Saturday, October 18, 2008

Glamour's I dos and don'ts of wedding style

Smart fashion tips and help for brides to make the most of their big day!

Just in time for the summer wedding season, Glamour magazine and The Style Network have teamed up for a new TV special about the I Dos and I Don’ts of wedding style. They've tapped some of fashion’s top experts — like Bobbie Thomas, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang — for their advice on how to look one’s best on the big day:

Look 1: Off-the-Rack Dress Bride

DON’T spend the down payment for your home on a wedding dress.
DON’T fret if you want your wedding to happen right away and you don’t have the 5 to 10 months it takes to wait for a designer dress to be special ordered.

DO buy a dress off the rack from stores like J Crew, H&M and Target. The trick is to find a dress that is timeless as well as flattering. The J Crew dress on Hana is available for shipment as quickly as you could order one of their bikinis and costs less than a designer gown. J also offers the services of their Special Occasion Coordinators who are on hand to help brides with planning, ordering, altering and anything else they may need for the big day.

Look 2: Mix and Match Bridal Party

DON’T obey the old rule that bridesmaid gowns must always match! There are very few dresses that flatter all body types and your bridesmaids will thank you for taking their sizes and shapes into consideration.

DO find dresses that you and your bridesmaids can love for a modern, updated look. Choose a color or print that you love and let your bridesmaids pick the style of their own dresses. These dresses from Thread have the same materials but come in styles to flatter different shapes. You can also vary the lengths on the dresses and mix solids and prints.

DO make sure your groom fits in with the rest of the bridal party. If your look is more casual, you don’t want him to look overdressed. A modern suit in a summery color looks perfect with an old fashioned detail like striped suspenders. The result is both whimsical and sharp and the pink in the tie highlights the flowers on April’s dress.

Look 3: Dream Dress Bride

DON’T pick a dress that’s so trendy that in 30 years everyone will know the exact season you were married. If you’re wondering whether those enormous puff sleeves or that glittered bodice might not be as in-fashion a few years down the road, you’re probably right.

DO find an “of the moment” It dress that is timeless and classic. This dress by Monique Lhuillier is the type of dress every woman dreams of getting married in. The look is incredibly modern but the texture is soft and romantic. A voluminous skirt is offset by a form-fitting bodice, which really emphasizes your curves. Ultimately, the most important thing is that you feel beautiful in your dress – and it would be near-impossible to feel anything but great in a dress this fabulous.

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