You’ve met the man of your dreams and accepted his romantic proposal; now begins the fun part of planning the wedding of a lifetime. Like most soon-to-be brides, you’ve probably envisioned yourself in an elegant wedding dress that made you feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt.
But before you head out to try on dresses, keep in mind these tips below to help the process run smoother for you.
1.Your shape matters
It’s important to know your body type when trying on dresses. This valuable information isn’t just for wedding dresses but also for everyday wear. Having clothes that fit your body shape well not only positively impacts your self-esteem but also helps ease frustrations when clothes shopping because you can keep your eye out for the styles that compliment your body type.
Some of the more common body shapes include rectangle, triangle (or pear), inverted triangle (or apple), and hourglass. A shop that specializes in petite to plus-size wedding dresses will be able to help you identify your body type and direct you to the dresses that will highlight your best assets.
2. To bare or not to bare
Once you’ve pinpointed your body type and have an idea what style of dresses compliment your body shape, you can start to think about what kind of coverage you want from your wedding dress. Choices range from long or short sleeves, thick straps, spaghetti straps or strapless.
Go with that you’d be comfortable wearing from a few hours to a whole day. If you think you’ll be self-conscious in a strapless, then opt for something with a bit more coverage. A wrap or shawl is a great compromise should you need the coverage but also want the freedom to take it off if you feel warm.
3. It’s in the details
There are so many possibilities on the market today that it can feel overwhelming when looking for a wedding dress. To help narrow down your choices, decide what kind of details you like. Details to consider are lace, beads, pearls, sequins, beading, necklines, backless, tulle, corset, ruffles, and more. You’ll also want to consider a short or long train, as well as if you want to bustle the dress for the reception.
As with the second tip above, stick with what you’ll feel comfortable wearing. If you think you’ll be tugging at your bodice or be self-conscious of your bare back the entire time, go with another style.
4. Maintain a firm foundation
Many brides are their worst critics, especially when it comes to clothes. Before you start trying on too many clothes and wind up falling in love with “the one,” make sure you take along any underwear and shapewear you’ll be wearing the day of your wedding. (It’s important that they match your skin tone, too!) This ensures you’ll have the proper support and that no bra or panty lines are showing through your dress. It’s also a good idea to try on wedding dresses over your shapewear and practice sitting, standing and walking to guarantee you’re able to do these motions comfortably.
If you settle on a dress long before your wedding day and plan to lose weight (as most soon-to-be-brides aspire), make sure you bring your shapewear to every subsequent fitting to ensure your wedding dress will fit with the entire ensemble.