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September 30, 2015

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Shape

Whether you want to flaunt or flatter, knowing your shape is key to looking and feeling fabulous on your wedding day. So when it comes to choosing that perfect gown, it pays to have an expert on your side. In her 11 year career, White Lily Couture style director and bridal expert, Alera Kingham, has helped countless brides select their dream dress, fitting a wide range of figures and styles.

Here, she shares her top tips with SHESAID for choosing a gown that is sure to keep everyone guessing!

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Hourglass

The hourglass figure is the perfect feminine shape, with beautiful curves and a well-defined waistline. Emphasising the waist by choosing styles that are fitted through the hip and thigh will really make your figure pop.

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Shape

Apple Shape

Women with apple-shaped figures often have a fuller bust and mid-section, with slimmer thighs and hips. The key to an apple-shaped figure is to create the illusion of curves by using structure. Look for gowns with boning and well fitted lines through the bodice. A line, ball gown or empire lines are perfect as they enhance your bust and balance the lower body creating the illusion of curves to die for.

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Shape

Petite

Petite women are often below the average height of 1.65m, and want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance. If you’re a petite bride it’s important to take your height and proportions into consideration when selecting gowns. If you have your heart set on a mermaid dress, try a fit and flair or a fitted sheath style to elongate your figure. Styles such as Jillian, by De Lanquez, will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.

How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Shape

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September 10, 2015

Top 5 Tips To Find Your Dream Wedding Gown

We’ve all seen enough reality TV to know that finding your perfect wedding dress can be daunting. To help find that dream wedding dress, we asked White Lily Couture Style Director Alera Kingham for her top tips to saying yes to the dress, sans tears and tantrums!

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Don’t overwhelm yourself

Trying on thirty gowns in one morning might sound like the perfect plan but you may end up confused and unable to commit to one dress. Start your search by creating a Pinterest or vision board which reflects your taste and budget.

Shop when you’re ready to buy

When you make your appointment be clear about your wedding date. Browsing for ideas more than a year ahead isn’t always the best option as bridal seasons change frequently. We recommend shopping 8 months out because most gowns are made internationally and have a 5 month minimum lead-time. If you are a bride in a hurry don’t panic, make an appointment to check out the Augusta Jones collection from the UK.

Top 5 Tips To Find Your Dream Wedding Gown

Keep an open mind

Try on different styles, it’s often the gown you’d never think of trying that makes you feel like a bride. Trust your stylist to find you the perfect dress because sometimes gowns that look iffy on the hanger can be a knockout on you.   

Make your opinion number one

Choose a maximum of four people whose opinion you value most to help you find the perfect dress and remember while family and friend’s opinions are important your vote counts the most.

Trust your choice

If you find ‘the one’ during your first appointment it’s not a bad thing! Saying yes to the dress is not meant to be difficult and the first dress you try on is often the dress you can’t stop thinking about. Once you have found the perfect gown, don’t confuse yourself by trying on more dresses, arrange your fittings and enjoy shopping for shoes and accessories!

For more expert advice check out @whitelilycouture on Instagram and Facebook.

Image via When Elephant Met Zebra

July 21, 2015

Does My Bouquet Look Big In This? Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

Finding that ultimate wedding dress seems like a dream come true for the bride-to-be, but it’s actually easier than you think.

SHESAID has enlisted the help of White Lily Couture Style Director and bridal expert, Alera Kingham who has helped countless brides select their dream dress, fitting a wide range of figures and styles.

Below are just some of her top tips on how to choose the best wedding dress for your big day!

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Hourglass

The hourglass figure is the perfect feminine shape, with beautiful curves and a well-defined waistline. Emphasising the waist by choosing styles which are fitted through the hip and thigh will really make your figure pop.

Pick: Dakota by Enzoani is an amazing gown for brides with an hourglass shape. The scoop neckline combined with the structure of this trumpet style is perfect for accentuating the shape.

Does My Bouquet Look Big In This? Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

Pear shape

Pear-shaped women have a slimmer upper torso, and a more shapely bottom half. An A line style dress will emphasise the torso and play down the hips and bottom to better fit the body.

Pick: Basma by Provonias is the ideal gown to achieve a flattering look that is proportional and elegant.

Does My Bouquet Look Big In This? Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

Apple shape

Women with an apple-shaped figure often have a filler bust and mid-section, with slimmer thighs and hips. The key to an apple-shaped figure is to create the illusion of curves by using structure.

Look for gowns with boning and well fitted lines through the bodice. A line, ball gown or empire lines are perfect as they enhance your bust, and balance the lower body creating the illusion of curves to die for.

Does My Bouquet Look Big In This? Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

Pick: A ball gown such as Clara by Mori Lee is a great option as it provides fullness from the hipline and balances the shoulders.

Petite

Petite women are often below the average height of 1.65m, and want to appear longer or leaner in their appearance. If you’re a petite bride, it’s important to take your height and proportions into consideration when selecting gowns. If you have your heart set on a mermaid, try a fit and flair or a fitted sheath style to elongate your figure.

Does My Bouquet Look Big In This? Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress

Pick: Styles such as Charlotte by Mori Lee will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.

Slim

Slim and athletic brides are recommended to try a sheath style gown that is fitted. A high neck is a flattering option as it creates proportion on a longer torso, and fills that negative space between the chin and bust.

Pick: The Jocelyn by Enzoani is a great option which slims the body, showing off your best assets.

Image via Wedding Sparrow

May 29, 2015