Wedding dress or bust…?

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Wedding Dress Shopping in Dublin

One thing that all brides want to make sure of and that’s always.. will the dress suit me? Body shape and type will inevitably come into the equation…and lets stop there for a minute. It’s your wedding and it is your day and you can wear whatever you want. End of story. If that’s a short dress, a black dress, a white traditional style dress, purple with yellow spots.. anyone else’s opinion is irrelevant. If you love it then you wear it! Will it be to everyones taste? Course not, but you’ll have the biggest smile on your face that’s coming from within and that part is priceless. Whether the dress costs 10euro or 10,000euro – you can’t fake that feeling.

What style wedding Dress will suit my body?

You know your own body shape better than anyone. No matter how much ‘experience’ any one has in the bridal industry you are the one best placed to determine what you are comfortable in. Although you may not be aware of the style you want, believe me when I say the MINUTE you try on something and you’re comfortable in it, you’ll know in an instant. So, don’t worry if you’re feeling that you’ll never know what suits you.. trust me you will. So just remember your own style and keep what you know about your own body front and centre in your mind. Yes, be open to trying different styles – sometimes that’s literally when gold is struck – but don’t discount your gut feeling. In some cases, with bridal stores the assistant is not interested in your dress. It’s sad but it’s the truth. Some sales assistants take their job so seriously and give their heart and soul to finding the perfect dress for a bride. Others are well.. sales assistants. They want to make a sale. More on that here. There are countless stories and feedback from brides to be ending up with something entirely not suitable, something they don’t even like, and the worst part is their confidence getting a knock because of the experience. If you’re a strong minded and confident woman reading this thinking.. nah that won’t happen to me.. think again. People have parted with hundreds – nonrefundable hundreds – in bridal stores. The fact is some – and I do say just some – are geared and structured to create a panic buy situation.  You will hear things like.

The fabric is going out of stock

Oh, that one is being discontinued next week

In some cases, it might be true, but in a lot of cases it’s to create a shortage of supply in your mind making you want to buy it right there and then, so you don’t miss out. FOMO at its best and its most expensive. Its basic business of supply and demand. If someone thinks there is little supply of something human nature makes us want it more. So, a very long-winded way of saying listen to your own thoughts and your gut feeling. If it’s a dress that you adore but you’re not ready to make a decision my best advice is don’t buy it or put down a deposit unlesss you’re sure.  

In this particular blog post I’m going to cover the fuller bust, the blessed, the cursed, the big boobed. Whatever you like to call it because everyone’s perspective is different. In my experience those that have it don’t want it and those that don’t.. do. Everyone is different.

What wedding dress will suit me?

When it comes to wedding dress shopping with a fuller bust what you want and what you need are options. Research the stores before you book an appointment to see if any of their dresses can be altered/tweaked to accommodate wearing a full bra if you want to wear one. Also ask for a rough estimate of the cost of tweaking a design as you might find the cost of that can push your budget over its limits. If most of their styles are backless boho type dresses and cannot be tweaked I would argue don’t waste your time. 

Once you have a store than can accommodate specific requests you are definitely on to a winner. You find a dress and completely fall in love with it.. colour, style, fabric and cut and if it can be tweaked for you and your body and within budget then that’s the ultimate dream.

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Taking The Plunge!

In general terms along a fuller bust area what we need to do is soften the area from an aesthetic point of view. Adding a change in the fabric cut, direction or adding embellishments directs the eyeline to that area and again can ‘break’ the fabric. Normally this change will be structured in a v-shape to elongate the torso. Even the most subtle of sweetheart neckline can have a big impact. This next part may seem counter intuitive entirely but don’t rule out a dress with a plunge neck line covered in by illusion fabric. This plunge effect can elongate the torso perfectly and that’s what we are trying to do. A plunging neckline with a fuller bust gives the illusion of length along a vertical plane. We can chat through more options for you during your bridal appointment in our Dublin Studio. x


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