By Dominique Levesque
What’s your favorite style of dress? Ball gown, mermaid, A-line? Maybe you like more than one dress? Every week I sit down with my staff to find out what my brides are asking for. It’s important to me to have what you are looking for. One of the emerging trends we noticed is the bride choosing to have two dresses. You don’t have to compromise anymore.
In many religions and cultures, the change of clothing and accessories during a wedding celebration symbolizes the beginning of a new phase of life for that couple. For many of the brides we see it’s simply an extension of their vision. They want to enjoy every minute on their terms with no compromise. It’s a small luxury they will cherish for a lifetime.
Questions from readers:
“When you buy your dress a year in advance or more, where is the best place to store the dress and in what conditions? In a bag for the whole year or air it out once in a while?”
That’s an awesome question because so many brides ask me the same thing. Here are my guidelines for storage and why:
- It should be kept in a dark place like the back of a closet. Over time, the light can affect the color of the fabric and the embellishments
- It should be kept in a proper garment bag to ensure it remains free of dust
- It should be kept in a non-smoking home. Even though no one will be smoking in the bedroom closet, smoke gets in everything. And the only way to get rid of that smell before the wedding is to have it dry cleaned. Over time, smoke can also alter the color of the dress. Many seamstresses will not want to work on the dress and the smell will transfer on the other dresses they are working on
For storing the gown after the wedding, it’s important to have your dress professionally cleaned by a cleaner who offers gown preservation services soon after the wedding. Even if you see no apparent stains, residues of white wine or oil based salad dressing may not show immediately on your dress but over time your dress will have yellow spots and even holes, as oil can eat through the fabric.
“Why is the size of my wedding dress different than what I normally buy?”
I love that question, because I understand your frustration. In the garment industry there are a large number of standard sizing systems for various garments: tops, dresses, suits… Each manufacturer decides what will work best for them and the segment of the market they serve, which makes it really confusing for customers.
It is a common occurrence in main stream clothing brands and chain stores to vanity size their garments to create loyalty from their customer. Who can blame them? I certainly would buy from a store where I fit in a smaller size. I wish the bridal designers would adopt that practice.
Our bodies are also not standard, and often our top is not the same size as our hips or waist. For example you can have a top size 8 a middle size 10 and a bottom size 12; our professional stylist will be able to show you the best size to take and how to alter the dress to fit perfectly.
The Dress Expert
Dominique Levesque followed her dream to be a designer. Now she’s one of Ottawa and Gatineau’s biggest wedding and prom dress purveyors, and owns and operates Dominique Levesque Bridal Salons.
“Fashion is my life, and helping women find their outer beauty and inner confidence for their special day is my life’s work” – Dominique Levesque.
Do you have a question for Dominique? Please submit your question by email at email@example.com or call one of the locations below for more information:
Ottawa: 1300 Carling, Ave. 613-321-1136
Gatineau: 319 rue Notre-Dame 819-643-1166