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How to Choose your Wedding Dress: 5 Steps to Find the Ideal Model

The time has come ! You finally begin your quest for the ideal dress model, a moment you have dreamed of so much, only you don't know very well what to do or where to start, one thing is certain you must find THE perfect wedding dress!


The time has come ! You finally begin your quest for the trendy wedding dress, a moment you've dreamed of so much, only you don't quite know what to do or where to start. One thing is certain, you have to find THE perfect model. Here are our 5 tips for finding the piece that will make your heart beat (and that of the gentleman, of course).

Step 1. According to your personality

It doesn't matter if you're a trendsetter, the rule of thumb is to look undisguised. Your dress must above all correspond to your style, the important thing is that you feel yourself. Surfing wedding blogs and sites like Zankyou for up-to-date news is helpful, just keep in mind that your outfit should also reflect your personality.

Classic: Simple, elegant and sophisticated are the hallmarks of a traditional bride. We prefer a boat neck or a V neckline accompanied by a veil set with pearls or diamonds.

Romantic: For a delicate and romantic outfit, we prefer tulle or silk muslin, with pretty embroidery with floral motifs.

Boho: At a wedding on the beach or outdoors, the ideal remains the boho dress. In a hippie chic style, we put everything on light and transparent fabrics, embellished with trendy accessories, such as a crown of flowers.

Vintage: A fan of vintage? We opt for a Victorian dress, dotted with lace.

Modern: To bring an avant-garde touch to your look, we dare, with audacity, asymmetrical cuts, short or large openings.

The dress should first reflect the natural style of the bride. You can choose a fashionable dress, but if the model does not fit or does not suit you, it will be noticed instantly. To find the ideal piece, let yourself be advised by the designer or by his sellers, while keeping your initial idea in mind. The important thing is not to hide your personality but on the contrary to affirm it through your dress.

Step 2. According to the fabric

Many brides quickly put aside the idea of ​​a custom-made dress because they systematically think that a seamstress is more expensive than a store. But the game is worth it, for a tailor-made model, the fabrics are of high quality, this unique dress will fit you like a glove since it is made from your morphology. If you do not consider this option, we advise you to choose a model in store and then customize it. An adjustment at the waist, an addition of lace, a different fabric... Everything is allowed as long as it reflects your personality!

Being beautiful and feeling comfortable are not necessarily incompatible. If you wear a dress that is too tight, you will not be able to fully enjoy the banquet and you may regret it. It is important to keep your goal in mind: to enjoy this beautiful day. To do this, it is important to choose the right fabric.

Mikado: A thick and luminous natural silk fabric.

Brocade: A fabric embroidered with gold or silver. Its motifs are generally vegetal or geometric of oriental inspiration.

Piqué: A rough and thick fabric, in which fine stitches form light patterns.

Ottoman: A thick, striped, stiff fabric.

Taffeta: A voluminous fabric of very shiny silk.

Organza: A stiff, thin fabric, specially treated to achieve this look. It is made mostly of silk or cotton.

Crepe: A grainy fabric to the touch. Wool, pleated or Georgette, this is the most appropriate material for mermaid or voluminous dresses, generally dotted with rhinestones or embroidery.

Lace: Obtained from a mixture of silk, cotton and linen. Lace is a fabric used as an ornament, ideal for vintage style dresses.

Chiffon: A soft, airy and very lightweight fabric, it is ideal for beach weddings.

Tulle: A very lightweight, sheer fabric with a mesh look and rough texture.

Step 3. According to your skin tone

It is imperative to choose the right shade of white according to your complexion, because all skin types are different. Do not panic, here is the repertoire of the different tones of a wedding dress:

Pure white: a bluish and luminous white. This is the color of communion dresses and is perfect for brides with dark skin.

Snow White: A radiant white but without a bluish tint, the color of snow. However, it is an unpopular color. Just like pure white, it is ideal for dark-skinned brides.

Off-white/ecru: this is the favorite shade of brides, almost 90% of them choose it for their model. It matches the natural color of silk before subjecting it to dyes. A tone that flatters any skin tone.

Pearl: close to ecru, pearl white is not very easy to find despite its elegance and finesse. This tone, popular with brides over 40, is also suitable for women with very dark skin.

Ivory: Closer to beige, this is one of the most flattering shades as it is the warmest. If you have a very pale complexion, bet on this color.

Champagne: Slightly golden, like the drink that bears its name, this color is perfect for dark-skinned brides.

Nude: The same color as the skin, the nude tone is not usually used as the main color for the dress, but it combines wonderfully with white or ecru, in embroidery or lace for an effect guaranteed tattoo.

Powder pink: Widely used for vintage wedding dresses, it is a very soft color obtained by a mixture of pink with beige and white. One of the best options for fair-skinned brides.

Step 4. According to your morphology

Surely you already have an idea of ​​the model you are looking for, but is this the cut that really suits you? Beyond the love at first sight that one can feel for a creation, you must be aware that it is possible that it does not suit you. Most brides always go to the fitting of their dress with a clear and precise idea, but many of them end up choosing a completely different model. So you know what suits you, here is our guide to dresses and silhouettes:

A rectangular silhouette: avoid tight dresses or straight lines, flowing models and short sleeves. You should emphasize the body of the dress and not the skirt. To lengthen your silhouette, we recommend a V-neck or bare shoulders. With your morphology, it is preferable to eliminate very long skirts with an endless train. To be banned: the square or round neckline.

A triangle silhouette: you need to draw attention to the top of the dress. To do this, choose an A model, not so tight that the hips do not stand out. You will also look your best with the princess cut. As for embellishments, center them on the side of the bust, with draping and a V-neckline.

A round silhouette: choose a dress with a high waist, such as an empire cut where the skirt is flowing and falls along the body. Favor heart or V necklines. For this type of morphology, less is more, we prefer a simple and elegant dress, without a lot of ornaments.

An hourglass silhouette: you can opt for any type of dress, but the tube or mermaid cuts will show you the most. As for necklines, the boat neck is ideal. If you have a small chest you can also afford some embellishments at the neckline.

An inverted triangle silhouette: the main thing is to create volume at the level of the hips and to purify the model as much as possible at the level of the shoulders. How ? With a closed neckline and a voluminous skirt.

According to your chest: if you want to conceal your chest, bet on V-necklines. You can also choose a dress with a round or boat neckline, but we forget about closed necklines. On the contrary, if you want to emphasize your neckline, we prefer a fitted and close-fitting dress. You can also add draping at the bust level and opt for a pretty bare back, all in finesse.

Depending on your size: If you are petite, avoid bulky skirts which tend to flatten the silhouette. If you are very tall, choose a low-rise or belted dress to avoid stretching out.

Depending on your build: if you have shapes, bet on a princess cut to hide the hips. If you are very thin, choose models with volume in the sleeves or the skirt, depending on the part of the body you want to highlight. Short, three-quarter or long sleeves are ideal because they conceal the arms. In addition, to create volume in the chest, avoid square or V-shaped necklines and focus on the sweetheart neckline.

If you are pregnant: if you are in the first months of your pregnancy, this will not be visible, so you can choose your dress according to your initial morphology. Beyond 4 months, the body changes significantly, so we advise you to choose a model with an empire cut and a fluid fabric, for more comfort.

Step 5. Tip: try, walk and move

During the fitting, do not remain frozen in front of the mirror. We advise you to walk, sit, jump, dance, raise your arms … If there is a movement that you do not feel comfortable with, then it is not the perfect dress. You are going to experience a million emotions with it and have to wear it for many hours during which you will not be still, so it is important that this dress is comfortable.

We also recommend that you do not come to the fitting with more people than necessary. Believe it or not, opinions, wherever they come from, always influence and, even more so, when it comes to choosing your outfit for the big day. Take only one or two people with whom you are there. comfortable and in whom you trust, for example, your mother and your sister.

Do not hesitate to consult the opinion of a professional who will be able to advise you on what suits you best.

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