Black’s In
Black has always been a fashion staple any season. But it’s always been a taboo colour for Asians due to its association with mourning and funerals. For the fashion-forward bride though, black can be a stylishly stark accent for your wedding gown. It also helps slim and trim the silhouette in the most important places. Well-known bridal designer Vera Wang started the trend rolling by tying tiny waists with oversize black taffeta bows and belts – and the look was simply divine! 

Female Brides52233.v1.jpgFaille and organza bustier A-line gown with sash and ruffled skirt, from Vera Wang Bride.

If you want a touch of black to break the all-white monotony of your wedding dress, try:

1. Long black gloves for a retro glamour look.
2. Satiny sashes with crystal brooches for some luxe sparkle.
3. Pretty black detailing to create delicate patterns on your bodice.
4. Slices of black lace applique to create intricate flowery designs on your dress.
5. Black satin or sheer lace panels to create the illusion of smaller waists and hips.
6. Black sheer fabrics for low back dresses for a touch of sensuality.
7. An all-white bouquet wrapped in black ribbons for an unexpected chic accent.

Not So Modest
People always expect a demure bride dressed in a romantic, modest gown, but modest doesn’t necessary mean boring. For brides who dare, a flash of skin is flirty and sexy. But keep the sexy quotient tasteful with these pointers:

wed present issue 9.jpgBeaded lace and tulle ballgown with plunging V illusion neckline, as well as beaded lace and tulle dress with illusion boat neckline, The Wedding Present.

1. Sheer is better than bare.  Work with your designer to reveal more tastefully with sheer fabrics that hint at bare skin without flashing too much.
2. Never show too much cleavage; but if you have the assets, flaunt them subtly. Plunging necklines can be layered with sheer beaded or lacy fabrics that offer tiny glimpses without revealing too much. Frilly details like floral petal appliques can also help to soften the necklines and add a romantic feel. 
3. Low backs are gaining popularity but the best dresses offer a host of glamorous details that focus your attention on the dress and overall look – think long lines of crystal buttons, lace applique or fanciful beaded designs layers that create illusion ‘tattoos’ for your back.

The bride in pants
Wedding outfits don’t always have to be grand gown or pretty dresses, Although there are very few examples, brides in pantsuits can look terribly chic and stylish. And instead of looking just like the groom, depending on the outfit’s colour, design and fabric, a pantsuit can look just as very feminine and elegant as a wedding dress.

solange knowles corbis.jpgSolange Knowles and Alan Ferguson. The bride wore a Stephane Rolland jumpsuit while her husband matched her outfit with a white suit. PHOTO: KDNPIX/Splash News/Corbis

Bianca Jagger and Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister, donned pristine white jackets and pants and a one-piece pantsuit respectively for their big day and they looked totally sublime. So why opt for for a pantsuit?

1. It’s very modern and offers wonderful movement if you’re running around on your wedding day. Think comfort and ease.
2. It’s definitely easier to slip on and out of as compared to wearing a massive ballgown with laced up backs and wired bodice.
3. A well-cut pantsuit creates a streamlined silhouette and hides figure flaws beautifully. 
4. When paired with your groom, your unique wedding portraits will definitely stand out fashionably
5. Instead of a jacket, think lacy, frilly tops or a long lacy dress with a short /long back hem over sleek pants – there are so many stylish options for the different occasions on your wedding day. 

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