You’ve Chosen Your Dress, Now It’s Time To Choose Theirs!

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You’ve spent hours choosing your dress, you’ve probably tried on many different gowns, but you’ve finally found it! The one, the dress for your dream wedding day. Now that you have your dress, it is time to pick out dresses for your bridesmaids. These days, many brides are opting to allow their bridesmaids to choose their own dresses – which can be great, as each bridesmaid can get a different dress that they feel comfortable in. However, this may not always be the way to go, especially if you have a very specific colour scheme or style in mind. I have some helpful hints on how to choose the right dress for your bridesmaids to make your job a little bit easier.

 

Listen, Listen, Listen

Yes, we know it’s your day. And it really should revolve around you, but when it comes to your bridesmaids wearing a dress in front of potentially hundreds of people, I am sure you want them to look and feel good! We all have different insecurities about our bodies, and it’s very important to listen to what your bridesmaids say about what they feel comfortable wearing. Not to mention, an ill-fitting gown can become quite apparent in the photos.

 

Choosing the Right Dress For Your Ladies

When I was planning my wedding, I had a pretty strong idea of what I wanted my ladies to wear. I know they had some thoughts as well, and with a combined effort, I was able to pick out dresses that suited them, but also suited my wedding and vision. What it really came down to was seeing what looked good on different shapes, which features to accentuate, and learning what each of the girls felt comfortable wearing. Here’s a quick little guide to reference when you’re picking out dresses.

If you take your bridesmaids measurements, you can begin to determine what will look best. Start by measuring around each person’s hips, waist, and shoulders, and you’ll quickly see what will work best.

If your bridesmaid has:

    • Hips that are several inches larger (or more) than her shoulders and waist: look for a dress that flares out from the waist. This shape is often called a fit and flare, or an A-Line dress, and is a universally flattering shape. If you choose a boat or a sweetheart neckline, a strapless dress, or one with small cap or puff sleeves, this will even out her shape and create a more proportional form .Something like this lovely lace dress would work well! 
    • Shoulders that are several inches larger than her hips and waist: keep your eye out for dresses that are A-line shaped, or something with body on the bottom half of the dress – ruffles, flare, or fullness of any kind. Boat necklines and wide shoulder straps will make her shoulders look smaller, and add a belt if you can for waist definition. This printed wrap dress, or this A-Line dress would be great for a lady with larger shoulders. 
    • Shoulders, waist and hip measurements that are all within a few inches of each other: look for a dress that has a clearly defined waistline, like… you guessed it – an A-Line dress! Or, add a belt to a fitted dress to draw in the waist. Almost any neckline will do for this lady – sweetheart, boat, v-neck or scoop will do well. Another great idea for this lady would be a dress with a wrap top to create curves. This stunning column dress would be amazing with a black ribbon around the waist! 
    • A waistline that measures larger than her hips and shoulders: look for dresses that create curves, with volume at the shoulder or on the bottom. A wrap dress with a flared skirt would be great, and anything a-line would be great. Again, adding waist definition with a belt or a clear waistline would be great, and an empire waistline would work well for this body shape as well. Necklines that work would be square, sweetheart, or v-neck. This gorgeous printed wrap dress would be fabulous on a lady with this shape. 
    • Shoulders and hip that are similar measurements, but a small waist: she won’t really need a ton of waist defining elements, but it never hurts! A sheath dress, empire waist, a-line, or wrap dress would be great for her shape. Look for something that is similar proportions throughout the dress, such as wider necklines with a flare or ruffled  skirt. This jade dress would be stunning on a woman with this figure! 

 

Look Around

Lastly, I must say it is important to look around for your bridesmaid dresses. Bridal shops can only offer so much, and don’t be afraid to get dresses from a website online, or even your favourite local boutique. Be bold and think outside of the box and allow your ladies to wear different prints, colours and shapes to create more colour and variety in your wedding party. Get the guys pocket squares to match the bridesmaid’s dresses, or even let your ladies wear a classy top and skirt. The potential to create an even more unique wedding doesn’t end at the décor – let it flow into your wedding party as well!
It’s also important to keep in mind how these dresses will all look together in your wedding photos. Often different prints, tones, or colours will liven up your photos, and create more unique portraits. Feel free to consult with your wedding photographer on what they think might look great in your photos – and happy hunting for their dresses!

Mastering the Boudoir Booty

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You’ve taken the plunge and booked a boudoir photoshoot. You’re excited and your head is filled with fantasies of your pictures looking somewhere between Playboy and Victoria’s Secret cover models. You envision your hair blowing in the wind with your body loosely draped in flowing chiffon, your skin glowing, your eyebrows on point and the battle is strong between your come-get-me lips and your too-hot-to-handle eyes. Somewhere during your fantasies of being on the cover of a hot romance novel, reality dawns on you – someone is going to see your bum! Panic sets in, you make an appointment with a squat doctor in hopes of whipping your tush into action, but how can you possibly get your bum from flap jacks to a shapely behind in just a few weeks? Relax! With a few simple tips you can rest easy about your booty on the day of your photoshoot.

Tip 1: Exfoliate

Dry scaly skin is never attractive. Your photographer can only do so much with retouching skin textures before you start looking inhuman, so scrub those dead skin cells the day before or the day of your photoshoot. Don’t cheap out and use your face exfoliating scrub just because it’s already in your bathroom cupboard. Splurge and get an exfoliating scrub that is designed for your body to ensure a soft rump. Many spas and salons will also offer a scrub treatment where they exfoliate you while you lay down and relax. I only recommend this spa treatment if you have no issues with being touched.

Tip 2: Moisturize

Maybe it goes without saying that you should moisturize your skin, especially after you exfoliate, but avoid lotions that are greasy or leave residue. I recommend moisturizing at least an hour before you head to the studio to avoid leaving lotion stains on the chairs and satin sheets. Talk to your photographer about using moisturizers with a high sheen. If you have a favorite lotion that is designed to make your legs shimmer, informing your photographer will help her adjust her lighting to avoid hot spots or glare on your legs in the photos.

Tip 3: Avoid Tan Lines

Tan lines are very difficult to remove in post processing, some photographers will even refuse to attempt to retouch tan lines – so it’s best to avoid them. If you plan to tan or a spray tan before your photoshoot try and avoid undies to eliminate the dreaded tan line on your rear. Makeup can sometimes help even out a tan line. Most photographers, like myself, offer a professional makeup artist with boudoir sessions, so ask your makeup artist to try and soften the lines with makeup. At All Things Pink Photography we use airbrush makeup which helps. Makeup can also be applied to your rump to minimize the appearance of bruises, pimples, and stretch marks.

Tip 4: Make Friends With Your Photographer

A good photographer has all the tools she needs to ensure your booty looks its best. Lighting techniques can sculpt a tush to appear larger or smaller so it’s important to let your photographer know how you would like your rump to be showcased. Posing can also alter the look of your rump. Arch your lower back if you want your rump to appear fuller. Remember, the closest body parts to the camera will look larger, so if you want a smaller rump push your tush or hips away from the lens.

Finally retouching is another tool in your photographers belt to help your rump. Don’t worry about bruises, cellulite, stretch marks, scars, or pimples; your photographer can zap those away. It’s important to communicate to your photographer what concerns you have so she can help you achieve the look you want. We want you to look your best and love your photographs so anything we can do to help, we do it!

Tip 5: Relax! Love Your Booty

If you’re tense and self conscious of your booty, it will show in your pictures, especially since we tend to ‘clench’ when we’re tense. Relax and let your bum be its beautiful self. Don’t worry about how you look, that’s your photographers job. You just need to show up, take direction, and feel beautiful.

 

 

Fall/15 Trend: 1970’s

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This spring we saw an incredible 1970’s influence in the fashion world, especially with bohemian festival wear. This fall we will see a continuance in the 1970’s trend, but a bit more chic and tailored than the summer trend. Think earth-toned outfits of mixed patterns and textures, suede boots and jackets, and chunky statement accessories. There will still be an influx of floral garments, but a contrast of geometric patterns and blunt lines will also be popular.

 

Key Pieces to Invest In

For the fall, these are the pieces you will want to have in your closet:

  • Bell-Bottom Jeans These will be a great casual staple this fall and winter. Get a pair in dark denim to keep it sleek, and faded blue denim for a more relaxed look, or have some fun with earthy-coloured denim. You may have the urge to raid your mother’s closet for these, but there will be many amazing options in store as well!
  • Chunky Platforms – Really any sort of platform will do here, or an alternative would be a stacked, sturdy heel. I suggest a clunky version of the penny-loafer, a knee-high suede boot, or an ankle boot.
  • Long textured jacket Fur is in again! There are so many great faux-fur or vintage fur options. Another textured option would be patchwork, tweed, or suede.
  • Wide-Leg Flared Trouser A wide leg trouser is the perfect piece for just about any woman. They lengthen legs and create a longer silhouette, and are great for the office. Any neutral colour will do here, and a herringbone or tweed weave would perfect these trousers even more.
  • Chunky Accessories – Look for necklaces with big geometric beads, blunt and square handbags, and geometric bangles and earrings will be great accent pieces.

 

How To Style

Styling your fall outfits doesn’t have to be hard, just stick to neutral, earthy tones with statement accessories and you will be fine. It will be easy to go overboard with the ’70’s inspiration, so be sure to pair your outfits with modern garments to keep your style up to date.

Casual – This is the perfect time to break out those faded bell-bottom jeans. Pair with your favourite t-shirt and converse shoes to keep the retro vibe. No need for accessories here!

Office – Pair a wide-leg trouser with a matching vest and a light-coloured flowy blouse. Keep the accessories light, but feel free to pair with those great penny-loafer platforms to keep you looking sleek.

Cold Weather – This is where the amazing duster coat comes in! Pair your jacket with knee-high boots, a suede skirt and turtleneck to keep warm. Don a wide-brimmed felt hat and chunky necklace and you’re good to go.

Going Out – Any sort of retro style micro-mini dress will work here, but bell sleeves will be a great thing to look for in a dress. Stack up those bangles, load on the necklaces, and add in some earrings. Candy-coloured eyeshadow with a bold cat eye and a neutral lip will be the perfect makeup for your evening, and any platform shoe will make an incredible outfit.

 

The 1970’s fall trend is going to be an easy one to style and incredibly fun to wear. Be sure to invest in classic pieces that will last to keep your peace and love lasting through the years. And if you dig the ’70’s as much as I do, book a 1970’s themed photoshoot with your photographer!