@lovelyclaire on Twitter asks: "I've a tall girl challenge - wedding dresses! I'd like a) to not look like a Disney princess and b) not require a remortgage?!"
Well, as much as I like looking at swishy silken frocks, I'm no expert in this field. But luckily, I know a girl who is: Laura, the 6ft author of All The Tall Things, got married a couple of years ago and I'm thrilled that she is able to share her words of wisdom and get all you tall engaged girls into amazing dresses.
Over to you Laura!
|Benjamin Roberts '2359' I can't resist just one princessy frock, sorry|
“Everything in the bridal shops is made for tall women…”
“I had to take three feet off mine…”
And if you’re 5’9 or 5’10, then YES. The bridal shopping experience will be fabulous. All champagne, perfectly fitting dresses and crying mums. But if you’re very tall, it can be… well. Like your usual clothes shopping experience. Times a MILLION.
I’m just over 6ft, and having previously been a bridesmaid – who had to hack off the straps of her Monsoon dress , turn it into a halterneck and secure it with double-strength tit-tape to give it a few cheeky extra inches – the idea of finding a wedding dress was depressingly unexciting.
But, it should be a fun experience, and if you keep your wits about you, I’ve learnt that it’s absolutely possible to find The One.
|Made to measure for only £149? Thanks Honey Pie Boutique!|
However, my bridal shop totally cocked up my dress (presumably they looked at the measurements in the factory and decided “no one is that tall”), and when I arrived for my first fitting, the hemline floated gracefully to just above my ankles. It prompted my one bridezilla moment of the entire wedding experience – which, given that my Gran died on my wedding day, must have made it a serious cock-up.
Tears flowed, mum anxiously looked over the contract, and the red-faced bridal shop owner protested “that’s how it’s meant to look”, before reluctantly adding an extra lacey scalloped trim to the bottom. And charging even more. But once it was finished, I loved it. And I’ve worn it at least five times to do the washing-up since.
|Alfred Angelo actually has a Disney princess-inspired range - sssh, don't tell Claire!|
|French Sole Henrietta Pirouette pump, £100|
Laura's top tips
- If you’re on a budget, consider finding a pretty vintage-style or 50s prom dress to wear with some killer heels, and show off your legs.
- You might actually want to research prices for a completely made-to-measure, one-of-a-kind creation. You may be surprised to find that it ends up at the same price (particularly if you go off-the-beaten-track of London and other expensive cities).
- If you find a designer that fits, don’t accept the first price you get. Call around other bridal shops to see who else stocks that style. Prices vary hugely from shop to shop, and it may be worth driving a few extra miles to save yourself as much as 500 quid.
- Take some dressy shoes, even to your first fitting. Shop assistants will always say “I’ll grab you some shoes for you to try it on with, what’s your size?” And then look seriously bewildered when you say “Ooh, lovely. Size 10 please.”
- If you want the dress to be trailing along the ground – TELL THEM. And make sure they make a big fat note of it in red pen on your file. It’s your dress.
- Buy a long way ahead. Unless it’s a shotgun wedding. And on that note, if it’s bridal + tall + maternity that you’re looking for, I wish you all the luck in the world. You are ruddy well going to need it my lovely.