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!
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.
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.
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.
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Buying a brand new wedding dress seems a little overrated, especially considering the fact that you’ll be wearing it only once.
Splashing out so much cash on a dress isn’t sometimes cost-effective, but buying vintage might just be the next best option. We have created an edit of our top ten pre-loved wedding dresses to inspire your own wedding!
Long sleeves are ideal for winter weddings since they provide an extra layer of warmth to the bride. This classic look is usually accompanied by glamourous makeup and minimal accessories.
A voluminous, tulle dress is every girl’s dream dress – especially one which is accompanied by a satin bow!
Spice-up a standard white dress with a low, sexy back which is perfect for a summer wedding. We promise the wedding photos will look absolutely breathtaking.
Throw it back to the early 2000s with this glamourous wedding dress featuring sexy spaghetti straps. The style is flattering for the summer months with a coat of illuminating cream to reflect the suns rays.
Off the shoulder
A popular choice in the eighties was of course the off-the-shoulder look, but it’s certainly making its comeback!
Keep it classy with lace brocade which is a little on the heavy side, and ideal for a winter wedding.
Try a 20s inspired wedding dress which is adorned in sequins, crystals, and intricate beads (oh my!). Pair with gold or silver stiletto heels to complete the look.
A sophisticated cap-sleeve is the best way to show off your decolletage and create a flattering neckline. Choose simple, minimalist necklaces to highlight this area!
Finish off with a flattering empire neckline which is best for bigger chests, and looks amazing with an undo.
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If prince charming finally popped the question and you’re on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, White Lily Couture Style Director and seasoned wedding expert, Alera Kingham has exciting news for you!
Alera advises that next year’s brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice as stunning trends are headed to Australia from the Europe’s bridal runways as early as August this year.
International designer’s 2016 collections heavily feature gowns with structured bodices made from soft, floaty fabrics. The return of fabrics such as crepe and georgette bring a soft, romantic look to a classic fit and flair and ball gown wedding gown.
For a structured gown with a difference, Pronovias has released a beautiful collection channelling this trend.
Party at the back
Sexy backless gowns are making a comeback! Brides looking for a sultry yet wedding-worthy gown should check out Enzoani – their simple gowns with stunning embellished details draw attention to a curvy bride’s best assets.
Enzoani’s beautiful beading and lace finishes make for simple gowns perfect for a modern, sexy bride.
In addition to classic ivory and off-white hues, designers for 2016 are playing with soft, neutral shades. Colours like caramel, nude and cocoa are a sophisticated and contemporary way to wear colour with a bridal edge.
Mori Lee has released a beautiful new selection of neutral tones in bridal-wear for this coming season.
From a dreamy tulle train to a dramatic detachable over-skirt, designers are loving layers! Adding extra material turns a simple gown into a statement and creates an angelic bridal look.
Augusta Jones’ collection features a number of dresses that can be transformed by adding a beautiful skirt.
This is such a delicate and feminine trend. While dainty floral embroidery has come around in waves, 2016 will see no restraint, with three-dimensional embellishments adorning bridal gowns. This trend is perfect for brides chasing a bohemian look.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Pick: Styles such as Charlotte by Mori Lee will give you that sexy fit through the body without compromising your height.
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.
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What isn’t there to love about fashion in the 1960s?
Hemlines were getting shorter, white lace was was way too common (but who is complaining?), and the wedding dresses were purely magical.
If you need a little inspiration for your own bespoke wedding dress, take a few style tips from the swinging sixties.
Not only does this style flatter the tummy area, but it suits almost any body type! Perfect for brides who want to show a bit of leg on their wedding day, or want their shoes to shine.
If your wedding is taking place during the colder months, why not choose a long-sleeved dress. The show of leg is worth the extra bit of cold, we promise. A style like this will look classic in your wedding photos, especially if they’re black and white.
Create the illusion of extra curves with a spectacular layered skirt. Not only did Olivia Palermo do it (she was also married in a sweater), but it can easily be worn again as opposed to sitting in your closet.
If you want to keep to a traditional style, then a cinched waist is an absolute must-have. The sleeveless design won’t constrict you from dancing all night long, and the fuller skirt balances out the entire outfit.
A sixties inspired wedding dress would be nothing without a classic, baby doll style. Not only can you incorporate some white lace (we can’t let it go), but are free to wear heels, flats or anything in between!
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Planning a winter wedding? The snowy season can add a certain atmospheric charm to your nuptials. While most people equate a cold and wet wedding with a nightmare, just think of a warm and cosy ceremony and even cosier wedding night by an open fire. Here are a few of the hottest winter wedding dresses this season.
The princess dress
A lot of people imagine a princess dress to be the Disney kind with a big full skirt and a sweetheart neckline. However, the real princess – like the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Grace of Monaco – tend to opt for the conservative, and elegant sleeved gown. Take a look at the following by Rosa Clara.
The sweater dress
Thanks to Olivia Palermo, the sweater dress is all of a sudden a big thing. Two-pieces also dominated the catwalk in the fall 2015 bridal fashion week. So why not walk down this aisle in a skirt and sweater this winter?
The wedding coats and capes
You can wear whatever you want underneath, but for those outdoor photos you will need something to keep your back, chest and shoulders warm! Try a long and elegant coat, a cute shrug, or a fairytale cape.
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With the annual Fall 2015 bridal fashion shows wrapping up recently, there were a number of fashion, hair and makeup trends that made us all swoon in joy. With stylish brides such as Kim Kardashian West, Olivia Palermo, and Amal Clooney all walking down the aisle this year, there is no doubt that the buzz for next year is definitely high on our radar.
Take a peek at just a few of our favourite looks from the week that was:
Trend: Slip dress
The return of the slip-dress has finally made it back to the bridal scene, with models walking down the aisle in a crisp white dress. Badgley Mischka took this to another level by adding a hand-made chantilly lace dress over the top.
Trend: Embroidered veil
Where: Claire Pettibone
We can’t forget about the veil, can we? Claire Pettibone sent her ideal bride down the runway in a heavily embellished veil which was inspired by the style of the late 1920s. The longer, the better!
Trend: Cap sleeves
Dyamnic fashion duo, Marchesa are always pushing the boundaries with their elegant designs, and this cap-sleeved gown is one of their best yet. The simple silhouette is perfect for any day or night-time nuptials, and can be worn with some of your favourite sterling silver or gold jewellery.
Where: Reem Acra
There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that Reem Acra was one to watch at the 2015 Bridal showings in New York City. Extremely detailed embellishments were one of the biggest trends, but the two-piece wedding dress really took the cake! Paired with an elegant up-do and understated accessories, this has to be one of the best looks of the season.
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