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What a fun time to look forward to! You may already have visions swimming in your head of how you and the rest of your wedding party will be dressed, imagining colors, styles, and fabric… or you may be the bride who never thought about those details. Whatever the case, use this time spent before your wedding day, with family and friends, to create life long memories. Be aware that everyone has their own sense of style and preferences, but this is your time to express your story. Having the support from family and friends is wonderful, but realize that you cannot please everyone during this journey and the more people you involve, the more opinions you will receive. Stay true to who you are and confident once you do make a decision, so that you can proceed with a clear mind with all of the other choices that lay ahead.
Typically, when a bride looks for her wedding dress and accessories, she has an idea of the wedding date, venue, and budget. It is not unusual for a bride to begin the wedding dress shopping timeline fourteen months to ten months before the wedding day. Having time on your side will allow the many months it takes for a dress to be made, the process of the two to four dress fittings, and the time to schedule a portrait before the wedding so that it can be displayed at the reception site, if desired. This is not to say that you have to start the search this early, but it does afford you with more options. We have taken care of many brides who have had wedding dates as close as five months to two days prior to the wedding. Many designers will offer an expedited shipping date for the gown to be made sooner, and they will charge a rush fee for that service. A bride can also buy a dress off the rack and have it fitted to her body during the alterations process. For the bridal salons that offer in house alterations this is a win-win for the bride to insure that her dress will be ready in a timely manner and her journey will be stress free for the fast approaching day.
Whether your gown is ordered or purchased off the rack, bridal alterations are typically needed. It is so important to have quality alterations performed on your dress. That great fit will add beauty to you and your dress. If a seamstress is not offered through the bridal shop that you purchase your gown from, word-of-mouth recommendations will be helpful to find someone you trust. The importance of a professional seamstress is their knowledge of fabrics and styles, along with the different techniques used which may involve specific hand and machine sewing and pressing methods.
While the venue options for today’s bride are endless, that choice may influence the style and fabric choice of the wedding gown. You may be thinking of a formal religious ceremony and country club reception in your hometown, an outdoor rustic or garden theme at a local barn or vineyard, a mountain top retreat, or a tropical island destination with a smaller guest list. Several of the silhouettes to choose from include the ball gown, A-line, mermaid, trumpet, and sheath. The fabric options are even more plentiful; beautiful laces, fluffy tulles, flowy organza and chiffons, sleek satins, structured Mikado, crispy shantung or taffetas, and draping crepes or a combination of the aforementioned that can also be embellished with beading, crystals and or embroidery. Don’t be surprised if you see ostrich feathers attached to bridal gowns on the runway at this spring’s Bridal Fashion Week in New York and Barcelona! The creativity of the designers continues to amaze me.
As you begin to try on dresses, keep an open mind. There may be certain styles that flatter your figure more so than others. I will list a few body shapes and compatible dress silhouettes. For example, a pear shaped figure indicates that you have a smaller upper body and a fuller lower body, proportionally speaking. If you choose an A-line or ball gown skirt that flares out from the waist, it will be more forgiving on your lower half and this will give you a beautiful balance with the overall dress. If your body is straight, where you do not have as much waist definition (athletic build), look for a dress that cinches at your natural waist and perhaps accent it with a plain or beaded sash. Even certain architectural lines in a dress fashioned by the designer, will create a beautiful and flattering illusion on your body. For those brides with a fuller upper body, also known as the apple shape, you can elongate the torso by using a neckline with a deep V shape which draws the eyes up and down instead of horizontally. Also, princess lines on the dress, which are vertical, will accomplish this look. Whatever your body shape, there is a plethora of bridal designs from which you can choose, but keep in mind that the wedding industry sizes dresses differently. It is important to know that wedding dress sizing tends to run two to three sizes larger than the dress hanging in your closet. But no need to let that get you down; it is all about the fit and not the number on your dress tag.
What you may envision yourself wearing is not what you may end up buying. During your shopping experience, when you are surrounded by beautiful dresses and a knowledgeable bridal stylist, it could be the first dress or the last dress. Trying on is the key. You will be amazed at the difference of seeing the dress on the hanger compared to seeing it on your body. Once you have the dress on, so many factors play a part in the dress transforming you and you transforming the dress. The synergy that is created between the bride and her dress is unique to every bride. You see yourself in the mirror and you feel it from your heart. It could be the beautiful fabric or the unique details, the way it makes your face glow, or the way it shows off your figure. The dress that makes you feel the most beautiful will be the dress that becomes “The One”.
Once you have checked off your wedding gown purchase, there is a sense of elation and relief. So, what is next? Accessories of course! Many bridal stylists will show you veil options that help you complete your bridal vision as you narrow down your bridal gown choices. Seeing yourself in a veil somehow transports you to that magical moment of your wedding day. Veils can be made in various lengths and with lace or ribbon edgings to name a few. Veils can also be made with a blusher, which is a tulle layer that can go over your face during the ceremonial walk, if desired. Many times, the veil is decided during the purchase of the wedding gown and can take up to two to three months to order. Other accessories may include a headpiece which can be worn with the veil and kept in the hair during the reception, jewelry, and shoes which are necessary for the first fitting with the bridal gown. When trying on shoes, consider comfort as well as beauty. You will be a much happier bride at the end of the evening. I like to think of accessories as the bow on the package!
I have occasionally heard a bride say that deciding on the bridesmaids’ dresses was harder than finding her bridal gown. I always say they are your bookends; they are there to offer their support and complete your wedding vision. Your choices for them will include color, fabrication of the dresses, length of the dresses, and neckline styles. Consider the body shapes of your girls, and let them know that bridesmaid dresses require larger sizing as compared to their regular dress sizing because the patterns are cut smaller. Sorry, but this is indicative of most sizing in the bridal industry. Keep in mind that an A-line silhouette will be forgiving for the many shapes that may make up the wedding party. A full service bridal salon may also offer several bridesmaids’ lines and the stylists will guide you through this process. Once the girls are sized (this could take around one month, depending on where they live), the dresses may take several months to make. We usually begin the bridesmaid process five months before the wedding. This gives plenty of time for sizing, ordering, and sending the dresses to the girls for alterations. The special order for all of the maids is typically placed at one time for the entire wedding party so the fabric is cut from the same bolt and dye lot. There are beautiful color options available from the designers and some brides mix several colors and styles for their wedding day look. You can choose from many fabrics including ethereal flowy chiffons, dazzling sequins, or structured crepes to name a few. With many of these fabrics there are lots of style options and many brides now give their bridesmaids several choices including V neck, halter cut, bateau neck, and one shoulder styles. Once you have checked this off your list, your bridal vision will seem more complete…a parade of pretty!
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Nitsa’s offers the finest selection of couture bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, accessories, social occasion and cocktail dresses, sportswear, and cosmetics. As the Carolinas’ Couture Bridal Salon, Nitsa’s provides its signature personal service and exceptional in-house alterations. Fabulous since 1964!
It is a wonderful time to be a bride! The current offerings of exquisite fabrics and beautiful silhouettes are amazing. From the designers’ creative energies to the fashion runways, it is always exciting to see which dresses will make their way into the bridal boutiques. In other words, which “trends” will have the staying power to become the new classics.
Initially, some may have thought that strapless gowns and fit to flair or modified trumpet silhouettes were a passing trend. Interestingly though, as some brides moved away from the traditional church weddings in the late 1900s, more women chose the strapless gown and this trend has been going 20 years strong. In the 2010s, brides began choosing the fitted mermaid silhouettes which accented their curves. These body hugging gowns were offered in every material imaginable, from French laces to silk satin and silk organza, and some were embellished with beading and embroidery. This trend also reigns supreme today.
In fashion, how does a look go from an emerging trend to an enduring classic style? Perhaps, someone of notoriety makes a fashion statement by choosing something that is out of the mainstream. In 1840, Queen Victoria donned a white wedding gown during her wedding to Prince Albert. Before this, brides wore dresses of color. The affluent took notice and this transformed into the new fashion bridal color of choice.
More recently, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the revealing of her bridal gown on April 29th, 2011, created great anticipation. The bodice of her dress detailed a low V (plunging by royal standards) neckline and long lace sleeves. Designers took note and sleeves appeared all over the runways during Spring 2012 Bridal Fashion Week. The designers also took her V plunge neckline to new depths in recent bridal shows as Kate’s fashion statement continues to influence the bridal industry today.
Bridal designers draw their inspiration from a plethora of avenues. Many of them deliver on the promise of the unexpected. Some combine femininity and romance with an elegant edge. Whether they are capturing that girly fun spirit or that sophisticated aesthetic, it is always nice to see emerging and established designers evolve and grow each season.
SEVERAL CURRENT TRENDS TO NOTE:
LOW BACKS…whether the dress is strapless, donning a sleeve or straps, the designers have created a look of a traditional wedding gown from the front while showing some skin in the back for that walk down the aisle.
LOW V FRONTS…just how low will they go?! These plunging necklines seem to be taking center stage. Some bodices are a tad more conservative with subtle illusion gracing the front of the neckline.
BIG CASCADING BOWS…again, the focus is on the back. The designers are rolling out their version of the beautiful artistic bridal bow detail that sets the stage for a magnificent back.
SLEEVES ANYONE…the long sleeve trend continues (as ushered in by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a Kate), but now it is billowy and airy. Let’s keep an eye out for the bell sleeve gracing the bridal runways which is now showing in the ready to wear market.
PRINCESS FOR A DAY…the resurgence of the ball gown is evident at the shows. Tiered and flowy skirts trimmed with cascading horsehair in varying widths and soft floral details graced the runways. Cascading ruffles were also making a showing.
SHEER FABRICS…where did the lining go, you might ask?! Varying degrees of sheerness (practically see-through) on the bodices and skirts did not leave much for the imagination. Flower petals and other organic embellishments were used to mask the delicate areas.
SHOWCASING THE SHOULDER…exposing lots of shoulder with the portrait like neckline and the cold shoulder (sleeves with cut outs at the shoulder) drew a lot of attention. This statement follows a trend from the ready to wear runways. It is the nice midpoint between strapless and a fully covered bodice.
THE CINCHED WAIST…corseted bodices were paired with ball gowns as well as fitted and flowy skirts. The corsets were detailed with lace, embroidery and elaborate beading while the structure and boning of this fashion wonder showed off the waist.
SHOW THOSE CURVES…many designers love the draping effect of the beautiful crepe fabrics and other soft fabrics to show off their slip dress designs. Many detail a bateau neckline and are accented with lace or beading.
IT IS TIME TO SPARKLE…gowns featuring varying silhouettes are emerging with shiny metallic embroidered threading and embellishment covering the dress. Some glistened as though they were sprinkled with stardust throughout the fabric. As for accessories, bold shiny chokers and large statement earrings add that pop of bling to add sparkle to your day.
THE BLUSHING BRIDE…it seems that the non-white bridal color of choice for the runway is various shades of pink. The designers created layers of texture and fabric to bring out the softness of this hue.
MORE COVERAGE ANYONE…capes in all lengths and shapes were paired with the gowns. The cropped versions were accented with whimsical trims and feathers.
THE FAIRY TALE ENDING…long veils with beautiful laces and soft floral details extended well beyond the dress to create a soft and romantic finish.
Time will tell which runway trends will make the walk down the aisle. It is a wonderful time to be a bride!
Just in time for those spring break getaways and cruises, Nitsa’s is launching a new resort-wear collection in their Winston-Salem boutique.
Resort-wear lines that Nitsa’s will carry include Persifor, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Barbara Gerwit, HIHO, and Dizzy Lizzie.
Persifor offers bright and whimsical prints in casual dresses, tunics, palazzo pants, and accessories like handbags, totes, and hats. Their machine-washable silky custom fabric features vibrant hues of blues, greens, and citrus. Persifor was founded by Alexandra Thompson, a Parsons New School for Design graduate, who has worked in design for such iconic brands as J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer before launching her own line.
Roberta Roller Rabbit is a travel-inspired lifestyle brand, offering exotic, sophisticated yet affordable leisurewear and accessories by designer Robert Freymann. Roberta Roller Rabbit is an offshoot of Freymann’s namesake label and was inspired by a fable of a magical rabbit that she found on a piece of discarded fabric in India. All of her pieces are hand-block printed, created and produced by Freymann with artisans in India. Popular prints include monkeys, elephants, and fish and complete the signature whimsical spirit that has become synonymous with the brand.
Barbara Gerwit has designed a resort collection that is made up of hand-blocked, hand-beaded embroidered tunics and tops, and other related accessory items. Casual printed knit dresses and tops have now been added to this growing collection. Her light and airy fabrics are made of brightly colored cotton lawn, cotton Swiss voile, and laundered linen that has been constructed for easy care and washability at affordable prices. Prints include bright florals, pineapples, flamingos, and seashells.
HIHO Clothing is inspired by life in the Caribbean with casual clothing including linen shirts and sweaters, beach dresses, printed cover-ups, and soft cotton t-shirts. HIHO clothing is based on a tropical lifestyle and influenced by the pristine environment of the Caribbean and island life. Clothing is soft, designed to be functional, colorful, and comfortable in a chic island way. The casual, cool, and elegant designs and original prints are the hallmark of the HIHO brand.
With timeless, modern patterns and prints, the Dizzy-Lizzie line is a designer collection for the modern day woman. Founded in 2006 by designer Liz Lighton, these timeless dresses, pants, jackets, and “Tizzie” shirts are redefining the way women dress. Lighton’s passion for prints is shown through every detail in her clothes, such as the ribbon trims, stretched fabric, cuffed sleeves, and inner cotton linings. The collection features dresses, tunics, and tops in bold and colorful stripes, prints, and florals that are perfect for a cruise or a stay at an island resort.
Stop in and see all of these beautiful resort-wear collections at Nitsa’s and get ready for your next vacation or bring a little bit of the islands to the Triad!
Spring is almost here, and there’s no better time to update your wardrobe. And with the easy-to-wear and soft-touch pieces from women’s sportswear line Side Stitch, you’ll be ready for the warmer days ahead.
Made in Los Angeles, Side Stitch clothing has a fresh California style with casual easy-to-care-for designs. Their Spring 2016 collection is perfect for the woman looking to update her wardrobe for the office, weekend, or night out. Influences from the effortless Southern California lifestyle are injected into the unique, ultra-comfortable designs that include short sleeve button- down tops, high-low hemmed shirts, and flowy lace-up tunics in a variety of bright colors. Relaxed denim and linen shirtdresses offer functional dressing options that can transition easily from office to a night out. Gingham, plaid, polka dot, and stripes add interest to this collection.
Fabric is a key player in Side Stitch designs. They create fabrics with the softest touch possible, and their core denim pieces use a special eco-friendly fabrication.
Side Stitch was created in 2013 and has been mostly carried by Nordstrom. As they expand into a full lifestyle brand with their Spring 2016 line, they are broadening their product assortment and will be featured in boutiques across the country, including Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem.
The collection’s fabrics and silhouettes are so incredibly versatile that styles easily transition from season to season, and thus fit perfectly in today’s changing retail environment which favors the “buy now, wear now” concept.
Nothing is as special as seeing your daughter walk down the aisle on her wedding day. As the mother of the bride, there are certain duties you are traditionally responsible for
handling to ensure that your daughter has a special day.
Here is a list of some of the traditional duties that the mother of the bride is responsible for:
These are just a few of the traditional duties a mother of the bride expects to do, but many moms may want to take a more active role in wedding planning with their daughters. Or some mothers may prefer to take more of a back seat. No matter which category you fall into, be sure to stop and savor this special time with your daughter.
While her wedding day may be one of the most important days in a bride’s life, it is also a very special time for her mother. And as mother of the bride, moms want a dress that will
make them look and feel just as special as their daughters.
Gone are the days of boring, understated dresses or suits for the mother of the bride (MOB); today’s trends include dresses with exquisite details, sophisticated silhouettes, and figure-flattering styles. Here are some of the MOB trends that are hot this season:
Lace isn’t just for the bride anymore. New styles for the MOB include dresses with lace overlays that add a touch of romance but still look sophisticated. And lace doesn’t have to be just white or cream—lace in vibrant colors like royal blue or fuchsia make the patterns of the dress really stand out.
Spring into style with pastels! The newest color trends on the bridal runways were shades of pale pinks, mint greens, seafoam blues and pale yellows. Pastels are a beautiful alternative to basic black, especially for a spring wedding.
Neutral shades of champagne, beige, or taupe look elegant and up-to-date and come in various styles and lengths. If you do choose to go with a neutral shade, be sure to try on the dress before buying to see if the shade complements your skin tone. It may take a few tries in different hues to find the right shade for your coloring.
Bateau necklines or “boatneck” style can be very flattering, balancing out the figure. The cut elongates the neck and shows off an elegant collarbone.
If mom doesn’t want to bare all with a sleeveless dress, cap sleeves offer the best of both worlds. They offer some coverage but are a nice alternative to long sleeves, especially for a summer wedding. Cap sleeves on a dress create a look that is elegant and classy.
Yet another alternative for the MOB who doesn’t want to bare her arms and shoulders is this new trend—dresses with long, sheer sleeves. Sheer sleeves create the illusion of bare arms while still letting the MOB feel covered. These are a great choice for fall or winter weddings.
For MOBs that want a shorter, flouncy look, A-line styles are extremely figure-flattering. A fuller skirt hides a multitude of figure flaws and is especially flattering for pear-shaped figures.
Choosing the Perfect Prom Dress
High school prom season is right around the corner, and girls everywhere are starting their search for the perfect prom dress. From long to short, strapless to one-shoulder style, sequins to ruffles, there are lots of different styles of prom dresses to choose from. But how do you find the dress that is right for you?
Pear shapes – If you have narrow shoulders, a small chest and waist but are curvier on the bottom through hips, buttocks, and thighs, then you are pear-shaped. Dresses that look best on this figure type are those that are more fitted on the top and have an A-line or fuller skirt.
Apple shapes – If you are fuller on top and tend to carry weight in your mid-section but have slim hips, legs, and a small behind, then you are what is referred to as apple-shaped. Prom dresses with an empire waist will help draw attention away from your middle. Also, a higher waistline means the prom dress may not be as tight in your problem area. If you have nice toned, athletic legs, show them off by choosing shorter prom dresses.
Slender, straight shape – If you have more of a slender, straight up and down shape, you’ll want a dress that will create the illusion of curves. Choose styles that draw attention to your bustline or a dress that bells out at the bottom. Or you might try a dress that draws attention to your waist such as a wrap dress or one with a belt.
Petite – If you are 5’2” or under, you’ll want a prom dress that will create a long line and make you appear taller, but floor-length ball gowns tend to overwhelm a small frame. Go for a shorter dress or one with an asymmetrical hemline. A longer, fitted solid-color prom dress can add the illusion of height as can long ruffles.
Hourglass shape – If you have an hourglass figure, consider yourself lucky! Since your body is well-proportioned, you don’t need to hide anything, and most styles of prom dresses will flatter your figure. If you have a fuller bust, just be sure to choose a dress that offers good support up top.
Whatever dress you chose for your special night, make sure you are comfortable in it. You don’t want to be tugging at a strapless dress all night if it does not fit you correctly or have to worry about a long train getting caught under your heels. Go for a pretty color with some interesting details in a style to fit your body shape, and you are sure to have a memorable prom night!
From lace to pale pinks to bridal separates, the 2016 spring runways were full of trendy details that many modern brides will love. And Nitsa’s was recently featured in Southern Bride and Groom magazine in a spread on some of these new styles. Here is what’s new this season in wedding gowns.
Luxurious Lace, Front to Back
Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, bridal design houses are offering a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring. But the best part is that the lace no longer stops at the bustline—the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs have become the pinnacle of the design. You can find these new lace creations from designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Anna Maier—all available at Nitsa’s
Convertible Dresses and Overskirts
One of the hottest trends right now is a bridal dress that serves as two-in-one. A ceremony train gives the illusion of a ballgown but can be removed to reveal a modern fitted reception dress! Romance meets allure with chic and sheer overskirts this season from designers Amsale and Anna Maier.
Mix and match bodice and skirt to create a bridal look that fits your style with new bridal separates. Crop tops paired with long skirts were all the rage on the bridal runway for spring—these combinations let the bride show off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day for a look that’s modern and comfortable. Another trend in separates is the two-piece bridal suit; it pairs trousers and jackets for a more casual wedding look.
A Bateau Neckline
A bateau neckline can be a flattering fit on many body types and is a classic, sophisticated style. Dresses with bateau necklines can balance out the body and create an hourglass shape for a sexy, beautiful fit.
The Dipped V-Neckline
Not quite as risqué as a plunging neckline but not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, the dipped V-neckline adds just the right touch of drama to a dress.
A barely-there touch of color in shades of pale pink and rose are a pretty alternative to classic white. Also popular this spring are subtle tones of taupe, nude, and silver.
See all of the newest designs, and find your perfect wedding dress at Nitsa’s!
What are trunk shows and how can you make the most of them? Read on for answers to all your questions.
What is a bridal trunk show?
Bridal trunk shows are special events when the wedding dress designer (or a representative from the company) visits a bridal boutique to showcase his or her new line of wedding gowns. Brides-to-be schedule appointments to try on dresses and meet with the designer.
Why do boutiques have trunk shows?
Most bridal salons only carry a few dresses from a select group of designers. Trunk shows allow customers the opportunity to see and try on dresses they wouldn’t normally be able to find at that store. If you find your perfect dress during a designer trunk show, you can see if the store carries it, or oftentimes you can place a special order for the dress through the store.
What are the benefits to the brides-to-be?
Brides benefit because they will have the opportunity to talk to the designer to discuss his or her gowns and what styles may work best for their body type. They will also be able to take advantage of show specials which, many times, are a percentage off the dress or an accessory purchase.
What are the benefits to designers?
Bridal designers benefit because they get to see brides try on their dresses and hear their feedback. This is a great opportunity for them to learn directly from the customer what they may be doing right or wrong.
When Are They Held?
Many bridal salons hold trunk shows year-round, but the vast majority of them occur January through April. The shows usually last from one to four days, and appointments book up quickly. Call early or book online!
How Do I Prepare for Trunk Show Day?
First make sure you request your appointment by calling the store or scheduling online. An appointment will ensure that the store knows you are coming, and they can plan to give you the best service possible. Be prepared to buy. Trunk show specials can only be offered while the designer is in the store. Bring only a couple of trusted friends or family members with you. Too many guests will spoil your experience, but not having your trusted friends with you may make you uncomfortable with making this important decision. Bring a shoe with the heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. Most of all, plan to have a wonderful, fun, and exciting experience!
Plan to attend Nitsa’s next bridal trunk show with designer Marisa Baratelli on Feb. 4-8, 2016, in our Winston-Salem store or Feb. 10-13, in our Charlotte store.
Call 336-725-1999 to make an appointment for our Winston-Salem trunk show, or call 704-940-1999 to schedule an appointment for our Charlotte trunk show.