Expert Bridal Trends & Tips

Posted on May 02 2015

We’re in the midst of both wedding season and engagement season. Because we are rather clueless when it comes to the bridal industry, we decided to call in an expert. We sat with Heather Green, co-creator of the Brooklyn-based luxury bridal house, Lakum. We asked Heather for trend advice that spans the size chart as well as fit advice for us plus size brides.

  1. What are some of the bridal trends to take note of this spring and in the coming year?

1920's is a huge inspiration for Lakum, with drop waists being an integral part of our Spring 2016 collection.  We are also seeing and offering dimension within our collection from appliqués  to voluminous skirts to textured fabrics with our rosettes, studs and sequins.  Another fun trend is the color light pink.  You'll see it in our separates, jumpsuits and on belts.  

One of the gorgeous gowns from Lakum 

  1. What tips do you have for curvy women when picking their gown?   

    When it comes to curves, it's all about highlighting and accentuating the bride's favorite part of her figure.  If you feel most confident highlighting your waist, choose a silhouette that nips you in at the natural waist.  V-necks are are a great way to show a little skin and draw attention upwards to beautiful hair and makeup.  If you feel the most confident when covering your hip, you can choose a ball gown.  Flowy is figure flattering for women of all shapes and sizes, so don't be afraid to try on a dress with drape.

                           

    One of our plus size gown favorites, the Marnie Dress, from WToo. We love the illusion neck and back. The natural waist fit is sure to flatter most figures. Also, bridal gowns have major support built in, and more can be added in alterations, so don't think a dress like this isn't an option for busty gals. 








     

    1. Do you have any suggestions for having a successful appointment at bridal salons?

    Before making an appointment at a bridal salon give them a call to make sure they have a samples available in your size range.  Prepare by making a list of which styles you'd like to try, consider bringing pictures. When you go in, you want to have an open mind and remember that this experience is supposed to be fun!  Your sales associate is going to be knowledgeable about the dresses they carry and what has worked in the past for women with a similar body type, so let them help by making suggestions.  Another suggestion is to bring undergarments with you. Most bridal dresses require strapless or low back bras, so its helpful to use these when trying on dresses. Likewise, bringing a pair of Spanx can make sliding into fitted dresses easier; remember, you’re trying a sample, not your actual size.

    1.  What are your favorite fabrics? 

    Silk is our go-to fabric. It's not only beautiful, but natural, so you get breathability and wearability.  We want our brides to feel comfortable and confident on their big day!

    1. What about as a guest, any favorite trends this season?

    Separates are the perfect trend for both the bride and guests! From two piece dresses to crops tops and ornate full skirts, I love them all!

                                        

            Dress with Embellished Crop Top                Separates look from Eloquii

    We picked two plus size separate options. The black two piece look could be a perfect black tie alternative. Strappy sandals, an ornate wrap and sparkly jewelry would complete the look.

    6. What do you think about bridal sizing? (Bridal sizing results in women wearing about 2 sizes up from their regular size)

    Lakum does not follow the traditional bridal size chart.  We believe you should wear your actual size when walking down the aisle. It also makes the shopping process simpler.

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