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Q. We're planning a November wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear that'll keep me warm without sacrificing style?
A. Cathy Smyth says: Cathy says: Being cold could show in your photos so consider a dress with sleeves and maybe in a heavier fabric like crepe. If sleeves aren't your thing then ramp up the accessories. For the rockier bride you could opt for a leather jacket, the more rustic wedding could lend itself to a denim version or get your groom to be a gent and give you his jacket!
Traditional brides could opt for a faux fur wrap; bolero, shawl or pashmina and snuggly capes are very on-trend for 2020.
If it's your dream to be outside a lot on your day keep your hands warm with a muff or pair of gloves and the last thing to think about is underwear. You can keep yourself toasty warm with some thermal undies – not the most sexy but worth it to keep you comfortable.
The perfect dress
Q. I'd love a princess dress but I'm really short and I'm worried I'll be swamped. What style should I steer toward to suit my tiny frame?
A. Cathy Smyth says: Finding the perfect gown for your body type can sometimes be a daunting task. If you have a petite frame it's best to find a gown that elongates your figure and a flattering A-line would be a good option. You will still get that princess look but without the excess layers. A fullon ball gown with lots of detail could drown you and can make you appear shorter than you really are.
By choosing a clean, fairly simple A-line dress you won't go far wrong. Being smaller it's always good to make sure the dress is balanced. You might need a shorter body and definitely a shorter length, so maybe go with a designer that'll accommodate this and do a made-to-measure service.
Q. I'm not sure what style of dress to choose for our August nuptials. What styles and fabrics should I consider that'll keep me cool if it's a warm day?
A. Cathy Smyth says: A summer wedding opens up so many options for the perfect dress. Floaty chiffon, lightweight tulle, beautiful lace or a soft A-line gown will keep you cool and comfortable. An open back's ideal but if you want to cover up, a light illusion back with some delicate detail is the answer – it's still sexy but covered. If you're looking for a fitted dress, you can opt for the more relaxed design with a statement soft tulle overskirt. Sleeves can still be on the wish list too in a lightweight fabric or opt for the more boho look with crochet.
Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding with a relaxed vibe. What sort of dress should I opt for that will give me the boho look?
A. Sam Newby-Ricci says: If you're planning a relaxed wedding that breaks with tradition you're definitely a boho bride. You won't be wearing ivory satin shoes with a kitten heel or a tiara. When it comes to the dress, think crochet, statement lace and possibly tassels. Skirts can be flowing in soft chiffon but if you're thinking of a fitted gown, opt for relaxed with cheeky splits in the skirt. Illusion or barely-there-backs are popular and plunging necklines with embroidery appliqués complement outdoor nuptials. Willowby by Watters nails this look. Always fashion-forward and affordable, this is the go-to designer for me when looking for a relaxed vibe.
Believe in fairytales
Q. I'd love a floaty whimsical dress. Which designers and collections would be best for me to consider?
A. Sam Newby-Ricci says: For this look, Heritage Brides really is the boutique for you. With designers such as Willowby by Watters, Ti Adora and Wilderly Bride on the rails, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Willowby's led the way with its alternative style – mostly unstructured dresses with bold statement laces and an array of tones including rainbow shades in the latest collection. Ti Adora has a more dainty approach with lighter laces and more subtle differences such as choppy soft skirts on appliqued bodices and capes. Wilderly Bride is the new kid on the block and is from bridal giants Allure. With cotton crochets, rope and tassel ties in soft colours and a range of low backs, this is a great option for a fashionforward bride.
Q. We're planning a New Year wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear to keep me warm but won't sacrifice style?
A. Cathy Smyth says: There are many ways that a bride can keep the chills at bay. The most obvious is to have sleeves, as this will give an extra layer. An off-the-shoulder dress with long sleeves is on-trend and a very sophisticated look.
Layering up is another option especially if you have an A-line skirt or ball gown. You can add some additional warmth from tights or even thermal leggings! Wearing a cape or faux fur shrug is a good way to enhance the winter look and keep you cosy and warm while outside – it'll also make for some stunning photos. A soft pashmina is another easy option. You can carry these through to your bridesmaids in a colour to match their dress and your theme.
Boots can be stylish for bridal footwear and can be practical too, especially if there's snow on the ground or if it rains.
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