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Modest Wedding Dress

Jul 30, 2008
Shopping for a modest wedding dress can be entirely more difficult than it needs to be if you don't have a plan for what you are looking for. Gowns that are barely a slip or defying gravity with a strapless fit may not be a comfortable selection for you. You should also be sure to understand that modest and traditional do not have to necessarily mean the same thing. Most of all, it is your day to shine and you should purchase something that reflects this.

Choosing the Right Cut

Finding the right cut for a modest wedding dress begins with knowing what the most flattering style will be for you. Try looking for A-line dresses or empress waist gowns. These styles are very forgiving and are available from many top designers. Letting a sales person know you want an A-line or empress waist will help with your selection of a modest wedding dress. The cut of an A-line is often fitted on top with the skirt flowing out towards the sides at the waist, to form the shape of an 'A'. The fit of an empress waist is banded just below the bust line and is usually not form fitting at all.

Finding the Right Sleeves

With strapless gowns dominating magazine covers, you may think your chances of finding a modest wedding dress are slim. You may want to think about other options like cap sleeves, off the shoulder or short sleeves. Long sleeves may even be appropriate depending on the season of your ceremony. If you happen to find a strapless gown that you adore, you can check with the sales person to see if it can be altered to be something more comfortable for you. This is often much easier to do than creating a strapless gown from one with sleeves believe it or not.

Picking the Right Color

If you are looking for a modest wedding gown, it does not have to be white. If you are searching for a modest look in the first place you probably are not looking at anything extreme such as black, red or hot pink. Choosing an eggshell, pale pink or ivory gown are options that you may want to consider when choosing a modest wedding dress.

Options When Nothing Fits Right

When you are exhausted from shopping and you still don't have a perfect modest wedding dress, you still have some available options. If you have a good seamstress or the salon you are working with has one on staff, you will find they can work magic for a neckline that is too low. Something as simple as gathered tulle sewn across the top of the bodice can change the feel of a dress without affecting the style.

A comfortable, modest wedding dress is one of the most important thing s on your wedding day. You should keep in mind your style preference that is still elegant without being revealing or feeling inappropriate. While you may have to look a little harder than the brides on the front of the magazine, the end result will be well worth it.
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