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Vocabulary for the Bridal Bound: Key Terms to Know When Selecting Your Gown Selecting a wedding gown depends on your personal taste and It is not flattering for women with full hips. your figure. Some cuts are more flattering for straight figures and some for fuller ones. Consider which silhouettes, waist style, and Empire waist: This style is a high waist; fabric is gathered under cut would look best on your figure. Then think about additional the bust, then falls in an A-line. dress details, such as the sleeve and the train. Give some thought This can be flattering to both slim and fuller figures, as it emphasizes to your choice of fabric, as well. Whites vary from the color of the bust and de-emphasizes the hip. Be aware, though, that this snow to warm ivory and rosy rum tones. style is sometimes associated with maternity The whisper of color in white may bring This ball gown features a basque waist dresses, particularly is the part below the and bell sleeves out your own natural skin tone better waist is gathered in a way that it puffs out.  than plain white. This can be avoided by keeping a slim with a skirt that does not flare out too Test color effect by holding the fabric markedly. next to your face. It’s also a good idea   to scrunch the fabric to see if it wrinkles Mermaid:  This gown is fitted from too easily. If it does, your dress will the top through to just above the knees, need a pressing mid-wedding, and it is at which point, it poufs out into the unlikely that you will be able to get it mermaid’s tail with puffed out fabric on done. Try on your gown for both fit the lower part of the skirt.  A very similar and comfort. Don’t just twirl in front style -- the fishtail -- dress is flatter at the of the mirror; walk, sit down , and bend front but flares at the back and sides. in it. This style shows an hourglass figure to advantage, but its tight fit can be unflattering to a more generously Gown styles fit for a princess proportioned figure, and you won’t or a mermaid have much wriggle room.  The hips are particularly accentuated.  Ball gown: a gathered, full skirt, often   topped by the bodice style described next. a fishtail silhouette Basque waist:  The hem of the bodice comes to a point above a gathered, full skirt. It’s a fitted style that shows off your waist and adds some dress structure required for fuller figures. empire waist But, depending on how the skirt poufs out, it can accentuate the width of full hips.   Bias cut: Fabric is cut on the diagonal to skims curves. Such a cut may be preferred by petite women who want to avoid the little girl look of a puffed skirt and can carry off a slinky 1930’s style evening gown look. It won’t work for women who need extra support or who don’t want to reveal so much through their dresses.  Also, you won’t have very much room to maneuver while dancing.   Column:  Like the bias cut, it hugs the figure, but with a straight weft and vertical seams. It is flattering for slim women, both tall and petite.

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Kallah Magazine Summer 2010  

Wedding planning and more! The significance of the chuppah Vocabulary for the bridal bound - wedding gown terms. Delicious dairy recipes....

Kallah Magazine Summer 2010  

Wedding planning and more! The significance of the chuppah Vocabulary for the bridal bound - wedding gown terms. Delicious dairy recipes....

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