Some say fashion is just as important as the occasion itself. Never a truer word said when you look at quintessentially English sporting events such as Royal Ascot and Henley Royal Regatta. People like to be seen and play the part; what they wear adds to the fun. There are, however, different expectations at these events.
If your daughter or son is about to be wed, you are no doubt looking forward to the big day full of anticipation and excitement. This can be one of the proudest moments in a mother’s life, so it goes without saying that you want to look your absolute best and get everything right for your family.
The way your dress fits is exactly what makes it so fantastic. This is why dress alterations are so common; to ensure the perfect fit for each individual. We are all unique and that means we are a variety of different shapes and sizes. Whilst dress designers try to cater for this, more often than not, a few tweaks from a seamstress can really make all the difference. Many women also change shape ever so slightly, between the time they purchase their outfit and the day of the event itself. Below we have shared some common types of dress alterations that you might require before the big day.
No matter what your body shape, we can promise that there is the perfect dress waiting for you. With such a variety of different body types out there, we have dresses to cater for them all! So whether you’re pear-shaped, hourglass, broad-shouldered, apple-shaped or straight and lean, whatever your figure… there is a style that will extenuate it, in just the right way.
The peplum is pinching and pleating the waistlines of many dresses. This style is essentially a tier of extra material which frills or drapes over the more simple lines of a skirt or jacket, giving it a feminine edge.
The fashion world has flirted with lace and lace-edged garments throughout history but until fairly recently the decorative fabric has often been hidden in the underwear drawer or confined to white brides’ dresses.
The sash has been cutting a bit of a dash around the waists of men and women throughout history.
The term actually describes a ribbon or a band which hangs either over one shoulder or runs around the waist and really adds a bit of pomp and elegance to your wedding outfit or special occasion dress.
In the fashion world we have been coming to bows as a trimming treat to dresses and hairstyles throughout history.
In fact bows have always been quite fanciful finery. In well-loved fairytales the heroines such as Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland would often be seen with a dainty bow in their hair. They are girly-twirly as well as flouncy and fun.
The bolero jacket, originally a Spanish short coat worn by men, is now firmly established as a cover-up to complete an outfit, as well as an ideal way to keep stylishly warm when there is a nip in the air.
This dainty little cropped coat, which is, if you want the proper definition, actually a short, open jacket which doesn’t reach the waist, has been gracing the female form for well over a century. Back in the 19th century there were a few similar short jackets making their mark, known also as a Zouave or Eton.