Image sourced from www.weddingideasmag.com You have been waiting patiently for this news. Joyfully watching from the sidelines, witnessing the love and happiness shared by these two young people as you boast to your friends and other family members about what a fabulous match they make. You have already accepted your child’s partner as one of the family, doting on them when they come over for dinner and letting your thoughts run away to future Christmases and birthday gatherings with you all there together, and with a few gorgeous family additions!! You’re a Mum and you can’t help but wish the best for your child’s future.
And now the announcement is made. They are engaged and you are over the moon as thoughts turn to helping plan this momentous family event. And you also start thinking about what you’ll wear on the wedding day. You are the Mother of the Bride or Groom and you want to impress and look your best but how do you look amazing for this beautiful, emotional event and not overshadow the Bride? A little panic sets in!
We asked personal stylist, Debra Perrett, to provide some hints on how to select a fetching and flattering outfit worthy of the title “Mother of the Bride/Groom”.
Debra's most important tip is to ensure you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. “We all have parts of our body that we don’t like so choosing a flattering outfit is about being in harmony with your own personal style and understanding your body shape and how to highlight your assets and camouflage the bits that concern you”, Debra says. As a good start, Debra suggests following these guidelines:
· if you have a tummy that you want to hide, gowns that fall from the bust or those that are ruched will give you shape. Avoid wear oversized clothing as it will only make you look bigger;
· for those of us who have arms that are carrying extra weight, look for a light weight jacket that will hide the arms and give you confidence;
· if you have a body shape where your shoulders are wider than your hips, avoid anything that is patterned on the top, as it will make your top half look wider, and your body not look balanced. Patterns or horizontal strips should be saved for the bottom of your body;
· if your body shape is like a triangle, larger on the bottom half than the top, go for darker colours on the bottom and patterns on the top, to give the appearance of balancing the body.
· if you have evenly balanced figure, where your shoulders appear to be the same as your hips measurement, then you should try to keep that harmony. What happens on the top, should match the bottom.
· if you are petite or small framed and little curves, layering of garments will help you to gain shape. Define your figure with jackets and belts.
· If you are a larger lady where your hip, tummy, and shoulders are roughly the same measurement, then choice of fabric is paramount. Do not select anything which is too heavy or too light that will cling to your body. Structure is important as baggy clothes will make you look bigger. Add jewellery to attract the eye to your assets. This could be your face or your bust line.
The next most important factor is not too overshine the Bride. Whilst you are the Mother of the Bride or Groom, it is the Bride’s day. So it’s important you know what colour the bridal party is wearing. The Mother of the Bride or Groom should select a gown that reflects their own individual style, and suit their own colouring but at the same time, being respectful of the colour the bridal party is wearing. Not all Brides wear white!
Understanding where the wedding is to be held will also help you determine the style of gown you are looking for. For example, a beach wedding will limit your choice of shoes, which will in turn mean that your gown may be shorter, or longer and more casual to hide the flat shoes!
Whatever your choice of outfit, the accessories you choose will change the look. A simple jumpsuit can be made to look more formal by the way you accessorize it. The budget you choose for your outfit will determine your choices, but don’t be fooled. You can build an amazing outfit on a very limited budget - you just need to understand your body shape how to highlight your assets and avoid the costly mistakes where you end up with the outfit in your cupboard that you will never wear again or worse still - with the tag still on it.
Having someone to help you choose an outfit is also a great idea. They can give you the confidence to break out of your comfort zone and choose a different shape, style or colour. But be wary, we all have a friend that we admire, who dresses beautifully and always seems to look good, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to dress someone else! That’s why a personal stylist like Debra, who is trained in dressing different body types and whose keen eye for detail will ensure you define your personal style and shine on the day. Go on, pamper yourself!
Debra Perrett is a trained personal stylist specialising in Mother of the Bride and Groom gown selection.
Contact Debra on: 0403217894