I loved the “tricks of the trade” that celebrity stylist, Allison Berlin shared with us last week, so I asked her for more expert insight. I love to work with Allison and think of her as part of my beauty S.W.A.T. team! It can take a village to look great and we are here for you.
Along with being recently named one of NYC’s Best Personal Stylists by Page Six Magazine, Allison has been the talent stylist on my favorite show What Not to Wear for over 3 years.Yes, that means she dresses Stacy!
Side Note: WNTW’s hair stylist Nick Arrojo lives in my building and I think he is afraid of me after our initial “meeting” in the elevator. I may have been a little too excited to make his acquaintance!
Wedding Gown Styles De-Mystified…
The elation of an engagement and finally being able to shop for the dress of your dreams is so exciting that brides often become overwhelmed with the reality of having to find The Dress from a sea of different gown styles. Few brides know there is a bit of science involved in choosing the most flattering dress for your body type. Once you discover the right shape, The Dress won’t be far behind. Keep these styles in mind as you research bridal magazines and start the shopping process.
A-Line- The most universally flattering style for most body types but best for pear-shaped and short-waisted brides. This style enhances a narrow waist and flows out in an ‘A’ shape at the hip to create a smooth line and hide imperfections.
Ball Gown- A traditional, formal gown style that is flattering for taller and fuller-figured brides. The emphasis on the narrow waist, and sometimes dropped waist, highlights the smallest part of the body. Ball gowns are also a great choice for busty brides because the fitted waist and full skirt help balance proportions. While many brides want to feel like a Princess on their big day, petite brides should avoid a gown with so much fabric. After all, you want to the focus, not your dress.
Mermaid- This curve-hugging shape is contemporary, glamorous and is even popular with starlets on the Red Carpet. Mermaid, or trumpet, gowns are form fitting through the knee and flare out into a circle. Great for brides with well proportioned curves or those looking to enhance a boyish figure.
Sheath- This higher-waist, straight style is well-suited for tall or petite brides and athletic body types. Sheath gowns are often cut on the bias which will show every curve and bump. Brides may wan to opt for a tailored (thicker fabric) sheath that is more forgiving.
Empire Waist- Becoming popular in the past few years, the empire gown is fitted under the bust and flows into an A-line skirt. This is a trendy style that has a relaxed attitude—perfect for beach and less formal destination weddings.
-Allison Berlin www.stylemadesimple.net