Just had to share this with you ladies from our friends at Victoria Kay... Finding the perfect neckline to suit you on your wedding day. Illustrations by Benjamin John Ellerby at BJE art.
Every woman has their own characteristic facial features and body shapes, and when it comes to choosing an outfit, it’s the neckline that is likely to make all the difference between a look that flatters your figure and face, and one that accentuates your less-than-perfect parts.
Without a doubt, when choosing the right outfit to flatter the most – to make the look appears taller, slimmer and more stylish – women are required to look for necklines that complement their body frame, wardrobe and lifestyle.
Whether taking the plunge or cover up, V-neck, boat-neck, halter neck or strapless, necklines have the ability to remove pounds, as well as to give an air of sophistication and lend comfort – or do the opposite. You have to factor in your bust size, neck length, height and even face shape. Learn some of these guides to discovering which necklines work for you, and which should be avoided by one specific frame.
Because it gives vertical impression to the outfit, this type of neckline can create a leaner, longer, and taller silhouette. It’s universally flattering and popular for all figures, as it can create a balanced look, not only draws the eye upward to the face but also enhance the neck and elongate the body. Plus, there’s also versatility in a V-neck because you can lower or raise the V with a button-down shirt.
Especially for those who have broad shoulders, thick torsos, or short necks, this neckline is well suggested. But overall, depending on cut of the neckline, whether you are petite, skinny, or plus size, the V-neck flatters almost every body shapes. And for those with a large bust, watch the cut. A very high V can make a large bust look saggy, while a plunging V can be too revealing, while a wide V balances out pear shapes.
Suit for almost every body type and size, but best recommended for:
– Those who have a large bust or like a little cleavage
– Full figured women as it give vertical illusion to the outfit which is good for
– A good bra gives maximum uplift and a great cleavage, which look fabulous with this neckline
– Short neck and broad shoulders as it draws attention to the centre
– Wide, round, and square jaws as it elongates face shape
Also known as princess or bateau neckline, boatneck is great for offsetting wide hips since it softly follows curve of the collarbone and tends to make shoulders visually wider. Generally, these look best on women with long necks and smaller heads because the style can make both look wider. So, pay attention if you have broad shoulders because this can also make your shoulders look even broader.
It enhances chest area so it’s great for ladies with small chest. These look best on hourglass figures, and because it covers the arms elegantly and comfortably, it’s also best suited for women with bulky arms. But if you have a short, thick neck or double chin, be careful with this high necked style, as it will only call attention to these areas.
Best recommended for:
– Average to small busted ladies as it gives the illusion of larger breasts
– Narrow shoulders – particularly if reinforced with small shoulder pads
– Banana (Rectangle) body shape as it balances up the shoulders
– Long face as it cuts the length of the facial structure
– Long neck
– Beautiful collarbone
Because they attract attention to the centre of the body, halters are perfect for women with tall and/or broad shoulders. They cut broad shoulder lines up and also add curves. This shape is incredibly flattering, and also very flexible that can be worn well by almost any kind of body shape, particularly for those with hourglass type. However, for the busted ladies, especially if they also have bulky arms, pay more attention since this neckline also creates the impression of greater volume, making you look wider than you actually are.
Suited for almost every body type and size, but best recommended for:
– Well-toned arms
– Good shoulders
– Average to small busted ladies
Generally, these can be worn by almost every silhouette. This neckline displays the collarbone beautifully and elongates a short or thick neck, but depending on its cut, different body type has different width of scoop. A wide or large scooped neckline on a shirt, for example, tends to flatter women with narrow shoulders since it makes the shoulders appear wider. It also fits better for smaller chests or women with athletic body types
As for bustier ladies or those with broad shoulders, they can do a smaller scoop to disguise their large bust area – unless they want to show much of their cleavage. While large scoop necks create curves, a low scooped neckline can also give the illusion of a longer neck and is flattering to those carrying extra fat under the chin. However, the curvy neckline also highlights a round, full face.
Best recommended for:
– Short neck, long face, or narrow shoulders as it gives the illusions of longer and wider look
– Hourglass shape as it creates a balanced look between upper and lower body part
– Great to create an illusion of large bust.
Just like its name, a sweetheart neckline forms two curves like a type of heart shape at the bust line that rise over the underarms and reach high over the breasts. Since this neckline has a shape to provide considerable coverage to the breasts, this works well in accentuating cleavage and perfect for large busted ladies. A sweetheart neckline gives a lot of room to work with since the shoulders are mostly bare – especially if it’s strapless.
The best thing about this shape, it visually elongates the face and provides proportional balance to the overall silhouette. The shape is quite different from a V neck, although it may somehow appear the same to some people.
Suits for almost everyone, but best recommended for:
– Busted ladies – to accentuate cleavage
– Short chin and neck
– Angular face shape as it balances the contours of the sweetheart
– Petite women with small breasts and narrow shoulders may wear them to show more curves
It’s one of the most favourites among women and is widely used for cocktail party or special occasion. Because it shows great value around neck and arms area, a strapless top tends to be most flattering on women who have wider shoulders and a small bust-line. In some cases, this neckline doesn’t fit all body types. In fact, because it leaves shoulders and arms fully displayed, women with medium or small breasts – preferably thin – take most benefit from this look.
On the other hand, if you are with curves and full chested, it’s actually fine to go bra-less as long as you know how to pull the look off with comfort, confidence and elegance. Go for seamless shaping garments or a strapless bra with great support. Stay clear of clear bra straps and uncomfortable sticky bra pads. Women with petite figure, however, can also invest in this neckline to give longer and taller silhouette. A strapless style also helps to elongate the neck.
Suits for almost every body type and size, but if you are busted lady, just make sure you have good support throughout the day.
This is best recommended for:
– Long Neck
– Well-toned arms
– Good Shoulders
– Medium Bust
Eeekkk!!! My top tips for wedding dress shopping only went and made it to print!! All you need to know about wedding dress shopping to make sure you find “The One”... Happy reading ladies and please feel free to share with any other brides to be!! Local Image magazine, thank you so much!
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Well, ladies, It was finally here! That time of year, again in September... so soon, I hear you ask... Well, yes! It was the one and only, brilliant, Harrogate Bridal Show 2018! And what a fantastic few days it was!
The Harrogate Bridal Show is the UK's largest Bridal Buyer Event! Widely acknowledged as the biggest and by far the most important of all industry events in northern Europe, The Harrogate Bridal Show leads the way- as it has done for over thirty years!
For the next few days, I was going to be choosing our 2019 collection of wedding dresses and bridal accessories in the beautiful spa town of sunny Harrogate!
So, so, so excited I was! Throughout the few days, I posted a few updates via our social media pages, showing our valued followers some tempting delights and tasters of what was in store for our brand new collection... and WOW, was there were some fabulous designs on show!
I was also so much looking forward to catching up with seeing my wonderful friends and suppliers from the best bridal boutiques and businesses from around the country and all over the world for the odd glass of champagne... or two!!
Is this really my job? YES! I Feel so very lucky right now!
I just love my job so much!! I literally could not wait to see the fabulous runway catwalk shows showcasing the stunning new collections from the fantastic designers.
My main priority, unfortunately, was to not get too drunk, but of course to find the new collection especially for YOU! It was the perfect opportunity for me and Celebrating Curves Bridal to discover the latest trends for the gorgeous brides-to-be in 2019...
ABOVE: Starting as we mean to go on with the fabulous people from Eternity Bridal Ltd.
ABOVE: Catwalk ready! Eeeekkk!! Cant wait!!!
Wow, wow WOW!!! FANTASTIC... at LAST...
ABOVE: At last! Plus sized models!! So fabulous to see!!! Thank you Veromia Bridal.
Brand New Suppliers...
ABOVE: Safe to say we’ve been Mary’d!!! Thank you Mary's Bridal UK!
ABOVE: Just going to leave this little beauty here for you to look at ladies!!! So much sparkle!!! Can't wait for this dress to arrive, from Mary's Bridal UK.
ABOVE: When you sign on the dotted line for one of the world biggest bridal brands and you get to meet the designer herself on DAY ONE and she’s so, so, SO nice!!
We are very excited to announce that we are now a stockist for the fabulous Sophia Tolli and have chosen the most stunning collection of dresses for our 2019/2020 brides to be!!! Watch this space ladies, as the order has been placed and they will arrive in January 2019!! So very excited!
Well, think it's time for a rest after all this excitement ladies!
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Just had to share this with you ladies from our friends at Victoria Kay... Finding the perfect shape dress to suit your figure on your very special wedding day.
There are five popular styles of wedding dresses. 'A-Line', 'Column', 'Empire', 'Princess' and 'Fit & Flare'. All are beautiful, but choosing the right one can accentuate your best assets and hide any areas you’re more conscious of, no matter your shape or size...
Named after the shape the dress visually creates, this style is classic and simple. The A-line dress is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground. Its length can range from above the knee to full length that flows into a large train, and it can be made with everything from free-flowing silks to heavier fabrics such as satin. The princess cut version of the A-line dress is more dramatic and emphasizes this style’s clean lines by utilizing vertical panels that run from the neckline to the hem.
Who It Flatters: The A-line dress is a good general option for almost any bride. The full skirt of the A-line can hide a rounder lower body or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame. If your main goal is to slim, the princess style is a great option that elongates lines creating a slimming effect as the eye naturally focuses on the length of the dress.
As you can probably guess from its name, the column dress has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the top to the bottom. This dress, also referred to as a sheath, tends to hug the body and show any and all of your curves. A column dress can be a simple slip dress to a more contoured dress made of heavier fabrics such as damask.
Who It Flatters: Although a column dress style is timeless, it’s typically not as forgiving as other styles and is best suited for lean brides. Petite brides can look taller and longer in a column dress, but there’s not much room for hiding problem areas. Also beware that some column dresses are very tight and may restrict movement on the dance floor!
The empire dress is unique for its raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down. Empire dresses can have varying sleeve lengths ranging from longer bell sleeves to sleeveless, along with different skirt cuts that can flow freely or contour to your body. Additionally, empire dresses are usually made from lighter fabrics, so this style of dress takes on a romantic feel.
Who It Flatters: An empire dress works well on most body types but is specifically flattering for a bride looking to enhance her bust. On the flip side, ladies with large busts also like empire dresses because the traditional square can better cover larger breasts. This dress is also ideal for pear-shaped figures, as it is forgiving of the legs and hips. Because of the room in the stomach area, this is also an ideal dress for pregnant brides.
Princess also known as 'The Ballgown' This is the style of dress that fairy tales are made of. With a fitted bodice and full skirt that can either be one piece or separate, this dress is perfect for big, traditional weddings. You can even pair a princess gown with long gloves and a dramatic train for even more of a “wow” factor. Everything from satin to chiffon is used on top, along with layers of taffeta or tulle on the bottom to create a floating effect.
Who It Flatters: While many brides will look beautiful in a princess gown, the cut is ideal for slender or pear-shaped figures as the full skirt helps to accentuate the waist and hide the lower body. Additionally, this style helps create the hourglass look because it emphasizes the waistline. If you’re shorter, beware that a skirt of this size can overpower a small frame.
Fit and Flare:
Fit and flare is a very figure hugging cut that highlights a woman’s curves. Its silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee, and then flares out to the hem. This dress style comes in various versions from strapless, to halter, or trumpet flare and even flamenco—so the sky is the limit.
Who It Flatters: Because of its body-hugging cut, the mermaid is best worn by brides who are confident and comfortable in their skin. It is flattering on slender, short and tall figures, however, girls who love their curves can rock this dress as well.
Finding Your Perfect Size...
Now that you know all about the different styles of wedding gowns, what about the sizing? Sizing can be a bit tricky as pretty much every wedding dress manufacturer has its own sizing chart. If you find a dress you’re in love with, the first step to finding your perfect fit is to be properly measured with a vinyl measuring tape (cloth tapes can stretch) by a tailor at your bridal store. Once your measurements have been taken, check them against the wedding dress manufacturer’s sizing chart to choose the dress that matches your largest measurements (usually if your dress shop is ordering for you, they’ll take care of this step). Don’t be alarmed if your wedding dress size is different than your everyday non-wedding attire. It is quite common for dress sizes to be at least one or two sizes larger than the size you’re used to wearing.
Well, ladies, Saturday the 19th May was a most important and very special day, in more ways than one! Firstly I would like to of course wish Prince Harry & Ms Meghan Markle an amazing wedding day and happy life together. We really do wish them both all the love in the world.
We were all so excited and would be watching every minute of it on TV.
Secondly, who I watched the fabulous Royal Wedding with were the most in-love couple I know...
My very dear Mum and Dad, who were also celebrating their 62nd Wedding Anniversary on the same day as Harry and Meghan say 'I do'. I really do hope Harry and Meghan have as many perfect years, as my wonderful Mum and Dad have had together.
Watching the TV that morning with my much-loved parents was so exciting...
First Glance of The Dress...
Eeekkk!!! Bateau neckline and sleeves...
Simply stunning!!! Clare Waight Keller was the designer of Meghan's beautiful wedding gown #givenchy #royalwedding #stunning
For those of you ladies that have been to see us recently, you’ll know we’ve been saying it’s all about the bateau - off the shoulder neckline!! Who knew!!! So very simple and stunningly elegant...
Looking for something similar to Meghan's stunning dress ladies? Well, we have our beautiful 'Camille' wedding dress with short or long sleeve options... We love it!!! #simple #elegant #meghanslook #teamcurves
Our Meghan Look-A-Like Dress...
Best Dressed Guests...
Hands down for me today the best-dressed guest @amalclooneyofficial rocked it!! #stunning #elegant #royalweddingguest #yellow #blockcolour #elegant #loveit
My second favourite guest of the day... The stunning Lady Kitty Spencer wearing @dolcegabbana #slayedit #stunning
Pretty in pink the beautiful @serenawilliams rocked her curves in @versace #royalweddingguest #pink #curves #versace #stunning #rockedit
The Second Dress...
So relaxed and happy!!! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they leave for their private reception at Frogmore House...
The bride once again looking stunningly beautiful, wearing a gorgeous silk crepe gown by @stellamccartney and the groom looked very dashing in his evening wear!! Loved every second of the coverage today!! #harry #meghan #windsor #eveningreception
A Little Video of a Truly Gorgeous Day...
Watch the video above to relive the day... As I simply just can’t get enough of this magical sunny spring day... What a truly beautiful wedding! Above are my favourite pictures of the day in the video... Just gorgeous!! Which is your favourite? #royalwedding #harryandmeghan #congratulations #beautiful #natural #smiles #bestdayever
Aw, the first official photos of the happy couple and their bridal party!! Love these relaxed poses!! Nailed it @alexilubomirski #officialphotos #relaxed #lovethem
Well, ladies, if you didn't know already, Celebrating Curves Bridal became a Finalist, yes a FINALIST yet again, but this time in the nominations for the 'I Do Magazine Wedding Awards 2018'.
Eeek!!! The 15th May was the night of the awards, held at the City Hall in Sheffield. I could not believe that we were finalists in the Best Bridalwear category for Yorkshire, we are all SO excited!!
Posh frocks at the ready for the ladies and suited and booted were the chaps...
So on Tuesday night in true glamorous style, my four fabulous friends and I - who have helped me SO much over the last two years and who I truly adore and I couldn’t do it without them, Helen, Benjamin, Dianne and Stephen. Love them all to bits!!!
Yay!!! The night gets off to a great start!! Sitting with the fabulous people from Fairy Tale Wedding Cars and Slaters Menswear and my four fab friends... A delicious three-course evening meal was served and the drinks were flowing very nicely, then the countdown to the awards began…
Well, unfortunately, we didn't win, as we were up against some top respected bridal shops in Yorkshire… But a very good night was had by all!! To be honest it was fantastic just to be nominated.
Oh well..... here’s our sad face - we didn’t win, but what a great night!!!
Just want to take a minute to say a massive thank you to every single person who took the time to vote for Celebrating Curves... Thank you so much to every single bride and groom - it really does mean the world!! We really do have the most amazing brides!!! Now where’s the bar...
We totally understand that shopping for the most important dress of your life can be a nerve-racking and sometimes stressful experience as well as amazingly exciting. So to help settle some of those nerves, we’ve put together this little video slide show, so you know exactly what to expect when you visit us for your appointment. We looking forward to meeting you! If you’ve not booked your 2-hour private appointment yet, contact us now..... it will be fun, we promise!!
So excited and honoured to have the lovely ladies from The Holy Veil feature Celebrating Curves Bridal! Thank you so much ladies...
The Holy Veil via Instagram
BRIDES OF YORKSHIRE: Step into @celebratingcurvesbridal in Sheffield, a bridal boutique for curvaceous women. Renowned for her award winning customer service, Jane is the heart and soul of #celebratingcurves and is flying the flag for fuller figure, plus size brides.
It was after Jane’s own frustrating experience in searching for ‘the one’ that she vowed to make a difference in the bridal industry and opened a boutique where women could come and try on beautiful gowns made to celebrate their bodies.
In a 2 hour private appointment with bubbles and cakes for you and your entourage you will find collections by designers #christinawulove #artcouture #allurebridals #whiterose and #victoriakay who all truly understand the fuller figure bride.
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When you have that proud Momma moment... A big Thank You to Eternity Bridal for sending these fabulous pictures of our very own bride Shelley, modelling at Eternity's very own preview launch last year!! I was so happy to help Shelley fulfil her dream and was SO proud of her!!! FAB-U-LOUS!!! #realbride #modellingjob #livingthedream #proud #bridesbecomefriends #whatanexperience #fabulous #itsmorethanjustadressshop #teamcurves
Well, ladies, this is none bridal related, but a big blast from the past for me that I just had to share with you... A few of you ladies have asked if I’ve always been in the bridal industry? Well, the answer to that question is a simple No! I had a very long and successful career in the travel industry, long before I came into this wonderful wedding industry. I just came across this photograph (below), so thought I’d share! A picture of me in my first ever job... Probably around 1983/84, I think... Wow just look at that perm!!! LOL!!!
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