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Pin Up Girl - A Bombshell's guide to 'Saying Yes to the Dress'

Since opening our doors, Curvy Rose has helped brides in all phases of their gown journey. Whether just starting out or searching for months, our goal is to provide an elegant bridal experience that all women deserve. All brides want to look FABULOUS on their wedding day. And at Curvy Rose we help them to achieve that vision. So with that in mind, I'd like to share with you a few tips that have helped many of our brides discover their dream gown. 

Tip #1 Love the Pin Up Girl

Back in the day, posters of pin up girls were all the rage. From Marilyn Monroe to Rita Hayworth and Jane Russell, they were celebrated for their bombshell figures and gorgeous good looks. Without the benefits of Photoshop, Instagram or a reality show these women were confident, sexy and curvy as all get up. But it was the girdles, corsets and bras that were responsible for creating the hourglass look that made us swoon.

One of the original Hollywood bombshells, actress Jane Russell during a time when women wore constricting undergarments to achieve that hourglass look. 

One of the original Hollywood bombshells, actress Jane Russell during a time when women wore constricting undergarments to achieve that hourglass look. 

 

Times have changed. I get it. We live in a day where we are free to wear whatever we'd like and that includes underwear. Most of us go for comfort and that's fine for work and play. But on our wedding day, we need to step it up a notch and accentuate those curves. Investing in really good shape wear will create that sultry, romantic look you're after. Try to purchase your undergarments before making your first bridal gown appointment and bring them with you to ALL appointments. 

Many people are fans of Spanx and I'm one of them. Yes, they can be on the pricey side, but they smooth those curves and that's the point. I prefer the higher power compression either in a brief or high waist shaper. Spanx also has another shaper called the OnCore high waisted mid thigh short. I've never tried them, but if you want to say goodbye to that muffin top, these are for you. All of these shapers go up to size 3X.  Whether you select this brand or another, the key is compression.  The tighter the thread, the more compression. One rule of thumb, if you have to shimmy to get them on, you're on the right track. 

Spanx higher power panty smooths the tummy and butt. Size up to 3X $38 at Spanx.com. Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Spanx.

Spanx higher power panty smooths the tummy and butt. Size up to 3X $38 at Spanx.com. Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Spanx.

Spanx higher power short shaper smooths the tummy, hips and thighs. Size up to 3X $38 at  Spanx.com  .  Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Spanx.

Spanx higher power short shaper smooths the tummy, hips and thighs. Size up to 3X $38 at Spanx.comCurvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for Spanx.

The other item to invest in is a good strapless or long line bra that hooks in the back. I'm a personal fan of the long line, but if you're wearing spanx for tummy control a supportive strapless bra can do the job too. What's great about a longline bra is that the additional boning adds another layer of compression giving you that bombshell hourglass shape.

One thing is for sure, this is not the time to cut corners. Visit a lingerie shop and get properly fitted before purchasing any of these items, especially the bra. I also recommend having your bra sewn into your dress. A good seamstress can do that for you. That way you won't have any sliding issues on your wedding day. 

Another bonus--the right lingerie is SEXY as heck. Your fiance will love it, especially after the wedding, TRUST ME. 

A long-line bra with hook-in-eye closure in the back. This Goddess bra from  HerRoom.com  is $59. Please get properly fitted by a bra expert before purchasing. Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for  HerRoom.com  or the Goddess brand. 

A long-line bra with hook-in-eye closure in the back. This Goddess bra from HerRoom.com is $59. Please get properly fitted by a bra expert before purchasing. Curvy Rose is not a paid sponsor for HerRoom.com or the Goddess brand. 

Okay I hear what you're saying, why should it take all that? If I lose 20-30 pounds before the wedding I won't have to wear Spanx or any of that other stuff. Wrong. All women have curves and those curves need to pop! Even movie stars wear the proper undergarments on the red carpet. Since you're wedding is your personal Hollywood premier, GLAM IT UP!! A smooth foundation will make everything look better, and your pictures will look AWESOME too! 

Without good shape wear--Lumps and bumps!

Without good shape wear--Lumps and bumps!

With great shape wear--Bombshell on point!

With great shape wear--Bombshell on point!

Tip #2 Share, share, share

Building a relationship with your consultant is also key to finding your gown. Talk to him/her about what you like. Be specific. Do you love lace and beading? Do you want to be sexy, elegant or glamorous? Do you love illusion backs or want something more demur. Bring pictures of gowns you like and share your vision, but also be open to their suggestions. 

Whether your heart is set on a trumpet, an A-line or ball gown the goal is to create the most stunning version of you on your wedding day. If your consultant recommends a ball gown rather than a trumpet, take a chance. If you still don't like their selections, tell them why. Again, be specific with your feedback. If there is a detail that you don't like or something that you would like to fix share that with them.

Bottom line, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. As long as you love the overall style and structure of the gown, specific features like sleeves, beading, length, and even skirt volume can be changed by a great seamstress and sometimes the designer too. 

Tip #3 Enjoy the process

Your gown journey should be an enjoyable experience. If you feel pressure, overwhelmed or unsupported, it's time to pause and take a break. Yes, waiting too long to order your dress can be problematic, but buying in a rush is even worse. Like the adage says, "bit by bit, life's a cinch." Don't absorb it all at once. Finalizing the shape of the gown is your first priority. Once you discover the gown shape you love, move on to style details like like ruching, lace, beading, and fabric.  Take your time. Try on gowns from other designers in your price point. Enjoy being the center of attention and focus on the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. That thought alone should make you feel giddy.

Wedding planning can be stressful, even for the most organized bride. Shopping for a wedding gown doesn't have to be. Arm yourself with the right support and you'll be a wedding slayer in whatever gown you choose. 

Note to the Curvy Bandwagon

I have always been a curvy woman, the smallest I've ever been as an adult was a size 10. And I had to work really hard at the gym to get there. Make no mistake, I am a foodie. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mac n' cheese, bread and cake and I just don't want to give them up. Yet, there are moments, usually during the Summer that I hear that voice saying that I need to lose some weight. I know that voice very well. It's been with me for a good portion of my life telling me; if you would just lose the weight for good you could stop keeping those dresses that are too small in the back of your closet. Oh wait it's been a while since you've worn the smaller pair of jeans. You know the ones you bought along with the larger size just in case. Can you still get into them? What if you can't? The larger pair are in the laundry. What outfit are you going to put together then? There are times when my mental companion motivates me to deal with my issues, but that's rare. Most times I feel self-conscious, and disappointed that I am not as small as I used to be.

I'm sure my experience is shared with a lot of American women, whether curvy or skinny. We have all been affected in some way by this fantastical ideal fabricated by people who don't even know us personally. Yet, when your BMI (body mass index) falls on the higher end of the scale, you feel the pressure to come into line, that somehow your worth and attractiveness is connected to your weight. I've spent the better portion of my life preoccupied by how big my muffin top happened to be and measuring my beauty by a number on the scale. 

I'm thrilled that the stigma and shame that was once shunned and ignored is now being acknowledged and celebrated. Major magazine covers are featuring curvy models, big-box department stores are using curvy models more often in their advertising. And bridal designers have either created an additional collection specifically for curvy women, expanded their size charts or are patiently waiting to see how this trend goes before jumping into the fray. 

Let me be clear, I LOVE that brides have more options in wedding gowns these days. Whether traditional or boho it's important that a bride's wedding reflects her and her groom's personal style. I'm grateful to carry collections in Curvy Rose that are designed for the curvy bride. My thing is this, dressing a curvier woman requires more than just an expanded size chart, a watered-down style of the flagship collection, or a few styles to choose from. Curvy women as with all women, deserve the styling, details and options that reflect her style, regardless of her weight.

I shared my views on this issue in a recent email conversation with a bridal sales rep. He had just informed me that Curvy Rose wouldn't be able to carry the collection for internal business reasons. I was fine with the reason given, yet I felt this need to inform him and the powers that be of the potential opportunity their designs offered all women.   Here's a snippet of what I said: 

Plus size bridal is new and a lot of designers don't understand the specific needs of that market. There's definitely more to it than adding larger sizes. Styling, construction and a variety of designs to choose from are just as important.... At the end of the day profits must be achieved and I get that. If they change their minds, let me know. I'd be more than thrilled to add them. I'm confident they would sell in my store. 

This designer didn't have a dedicated collection for the curvier woman yet, their styling and construction were so on point. Their gowns had exquisite beading and some gowns featured ruching around the waist, which is a flattering style on most women. Their use of fabric and thoughtful use of illusion backs were unique even for the curvier bride. It's too bad that Curvy Rose won't be carrying them. 

My sister and I spend much of our free time scouring the globe for designers that reflect the quality, styling and options that all brides, adore. Our current focus is finding boho styles to add to our collection. The market is full of many beautiful boho looks, but sizing in 20+ remains a challenge. I'm not quite sure why this is so,  considering that the average American woman is a size 14 and in some regions a 16/18. One thing is for sure, the curvy woman is not a trend. I just hope that one day this  current bandwagon gives way to the universal acceptance of a woman's beautiful curves regardless of her size. Until then, Curvy Rose will continue to join others in the movement for making that dream a reality. 

One of the many gowns that will arrive this Fall from all of our designers. This gorgeous gown is from MoriLee's curvy collection,  Julietta  #3206 

One of the many gowns that will arrive this Fall from all of our designers. This gorgeous gown is from MoriLee's curvy collection, Julietta #3206 


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