The day you’ve always dreamed of has finally come: it’s time to choose a wedding dress! If you’re like many hopeless romantics, you’ve probably had this idea on your mind for years. But shopping for a dream dress may not be as easy as you imagined it to be. While figuring out the right silhouette is most important (and a good starting point), it’s the little details in a dress that make each dress unique to yours.

If you are unsure of how to choose the right details in a dress, take a short break and think about your personality. A bubbly, exuberant personality may call for additional crinolines and pearls, while a calm or conservative person tends to go for something simpler and more elegant.

There are five easy ways to make any dress your own without compromising the integrity of the original design. You are the bride so no matter what, all eyes will be on you.

Cutout

Depending on the structure of the dress, it can be as easy as one, two, three to adjust the cleavage. For example, from a straight neckline to a sweetheart.

Pearls

We all have a vision when choosing our wedding dress, but it’s the little details like pearls that bring those visions to life. When it comes to pearls, they either fall under the “more is more” or “less is more” category.

For a bride looking for a simple design (either with no pearls or with very minimal pearls), adding a pearl belt will add just enough pizza. Let the top of the dress be the star or choose a satin dress with no lace for a gorgeous, minimal aesthetic.

sleeve

I always had a vision on my mind of a wedding dress with beautiful lace sleeves, and ironically, I went for a strapless wedding dress. But that’s often how it goes – we fall in love with a style that is completely different from the one we imagined when we hit the boutiques. The best thing about a strapless dress is that the options are endless.

For a fall or winter wedding, or a humble bride, add a long or three-quarter sleeve. You can opt for minimal coverage with sexy lace or optimal coverage with thicker satin and shoulder pads. For a spring or summer wedding, try one of the following:

  • Halters are great for showcasing shoulders and suit a small or full chest, while strapless dresses for ladies with hourglass curves are beautiful.
  • Spaghetti straps are great for replacing imitation straps as they offer minimal coverage while also providing support so you don’t have to worry about pulling your dress up.
  • A cap sleeve is nice on any body type, but offers just enough armpit protection to make you feel most comfortable on your big day.
  • Off-the-shoulder is generally flattering. Depending on how it falls, the sleeve can be very subtle and add an elegant and feminine touch.

Keys

When imagining a traditional wedding dress, you can think of buttons flowing from the top of the dress to the train, creating exceptional detail and practicality for a hustle and bustle. Keeping your dress busy will allow you to move around easily after your ceremony and not have to worry about someone stepping on your dress.

Buttons can add an exquisite design and are easy to add when outlining a zipper. If you’re not a fan of the buttons that are attached to your dress, you can easily replace them with a different style too.

crinoline

Think of crinoline as the base of your dress. Crinoline is a clothing lining that can be removed or added to give a dress the exact fullness you want to achieve. You can fall in love with a dress and then think to yourself, “The skirt is too much ball gown for me.” Crinoline can be added a little at a time to achieve the desired stiffness or to highlight the skirt of your dress. In other cases, it’s just as easy to peel off that extra layer for a slinky, bodycon dress.

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