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Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Define your Silhouette {part 2)

March 6, 2012

Last week’s Tuesday’s Trendwatch we began talking about defining your gown silhouette.  Hinting that your wedding dress selection experience will be less stressful  if you come into the situation completed prepared as possible.  Doing a little research ahead of time on designers, styles, fabrics and silhouettes that would define your shape and taste.  It’s best to know these terms going into the experience so that you can narrow down your selection as much as possible in the get-go.  Last week, we discussed dress silhouettes – this week, we will touch on neckline silhouettes.

Straight:  Simple and Classic.  This style is a clean line across your chest and is very common on strapless gowns.

Sweetheart:  Common as well on strapless gown where the sweetheart dips in the middle creating slightly rounded lines.  Think of it as cutting out the top of a paper heart.

V-Neck:  Simple and Demure.  A plunge halfway to your naval.  Usually seen with straps or sleeveless but most commonly seen on halter top style.

Scoopneck:  Usually always seen with straps where there are no hard edges – just a gentle round line that is created from shoulder to shoulder.

Boatneck:  High on the chest and cuts across from shoulder to shoulder with a slight dip in the middle.

Portrait:  This style is similar to a scoopneck but the fabric inches closer to your neck at the top and ends in a sweetheart shape at the bust.  This neckline is usually seen with capsleeves.

Gown images: Vera Wang
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Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Bold Printed Honeymoon

February 21, 2012

Bold prints have been seen in many resort collections from top designers. The key is wearing the bold prints with neutral shoes – giving ultimate emphasis to the design itself. Throw a few accessories in with the mix, such as a statement necklace and LARGE shades – and you will look beyond fabulous. These bold prints are the PERFECT time to show off on your exotic honeymoon, beach side, where bold colors are always best. Don’t be afraid to mix and match these prints together. Staying within the same color scheme but with different prints will help you ease into this trend and will make you look very classic and effortless. One of my (ultimate!) favorite sportswear designers that is taking this fashion trend to the next level is Tory Burch. Showing her new resort collection – mixing bold prints seems so easy. From shorts and dresses to swimsuit cover ups – its a timeless way to make a statement but still look so carefree. Keep these looks in mind when packing for your honeymoon – with your new life and new hubby – now is the time to try this new BOLD look.

Images courtesy of:  Tory Burch

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Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Insider Tips from Arzelle’s

February 7, 2012

Wouldn’t we all want to know the insider secrets?  Well ladies, we were able to stumble upon a few… and the best part is that they are directly from one of the most prestigious bridal salons in Nashville.  Arzelle’s features designers that are only found in New York and bring them directly to our Brides here in Nashville.  They have couture gowns in a wide array of prices, fabrics and styles – keeping every bride in mind.  They also carry a fabulous collection of bridesmaids dresses, selections for mother of the bride as well as their very own “Grooms Room” – where your groom will feel right at home in fitting for his Tuxedo.

Arzelle’s has been around the Nashville scene for many years and has a wonderful reputation for being some of the leading industry bridal know-how’s.  Below we have some advise – some VERY well spoken advise – directly from the ladies at Arzelle’s.  It’s always best to get the insider advise directly from the source.  So take note and let it sink in.  You won’t regret it….

Well it’s finally here, Bridal Season! Here are a few expert tips that should be taken by any newly engaged bride. If you have already been a bride, share this with all your engaged friends!

1. Do Your Research – Nine months to a year start collecting photos of dresses. Start noting certain styles of fabrics you like. Try to in vision what you want to look like on your wedding day.

2. Book Your Boutiques – Call a month ahead for Saturday reservations. Allow an hour and half for your appointments. Arzelle’s tip: Make your appointment on the weekdays, it is less crowded!

3. Select Your Style – The date of your wedding and the setting really influence the style of your wedding dress. Example: If you have a beach wedding, you won’t be wearing a silk satin ballgown!

4. Try It On For Size – When trying wedding gowns on wear the appropriate undergarments. If you are planning on wearing Spanx on your wedding day, then wear Spanx when trying on wedding dresses.

5. The Gown – When shopping for your dream wedding dress, bring only two or three relatives or friends with you. Wedding dress shopping can actually be a bad experience if you bring too many people with you. It can be counterproductive when there are too many opinions about the dress. Consider professional help, and ask the consultant to pick a dress that they think would look good on you. While it may be tempting to bring all your bridesmaids and family members, it is much better for the bride and her wedding dress shopping experience.

6. Take The Plunge – Purchase your dress at least six months in advance to allow shipping and adjustments. Our dresses at Arzelle’s only take 14-16 weeks to come in, but you need to allow time for alterations and bridal portraits.

7. Don’t Show Everyone Your Dress! – You want everyone to be stunned when they see you on your wedding day, only let a few close people see your dress before the big day.

Ready, Set, Go!
Happy Bridal Season Everyone!

photo courtesy of Amelia J. Moore

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Tuesday’s Trendwatch – Simple Lines

January 24, 2012

Simple and clean lines can have such a glamorous feel. Giving off an effortless essence that can seem like old Hollywood glam. I am loving what many of the designers are doing with their collections. The designs can seem so simple – but the fabrics seem so rich which can create such an impact on the actual designs. There is so much that you can so with a simple and elegant gown. You can accessorize it with statement jewelry or some magnificant hair piece. Or create your own effortless look at take one of these gowns to your beachside-beachblown hair-barefoot wedding.

I am especially loving what J.Crew has debuted in their latest collection. Gorgeous fabrics anmd details in each dress – giving it each its own perfect touch. Pearlized back buttons closures or boning in the bodice and even detailed draping – each can give off such a glamorous look and feel. I say, throw on a little red lipstick and some fabulous shoes and you are ready to walk down that aisle with ease.

Images – J. Crew Bridal Collection