The mature bride is looking for something carefree. The best "fuss free" wedding dress fabrics are those that have a soft hand and will not wrinkle easily.
Wrinkles in a gown show up prominently in wedding pictures. I don’t have to tell you how much that detracts from a bride.
Bridal fabrics such as satin, chiffon, georgette, crepes, crepe back satin, poly silk blends and any soft draping fabrics will be best. You will be wrinkle free if you choose one of these fabrics in a polyester fiber.
For the mature bride natural fibers such as silks, linens and cottons may be more comfortable to wear because they allow air to circulate.
The only thing about wearing natural fiber fabrics is that they wrinkle very easily. I have though come across silks that resist wrinkling. Higher grade silks do not wrinkle very much.
That’s why you will want a "natural fiber and a blend of polyester" together to lessen the wrinkle factor. The fabric will still be somewhat breathable. And although it won’t eliminate all wrinkles, it will at least lessen them.
Wedding gown fabrics that are soft tend to glide over places on the figure where you may not be as toned as you would like. The trick here is to make sure your dress is semi-fitted and not form fitted.
There is a lot of helpful information about body shapes and figure types on the selecting a wedding dress section of this site.
There are a few complaints made by "older brides" in their 50's and 60's about their figures that seem to be common among this group...
The best dress styles for the mature bride that will be complimentary are as follows:
Make sure your bridal dress is slightly loose in areas you don’t want to call attention to a thick waist, protruding tummy. If you are pear shaped, then you want to lessen attention to your hips and/or thighs.
These styles have worked out well for many mature brides. Try on a few to see which one will look best on you and suit your personal style.
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