Have you ever felt frustrated while shopping for regular clothes, wondering why certain styles don't seem to look quite right on you, even when the size is right, or has the right colour? Have you ever received conflicting advice on what styles flatter your body type? And the absolute worst: have you been compared to a mathematical shape or piece of fruit?
GUIDELINES: WHICH ONES TO FOLLOW, WHICH ONES TO ABANDON
Wanting, needing, and following guidelines about styling are great, but not when they are based on inhibitory rules and feel restrictive.
Exploring different styles is so much fun, especially when you keep in mind that you're not here to meet expectations or fit a certain mold as a bride. But where does the fun end and the confusion start? Quite soon, when you have no idea what to look for.
When it comes to bridal styling, understanding your body type and vibe is essential to finding the perfect wedding dress. Ultimately, the goal is to find a gown to make you feel confident, and true to yourself on your big day. I find myself using Kibbe's system, more loosely than religiously, to have a starting point for your dress journey. When you radiate softness, wearing a sharp cut dress just doesn't "do it" for you. And that's why I personally stay away from linnen trousers, safari style or boho. It just doesn't "do it" for me. I bet you have a thing that doesn't "do it" for you, right?
NO MAGIC SYSTEM (BUT IT'S PRETTY GOOD)
The Kibbe system is based on the idea that each person has a natural energy and essence that can be accentuated through clothing choices. Unlike traditional body typing systems, which often focus on height and weight alone, Kibbe's system takes into account a wide range of physical characteristics to provide a more nuanced understanding of individual body types.
There are 13 different style identities, each with its own unique features and recommendations. How do you know which one you are?
There are plenty online tests where you can easily find out which type you are. Find someone to analyse your facial features and measure yourself for the best results.
Got the results? Feel prepared and confident when you book your appointment at September.
If you’re a Dramatic, you have a strong and angular bone structure. On your appointment, we're looking for gowns with clean lines and sharp edges. We need something statement like a bold earring, dramatic veil or headband to accentuate your features. Avoid soft flowing fabrics and romantic details.
As a Natural, you have a relaxed and effortless energy. Try on gowns with flowy fabrics and soft details like embroidery, or lace. Something easy going, and loose looks so good on you. Avoid overly structured or tailored gowns.
If you’re a Classic, there's a certain timelessness and elegance to you. We need to see you in something more traditional, something with clean lines. A pearl earring or simple veil will suit you the best.
Avoid anything that's overly trendy, overly accessorized or anything too tight or too loose. It needs to be just right.
Gamines have a boyish charm and playful energy. Let's get you into something fun! Unique details, crisp fabrics, short dresses, jumpsuits, ruffles, and bows. Think quirky but feminine.
Avoid large scale prints, or being completely covered up in oversized wear.
Romantic, you're soft and feminine. I'm pulling wedding dresses that have delicate fabrics, like lace, tulle or satin. You want to have floral details to compliment your style. Avoid oversized or tailored styles, or anything geometric.