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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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Trend alert: Dreamy Illusion necklines to transform you into a real beauty

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Finding the right wedding dress is mostly about choosing the right silhouette that flatters your figure. However, there are certain other details that can make all the difference between looking good and looking fantastic. The neckline, length of sleeves, skirt length and type of train have a huge role in determining the total effect of how you look. You can play up or play down your total look, by choosing them appropriately.

The illusion neckline is a runway hit for 2015, and it is with good reason. The pattern has a unique charm that makes it a showstopper. Let us take a closer look at this trend, which has taken the bridal world by storm.

What is the illusion neckline?

This neckline basically combines a strapless bodice with an overlay of lace or sheer, to create a second neckline above the one that belongs to the bodice. Although the bodice may feature any neckline beneath the sheer layer, the prettiest illusions are those created by sweetheart, boat and scoop necklines.

The highlight of this design is in it’s ability to create an air of mystery. Over the years, illusions have been perfected and now it incorporates several elements such as floral lace motifs, embellishments and embroidery to add more style. It is surprising how a simple wedding dress can be elevated to a fabulous one by the addition of this single element.

Extending the illusion neckline into sleeves and a sheer back for more drama

Certain wedding dresses with this neckline also feature illusion sleeves. Whether they are cap sleeves, three-fourth or full sleeves, the result is always stunning.

Take a look at this dress from the Mori Lee Bridal Spring 2015 collection. It is a magnificent design that makes the most of the enchanting sheer effect, by incorporating it into the neckline, sleeves and back.

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Here, a sheer bateau neckline stretches over a sweetheart bodice. Further, the illusion sleeves are adorned with floral lace motifs. At the back, a wonderful effect is created with floral motifs embracing the torso, and a single train of fabric buttons travel all the way down to the derriere.

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Benefits of sporting the illusion look

The sheer neckline is very versatile, and it can be carried off by brides of almost any body shape. Unlike strapless designs that tend to slip and move, the additional layer of sheer holds the bodice in place, and is comfortable that way. The sheer layer can easily convert a strapless design into a more modest choice, rendering it suitable for traditional events too.

Another factor is that with an embellished illusion neckline, you needn’t worry about finding a neck piece to complete your look. The details on the sheer fabric photograph beautifully, with the underlying fabric barely visible in the pictures.

The illusion neckline is your choice if you want to look elegant, classic and sophisticated, while still allowing your sexy side to shine through. Check out the bridal collection at Best for Bride for more fantastic wedding dress that feature this fabulous detail.

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Hot Trend: Romantic, Poufy Wedding Dresses

Billowy skirts of organza ribbons and streams of satin are a hot trend this year. Some women shrink away from a high-volume skirt for fear it will make her look bigger. However, paired with a slimming bodice, the full, flowing skirt is romantic and flattering on many women. Poufy wedding dresses with sophisticated style are available for brides with a limited budget.

Full skirts are reminiscent of the classic ball gown style wedding dress. The bodice usually fits snugly. The flowing full skirt poufs out from the bottom of the bodice. This look is very traditional and romantic. The skirts may be made fuller with layers of organza or tulle.

Many modern wedding dresses that fit this trend have skirts with waves or ribbons of organza. Some designers adorn the skirt organza and satin flowers for added fullness and romantic flair. Multi-tiered organza is another traditional design for a full, flowing skirt. In the Sophia Tolli Spring 2015 collection, the Nightingale wedding dress is a beautiful ball gown style with a skirt made up of layers of tulle. The crystal hand-beaded lace is the perfect accent for this gown.

Several designers have increased the volume of their ball gown skirts. If you like the trendy fullness, but are not fond of layers of tulle, you may want to look for a classical dress with satin or taffeta skirts. Alfred Angelo has a design, number 758, with a flowing layer of white taffeta that is gathered to the skirt with pretty embellishments. The loose gathering of the outer layer creates added fullness with a style that is elegant and refined. The bodice is embroidered as is the front of the skirt. This dress has a semi-cathedral train which adds to that classical princess style.

Though full, flouncy skirts often are associated with ball gown style wedding dresses, the flowing full skirts of the trend are not limited to this classic style. For example, the ruffled skirt of the mermaid gown in the Mori Lee 2015 collection embraces the trend without being restricted to ball gown wedding dresses.

When choosing a bridal gown with a poufy skirt, avoid a dress that combines the large skirt with a large or loose-fitting bodice. If the bodice has loose layers of satin, poufy sleeves, or large satin flower embellishments, the added size of the bodice is likely to make the woman appear to be larger. A sleek, form-fitting bodice is a must for a billowy skirt.

Even if the bride is on a tight budget, many of these romantic, poufy wedding dresses can be found for under $2,000. The bride can complete the classic bride look with a wedding veil or headpiece. Remember to avoid added bulk to the top. If a woman is concerned about looking larger than she is, she may want to avoid a bulky veil and opt for something simple.