The neckline of your wedding dress has a vital role in determining how you look. But, of course, 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 neckline types 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the biggest social events in a girl’s lifetime, and perhaps the first one where she dresses up like a star, is Prom. When choosing her first really important formal dress, it is necessary to find one that accentuates her best features and helps her feel confident.
Prom dresses are available in a variety of styles and designs, with enough patterns to flatter all body types. But, how do you know which of these designs would be the best for you? Let us find out.
Understand your body shape
No matter how great a dress looks, it may not be the right one for you if the silhouette doesn’t flatter your figure. Rather than go by the look of a dress, you should choose one that drapes beautifully on you. To find one that does, you should first recognize your body shape. Here is a brief description of the various body types there are, which will help you find your body type.
Hourglass – Naturally curvy with well-proportioned upper and lower halves
Athletic – Slender and almost rectangular structure with well-toned shoulders, lean torso and few curves
Apple – Upper body is wider than the lower part
Pear – The proportions of the lower body are more prominent than the bust area
Petite – Shorter than average height, they have a slender waist with proportionate upper and lower halves ; they are very feminine
Patterns suitable for different body shapes
Once you identify what your body shape is from the above list, all you have to do is find a dress in one of the silhouettes that flatters your figure.
If you have an hourglass structure, you are lucky as you can easily carry off almost any style. Play up your curves with figure-hugging A-line gowns, luxurious ball gown skirts or choose softly flowing sheath style gowns for a more delicate and feminine look. Experiment with off-the-shoulder necklines, multi-way dresses or sweetheart necklines to find one that gives you a glamorous touch.
Athletic girls should opt for dresses that add the illusion of curves, and can thus accentuate their femininity. Dresses with a defined waist, or those that have ruffles or pleats would look good on you. A classic ball gown skirt would break up your torso, and make you appear more curvy. Try a scoop or soft V-neckline to add definition to your bust.
If you are apple or pear-shaped, ball gowns are an ideal choice to balance out the proportions of both halves of your body. If you are heavier on the top, try a sheer neckline or high V-neckline to de-emphasize your bust. Pear-shaped girls can opt for a sweetheart or strapless bodice to emphasize their upper body.
Petite girls should avoid long-flowing dresses and too many layers, that can drown them in details. If you are petite, show off your slender waist in an A-line skirt, or choose a design that highlights your natural curves. Keep the skirt length short or asymmetrical, and you will look stylish and taller than you actually are.
At Best for Bride, we have the perfect collection of prom dresses for all body types. Visit us today to make your pick for the big event in your life.
In the past, bridesmaids dresses were notoriously hideous and weird. With the popular designs resembling cotton candy or plastic raincoats, it was no wonder these dresses were banished to a far end of the closet soon after serving its purpose. Fortunately, the options in bridesmaids dresses are much better today.
As the bride, it is your call to decide what kind of dresses your bridesmaids will wear. While your ultimate aim should be to create a cohesive effect that ties with your wedding palette, you can still make allowances so your favorite girls do not look or feel awkward in what you choose. With a little thought, your bridesmaids may even consider wearing this dress on another occasion, which means the money spent on it goes further. Let us look at how you can accomplish this.
1. Go with neutral colors
Rather than choose bridesmaids dresses in shades they may not be able to pull off anywhere else, choose neutrals. If your maid of honor tells you that she isn’t a fan of the strawberry ice that you are obsessed with, you should perhaps consider a more flattering tone from the same color family.
Limit the colors in the wedding palette to the rest of the décor, while you choose neutrals for the dresses, and it is likely they will be able to use it again. If you still want that pop of color in what they wear, try adding it to their bouquets, or with accessories like shoes and belts.
2. Choose a neutral style
The typical bridesmaids dress design is a strapless knee-length gown. If the dress is also in a vivid color, there is little use for it later on. Think outside the wedding, look at popular styles for not just bridesmaids, and base your choice accordingly.
A scoop or V-neckline is universally flattering, and it will also be perfect for other events. Also pay attention to the silhouette. An A-line dress will fall gently, look great on most body shapes, and your girls wouldn’t mind wearing it again.
3. Go with the mismatched trend and allow them to select their dress based on your guidelines
Gone are the days when all the bridesmaids dressed to be boring look-alike’s. The current trend is to mix and match bridesmaids dresses in various styles, designs and colors, and bring them all together with one or two unifying factors. This could be the color, dress length or design.
So, you get to pick these factors and inform your girl friends of your choice.Then, let them find dresses that meet your specifications, but also appeals to them. Pick a color family and allow them to choose the shade that looks best on them, or choose a dress pattern and allow them to pick different colors in the same design. Another option is to fix a specific color and allow them the freedom to choose any dress in this color.
With mismatched bridesmaids dresses, the group looks dynamic and energetic, and you will also find your bridesmaids looking happy in their choice. Visit Best for Bride to find inspiration and choose from hundreds of wonderful Bridesmaids dresses that your favorite girlfriends will love to wear again and again.
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