''Bridal chic''

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Posted by HSG on May 30, 2005 at 23:27:44:

Is this the latest development in the "New Femininity"? If so, then plus-size beauty is once again in luck, because bridal-inspired fashions are ideally suited to the plus aesthetic.

"Bridal chic," as the name implies, takes its inspiration from bridal/prom garments, and incorporates their beauty into pieces that are wearable in everyday life.

Nothing could be a more natural offshoot of the "New Femininity." Even during the decades when mainstream fashion was most relentlessly androgynous and modern, bridal wear remained unsullied, and always recalled the aesthetic of another age, preserving timeless elements such as ruffles, frills, lace, and gossamer fabrics.

And for many individuals, a wedding is the closest that they ever come to experiencing true Romanticism in their lives. It is a ceremony that dresses them in unmodern styles, places them in enchanting settings, and enables them to intone a sacred incantation to a beloved.

We are only just now beginning to see the introduction of "bridal chic" in mainstream fashion, and it will be fascinating to see how this trend develops in the future. But we can already cite several examples of this style.

One is America Ferrera's image in the current issue of Teen People, which shows her wearing the kind of white lace gloves that a bride might wear on her wedding day.

Another is the following camisole at Torrid, which has "layered stretch lace with ruching at the bust." Having no idea what "ruching" was, we looked it up, and discovered that it is "A frill or quilling of some light material, as ribbon, gauze, or lace, used to ornament some part of a garment." Now there's a textbook example of a contemporary feminine detail--and it looks enchanting.

And we are especially delighted to be able to show a feminine piece on a genuinely full-figured model (for once)--specifically, on everyone's favourite Torrid girl, who proves, once again, just how attractive such feminine styles are on models with shapely figures.

And a reader just wrote in to inform us of another singular example of a bridal/prom inspired summer outfit, in a video from a Canadian musical group.

You can view the video at the link below--not for the music (no comment), but because it is a marvellous example of how to adapt a bridal look for everyday life.

It is also a fine three-minute lesson in the many terrific ways in which a model can show off a flared skirt (which is probably the most wonderful item that any girl can ever hope to model, because it allows her to do all kinds of interesting things with the garment).

It is very much a shame not to being able to see this outfit on a curvaceous presenter, but what can one do? At least the video offers further testimony to the popularity of today's feminine fashions. (A round of applause to the stylist.)

Let's hope that forthcoming plus-size magazines offer editorials showcasing romantic styles on full-figured models.

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