You’re most likely acquainted with basic bras, such as t-shirt bras, full-coverage bras, push-ups, and such. But there’s another type you ought to know about—the shelf bras. They’re also known as tipped-out bras, open-bust bras, boob-out bras, or open bras.
A shelf bra plays the role of a basic bra—to support and cover a woman’s breasts—even though it doesn’t cover the breasts fully. Ideally, it supports the breasts by allowing them to rest on it. Here are some important things to know about shelf bras:
Shelf bras usually have double layers, that is, the soft material that’s in contact with your bust and the outer material. These double layers are meant to provide adequate support. Rather than the bra sitting directly around the breasts, it sits under them, thus holding them up. Most of these shelf bras expose the middle and the upper bust region depending on the breast size, making your breasts look sexier.
Because of its design, a shelf bra might not go well with certain kinds of outfits. For instance, if you wear one under a casual or a formal outfit, you might feel uncomfortable. It works best with more intimate wear. Therefore, you can wear one during date nights.
This is to say that the bra works best with tank tops and low-cut tops and dresses. It’s a perfect choice if you want to impress your partner and the public with your assets.
Types Of Shelf Bras
There are two major types of shelf bras:
- Built-In Shelf Bra
A built-in shelf bra is not a bra in itself, but an extra layer of fabric incorporated in swimwear or a camisole. This means you need not wear a bra underneath, which is a relief for most women and less hassle, too. Surprisingly, built-in shelf bras offer adequate support and keep your breasts in place.
It has cups, seams, and an elastic band. The elastic band, which holds the under-bust region firmly, is thick preventing the bra from riding up when you raise your arms. The built-in cups are seamless and well padded.
Many women love a built-in shelf bra in a tank top or camisole because it’s comfortable and supports both small and large breasts well.
- Platform Shelf Bra
The platform shelf bra is also known as a quarter-cup bra. It’s more revealing than the built-in shelf bra. It covers only the lower part of the breasts, shows more cleavage, and exposes the nipples. This intimate design significantly elevates your sex appeal.
Just like the built-in bra, the quarter-cup bra is supported by an elastic band, meaning it’s wireless. The band is thick and elastic, providing good support. This type of bra also gives the breasts adequate rest, balance, and a racy lift. It comes with sleeker and thinner straps which make this bra look unique.
Benefits Of Wearing A Shelf Bra
Here are some advantages of wearing a shelf bra:
- Thin Or Zero Padding
One of the many reasons women go for shelf bras is that most don’t have thick padding. Wearing this type of bra guarantees comfort and a better breast shape.
Shelf bra pads are thin but firm, comfortable, and expertly cushioned. They don’t cause chafing, tightness around the bust, bulging, rubbing, or digging into your skin, making the shelf bra a comfortable alternative.
A shelf bra compresses the breasts as a support technique using the thin double layer. It’s normal for any traditional bra like the push-up bra to come with two cups for compression. However, that doesn’t apply to shelf bras.
The compression in shelf bras is done by a material that cuts across the bust area. It gently pushes the breasts flat into the chest. If you have big breasts, they’ll form a cleavage. The gentle compression reduces bulging and bounce.
- Rounder Appearance Of Breasts
One of the many motives for wearing a shelf bra is to look sexy, especially before your significant other or when attending casual daytime events. This bra has an elastic band and natural padding instead of an underwire, making the breast look natural and rounder. It also adds fullness and shaping.
If you’re not satisfied with how your breasts look even after wearing this bra, there’s always a solution. To make your breasts look rounder and more enhanced, you may consider purchasing four removable bra pads—two for each breast. The inner pads will help push the breasts up, while the outer pads will push your breasts together, making them look full and round. This will give your breasts the much-desired racy hot look.
A shelf bra is light and airy since it doesn’t have underwires or stiff cups. Wearing it allows you to feel comfortable and tap into your feminine energy. The thin layers allow free circulation of air. As such, it’s a perfect choice if you want to wear a low-neck summer outfit.
Since a shelf bra only supports the lower part of the breast, it prevents boob sweat during hot weather, which can be a problem with other bra types.
- Suitable For Sensitive Skin
Some women are allergic to certain types of fabric. Their skin sensitivity requires them to go for bras with a soft and supple fabric. Since most shelf bras are made from cotton, the chances of allergic reactions are very slim. Cotton is a soft and natural material, providing maximum comfort for any skin type.
Shelf bras are an excellent option if you fancy rounder and uplifted breasts. Their design also leaves a significant portion of your boobs exposed. Thus, wearing them perfectly reveals your flirty side. They are an ideal choice for romantic date nights or casual parties, sure to grab the attention of curious onlookers.
When shopping for shelf bras, do consider maximum comfort and stylish appearance, but do not neglect quality. So, go for high-quality ones that make a bold statement of your sense of style.
It is sometimes difficult to accessorize. Choosing the right accessories for your outfit can be challenging. You want to enhance and emphasize your look, but not overdo it. There are suddenly many more factors to consider when it comes to an outfit when jewelry, shoes, and handbags are included.
Adding accessories isn’t a science, but you can keep a few things in mind to make it easier. The key to accessorizing a dress is to find accessories that complement your look and make it complete.
Consider the proportions.
Having a balanced look is very important. You need to consider appropriate proportions even when choosing accessories. You should not wear too many large pieces if you are petite, and the opposite is true if you want to appear taller.
Your accessories should in turn balance each other. You might want to avoid going overboard with your accessories when wearing large earrings, for example. Stick with one or two statement pieces. You can do much with a cami dress, so there’s a lot to play when it comes to proportions.
Keep it simple.
It might be helpful to stick to a certain theme so that your outfit looks harmonized rather than distracting. There are many ways you can do this, from something simple like “Blue”, to something larger like “Marilyn Monroe inspiration” or “Surfer Girl”.
Whatever you choose, or how you interpret a look, the point is: we want our accessories to look balanced and to complement one another. As you get ready for the day, you can put some thought into a particular style or ‘look’ to give you some direction and add some fun to the process.
Choose accessories in colors that suit you.
Style experts advise us to wear no more than three to four colors in our outfits. Despite the fact that most accessories tend to be a little more subtle so you can experiment more with color, this principle still needs to be kept in mind. Here are some options:
- Use accessories that coordinate with the colors of your outfit, such as a blue bracelet with a blue skirt.
- You can play up a basic outfit with accessories in a bold color: for example, a black dress with red earrings and red heels.
- Only wearing gold and silver jewelry. Don’t you think so? You should consider your own skin tone to determine which suits you best!
Select a focal piece.
It’s best to choose only one focal point in your outfit so that it looks well-planned. You can make an outfit look rushed and gaudy by pairing many bold pieces together. Your jewelry has the potential to overwhelm your outfit rather than complete it.
If you were to think about your main jewelry types you would consider earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. You should choose at least one statement piece of jewelry for every outfit.
It is best to spread out your statement pieces if you choose two. It is therefore advisable not to wear earrings and a necklace with bold patterns. Your outfit will feel unbalanced if you overpower the top portion.
Choose bold earrings and a simple necklace for a balanced look. When wearing two pieces, bold earrings look good with a bracelet and ring that are larger. One piece of jewelry should be the focal point while other jewelry should complement it.
As we come back blinking into the light, the returns of theater, live music, restaurants, nights out, fashion shows and (for some of us) the office, the questions of what to wear — now that we’re more than just (literally) talking heads — is starting to loom large once again. New York, London and Milan Fashion Weeks have just come and gone, and instead of seeing a single trend, there’s been a mishmash of ideas. The Guardian thinks there’ll be 21 ‘tribes’ going forward into next year, with everything from vaporwave moving from visual arts into fashion, to goblincore. As we nervously put down the sweatpants, let’s have a look at some of the key ideas from spring/summer 2022’s designs.
While it’s going to be nice to make a touch more effort, it seems designers at London Fashion Week haven’t let go of the idea of comfort yet — however there’s no move to resurrect the power suit just yet. Instead, the 90’s are still big – specifically England in the early 90’s – hemlines are relaxed, jeans are baggy. Prints are bold – think plaids and florals; colors are primary. Don’t be afraid to dust off your chunky platforms; if we’re putting something on our feet it doesn’t have to be plantar fasciitis-risking heels quite yet.
The big night out
If you’re hitting the casino, that might be the time to show off. While most of us have been gaming (and shopping) online in the comfort of our own homes over the past period, some of the poker rooms of Las Vegas remain fairly upscale. However, as the new generation of female poker professionals like Kara Scott and Vivian have shown, there’s way more to the card table than cocktail dresses and LBDs. New York showed us that the long knit has definitively made the jump from the high street to high fashion; asymmetric shapes and cold shoulders turn practicality on its head. Pairing up flowing lines with a tight clutch purse makes for a smooth transition from day to eveningwear, as shown in our article “6 Awesome Looks This Summer: How to Accessorize Properly.”
Starved of travel over the pandemic, if you thought beachwear was going to be a key trend for next season, then you’d be correct. Resort wear sales are up 240% in 2021 over 2020. Miami Swim Week pointed to a continuation of what we’re seeing in everyday styles. Florals are everywhere, kaftans are big, comfort is emphasized. However the swimwear underneath the sarong gets more adventurous as we get back into shape for next summer. Think futuristic fabrics in textured bikinis, more straps than a Rolex accessories dealer and cut-outs galore. And again, with the bold accessorizing, crochet wraps and belly chains will be ubiquitous.
Getting dressed up is going to mean different things to different folks over the coming seasons. As we’ve mentioned above, even heading to the office could feel like preparing for a fashion show after the last year and a half. But when it is finally time to do it, enjoy the process!
Throughout modern history, consumers have relied on and turned to celebrity endorsements and magazine placements to discover the latest fashion trends. As fit and trim people brimming with talent and success, they become models and influencers of style for everyday people trying to find similar success in their own way.
Looking to add some Hollywood fashion and flair to your wardrobe? Here are four items you can add to your closet to dress like your favorite Hollywood celebrities.
1. A Bikini
With summer on the horizon, it’s time to start tracking down your bikini of choice for weekends at the swimming pool or your big beach vacation. You Beauty provides a list of some of the top bikini styles for this summer, based on top celebrities’ endorsements or creations. For instance, Emily Ratajkowski owns a swimsuit line called Inamorata that other celebrities are thrilled to wear. Her hallmark design is a triangular bikini top featuring extra-long straps that spiral down along the torso as well as matching bottoms that tie on the sides. Her bikini suits come in a variety of colors and patterns.
2. Active Wear
Many celebrities create their own lines of activewear. For instance, country star Carrie Underwood developed her own brand, Calia, which features comfortably adorable sweatpants that seem more like yoga pants crossed with long johns and much more. But there are many other ways to work out or enjoy casual afternoons shopping like your favorite celebrities. Case in point: Jessica Alba loves comfortable tracksuits, while Eva Longoria likes to sweat without any hindrance with a seamless jog bra and spandex pants.
3. Sexy Lingerie
Sometimes, part of the secret to your favorite celebrities’ stunning curves and trim figures lies beyond excellent genetics, a clean diet and an unwavering devotion to a superhuman fitness regimen.
They sometimes get some help from sexy, form-fitting lingerie that accentuates their curves and improves troublesome spots. Not only that, but many stars wear high-quality lingerie and intimates as part of their outerwear, wearing a bodysuit with a pair of jeans and a cardigan sweater.
Consider Jennifer Lopez’s low-rise pants and peek-a-boo thong or Halsey’s demi-cut, corseted bodysuit, suggests Christina Baez at US Magazine. You can adopt this layering technique and body-enhancing strategy by investing in high-quality, affordable lingerie and intimates that will help you achieve the Hollywood look you oh-so desire.
4. Closet Organization
While this isn’t a shoe brand or article of clothing, the top celebrities love organizing their closets, so create a better organization of your closet. You don’t need to do it all at once, but adding a shoe organizer or some small totes is a great way to start living like a Hollywood celeb. With a little focus on order, you’ll always know where your favorite sweater is, or you’ll more easily recognize when you’ve not worn a blouse for over a year and donate it. You’ll love working with a clear, organized space to put together your celebrity-inspired outfits.
Dressing Like a Celebrity Isn’t Difficult When You Get Creative
As you look to take some fashion inspiration from your favorite celebrities, you’ll soon find you’re developing your own unique style. In the meantime, learning the beauty of organization, finding flattering fitness fashionwear, picking out the perfect bikini, and strategically layering your undergarments and lingerie to your advantage are great pathways to achieving celebrity style.
There are few things a woman needs in life to be truly happy: good friends, easy access to a decent rosé and a capsule wardrobe filled with clothing options you know are going to look good on you. Granted, that last one is a little easier said than done. But, with a little research and some general know-how about flattering your body shape, you’ll be well on your way to “best dressed diva” in no time. Check out our list of eight pieces of clothing that look good on everyone and stack your closet with simply the best this season.
- Boyfriend Jeans
If you’re only going to have one pair of go-to jeans this season, you better make them boyfriend jeans. While boyfriend jeans aren’t meant to fit tight, they shouldn’t be loose either. The perfect pair of boyfriend jeans would give you comfortable room in the thighs, outlining your legs, and start to loosen up slightly around the calf. And, even though they don’t hug every curve like skinny jeans, they are universally flattering on all body types as long as the fit is right. Pro tip: Achieve the most flattering look from your boyfriend jeans by cuffing the leg right above the ankle to create a long–and seemingly taller–straight line. Pair them with high heels and a cool moto jacket and you’ll be ready for a night on the town in no time.
- Crop Tops
While crop tops may have been synonymous with belly shirts once upon a time, showing a little navel is no longer a requirement for this flirty look. The relaxed fit through the shoulders flatters every frame and the cropped length allows you to highlight your waistline (or simply helps create one). Of course, since the crop top falls at your waist–not below–you’ll want to pair them with high-waisted pants to give the illusion of longer legs.
- Midi Dresses
Every girl needs at least one cute and sassy midi dress in her closet. Not only are they easy to dress up with a belt, high heels or a stylish blazer, but you can also wear them to brunch with the girls in flip flops and a jean jacket just as easily. A true midi dress outlines your form without hugging your curves and hangs somewhere between your knee and ankle, just above your calf muscle. Dress it up by adding a belt at the waist and strappy sandals to elongate your frame. With the right layering and use of accessories, you could wear a stylish midi all year round. How’s that for versatile?!
Okay, we know this one isn’t an obvious choice, BUT we promise you that you can wear a jumpsuit or romper regardless of height or shape. The trick with one-piece fashion is to highlight a waistline without causing a bulge or cinching. If you have a curvy frame, then you’ll want to highlight that natural waist. Think elongated necklines and a wider leg to feature that hourglass silhouette. For an athletic body type, try creating a waist by adding a belt around the navel, or opt for a sleeveless slouching V with a tailored cut to show off those long legs. Petite women can enjoy the comfortable style of jumpsuits, too, with a little help from a good tailor. Opt for a tailored, straight pant leg to give the illusion of height and pair it with high heels for an added boost. And, as for color, when it comes to stylish jumpsuits and rompers, you’ll find it’s more flattering if you stick with either one solid color or a subtle pattern throughout. Trust us, heads will turn regardless–and they won’t want to look away.
- Moto Jackets
There’s something about a cropped moto jacket that takes just about any outfit to the next level of cool. Whether you’re wearing it with jeans and a sassy tee or layering it over that jaw-dropping LBD, a chic moto jacket brings a stylish edge to any outfit. Add the illusion of height to your frame by sporting a jacket cropped at your waist. Not only will it help you look taller, but if you have a larger bust, it’ll balance out your torso as well. Like all jackets, though, you’ll want to make sure it fits comfortably across your shoulders–not too tight when you cross your arms.
- Jogger Pants
Don’t let the name fool you–jogging isn’t a must-do in order to enjoy these comfy bottoms. Versatile and comfortable, a good pair of joggers is a valuable asset to any wardrobe. Not only can you blaze those hiking trails in style, but you can also dress them up in an athleisure look that is to die for. Show up at your next friendly cocktail hour in comfortable style when you pair your joggers with heeled ankle booties and a chic moto jacket layered over a sassy tee.
- Two-Piece Sets
What could be better than a ready-made outfit at your fingertips? That’s the beauty of a fashionable two-piece set. Not only will you look put-together in a matter of moments, but think of all the time you’ll save yourself in the morning agonizing over what to wear. From flirty fun to stylishly professional, there’s a two-piece set out there fit for every occasion.
- Bodycon Dress
Trust us. Every fashionista needs a figure-flattering bodycon dress hanging in her closet. The type that hugs every curve and smooths every lump just right, giving you that jaw-dropping effect every single time. The beauty of bodycon is that they’re made to hug and flatter that sexy figure of yours. Wearing your true size is an absolute must-do. The last thing you want is for it to hang loose. If you need a little added assistance in smoothing the curves, consider dresses made from a weightier material or use a form slimming undergarment to help achieve that flattering silhouette you’re after. Pair this sexy look with your favorite high heels and diamond earrings for a night on the town you won’t soon forget.
While it’s no secret that what you wear can affect your confidence, we still seem to throw that knowledge out the window when it comes to our workout attire. After all, how many times have you worn a pair of ratty sweats or an oversized T-shirt to the gym? What about those embarrassingly sheer leggings that finally revealed to your whole yoga class which side of the “thong vs. no thong” debate you landed on? When it comes down to it, the act of exercise itself isn’t always pretty (burpees, we’re looking at you!). But that doesn’t mean we need to subject ourselves to some ugly duckling wardrobe while nurturing that beautiful swan within. Read on for six easy ways you can look cute while working out and burn those calories in style!
Yes, You Can Flatter Your Figure
Much like your everyday wardrobe, you want your workout clothes to fit your body. When shopping for athleticwear, opt for clothes that comfortably flatter your figure while offering a little bit of give with every stretch. Avoid clothes that are too tight in any one spot as this could seriously hinder your workout–and possibly cause a wardrobe malfunction (yikes!). If you feel the urge to pull or tug at any part of your outfit, then put it in the “no” pile. Exercise is hard enough without the added stress of feeling self-conscious about your clothes. And, while you may feel tempted to wear big and baggy clothing while huffing and puffing on a treadmill, outfits that are too loose can cause chafing and discomfort as well. Keep your gym wardrobe simple and trade in those ratty college sweatshirts for some cute and trendy hoodies instead. Remember to wear a workout tee or tank top underneath for when things get too hot to handle.
Keep the Sweat in Check
Nothing beats the satisfaction you get from a super intense workout. What’s less satisfying, however, is trying to enjoy a post-workout smoothie while sitting in stinky, sweaty clothes. Whether you live to exercise or simply tolerate it in order to have that extra weekend mimosa, moisture-wicking workout gear is something you need in your life. Workout clothes made from high-tech synthetic fibers, like polyester and nylon, pull the moisture (read sweat) from your skin to the surface, allowing it to evaporate quicker than cotton. It also helps to regulate your body temperature, unlike cotton tees that can leave you feeling chilly during cooldown. Plus, breathable, moisture-wicking athleticwear takes care of that unflattering “wet” look that happens during exercise. Hey, anything to eliminate that underboob sweat look, right, ladies?!
Treat Yourself to Some Fancy (and Functional) Footwear
Step up your next workout with a new pair of cute sneakers. Not only will some stylish sneaks help you feel a little extra snazzy for that 6 a.m. workout, but they’ll also help you deliver on a truly successful (and safe) workout. After all, not all sneakers are created equal. In other words, the shoe you use for trail running isn’t necessarily the best choice for an intense HIIT workout in your living room. Do a little research on the right shoe for your workout style and your body will thank you for it. You’ll want to consider things like exercise preference, comfort level, tread and sole cushioning, just to name a few. Then, of course, you can consider the aesthetics. If you have a hard time getting motivated, consider a shoe with bright colors to keep you smiling through the pain. Yeah, we hear it. But no pain, no gain. Right, ladies?
A Little Makeup Goes a Long Way
If you tend to get a little red-in-the-face during your workouts, then you might want to think about adding a tinted moisturizer or mineral foundation to your workout look. Of course, the last thing you want to do is pile on the oily makeup only to sweat it off moments later. The beauty of mineral makeup is that a little goes a long way and significantly reduces shine while offering coverage. Plus, it doesn’t block pores, reducing your post-exercise breakout possibilities. Couple your base with a little tinted lip balm and some waterproof mascara for a natural look you’ll love. Not to mention, one that won’t come off on your towel at the end of your workout.
Wear Your Hair Up
We get it. You’re proud of your hair. With all of the love and attention you give it, you deserve to have it look its best at all times. That’s why we’re asking you–nay, begging you–to wear your hair up when you work out. Letting your hair get all sweaty during a workout can lead to a flaky scalp and clogged follicles. Not to mention the frizz. Incorporate an updo into your workout look to keep your hair looking healthy and fresh. Avoiding tight ponytails and damaging hair elastics are a good idea, too. Opt for forgiving hair accessories that don’t snag your tresses like fabric hair ties or scrunchies. Mixing up the hairstyles you wear on a daily basis can also help save your locks from breakage and frizz. Swap a top knot for a braid on occasion or even a side ponytail from time to time. Essentially, not pulling your hair back in the exact same spot every day will save you the headache of expensive products and hair repair down the line.
Keep It Colorful
Dress for a successful workout by incorporating fun, vibrant colors into your exercise attire. Try pairing a cute pastel top with black leggings or a neon sports bra with grey joggers for a subtle pop of color that will keep you motivated when the going gets tough. Wearing colors that you love can give you the confidence boost you need to do hard things (squats included). And really, when you think about it, exercise is all about realizing our best selves. So if your clothes can help get you there, don’t you think they’re worth the investment?
Throughout your lifetime, you will be invited to a series of daytime events such as business parties, weddings, networking events, interviews, barbeques, and more. As you can see (and probably know already), each of these has a different degree of formality and requires different styles.
While the casual ones are easier to appreciate and prepare for, the formal ones can be a bit confusing and make choosing an appropriate outfit a bit difficult. Things get even a bit more challenging if we take into consideration all the factors like the venue, the location, or the weather.
Still, you can use a few sartorial standards as general guide lines. Read on for some of the most common ones.
A Black-Tie Event
Whether it’s a charity gala or a fancy wedding, this event asks for glam and elegance! Therefore, shimmery fabrics, imposing gowns, tuxedos, and ornate details will be everywhere you look.
For women, it is best to select a column or A-line dress that fits the requirements. Of course, you can also choose a less shimmery dress, but then accessories must compensate for the lack of glamour.
Now, for many of us, it can be difficult to justify the cost of buying an ultra-elegant dress that will only be useful for one event – but there is a solution for this. For example, if you are invited to participate at a black-tie event in Australia, you might consider dress hire in Sydney, which can be a lower-cost and easy method to get a fantastic gown without getting saddled with it for good.
Cocktail Parties, Engagements and Weddings
In this situation, you have to ask for details about the event, in order to know the dress code. After all, each of these events (especially as daytime events) can range from a small gathering between friends and family to an all-out event.
In short, if it’s a fancier party, you won’t go wrong with “cocktail attire” (a little black dress will go amazingly well). On the other hand, if it’s a more casual event, you will be fine with an elegant top with tailored pants or an classic skirt. The outfit can be paired with heels or fancy flats, depending on your degree of comfort.
As long as you stay away from fabrics considered casual like denim, jersey, or chino, you should be fine.
A Bridal or Baby Shower
These are happy events where people gather to celebrate and feel good. In addition, this means you can be more casual with your choice of clothes (as long as you opt for something with an elegant touch).
These events go well with cute, feminine dresses, large prints, or flowey materials. Of course, you can also wear pants (the more elegant ones) and dust off your cute footwear (heels or flat). Still, keep in mind that, if it’s a bridal shower, white is a big no-no for guests. Of course, it’s best to avoid an all-black outfit as well, since it may send the wrong message.
Overall, finding the right outfit for an event is all about paying attention to the type of event and the people who will attend. As long as you follow the guidelines and select an outfit that fits your body type, you will fit right in!
There’s nothing more special to a man and woman’s life than their wedding day. It should be something that couples work hard for, plan for, and of course, strive for. In this day and age where standards have never been higher, it might be tough trying to achieve that dream wedding. There are just so many things to think about now.
A lot of couples end up getting in petty fights during the pre-wedding planning. It’s a stressful part of their relationship, so it’s not surprising that things can get heated. If your wedding day is coming up, you’ll need to begin preparing as well. That special day only comes once in a lifetime, so it must be as perfect as possible. How does one plan the perfect wedding anyway?
Set A Budget
Weddings can get expensive if you don’t carefully plan them. According to Forbes, weddings are getting more expensive than ever. Just in 2016, the average price for a wedding was up at a high of over $35,000. Within the succeeding years, weddings became more and more expensive due to the increasing costs of services and goods needed.
Even if you have money to spend, you should be wise about how you spend it at your wedding. Work with your significant other to create the budget you need for the special day. Although going all out is enticing for a wedding, keep in mind that you guys still have a future and a family to build ahead of you.
Some of the expenses include wedding rings, dresses, food, and much more. This makes budgeting more essential.
At this part of the wedding planning, you should begin creating a guest list as well. Invite all of your close friends and family to the wedding. By creating a guest list, you can check early on just how much you need for the wedding. If you have some guests flying in from other parts of the world, then you might need to help them get accommodations as well.
Great weddings can be achieved even if you are on a budget. As such, you really need to plan things out first if you are hoping to have a wedding that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Handle The Wedding Dress Early On
The wedding dress is one of the highlights of a wedding ceremony. The bride only walks down the aisle once, so it is a must to have her wearing the best wedding dress possible. Wedding dresses are delicate and hard to create. As such, it should be one of the things you should account for first.
Wedding dresses take a long time to make, so it should already be in the works months before the wedding. Of course, you should also consider that the bride might want to make some alterations as the months go on, so it is really important to get work on it started right away.
It’s not just the wedding dress you have to worry about. You’ll also have to account for the dresses of the bridesmaids attending the event. Usually, these are made alongside the wedding dress, so they complement the bride well. To make sure that things run smoothly, it’s best to have all of the bridesmaids attend the fitting for the dress.
The wedding dress industry is a $40 billion market. Make sure to take your pick as there’s a lot of stiff competition.
Pick The Date And Location
One of the things you have to contend with is the date and location of your wedding. Keep in mind that you guys aren’t the only couple tying the knot. It’s imperative that you head to the wedding location right away to check their schedule within the coming months. Wedding dates tend to get fully booked fast.
The last thing you’d want is to have your wedding postponed again and again because of scheduling problems. One way you can avoid such matters is by simply scheduling months or even a year before the special day finally arrives.
Of course, the wedding and date of the event are very important which is why scheduling the date ahead is essential for any successful wedding ceremony.
Ready Up The Reception
The reception is where the fun begins at the wedding. It’s basically the party that occurs after you say your I dos. This is one part of the wedding that most couples have a hard time planning because there are a lot of things involved in organizing this fun part of the ceremony. It first begins with the location of the reception.
The reception should not be far from the location of the wedding. In most cases, the wedding and the reception venues are one and the same. You’ll be tasked with picking the design, food, and program for the reception. Ideally, you’d want to hire an organizer for this part of the planning as they could have a better handle on things here.
One aspect of the wedding that you should be hands-on with is the selection of food. You have to take note of preferences, allergies, and whether or not some of your guests are vegan. It’s imperative that you ask for these to ensure that everyone gets to have their tummies filled by the end of the day.
Consider Getting Help
You and your significant other don’t have to be alone when planning a wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends or family. If you have the budget for it, hire a professional wedding planner! You don’t have to worry about things not going your way as wedding planners will organize the wedding based solely on your preference.
Wedding planners will also ensure that your wedding stays within your preferred budget. It’s often the better choice to hire a wedding planner because they already have a ton of contacts to help you out.
At the end of the day, you need to remind yourself and your significant other that the wedding is more than about amazing dresses, delicious food, and extravagant designs. It’s also the special day when you are both bonded in holy matrimony and that is perhaps the most important part. Enjoy the planning process as it’s only the beginning of a fruitful relationship.
You tried the dress, which looked incredible in the store window, but when you wear it for yourself, it doesn’t look very good. Does this situation seem familiar to you? What could it be? Well, for starters, it in no way means there is anything wrong with your body. What if you are just not dressing according to your ideal body shape?
Here are some useful tips that can help you dress for your body type and still look your best.
An apple-shaped body
Your body shape will fall into this category if your upper body is on the heavier side than your lower body. Usually, people with this shape have broad shoulders and a more prominent bust line, which gives the impression that the person’s entire weight has gathered around the midriff.
How to dress right?
Pick clothes which draw attention away from your waist and mid-section. The V-neck empire tops and waist dresses, A-line dresses, and wrap dresses are the best for you. Pick tops that conceal your belly area. If it covers the hips, too, it is better. Jasmine, an associate with TFTH, says “I have an apple-shaped body and I avoid double-breasted jackets which make my upper body look heavier.”
Also, avoid clingy silhouettes and bulky tops. Instead, opt for layered tops, tunics, or ruched tops.
Further, if your top is heavy, you should avoid straight-leg pants and skinny jeans. Boot cut pants and flared pants with a back pocket are just the right pick for you.
Instead of going with a belt around the waist, you should instead wear it below the bust. It will help you minimize the waist and create curves.
A pear-shaped body
This is the body type where everything is in your lower body. So your thighs and butt seem bigger than the upper body. However, this body is quite a hit, all thanks to the gorgeous Kim Kardashian. If you have achieved this body naturally by working out, you are lucky!
How to dress right?
Strive to create a balance. For this, you can highlight your shoulders to balance your figure. Try wearing pashminas, scarves, and colourful necklaces. Go with embellished dresses and tops or the patterned ones. Make your shoulders look broader with puff sleeves, cap sleeves, or a bateau neckline. “I have a pear-shaped body type and I go for flared tailored pants or A-line skirts; they suit me best,” shares Jessica, who works with TopAssignmentExperts.
Avoid pencil skirts, short skirts, capri pants, and tight pants. Always go with solid and dark colours for your lower half. As for the top, you can go with lighter, brightly hued tops.
A rectangular body shape
This is a more well-balanced body shape. It goes well from the shoulders to your hips. But, unfortunately, you may not have a definition for the silhouette. So, yes, it may be a bit straightforward, if that is how we can put it.
How to dress right?
If you lack natural curves, you can use the accessories and clothes to create them. You can wear a belt on the narrow part of the waist to accentuate it. Choose wrap and empire-waist dresses as they will look the best on you. Accentuate your bust line and shoulders with pleated or ruffled tops and pick accessories to add more volume to your upper body.
Do choose good quality underwear, which offers fine breast support and makes the waist more defined. Peplum tops, jackets, skirts, and dresses help you create an illusion of a nice hourglass shape.
An hourglass shape
Lastly, you will just know when you have an hourglass body type and trust us, so will everyone around you. It is the most balanced and proportionate body type. In this, you have a proportionate top and an equally proportional bottom.
Further, your waistline is quite defined. So, when you go shopping for dresses, you can pick ones that flaunt your lovely figure and bring it to the forefront.
How to dress right?
The idea is to highlight your curves. It is vital to pick clothes, which grab the attention towards your midriff. Avoid baggy clothes. “I am an hourglass body type, and I pick clothes that focus more on my waist because then my bust and hips are automatically highlighted,” shares Chloe, an educator with EduWorldUSA.
Next, you need to be careful with your choice of undergarments. If you have a proportioned bosom, be cautious with the kind of bra you opt for. In general, do not go with padded or unstructured ones. The latter usually makes the cleavage look unattractive. Opt for shirts which highlight your bust. Pencil skirts and V-neck tops and dresses will look great.
Whatever your body type, and regardless of what you wear, make sure you carry your clothes with confidence for maximum eye appeal.
There is a lot to love about amethyst rings, but like any type of jewelry you will have a lot of different options to consider when choosing between the available products.
To help you on your way, here is a quick guide to finding an amethyst ring that will suit you down to the ground.
Stone size & shape matter
One of the best things about amethysts in general is that they are typically a beautiful deep purple in color and so will match the majority of people’s skin tones. However, this means that the major consideration should be the size of the stone itself; go too big and it will look cumbersome, while too small a stone will leave your finger looking a bit bare and barren.
Finger length and overall hand size will be key to your decision-making at this point. If you have compact hands and slender fingers, a smaller stone will be fitting and will enhance your natural attributes without overwhelming them. In terms of stone shape, those with daintier digits should opt for oval or pear-shaped amethysts set in rings, since these will give the impression that your fingers are a little longer.
Of course you also need to think about your usual nail length, as this will also impact the look of your hands and determine which ring is right for you. For example, even if you have fingers that are on the shorter end of the scale, they may appear longer if you wear longer nails on a daily basis.
Band thickness is significant
The size and shape of the amethyst is certainly going to take the lion’s share of your attention when choosing rings, but the band itself will also have a part to play.
Those with larger hands and longer fingers can opt for thicker, chunkier bands overall, since they will not look out of place in this context. Meanwhile if you have more petite mitts then a slender band will potentially be a better option. Of course if your fingers are slender without being especially short, a thick band can also make sense, and you may need to experiment a little with different thicknesses to get the right size for you.
By far and away the most popular metals used in the production of amethyst rings are silver and white gold, and for good reason. They really help to offset the dazzling purples that reflect and refract from the gemstone, meaning that unless you are feeling a particular urge to stand out from the crowd, a silver-colored amethyst ring is definitely the way to go.
That is not to say that you cannot find gold amethyst rings; if this floats your boat then do give it a try, especially if the rest of your style is more closely oriented around this type of jewelry.
If you are still uncertain which is the right amethyst ring for you, keep an eye on the variety of options available from top designers and get expert advice before you commit to a purchase.