It’s Bridalwave’s birthday this week, and one of the ways we’re celebrating is with a short series focusing on our favourite bridal fashion looks, starting today with the old classic – the fairytale princess…
What is it?
Big skirts, tiny waists and clouds of tulle characterise this look, which is straight out of the pages of a fairytale.
Who should wear it?
Anyone who’s ever dreamt of being a princess for the day! The big skirted ballgown hides a multitude of sins: it’ll cover up any lower body flaws, and create the illusion of a curves in those who don’t have them. This is one of the more formal bridal looks, however, and will be at its best in a similarly formal setting such as a church or castle. That’s not to say, of course, that you can’t wear a princess ballgown to a registry office ‘do’ (it’s your wedding after all!) – just make sure the big skirt will fit down the aisle…
Who shouldn’t wear it?
If you’re very petite, you may find yourself looking a little swamped in this style of dress. Short women will look shorter, and as the style is designed to emphasise the waist, so if your waist isn’t your best feature, you may prefer to look for a style that will hide it rather than drawing attention to it.
As this is quite a dramatic look, it’s best to tone down your accessories and let the dress speak for itself. You’ll need delicate, feminine shoes (anything too clumpy will be at odds with the lines of the dress) and a sparkly necklace to set off the neckline. A full-length veil could look a little over the top with this look, but every Princess needs a tiara!