Guest Post – Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique

Guest Post 

ELLIE SANDERSON the multi award winning bridal Boutique owner talks about choosing the right dress!

Making the right dress choice.
It’s so important to choose a dress style that makes the most of your figure. Your height and your body shape are the key things that should influence your style of dress. The average British Woman is size 14 and more often than not slightly pear shaped and so when a bride goes shopping for the Dress of her Life it is so very important that she tries on a number of dress shapes until she finds the one that makes her figure look as perfectly in proportioned as possible.
A few golden rules – Choosing the right shape

 

Fishtail bridal dress

 

COLUMN LINE / FISHTAIL
These two styles look terrific on girls that have a figure that is in good proportion all over. They are fairly unforgiving shapes so steer clear if your hips are bigger than your bust size (i.e. 12 bust on 16 hips)

A LINE 
This is probably the most popular dress shape as it’s brilliant on all figure types, fitted bodices are totally flattering on the bust and waist but the A LINE of the skirt falls away over the hips. Repeat after me – A LINE IS MY FRIEND, Trust me they are everyone’s friends. In silk, in Lace and in taffeta we love them.

Bridal dresses

 

BALLGOWN
This shape of gown is great on girls who have slim tops and bigger bottoms; they fit to the waist and have full circular skirts which exaggerate a small waist and hide a problem bottom! Sassi Holford is Queen of the English Ballgown, soft floating silk organza will ensure you float of puff of smoke down the aisle.
A few golden rules – Choosing the right neckline

Wedding dresses

SWEETHEART NECKLINES and SCOOP NECKLINES
These necklines are great on small to medium busts and brilliant on petite girls as it opens up the decolletage making them look taller. All illusion of the eye, they are also so very flattering and terribly feminine.

Bridal Gowns

STRAIGHT NECKLINES
Are perfect for bigger busted girls, without doubt it will help keep your bust contained and prevent you from looking too booby on your big day. They are also great on medium sized busts.

Backless bridal dress
BACKLINES
Backs are the new fronts without question – designers like Claire Pettibone have some incredible dress back detail, no wonder she is tipped to do Jennifer Anistons dress when she finally gets up the aisle !

Shoulder strap bridal dress
SHOULDERS / STRAPS / DETAILS

Shoulders and straps are great on most girls except those with a very broad athletic frame as it can make you look broader. Shoulder straps can also make full busted girls feel more comfortable and supported.

Little jackets can also change the neckline of a dress and hide arms if you feel uncomfortable exposing them, cap sleeves or longer length sleeves are possible for that extra bit of coverage and glamour.
Also think about points of detail on a gown, they will draw people’s attention to that point, girls with a tiny waist and larger bust and hips look amazing with a flower or sparkles at the waist – drawing the eye to the waist and away from the bust and hips.
Girls with a small bust look great in dresses with rushing on the bust and sparkles or flowers to make the bust look bigger and more in proportion.
Petite girls look amazing in dresses with empire lines or sash detail to the waist, making them look taller and longer and pulling the eye to under the bust on the waist.

Once you have chosen your dress there are a few final golden rules.

1. Wear a small heel even if you hate heels, your posture is so much better when you are tilted onto the ball of your foot, if heels are a no go zone, try wedges, trust me you look and feel more glam in a heel.
2. Choose great underwear, most well made dresses have corsets if yours doesn’t buy one. A corset helps you stay in place and look shapely all day, it also helps your posture.
3. And keep your undies nude – white or ivory can show, lots of lace and bows can show. Plain is best and save the fancy glam bits for the honey moon!

Whatever your shape you should make sure you go to a boutique that offers you a one to one consultation. Being told to pick 6 dresses and leaving you with a sea of dresses is not going to help you.
At Ellie Sanderson you will be booked in for a 1 ½ hour consultation with one of my great girls who will guide you through all of the above and help you select the right dresses to try.
You will be styled, spoiled and totally looked after. Finally once you have chosen a dress you will be invited back to a personalised styling appointment with one of our stylist who will help you with shoes, veils and accessories – we are a little bit crazy about the detail and love to make sure your look is perfect from your tiara to your toes!!
We have two shops with some of the UKs top labels like Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford to Suzanne Neville mixed with world famous names like Augusta Jones and Claire Pettibone.

Call us today to book your appointment by visiting our website.
www.elliesanderson.com

How to look your best and be confident!

Image source: White Gold Images

A good haircut that’s manageable at home

A basic make up kit to enhance your natural beauty (foundation/ tinted moisturiser, mascara, lip-gloss/lipstick, blusher)

Wearing colours that suit you (clothing and make up)

Taking good care of your skin, cleansing, regular facials

Hands are always on display so manicures or neatly filed nails are essential

Good posture ‚ Sit up straight and walk tall.

Have a facial to brighten your complexion, the change of weather can make the skin look dull and sallow. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin after spending long amounts of time in a centrally heated room, hot water with a slice of fresh lemon is very refreshing.

Try not to have the bath water too hot because it has a very drying effect on the skin. Do a full body exfoliation while you soak in the bath and then pat skin dry and use a good body moisturiser to make your skin glow.

In the winter months an everyday body tanning product can be used to give the skin a bit of colour, but you can just do the parts of you’re your body that are on show, take care to exfoliate feet, elbows and knees regularly to remove excess tan build up.

Shape your eyebrows, if you can‚’t do it yourself then get them done professionally. Eyebrows give the eyes definition.

Treat yourself to a new foundation if you’ve had the old one for a while. Skin tones change with the seasons, if your skin is flawless you can get away with just using a tinted moisturiser. Go to the make up counters and test 2/3 different colours closest to your skin tone on your jaw line, the colour that disappears into your skin is the right shade. Take a small mirror with you and always check it in daylight before you purchase it.

Now you’re all set for the new season ahead!!

Joyce xx

Classic Hollywood Beauty Icons

I love the looks of the1920’s through to the 1950’s! At the moment Vintage looks are on the increase along with a rise in the reappearance of Burlesque! I love all things vintage and the way that women had a certain style.

The actresses I have always admired in no particular order are:

Lauren Bacall

Bette Davis

Clara Bow

Lana Turner

Audrey Hepburn

Ruan Lingyu

Louise Brooks

Marlene Dietrich

Marylin Monroe

Elizabeth Taylor

Juanita Moore

Jean Harlow

Lillian Gish

Ruth Walker

You can’t beat a B&W movie on a Sunday afternoon! My favourite all time ‘Old’ movie is ‘Imitation of Life‘ starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore! 1959

If you have a favourite movie Icon tell me who in the comments box!