BRIDES / GRADS
We are entering the high season for foundation garments and this is a very important part of looking fabulous and feeling confident in your formal gowns or wedding dress. This also goes for the mom’s and all the gals that are part of the event or going to the events. DO NOT leave this important piece to the last minute.
1. When you are shopping for your dress make sure you have a proper fitting bra or purchase a strapless convertible bra. Wear your shape wear that comes right to the bra line in either a panty or panty leg. This will smooth the wobbly bits and you will not feel so exposed while trying on many dresses.
2. Come try on corsets or the foundation you wish to wear with your dress at least minimum of 3 months prior to your event. This gives us time to order and make alterations to the bustier / corset / strapless foundations you choose.
3. Bring in the dress if possible it makes our job sooooo much easier. If that is not possible mark on yourself with pen where the dress line is front and back. We also offer with a VISA or MC the foundation on loan for your fittings. Please ask the staff for further information.
4. Most Brides see us on the average of three times, initial fitting, then a refit and then for all the fun stuff for the honeymoon.
We specialize in the difficult to fit to the impossible to fit as one customer told us. Sizes start at 28 bands and go to 52. Cups are AA to 52F and 30A - 46H in many of the styles. I, J, K’s are limited to smaller bands up to 36 / 38. We have 3 seamstresses on staff that specialize in corsets and modifications all formally trained in design and pattern making. We have added panels in, taken out panels nipped tucked and cut down. The dress shops are really good about marking with pins or thread what we need to do.
One of the biggest challenges this season and next is the Illusion back or key hole back dresses that are cut right down to the very waist. If your are considering these styles really think through your foundation. We have low back bustiers and U-Bras that we can convert to clear back straps and shoulder straps. Be very aware that stick on cups or putting in a “cup” is not going to give you any support or lift and not a good option.
When the seamstress says they can put in cups step back and take a picture of yourself in the dress with a proper foundation and without and see the different. Cups DO NOT stop the dress from collapsing in the torso. Also those cups may show up in pictures as a slight circle under the fabric, specially on a breast bigger then a D cup. This has been shared from many of a photographer.
There are so many does and dont’s in formal foundations it is best to visit our knowledgeable staff in either store to explore your options. Bring a picture if you can. The best selection for bridal / grad foundations is Warman hands down! It is the bigger store with 5 change rooms and room to spread out the gowns to view properly.
Make it a boobalicious event.