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The dress, the dress, the dress

TRENDS change, but not the basics.

It’s the stuff little girls dream of, floating down the aisle enveloped by love and looking radiant.

But the agonising decision of what to wear is enough to make most brides break out in hives and inspire fits of tears.

Every few years wedding trends change, but the basics remain the same.

What is most important is that you choose a dress that you like.

It should suit your figure and your personality.

Basically it’s your wedding – wear what you like.

If you can’t find what you like, design it yourself and have it made.

Here we identify various dress shapes:

Mermaid: If you want to show off your curves, this style is the one for you. It hugs the waist, hips and thighs, while the bottom flares out like a mermaid’s tail, hence the name. It’s a little bit 80s, a little Daryl Hannah, but some people can really rock that look.

A-Line: The A-line is also called the princess and consists of vertical panels running from the shoulders to the skirt. It has a fitted body and waist and a flared-out skirt, a flattering cut and great if you’re looking for a slimming shape.

Sheath: The simplest of styles, the sheath uses straight lines and is fitted from shoulders to ankles. It’s best for tall or slim brides who want to show off their slender figures.

Ball Gown:The traditional choice consists of a floor-length skirt and corset bodice. Great for hiding larger hips and best for brides with a slim waistline.

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Up to your neck in ideas?

These neckline options might make your decisions easier:

Halterneck: Emphasising the shoulders, the halterneck usually has a low-cut back and is best for brides who don’t need to wear a bra.

Bateau or boat-neck: This elegant option is perfect for older brides and has a wide-neck shape that follows the collarbone to the edge of the shoulders.

Scoop: This popular neckline can be worn by any bride and has a U-shaped neckline that is rounded above the breast and similarly on the back of the dress.

Jewel: A high neckline forming a round cut at the bottom of the throat and de-emphasises the upper chest.

Spaghetti Strap: A straight or slightly curved line running across the chest that is connected to two thin straps.

Queen Anne: Show off your cleavage in an elegant way with this open heart-shaped front and a high back neckline.