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While many new brides-to-be start hitting Pinterest boards immediately post-engagement, we suggest beginning your bridal dress search away from the screen. After all, you know your style better than anyone. Kick things off with a little inward reflection instead. Who are your favorite designers? What is it that you love about them? What elements catch your eye: Is it the structured silhouettes or silky fabrics? Next, think about your style icons. What about their look draws you in? Your wedding gown should be a reflection of your everyday personal style, just kicked up a notch. Avoid outside opinions—trusting your instinct is essential.
Keep scrolling for three quick and easy style tips that every newly-engaged bride should know.
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Shopping for the perfect dress can take you by surprise. Just ask your married friends! We bet they’ll agree: Often the dress isn’t what you envisioned. So repeat after us: “I will go into dress shopping with an open mind.”
Unless you frequent the red carpet on the reg, dressing yourself in a gown is likely a new experience, and what you see on models and celebrities may not translate to your body. So throw caution to the wind and let the stylist throw you some wild cards. Who knows, you may end up with a high-low like Whitney Port or (dare we say) a two-piece!
This cardinal style rule will never be more important than on your wedding day. Be aware of what looks best on your shape and be ok with letting some of your visions go in favor of a new silhouette that you may have not considered.
Show off your shape! A form-fitting gown is a great silhouette to explore. Empire or waist-cinching dresses will flaunt your figure.
When you’ve got legs for days, you don’t need all the extra bells and whistles. Simple silhouettes will highlight your statuesque figure rather than overwhelm it. A plunging neckline or a dramatic back will add that extra oomph.
When you don’t have legs for days, fake it till you make it. Opt for a waistline above your natural waist to make your lower half look longer, or mix in some horizontal stripes for added elongation. Body-hugging trumpet or sheath gowns tend to be your best bet as bigger ball gowns will leave you swimming in tulle.
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The number one thing brides forget when prepping for their fitting appointment is to wear nude undergarments. Colored undies are distracting and can deter from seeing the true potential of a gown. Always go nude.
Another pain point tends to be the shoes. The last thing you want to be doing is strapping and unstrapping complicated stilettos. Instead, opt for an easy mule that you can slip on and slip off. Your squad will thank you.
Do you have tips that helped you find your bridal style? Don’t keep them to yourself! Let us know in the comments.