After “I Will”: Advice for Discovering Your Dream Dress

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Determining the next steps for planning a ceremony can feel like a real whirlwind, especially if you’re still adrift on the bliss of engagement. Between the venue, the guest list, and most daunting of all,  the dresswhere’s a gal to go from here?

Your friends at ModCloth have compiled some essential tips for tackling the fashion aspect of your upcoming nuptials, so breathe easily, because help is right before your eyes!

Firstly, Find Your Feel

Just consider your personal style! Are you more of a free-spirited boho babe, a retro vixen, or a mashup fashionista? No matter your preferred ensemble perspective, your dress should reflect you above all else.

Following some self-reflection, start creating an inspiration board based on the vibe you’ve nailed down. Cork boards are a-okay, but for the simplicity of sharing your vision with family and wedding party peeps, Pinterest is excellent. Color schemes and decorations easily come to life through these means, just don’t forget to include shoes and accessories, too!

Second Comes Silhouette Selection

Follow this handy guide to help decide what shape suits your style best:

A-line: A timeless cut that’s flattering to all shapes and sizes, the A-line excels at defining your waistline, and has an elegant feel without falling into poofy princess territory. A full-cut skirt can vary in volume depending on the fabric.

Frock Fact: Chiffon will fall straighter than satin or tulle fabric, even if the skirt is just as full!

Pictured: A Gliding Light Maxi Dress in Ivory, Celebrating Innovation Maxi Dress, Aisle and Beyond Maxi Dress in White, Make Some Poise Maxi Dress in Ivory

Sheath: An exceptional option for a sultry, movie starlet look, the sheath cut is figure-highlighting choice, often times crafted from slinky fabric to glide over the body with a little extra room at the hemline.

Pictured: Graceful Grandeur Maxi Dress in Ivory, Memorable Matrimony Maxi Dress in Ivory, Magnificent Mrs. Maxi Dress in White, Grand Staircase Entry Maxi Dress in Ivory

Ball Gown: The voluminous cousin of the A-line dress, the ball gown typically arrives with a tulle underskirt for dramatic shape. It’s best for showcasing your bust and waistline, as this cut is often topped with tight or fitted bodices!

Pictured: Sophisticated Ceremony Maxi Dress in White,  Heiress of Them All Maxi Dress, A Glimmer of Elope Maxi Dress in WhiteAllure I’ve Dreamed of Maxi Dress in White

Short / Tea-Length: Offering a more retro feel, short and tea-length dresses come in an array of varying cuts and shapes, and are excellent options for both casual settings and the bride who loves to show off her shoes.

Frock Fact: The Gilded Grace Dress – a style exclusive to ModCloth – is one of our most-popular wedding dresses of all time!

Pictured: Gilded Grace Dress in Champagne, Every Vow and Again Lace Dress in White, Destination Dreaming Midi Dress in Ivory, A Love Above the Rest Fit and Flare Dress in White

Finally, For Good Measure

Ordering a bridal gown online may seem like a natural choice for tech-forward fashionistas, but for others, it’s simply a head-scratcher. Here’s some guidance for finding the dress of your dreams from the serenity of your screen:

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  •  Sizing is everything.
  • It’s a common misconception that bust size = band size. Instead, this is the measurement around the fullest point of the bust.
  • Be sure not to measure your waist too low! Waistline measurements should be taken from the smallest part of your torso, usually a touch above the navel.
  • For full-skirted dresses (A-line, ball gowns), hip measurements matter less. The focus for this silhouette should be the bust and waist.
  • For sheaths and other straight cuts, all measurements should be taken and considered carefully.
  • Always buy according to your largest relevant measurement. If your bust is around a size 4, but your waist is an 8, go with the 8!
    • You can always have other areas taken in locally by a talented seamstress for the perfect custom fit.

+Hopefully these tips and tidbits have you feeling more organized (and even more excited) about your approaching celebration! As always, if you have questions or curiosities about the wonderful world of online wedding shopping, our ModStylists are happy to help. Reach out today

About Savannah

If something's happening on stage, you can probably find Savannah there, from house shows and dramatic theater productions to faraway metal gigs and full-on festivals. Otherwise, she spends her days elbows-deep in carb-heavy meals, rattling about years spent overseas, and testing the creative limits of an all-black wardrobe.

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