in this silhouette looks confident and modern.

In this Mori Lee 6811,  the bodice with the V-neckline is adorned with clusters of embellished floral twirl designs. This is a dress that looks charming, without being overbearing. It is very glamorous and a perfect choice for a confident young bride.

Stylish in satin

For sophisticated glamour that is evident but not over-the-top, the best fabric is satin. The silky finish of this fabric has a distinct quality, and it also has a good drape. When satin is used in a fit and flare silhouette that snugly fits the natural curves of a bride, it emphasizes her well-toned figure beautifully. So, this is a great option to look glamorous in a red-carpet style on your big day.

Here is an example of how this look comes together. The Mori Lee 2722  in Larissa Satin features a pleated sweetheart bodice with an ornate embellished waistband. While the tiered skirt is flirty and fun, the fitted silhouette is elegant and just perfect for showing off your well-toned natural shape. The luscious satin finish looks sophisticated yet sexy, perfect for a classy look that will not be easily forgotten.

Layers of ruffles in a trumpet skirt

Ruffles are a very feminine feature, however they can be glamorous too, especially when focused in the skirt to create a thick frothy finish. Unlike when they are in the bodice or strewn throughout the skirt, focusing ruffles in a single space make the effect pronounced and the impact is very high.

The Mori Lee 2685 is a gown that creates glamour with this single element—ruffles! Here, the rest of the fit and flare silhouette is simple, with lace in the snug silhouette all the way down to the hips. However, the laser cut ruffles have a stunning signature, and the differentiation in the skirt with the edge of silver beading makes it very pronounced. The sweetheart neckline also has a matching band of silver beading, and together they emphasize the contrast of the rich, blooming skirt.

Sparkling cap sleeves

Sometimes, all it takes is one element to make a gown stand out with striking beauty. This can be a motif on the bodice, a different sleeve style or an exquisitely decorated skirt. Sleeves have the power to transform a plain dress to one that dazzles, when it is executed with perfection and has a luxurious dose of bling.

In this Mori Lee 5270, the draped dropped waist design and fit and flare silhouette are attractive. But, what really makes this gown spectacular is the dazzling cap sleeves, that elevate the gown to the next level. The combination with a sweetheart neckline emphasizes the bust and neck area. This is a gown that achieves a glamorous finish without working too hard. Not only does it look charming, it is done tastefully.

Empire waistline with layers of fabric

The empire waistline is one dress feature that instantly draws attention to the upper body. When combined with a sexy neckline, the result is a gown that is very attractive. While the typical empire waistline gives rise to a billowing skirt that hides the mid-section and waist, it can be exquisite and very stunning if this waistline were combined with a fitted silhouette.

The dress here demonstrates what we mean. The draped empire waistline ends just above the natural waistline. However, the skirt is designed to closely flow along the natural curves of the body. As a result, the dress is very glamorous. Additionally, the layers of fluttering chiffon that fall into ruffles at the center add extra drama. The low-cut neckline decorated with ample crystal beading also makes this dress very alluring, but very classy at the same time.

Fitted princess seams defining your shape

There is great finesse associated with princess seams, when it defines the contours of a gown. The simple addition of these seams along the bodice and skirt immediately draw attention to where they are tastefully placed. This is like the easiest way to define your beautiful curves and emphasize your well-toned figure that you achieved with great care.

The dress shows us how this wedding gown feature instantly makes a gown more attractive. Here, the beautiful bodice has elaborate lace, embroidery and beaded details. Additionally, the illusion neckline is also impressive. However, our attention is instantly shifted to the neat princess lines that define a soft and almost silky skirt. This single factor makes this dress special and noticeable.

Open cut-out back

There are different ways in which you can look and feel glamorous, and an exposed back is one of the easiest ways to grab such attention. While illusion backs are attractive and even very dainty, they are not always as glamorous as a cut out back. This unexpected surprise can make even the more traditional silhouette and dress design instantly fashion-forward. It is a perfect choice for the bold bride, who is proud of her body.

Take a look at this dress, for example. Here, the dress is simple and even modest from the front, while all the drama lies in the back. The unexpected effect of the cap sleeves closing in to reveal a beautiful cutout that exposes the entire back is all that it takes to make this gown stunning. It is a treat for the onlookers who will spend quite sometime staring at you from the back, during the wedding ceremony, and not to mention an excellent choice to show your bold streak without offending the older generation.

Overlay skirt over slim silhouette

Two-in-one wedding dresses have been in the limelight for a while now, allowing the bride to transition from the ceremony look to another one for the reception without much ado. However, these dresses usually featured an overlay skirt that entirely hid the inner silhouette. Now, if it were done differently, so that the inner slim silhouette were seen through, wouldn’t it be sexy?

This dress from the Sophia Tolli collection is an example of what we just discussed. The richly layered overlay skirt gives the dress a ball-gown effect, but it also reveals a stunning fit and flare silhouette beneath it. So, the bride can expose her sexy side, while being mysteriously modest. How flirty and fun is that? The encrusted waistband further accentuates the natural figure by drawing focus to a slim waistline, while the sweetheart neckline completes the romantic effect with perfection.

Off-the-shoulder straps with fit and flare silhouette

There is a sexy sophistication to exposing your shoulders, while leaving traces of a sleeve that could be used to cover it, if you chose! This is what an off-the-shoulder neckline achieves. The bold display of your shoulders while adding those straps that barely skim your shoulders makes this design very interesting and fashionable. Add this design factor to a snug-fitting silhouette, like a fit and flare design, and the drama is even greater.

The Loraina Y11634 from the Sophia Tolli collection shows us why this design works so well. Try to imagine this dress with a plain strapless neckline or with cap-sleeves. You will realize how it wouldn’t work the same way, with any of these. It is the simple addition of the off-the-shoulder neckline that makes it chic. The fit and flare silhouette in lace contributes to it even more, and makes it a masterpiece in entirety.

Plunging back

If the back of your dress is done artistically, it is a sure way to ensure you look glamorous on your wedding day. From beautiful illusion details, to cut-outs and daring deep necklines, there are many ways to make the back of your dress stand out. While a fully exposed or daring dip in the back will look too sexy to be considered glamorous, it will be very stylish when you sport a dress with a deep back that is done just right.

Take a look at this 1347 Angelina Faccenda wedding dress. The back is kept simple with just a deep dip framed by beautiful lace appliques. Although it exposes the entire back, it does so with elegance, and this factor makes this dress a dazzling beauty from all angles. Also, the cap sleeves frame the ornate back in the most impressive manner. Not only does it support the bust area, it is sensational in the most classic way.

Your wedding day is a celebration like no other. So, this is the day when you should make sure that you look as special as you feel. Choosing a glamorous dress will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd, and be a bride that everyone will remember long after your wedding. Additionally, with a glamorous dress, you do not have to worry much about choosing accessories that add to your look, as your dress will itself be attractive enough to make a mark. So, tell us, which of the features we mentioned above would you like to try on your wedding day?

At Best for Bride, our wedding dress collection includes all the dazzling beauties featured here, and many, many more. So, visit our online gallery today and take a look at what is on offer. For all your wedding day needs, including your bridesmaids dresses, wedding accessories, jewelry and all services you need, check out our website.

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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.

 

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A guide to choosing the right sleeve length for your wedding gown

Wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. To choose a suitable wedding dress, there are a number of factors that the bride has to pay attention to. One of these is the sleeve-length. The right length is not only important in determining your wedding day look, but also in helping you feel comfortable and confident.

Additionally, the sleeve length suggests whether a dress is suitable for the type of wedding you have planned. For example, strapless gowns are not usually modest enough for traditional church weddings.

Let us now take a look at the various types of sleeves that wedding dresses feature and what characterizes each of them.

Cap sleeves: These cover just the uppermost portion of the shoulders and look like an extension of the neckline. There is no fabric under the arms, and the sleeve actually resembles a wide strap. While adding a modest touch to a dress, this sleeve still keeps the dress modern.

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Spaghetti straps: Resembling thin ribbons, these straps offer support to the upper section of the gown while being slender and looking sleek. When scintillating elements are used on the straps, it adds a touch of modernity to a wedding dress.

Sleeveless and strapless: Sleeveless gowns have fabric at the shoulder and this supports the bust, whereas strapless gowns are held up by internal support. The gown starts close to the bust, and hence is lower in the case of a strapless gown. It is necessary to find the right fit so the neckline doesn’t keep shifting.

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T-shirt sleeves: These may be flat or puffed, and the length that falls between a cap-sleeve and a three-fourth sleeve. It offers modest coverage and the length of the sleeve draws attention to the bust.

Three-fourth sleeves: The sleeve slightly extends to below the elbow, and is slimming. Three-fourth lace sleeves have a vintage touch, and they can be classic, without looking too old-fashioned.

Long-sleeves: Either done in a narrow fashion, or else to loosely cover the entire length of the arm, long-sleeves are formal and often feature buttons at the wrist which make it easy to wear.

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Butterfly and bell sleeves: These sleeves fall gently over the arm and loosely fit the entire length. While bell sleeves flare out at the wrist, butterfly sleeves ripple and flutter and can be of any length. They add a touch of detail at the arms, and are usually fashioned in lace with floral motifs.

Juliet sleeves: A classic favorite with designers, it features a puff at the shoulder which continues into a fitted long sleeve at the wrist.

When choosing the length of your wedding dress sleeves, consider the effect you want to create. The hemline of the sleeve directs attention to the part of the body where it ends. So, if you want to look taller and slimmer, opt for longer sleeves, while if you want to draw focus to your decolletage, shoulders and arms, choose sleeveless or strapless. If you love a gown, but it doesn’t have sleeves like you wanted, you can consider adding a sheer or mock bolero to add the sleeves you want, or have sleeves added in the same material as the dress has. It is only a matter of customizing your wedding dress to suit your taste.

For more valuable wedding dress tips and advice, and to choose your wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride.