The Complete Wedding Dress Fitting Guide

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The Complete Wedding Dress Fitting Guide

White wedding dresses have not always been the norm for those getting married. In the past, brides wore brightly coloured dresses symbolising happiness and joy. It was not until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Albert Saxe-Coburg in a white dress, that white became the colour of choice for brides. In 1849, ‘Godey’s Lady’s Book’, a popular magazine published in Philadelphia, printed an article that contained this statement, ‘Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material. It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.’ Because Godey’s was considered the go-to source for everything fashionable, white wedding dresses became the epitome of wedding style as well as a statement of the bride’s purity, and are still the preferred colour for most brides today.

An amazing collection of wedding dresses, lacy white corsets, and bridal accessories for the perfect wedding can be found on eBay. This guide describes the best wedding dress styles to accommodate various body shapes and sizes.

Specific Styles of Wedding Dresses

Every woman dreams of getting married in a white wedding dress that is amazingly beautiful and completely original. Her wedding day is the most important day of her life, and because that day is one that is remembered forever, the dress that is chosen for the occasion should be one that creates a breathtaking vision of beauty. To that end, it is important that each bride chooses a style of dress that conforms to her specific body shape. The five most popular styles for wedding dresses are the Princess or A-line, Empire, Sheath, Ball gown, and Mermaid designs.

Princess

The princess style wedding dress is also known as the A-line dress due to the visual effect the draping of the gown creates when worn. This style is elegant and classic whether worn as a floor length or an above the knee gown. A large train can be incorporated into the full length style. Because the dress is made with vertical panels, it tends toward a more dramatic effect, especially when created with flowing silks, but the style also works well for heavier materials such as satin.

No matter what body type the bride has, an A-line or princess style wedding dress flatters and showcases the bride. The line of the dress complements those with a more ample build as it tends to create the appearance of an elongated body, and the A-line skirt is full enough that it can hide those areas the bride may not want to emphasise.

Empire

A style first made popular in the 1800s at the French Court, the empire wedding gown employs a raised waistline that allows the dress to flow over the body gracefully, creating a more whimsical and romantic look. Due to the particular style of empire gowns, lighter fabrics such as silk, organza or voile are the best choices of fabric.

Empire gowns are an especially good choice for those with a desire to enhance their bust, as the gown gathers under the bust before flowing to the hem. A pear-shaped body proportion benefits from this style as well, making the design particularly suited for those with larger hips and legs. The style of the empire gown is ideal for pregnant brides, providing an elegant look that does not bind.

Sheath

The sheath or column wedding dress is tailored to be narrow, allowing fabric to flow unobstructed from the top of the gown to the hem. This style tends to conform to the body, revealing every dip and hollow as well as the well-rounded curve. The style of this dress lends itself well to simple as well as more complex fabrics, making it ideal for any wedding. A beautiful wedding cape complements this style perfectly.

Brides who are lean or petite benefit from most from the sheath dress. It is a more challenging style for those with larger proportions. It should be noted as well that due to the narrow skirt, dancing could be more of a trial for the bride.

Ball Gown

Cinderella wore a ball gown wedding dress at her wedding, and this style makes any bride feel like she is living a fairy tale. The design has a fitted bodice and a full skirt and is considered to be the traditional wedding dress. Fabrics of any type can be used to create a ball gown wedding dress, with layers of tulle beneath to create a fuller, more floating effect to the skirt.

This style of dress is ideal for slender women as well as those with a more pear-shaped figure, as the full skirt is very forgiving for those with that body shape. Shorter brides may want to shy away from this style as it tends to overwhelm a smaller stature.

Mermaid

Mermaid wedding dresses hug the body from the top to the knee and then flare to the hem, creating a sexy and daring look that is whimsically beautiful. The bride can choose spaghetti straps, halter, or she can choose a strapless gown and wear long, white gloves.

Only the very confident woman feels comfortable wearing this style of dress, as it reveals any and all imperfections in a woman’s figure. Tall, slender women generally fare better with this style, but any woman who is happy with her figure and comfortable showing it off can wear this dress.

Determining the Measurements

Once the style of wedding dress has been decided, it is important to carefully measure the bride to ensure the proper fit for comfort and ease of wear. Wedding dresses can vary in sizes from manufacturer to manufacturer, making it an imperative to take exact measurements. Because sizing varies greatly, the bride should attempt to look for a dress in the sizes that she would most often buy from bridal shops. The chart below contains all measurements for the bust, waist, and hips, with corresponding gown sizes. All measurements are in centimetres.

US Size

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16W

18W

20W

22W

24W

26W

Euro. Size

30

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

54

56

UK Size

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

Bust

81

84

86

89

91

95

99

104

109

114

119

124

130

135

Waist

64

66

69

71

73

77

81

86

94

99

104

109

117

122

Hip

86

91

94

97

99

103

106

112

117

122

127

132

137

142

Full Length (Hollow to Hem)

150

150

150

150

152

152

152

155

155

155

155

155

155

155

 Height

160

160

165

165

165

170

170

175

175

175

175

175

175

175

To measure the hollow, one should measure from the hollow of the throat in the centre of the collarbone to the desired hem length. Tea-length styles generally fall in the range of between 114 cm and 121 cm from hollow to hem.

The First Fitting

After style, size and colour have been chosen and the dress has been purchased, fittings are required to ensure that the dress fits like a glove. Minor changes are usually required to alter the dress to the exact proportions of the bride. First fittings are necessary to isolate any issues that need correcting and smooth out any imperfections.

One should take this opportunity to move about in the dress, to determine if it fits well and has no obvious issues that need correcting. Deep breaths should be taken to see if it becomes tight anywhere and one should look for areas that seem too loose or large. These need to be taken in.

The Second Fitting

At this fitting, usually set for a month before the wedding, the bride should bring along anything that is worn on the day of her wedding. This includes the white gloves, shoes, wedding veil, or any jewellery she plans on wearing. It is a good idea to take a camera along to this fitting so that the total effect can be captured and reviewed to identify any issues that need correcting. Any corrections can be made before the final fitting.

The Final Fitting

Consider this fitting to be the dress rehearsal. This fitting is where the bridesmaids and family members are able to view the finished result and let the bride know if anything needs to be changed. This is the last chance to create the dynamic effect every bride seeks.

How to Buy the Perfect Wedding Dress on eBay

To search for wedding dresses in a variety of styles, start on eBay’s homepage. Simply type the keywords that best describes the wedding dress you have envisioned into the search bar at the top of the page. For instance, you can type ‘ball gown wedding dress’, and a selection of dresses matching that description is displayed. You can also search for accessories to add your own personal touches to your wedding dress, so creating a stunning and unforgettable look. Choose shoes that match beautifully with the style of the wedding dress, and a white bolero or a white lace jacket to complete the look. Select romantic jewellry that further beautifies the ensemble.

If you are planning to purchase a specific wedding dress or the perfect wedding shoes, check with the seller first to be sure that they agree to exchange the item, or provide a refund, should you discover that the dress or the shoes do not fit properly. To find information regarding the seller’s refund or exchange policy, you can go to their member profile, click on their contact link, and inquire about these specifics.

Conclusion

eBay has an extensive collection of wedding dresses in a variety of styles and sizes that match even the most discriminating sense of style or romantic frame of mind. A wedding dress is not just an item of clothing that a woman wears on her wedding day, it is the crowning jewel that sets the bride apart and showcases her beauty in a timeless and elegant manner. After all the arrangements have been made, the ideal location selected, and the perfect day created, complete the picture-perfect wedding day with a flawless wedding dress that fits as if it were made for the bride.

The bride is going to be in her dress for several hours on her big day. She should not sacrifice comfort for fashion. Every wedding dress, whether new or preowned, needs to be altered to ensure the perfect fit. Fitting the bride for her wedding dress requires several fittings. This process is very important. The first fitting is for minor to major alterations, with the second and final fittings taking care of those finishing touches. With a breathtaking wedding dress, exquisite jewellery and precisely chosen accessories from eBay, any woman can have the wedding day of her dreams.

 
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