Today we have a treat for our readers, a guest blog, from Guilty Pleasures lingerie blogger Ally Teal:
So your big day is looming, how exciting! I’m sure you have spent time choosing a venue, a band, tasting the food, finding the flowers and fulfilling a hundred other tasks, not to mention choosing the dress! But at the end of the day, one thing remains more important than anything: what happens when the dress comes off.
I’ll tell you what happens. Newlyweds fall into each other’s arms and enjoy their first night as everlasting lovers. But behind it all, lingerie is the key to everything.
There are innumerable lingerie brands. Every year, they create collections more daring, more diverse and more intricate than the last. As the bride-to-be, you may get lost inside this lingerie labyrinth. But things can be quite easy, if you know what you’re looking for.
I believe a bride should be all about sophistication, the kind that appears to be simple, feminine and natural. For a long time, brides have been trapped inside a world of too many details and styles, too much pompousness and way too much lace. It seems to me that this heavy look should be left behind and replaced with the light minimalism that always, and I mean always, succeeds in highlighting elegance.
Someone once said that less was more. For me, it doesn’t get truer than that. Every bride wants to be tempting outside and inside the dress and when it comes to lingerie, temptation is all about detail. You often see how much attention is paid to a scalloped trim or a small ribbon and, of course fabrics are crucial. The delicacy of a bride's body should be exposed by soft materials such as silk, satin , handcrafted lace, and tulle.
A handy example is Kate Middleton on her big royal day. Every soul on Earth looked at her and said “Wow”! Indeed, she looked absolutely spectacular. That was a dress that combined modernism with royal tradition in a way so subtle that some designers almost shed a tear. Through that dress, Kate said to everybody watching her “I am young and daring, but I am also royalty, with or without the Queen’s tiara”. And her message was accurately received.
I’m not saying “let’s all copy Kate Middleton”. What I am saying is that simplicity equals clarity, purity and beauty; simple equals stylish.
It’s not easy to pull this off. But many fashion designers have quite a good idea of what “less is more” is all about. What’s left for brides-to-be is to go out there and choose lingerie that will make them shine, with or without the dress.
Ally's guilty pleasure is lingerie. And she loves writing about it on her blog Guilty Pleasures.