Sheath wedding dress style
How are you all doing? Been a long minute. Lol! My technological challenges started up again hence my long absence. I am tackling each issue one at a time, please bear with me.
The title of this post may give you an insight into what you are about to read. Hence the no feature image at the top. I am sure some would be wondering what colour analysis am I about to embark on. Lol! Just keep reading and you will soon find out.
Who remembers Jessica Biel’s wedding dress? For those who may not know, she is Justin Timberlake’s wife. Yay! If you still don’t whom I’m speaking of Google it!
Anyway, when I saw a few photographs of the wedding online, I thought the colour of her wedding dress was a bit off, I assumed the lighting of my laptop was the reason for her dress peculiar colour. However, I later realised that that was the colour of her dress, frost pink!
I did investigations, and I found out that my favourite fashionista and my style inspirationist (lol! New word.) Sarah Jessica Parker(SJP), of “Sex and the City” , had done the same thing when she got married 1997 to Matthew Broderick. She wore a black wedding dress.
Jessica Biel’s reasons, “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.” – source from The Huff Post
Let me bring this topic to home soil. There was an article a while back in Bella Naija on a popular Nollywood actress, Ufoma Ejenobor. When she got married, she wore a metallic silver wedding dress made by Frank Osodi.
This was her reason, ” …Because everybody wears white! Everybody has their unique picture of what they want their wedding dress to be like. I’ve been obsessed with “The King & I” and there was this lovely dress Mrs Anna wore, it was gold and green and I thought that was the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. My dress was made by Frank Osodi. He didn’t think the mix of gold and green would go well so he asked me to choose any colour and he would mix it with white. Because I wanted to run away from white, I thought of a colour that would contrast with white so we came up with metallic silver.” – from Bella Naija. CLICK HERE for full interview.
As you know I am a huge fan of colours, and in my own opinion wearing a coloured wedding dress is a ver bold, brave and exciting thing to do. If you are the non traditional type and you have the liver to pulling it off, take a cue from Nike and “just do it”! It is different, it is unique, and it says a lot about your individuality. Afterall, it’s all about involving your personal style into your wedding and creating fun memories for your wedding.
Last year I did a post on “What’s your Style” (click here) where I quoted John Fairchild. He said, ” style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma”.
BRIEF HISTORY ON WEDDING DRESSES
Wedding dresses have traditionally been based on the popular styles of the day. For example, in the 1920s, wedding dresses were typically short in the front with a longer train in the back and were worn with cloche-style wedding veils. This tendency to follow current fashions continued until the late 1940s, when it became popular to revert to long, full-skirted designs reminiscent of the Victorian era. Although there has always been a style that dominates the bridal market for a time, and then shifts with the changes in fashion, a growing number of modern brides are not choosing to follow these trends. This is due in large part to non-traditional and non-first-time weddings, and women who are marrying later in life.Today, Western wedding dresses are usually white though “wedding white” includes shades such as eggshell, ecru and ivory. Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a white wedding gown in 1559 when she married her first husband, Francis Dauphin of France because it was her favorite color, although white was then the color of mourning for French Queens. The first documented instance of a princess who wore a white wedding gown for a royal wedding ceremony is that of Philippa of England, who wore a tunic with a cloak in white silk bordered with grey squirrel and ermine in 1406. White did not become a popular option until 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Victoria wore a white gown for the event to incorporate some lace she prized. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely published, and many other brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen’s choice.
The tradition continues today in the form of a white wedding, though prior to the Victorian era, a bride was married in any color, black being especially popular in Scandinavia. Later, many people assumed that the color white was intended to symbolize virginity, though this was not the original intention. (It was the color blue that was connected to purity.) The white gown is in fact a symbolic Christening gown. It is a variation of the white surplice worn in the Western Catholic tradition by members of the clergy, church choirs and servers and the gowns worn by girls celebrating their first communion and at their confirmation and also by women making religious vows. Jews have gone to great lengths to follow these Western (Judeo-Christian) customs, whilst adhering to the laws of Tzniut. Today, the white dress is understood merely as the most traditional and popular choice for weddings.
Now, answer me this, do you see an average Nigerian parent agreeing to your choice in wedding dress colour? Lol! I can picture some parents I know ranting, screaming, sobbing and wailing in their native dialect, (please imagine this scenario in your mother tongue it’s funnier), “…this child wants to kill me oooh! You want to make me the laughing stock ehnn!?” , all in despair and aversion over your decision to wear black polka dotted dress for your wedding. ROTL!!
Before you embark on this BRAVE adventure for your wedding, you need to consider the pros and cons of this decision and a solid reason for doing so. This was a latter part of the article I read on Sarah Jessica Parker’s choice of wedding gown.
“SJP chose a non-traditional gown in a stark shade of black. Though her decision was a bid to escape unwanted media attention, the trendsetter now says it’s her biggest regret to date. In fact, if she and Broderick ever renew their wedding vows, Sarah says she’ll most definitely go for white. “I’d wear a proper wedding dress,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “Like I should have worn that day.” “
What to do …
1) you need to speak with a bridal image consultant. Reputable bridal houses have bridal consultants who can help you with choosing the proper tone or colour shade that will match your skin tone and style of your wedding. Not everybody looks good in fuchsia or red or deep purple.
If you are on a tight budget, your wedding planner (if you are using one), could serve as an image consultant or you could ask 3 friends, whom you trust their sense if style. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT ask more than 3 people, if not you are heading for great confusion. Too many mouths, thoughts opinions, ideas, and I feel’s, create confusions and bad decisions.
2) the idea of a second dress for your wedding reception fits in here. If you have already discussed with your parents, and they hadn’t liked the idea of a coloured wedding dress, you can suggest the second change of dress. With this you can go all out with style and colour(s), if it is within your budget. If not….let’s go to step 3.
3) in your white wedding dress you could add a touch of your colour into your dress. It could the colour of your bolero jacket or your sash around your waist that flows down or just a fancy bridal studded belt etc e.g..
In the picture collage, the ombre wedding dress is my personal fav, however not my colour but its lovely. It was designed for Gwen Stefani in 2002 by John Galliano. So, there you have it! Either ways you will still be the trending bride no matter what colour you decide to wear. Here are some celebs who didnt wear white at their own weddings
SOURCES: The Huff Post, Pinterest, Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, Munaluchi. History from http://www.marryjim.com
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Hello my fellow women of beauty!
Last week’s post was the 1st half of That Body…That Dress. This week I bring to you the 2nd half.
I spoke about the 4 basic Body Types and Shapes, which are
- Apple shape or “V” type (inverted triangle/ triangle downward)
- Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
- Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
- Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)
And I spoke about, The Hourglass Body Shape and The Ruler Body Shape. I forgot to mention some top celebrities that have the Hourglass Body Shape and Ruler Body Shape. Hmm…
Please identify which celebrity has either an Hourglass or Ruler Body Shape
a) Nicole Kidman
b) Marilyn Monroe
c) Christina Hendricks (FYI she’s the red head in Mad Men)
**you are allowed to Google their images and scrutinise their body shapes. Lol!
In the 1st part of That Body…That Dress post, a friend asked me privately, about to know your body shape or body type. I told her that there are two ways, which was, by measuring herself or she could do it the way I did, which was to standing backing the light in my full underwear (minus body-magic, spanx, and girdle), and the shadow that was cast upon the wall revealed my body type, which is Ruler. 😀
The Pear/Spoon/Bell/Triangle or the letter “A” Body Type
This is a classic feminine shape, which has a shapely bottom, with a small waist. Meaning, that you are thinner on top with more curves or fullness on the bottom half.
The features of a Pear/ Triangle body shape are where the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement.
NOTE: the bust/shoulders are not proportional to the hips, unlike the Hourglass, where both the bust/shoulders ARE proportional to the hips! So stop deceiving yourself o! Also having a massive bumbum with no hips doesn’t equal to hourglass or pear shape o!
The distribution of fat varies, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat percentage increases, an increasing proportion of body fat is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. The women of this body type tend to have a (relatively) larger rear, robust thighs, and a small bosom.
- A-line and ball gown silhouettes flatter triangle-shaped brides. Select a gown with some sort of detail at the waist to draw the eye to the smallest part of the body. A drop waist styled dress would do just that. Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress by Vera Wang, is a classic example of a drop waist styled dress.
- Try to create a balance for your shape by putting the attention on your upper half. Great options are one shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines.
- Sheath wedding dress styles would be too clingy for your shape
- Mermaid and Trumpet would pull attention on the wrong half of your body, which is attention to your hips.
- Halter/High Necks can cause a disproportionate appearance
The Apple Body Shape or the letter “V” Body Type
An Apple/ Inverted Triangle/ Triangle Downward/ letter “V” shaped woman has broad shoulders as compared to her narrow hips. Her best features are her trim waist and slim killer legs/thighs that make her look sexy, confident and fit. Because the legs of an Apple shaped woman are typically well-sculpted, it is best to show them off.
Apple/Inverted Triangle/ letter “v” shaped women tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. While the abdomen and chest tend look larger compared to the rest of the body.
- Use lower/plunging necklines draw attention upwards. Cowl necks V-neck and sweetheart necklines are great options, it creates an illusion of the shoulders being narrow.
- Elongate your silhouette with a high waistline and a skirt that flows away from the body. Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes are best for this. Full skirts help to balance your shoulders, by focusing on your emphasised waistline
- Consider showing off your legs with knee or tea length dresses. Tea length dresses would be fantastic to show off those sexy legs of yours. Let your dress determine your style to a fab 50’s pin-up modern look
- Sheaths, Mermaid and Trumpet will accentuate the widest part of your frame and flare at the slimmest
- Ball-gowns won’t elongate your silhouette
- Straight Across Strapless necklines won’t accentuate your bust-line
- No ruffles around the neckline!
WARNING: Keep embellishments to a minimum, especially around the neckline. Don’t draw attention away from features such as your slim waist.
In some cases, the Apple body shape and the Orange body shape/ Circle body type have a lot in common. So I will talk very briefly about the orange body shape/ circle body type.
The Orange Body Shape/ Circle Body Type/ Letter “O” Body Shape
The Circle body types, like the Apple body Shape, tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. However, Circle body types have a less defined waistline, unlike that of Apple Body Shape. The Circle Body Types also have slim killer legs and thighs.
For the Circle Body Types, the same rules apply to you, as that of the Apple. Just take notes of the Do’s and Don’ts for the Apple Body Shape.
Which top celebrity went from a Circle Body Type to an Hourglass Body Shape?
So…I don’t want to stretch this post any further. Don’t forget to answer the quizzes.
Have a great weekend!
*Singing* “Please forgive me…,” for being so absent with posts for this blog. 😦
I got wrapped up in things that didn’t concern me. However, I’m back! And better! I’ve got great things lined up for you my darling readers. Oi! Where do I begin…?
A great man of God preached a sermon early this year called, “Start from Where You Are.” That sermon moved my spiritual life. So using the topic as a motivator, I’m starting from where I am!
In my last post, I said I had a real wedding feature to show you, it is ready! I also said I would talk about knowing your body and finding that wedding dress.
Woo-hoo! Let’s Do This!
First, I’d like to mention that the 30th of October was my Birthday. Yayy! So, Happy Birthday to me 🙂 I’d like thank my all readers that sent me emails, asking what’s up with my blog and those that know me personally for sending texts and calling to find out what is going on. I really appreciate the concern. I love you all. :* :*.
Also, I’d like to quickly thank a particular reader, for her suggestion with my last post about, “What’s Your Style”. I do agree with you, it was quite lengthy, and tiring. However, despair not mi fair maiden; I will re-visit the topic and emphasise on each one, piece by piece. I also split this post into 2 lovely parts and a grand finale showcasing of wedding styles are that in vogue for 2013 and 2014 (hopefully).
Getting to Know Your Body
Miss Bride-To-Be, knowing your your body shape or type is a MUST. In fact EVERY WOMAN needs to know her body shape or type. This post isn’t restricted to brides alone o!
As a woman you need to know your body type, that is your body shape, what suits your body figure, what styles compliment your body and in some cases which fabric would help to flatter your frame.
There are various body types, so please don’t feel bad or shamed to know it. For example, my body type is the banana/ruler/rectangle. I will explain on that shortly. Here are some of the generic Body shapes and body types:
- Apple shape or “V” type (triangle downward)
- Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
- Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
- Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)
In the first part of this post, I will talk about the Hourglass, and the Banana body shapes. So, let’s begin with the Hourglass or as we Naija people call it “Figure 8.” (Shina Peters sepe sepe figure 8 just popped into my head). Lol!
The Hourglass Body Shape or the letter “X” Body Type An hourglass body shape can be described as the letter “X” body type which is also known as the facing in triangles, or opposing triangles as shown in the picture above; this is when your shoulders/bust area and your hips are almost equal in width, and you have a well-defined narrow waist.
For this body type it is best to take advantage of your well-proportioned body and defined waistline, by playing up an embellished style in bridal gown design.
Fitted gowns will do wonders to your figure by showing off your curves.
The best way to emphasize your natural beauty with an hourglass body type is to make sure the gown hugs your smaller body parts, meaning your waist.
With this figure, here are styles that will flatter your figure, they include:
A-Line / Trumpet / Ball Gown
- DO NOT wear an Empire Styled dresses. It won’t show off your slim waistline and to die for sexy figure. Always go for bridal designs that would both compliment your figure and provide you with the confidence, and poise of gorgeous appeal, that would allow you to relax, knowing that you look your very best.
WARNING: If you are Ginormous-ly endowed around the hips, and bust regions, don’t go jumping into a Mermaid style dress all in the name of “Fashion”. You have to know what style would suit and compliment your figure that would be pleasing to you and to the eyes that would have to watch you.
The Banana/Straight/Ruler Body Shape or the letter “I” Body Type
The banana body shape can be described as the letter “I” body type which is also known as the rectangular body type as shown in the pictures below.
The Banana/ Straight/ Ruler body shapes can be described as a rectangle, that is if your shoulders and hips are about the same width, and if you do not have a lot of waist definition.
Your waist measurement would be about less than 9 inches smaller than the hips or bust measurement.
Your body fat is distributed predominantly around the abdomen (tell me about it, *rolling ma eyes*), buttocks, chest, and face. This overall fat distribution creates the typical banana/ ruler (straight) shape.
- With a banana/ straight/ ruler body type (like mine, Lol!), you’d need to create the illusion of curves. You can do this by drawing attention upwards, which is from the waist up your torso (strapless, v-neck, one shoulder) or towards the hem for example, Mermaid.
- An empire waist will showcase the smallest part of your torso, aka Maxi Dresses.
- You can also define your waistline with belts, sashes. Beaded details or coloured sash around the natural waistline will create definition.
However, if you still wish to add that dramatic flair in your wedding dress style, you could look for a peplum styled wedding dress. I am a huge fan of peplums, because it hides my non existence hips and creates the false illusion of curves. Here are some wedding dresses in peplum styles:
- Halter and High Necks (aka turtle necks or neck lines that go past your collar bone). This will make shoulders look narrow and as a result will not flatter your waist
- Sheaths dress style will make you look boxy confused fit. Remember, your body type doesn’t have a lot of hips (not bum, hips), and you’d end up looking like figure 1 hehehe!
This brings me to end of Part 1 of, “The Body…the Dress.” Watch out for Part 2 next week 😉 !