Vera Wang is basically the maestro of wedding dresses. Everyone from Victoria Beckham to SATC’s Charlotte Yorke has picked her to design their big day dresses. She also doesn’t mince her words. When Grazia met Vera she gave all brides-to-be some pertinent advice as to how to pick their wedding dress.
1. ‘When choosing a neckline, a bride should consider her weight, height, bone structure and age,’ says Vera. ‘The smaller the bride, the shorter she will look with a décolleté; the older the bride, the less she should reveal.’
2. ‘An A-line shape is always elongated. Worn full, an A-line can be extravagant without sacrificing slimness, while narrow A-line can be dressy or informal. This versatile shape also minimizes a heavy figure.’
3. ‘A mermaid shape clearly articulates the curves of the body. Ideal for an afternoon or evening wedding. It also suits many body types: elongating on small women and extremely flattering on full body shapes.’
4. ‘Excessive padding in the bust area always looks artificial,’ warns Vera. ‘Beware of fitters who fill in the bodice with extra bust pads to avoid making the necessary alterations.’
5. ‘An enormous gathered skirt always makes a grand and glorious impression. A full gown can create the semblance of a narrow waist or offset an ample bosom. But beware: this silhouette can be overwhelming on a petite bride.’
6. ‘While the allure of a garter belt, sheer stockings and a thong is irresistible for brides, sexy undergarments are hardly the most comfortable foundation for the longest and busiest day of one’s life. Choose a plain, smooth undergarment with minimal frills and maximum support. Even under a white gown, the safest colour to wear is a shade darker than one’s skin tone.’