Bored of the traditional designs and want something different and original for your wedding dress?
This is as good a time as any to go bold as it’s all about experimenting this season.
Brave designs are in. The trends this year in wedding gown designs have all been about questioning the traditional and daring to do something different.
Now we know that not everybody likes the idea of questioning the traditional ways, especially in the name of fashion, which to many is the most superficial aspect of a religious and deeply important ceremony such as a wedding. Why question something as traditional as a wedding gown especially if you are going to hold in it something as supremely traditional as a wedding?
Simply because innovation thrives on questioning things, and the wedding dress is no exception. For example, white is a beautiful color but it was not always the first choice for women to get married in. Consider the following excerpt:
“Royal brides before [Queen] Victoria [of England] did not typically wear white, instead choosing "heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread," with red being a particularly popular color in Western Europe more generally. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and practical colors like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria's wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe elites followed her lead. Because of the limitations of laundering techniques, white dresses provided an opportunity for conspicuous consumption. They were favored primarily as a way to show the world that the bride's family was so wealthy and so firmly part of the leisure class that the bride would choose an elaborate dress that could be ruined by any sort of work or spill.”
It helps to know about the origin of a tradition if you don’t want to feel too bad about experimenting with it. Also, you don’t have to be a queen or a celebrity to do your own thing; you just need a bold head on your shoulders and a deep faith in your own style.
Here are few ideas for you to mix the modern and the traditional for a unique celebration.
They are all the rage this season. Low cuts that expose your wonderful back and work with the lines of your upper body to create a beautiful contrast with the fabric of the gown. Dramatic lacework that is as much a matter of pride as the rest of the gown, and sometimes even prettier than the front owing to its intricate and impressive design. Wear your hair up or gather it across your shoulders to expose the artistic back of your wedding gown.
Choose a pop of color
Wedding gowns are usually all-white, but a pop of color here or there won’t just not ruin the tradition but also give your wedding dress a standalone quality. A strap of lavender around your waist, or a small red and gold border at the hem, are easy ways of incorporating some color in your gown without it looking weird and publically unpalatable.
Say it with accessories
A long black sash cinching your waist is a beautiful addition to a gown. It improves your silhouette, and brings with it not just a different color but also lends an exciting element to the more sedate whiteness of a wedding gown.
If you don’t like the idea of tinkering with your wedding gown, focus on other accessories for experimentation.
For example, shoes. You don’t necessarily need to stick with old white pairs for your wedding ceremony. Go bold and choose different colors and styles. Gold, red, maroon, etc. are fantastic colors. They are regal and individualistic and will lend an unforgettable charm to your ensemble.
Team with matching chunky gold earrings, bracelets, or necklaces.
Experiment with the length
Long flowing gowns are the standard with enthusiastic brides, and it is true that the long train trailing a bride as she walks up the aisle is a sight to behold.
That, however, does not mean that that is the only way to make a grand and memorable entrance.
A short dress with a veil sweeping the floor is equally romantic. In fact, it is more charming as the short length flatters women with beautiful legs, and lends a playful and girly charm to the whole outfit.
Short dresses are especially suited for outdoor weddings in pleasant weather. You may just end up looking at your sexiest best in such a creation, and when done the right way it does not have to be in poor taste or disrespectful to the gravity of the occasion either.
Conclusion: When dressing right on a day-to-day basis is all about knowing your body, playing to your strengths, and expressing yourself, why should a wedding gown be any different? Agreed it marks a special occasion in your life but it need not necessarily be drowned in traditions that do not do anything for you. If you have trouble finding a wedding dress of your choice, opt for a custom dress, where you can direct each and every aspect of it and tailor it perfectly to your liking. There is no dearth of inspiration on the Internet and in designer catalogs, and such a wedding dress need not be expensive either. Whatever you do, be original, and be yourself, especially on your wedding day!