You may have an upcoming special event or you may be getting married, and are unsure whether to purchase a ready to wear gown or to get one made by a designer. People often find it hard to choose between the two, both options can produce stunning results but there are a few things to consider before making the decision.
Know your body shape
Knowing your body shape and what styles suit your shape is key. Firstly, you need to know what type of shape you have:
- Hourglass figure: Your bust and hips are basically the same size, and your waist is well defined
- Pear shaped: Your hips are larger than your bust, and your waist gradually slopes out to the hips
- Apple: Your shoulders and bust are broader than your hips
- Straight: Your bust and hips are basically the same size, with a slightly smaller waist
Once you’ve determined your body shape, you can use different styles and accessories to compliment your figure. For example, a straight shape could use a belt to give the impression of an accentuated waist.
If you normally have trouble finding the perfect fit then “made to measure” may be better for you. “Ready to wear” garments come in a standard sizing table that doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
Know what you want
Some people don’t know what they want and are open to ideas, whereas others know exactly what they want; you may like the bodice on a dress but don’t like its skirt. A professional fashion designer can give you what you want and has the skills to fit the gown perfectly to your body shape. However, some ideas technically don’t work, so you need to take their advice on board and adjust your needs accordingly.
If you’ve found something on the shelf that you like then that’s fantastic. However, the garment may need altering to fit your height or size, so don’t overlook this factor and ensure that you include this in your time frame and budget. Another thing to think about is who you select to do the alterations; if you’ve had a tailor alter your jeans well in the past, they may not necessarily be the best person to alter your wedding dress.
Have a defined budget
Your budget will play quite a big role in deciding which option you select. Generally, “ready to wear” gowns are cheaper than “made to measure”. “Made to measure” gowns take more time and effort and are made from scratch, often by hand. If you do select a “ready to wear” garment, don’t forget to factor in the alternation costs to your budget, this can add up quite quickly.