It's arguably the most important (and expensive) dress you'll ever own, yet you only get to wear it for a single day.
That's the weird thing about wedding plus size prom dresses. So much time, money and emotion invested into something you'll hopefully have very little use for the minute you take it off.
The question is, then, what do you do with it once your big day has come and gone?
While the traditional practice is to hang onto the dress for future generations, the more modern bride may also choose to sell, repurpose or donate her dress, depending on her beliefs and circumstances. But what, exactly, are the options available to Aussie brides?
"I think it's probably still more common to keep a wedding dress than not, but a lot of brides do look to sell their dress after the big day," Alexis Teasdale, Managing Editor of Cosmopolitan Bride told The Huffington Post Australia.
"The pros [of keeping the dress] are that it's there to become a family heirloom. We recently did a story on brides who wore their mum's dress -- most of them customised them and used elements, not wore it in the original form -- but each had a beautiful story to tell and it was really heart-warming. I met a bride who changed into her late mother-in-law's dress just for the first dance, as a special moment for her groom."
In terms of the cons, well, you don't stand to gain anything financially (and you might find yourself a bit on the broke side after both the wedding and your honeymoon) and there's no guarantee a) you will have a daughter to carry on the tradition, b) if you do, she will get choose to get married, and c) even if she does, that she will want to incorporate your dress into her big day. After all -- you got to buy a brand new dress -- why shouldn't she?
There are also risks associated with storing your wedding dress for an extended period of time. Though there are numerous wedding dress preservation servicesavailable in Australia, sometimes even the most carefully preserved gowns aren't immune to the perils of mould, mildew growth and/or moths.
"There are quite a few different ways to sell the dress now, from online sites to using a high-end boutique that specialises in second-hand designer dresses," Teasdale said.
"I think it depends on the kind of dress you bought, and what level of service you need to sell it. For some, a simple online exchange may be enough. For an expensive dress, a boutique means brides can try it on, feel the fabric and find the right fit."
Those interested in re-selling their dress online can list their dress at dedicated sites, such as Still White or I Do Gowns for a small, once-off fee, but keep in mind the conditions and actual execution of the sale will sit squarely on your shoulders. (However, you will get to keep all the money!) Tips for how to approach re-selling your dress online can be found here.
If you'd rather someone else deal with the hassle of selling, you may be better off selling your dress to a bridal studio specialising in pre-loved dresses such as Sydney's The Barefaced Bride or Savvy Brides.
While they will take a cut of the final selling price, they also take care of all of the hassle.
As Teasdale pointed out before, even if you do decide to keep your wedding dress (or parts of it) there are no rules saying you have to keep it in its original form.
"The possibilities are endless when it comes to using elements of the dress for other things," Teasdale said.
"I've seen brides use the tulle from their veil to make a christening dress for their child, lace from mum's dresses transformed into headpieces and fabric turned into a clutch for a daughter to use on her day too."
You could also use the fabric to make lingerie, dye your dress a completely different colour and rewear it or, if you're not sentimental at all, keep it in the attic for a great Halloween costume (BYO fake blood).
Those who decide not to keep their dress and also don't feel the need to re-sell it may consider giving their gown to a charity of their choice.
St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army and The Red Cross all rely on donations to stock their second hand stores, with profits obviously going toward each individual charity (head to their websites to find out how best to go about dropping your dress off).
Alternatively, Angel Gowns Australia is a nationally registered charity and not-for-profit organisation which uses the fabric of pre-loved wedding dresses to handcraft 'Angel Gown garments'.
These garments are either used as 'burial gowns' for stillborn babies or, in the case of leftover tulle, can be transformed into tutus which are donated to children who are living with a serious illness.
What to consider
When deciding what to do with your wedding dress after you've said 'I do,' there's no right or wrong answer, though you should give it some proper thought in order to avoid regretting anything later down the track.
"All you really need to do is think about whether it means something to you if a family member would ever want to use an element of your plus size prom dresses uk, if It would be meaningful to you to donate it, or if financially you could benefit from selling it," Teasdale said. "It's definitely an individual choice for every bride."
Danskin has decided to step it up by signing actress and dancer Jenna Dewan Tatum as its latest spokeswoman. The 125-year-old dance label, owned by Iconix Brand Group Inc. since 2007, is in the midst of a brand reimagining that couldn’t come at a better time.
Women’s brands account for 40 percent of Iconix’s total revenue (its first quarter revenue was reported at $94.6 million, with 2016 full-year projections of $370-$390 million), and Danskin is its strongest performer.
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The current pop culture mania for all things dance — from reality shows to feature films to fashion — leaves Danskin poised to capture even more of a market that’s seeing activewear and ath-leisure brands such as Fabletics and Athleta flourish.
Dewan Tatum is also reaching a new peak in her young career. The 35-year-old, who began her professional career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, shot to fame as the star of the 2006 dance movie “Step Up,” where she met her husband Channing Tatum. They now each have their own production company, and together are producing a scripted “Step Up” series for YouTube Red and a reality dance competition show for NBC, for which Dewan Tatum will be a judge and mentor.
On a recent scorching day in downtown Los Angeles, she was the star of Danskin’s production. (Its first campaign featuring her image is set to launch in October magazines including Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Glamour and InStyle.) Dewan Tatum is working up an honest sweat on the rooftop of an industrial loft building in the Arts District. Wearing a pair of black Spandex shorts, a hot pink sports bra and a grey off-the-shoulder crop top, she repeatedly jumps up and lands in a cross-legged lunge position as photographer Carlos Serrao tries to capture the moment just so.
“Thank god for the wind machine,” she laughs, as she does it again, making adjustments called out by a fellow dancer/photo coach from the sidelines. Earlier in the day, she bounced four feet in the air on a giant trampoline wearing pink supplex leggings and a tank top, the city skyline visible through the smog and wildfire smoke behind her.
The last set up, featuring a black two-piece dance outfit, takes place inside a room with exposed brick walls and large windows casting shadows on the wooden floor. Smoke and dust pumped into the sun-filled space gave the set a gritty feel, reminiscent of “Flashdance.” Afer Dewan Tatum performed some seriously slinky moves on the floor, she couldn’t help but break into a grin between takes, and high-fived the crew as the shoot wrapped.
“Most photo shoots are a beautiful mermaid prom dresses, a natural location and poses. Because I am a dancer, they were like, ‘We want you to dance and leap and twirl and bring out all your technical dancing from way back in the day.’ I felt really free and had a blast.”
The campaign, the brand’s first big push since 2013, was styled by Dewan Tatum’s friend and longtime stylist Brad Goreski, while Jen Atkin did her tresses. Gone were the black leotards and pink leg warmers. On display was a range of active apparel, dancewear, bodywear, loungewear and sports bras ranging from $20 to $54 retail. (Danskin also makes shapewear, sleepwear and fitness equipment.) Among the key items are motivational graphic text T-shirts; strappy back detail bodysuits that double as streetwear; leggings in fashion colors and prints, and French terry layering items such as asymmetric wraps and cardigans, all of which sell at danskin.com, Urban Outfitters, Lord & Taylor, Amazon and specialty stores. The brand also has a sizable kids business in Wal-Mart.
“Jenna is such a good fit as we reposition the brand. We love that she represents the new mom, with a young daughter, and she’s a dancer with a busy life,” said Carolyn D’Angelo, Iconix’s executive vice president of brand management and marketing services. “Danskin is a heritage brand with huge potential, and we haven’t really maximized it. We decided it was time to put effort behind what it truly represented: first dance and children’s dance — we want to capture the mom and her daughter because we have a very big business for young girls — but also expand on a strong casual, lounge and ath-leisure business.”
While many brands are on the hunt for “authentic” celebrity spokesmodels and ambassadors, Dewan Tatum is about as real as it gets. “I started dancing at age five. My first leotard was a black Danskin,” she said. “When this call came around, it was the fastest yes I’ve ever given. I always wish I could be dancing more, so I look at this photo shoot, where I’m able to bring my dance background to it, as more fun. I’m more comfortable and I feel confident. It reminds me of my youth and what I loved to do.”
The timing of this deal and her “Step Up” series was also ideal. If the viral YouTube video she and her husband posted re-creating their rooftop dance scene from the movie was any indication, it should be a hit. “I’m like, ‘What, that movie was 10 years ago?’ We keep saying we are going to force feed “Step Up” to [daughter] Everly. Like, ‘You have to watch. You have to see where you came from.”
Dewan Tatum has 3.1 million followers on Instagram, 720,000 on Twitter and 2.1 million likes on her Facebook page.
Dewan Tatum said her three-year-old daughter has started dance class, but she’s not quite ready for the structure yet. “She’s a very free-spirited little kid. She likes to run around and do her own thing. But she loves a tutu and she will put on three or four and go around the house and do little shake moves, so she will be thrilled with these Danskin tutus [gifted by the brand] when I go home,” she said.
But don’t expect to see Everly in print any time soon. “She came to a photo shoot with me and the photographer took a picture of us outside. She let me know that night that she did not like that. She said, ‘Mommy I’ll go to your photo shoot tomorrow, but I do not want my picture taken.’ I’m like, ‘Understood. I hear your words. Got it.’”
Dewan Tatum calls her everyday style “quite boho. I wear a lot of trumpet mermaid prom dresses and skirts and more ethereal hippie clothes for the day.” For red carpet, she tends to want to go overboard. “They’re like, ‘A little less eyeliner and sparkle,’ and I’m like, ‘Why? Once a dancer always a dancer.’”
She’ll have more time to dress up once her reality dance show hits the airwaves. “It’s going to be more of a variety entertainment show,” she said. “It’s fun discovering new incredible dance talent, but as well as being one hell of a show every week, it will be super fun. We love dancers and we want to make sure we are shining the light on these fresh talents, and also bringing the element of fun and surprise and celebrity guests and all those things that people love to watch.”
Of producing, she said, “It definitely fell into our laps, but then we started realizing that we could create something and make an impact in the entertainment industry. It became a bit more an empowered feeling rather than the entertainment industry telling us what we should do.”
As for why dance is so popular right now, Dewan Tatum noted, “Dance is a universal language and whether you know how to dance or grew up training in dance, you have a respect for people who love to dance and it’s also visually very entertaining to watch a great dancer. I think it lights you up in a way that is something everyone connects with.”
She said a lot has changed since when she first tried to break into Hollywood. “When I started out in this business dance was not at the height it is now. It was almost like, you’re either a dancer or an actress. Because of shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ a lot of artists are embracing dance and the platform has been raised so high that we are able to really bring dance to an elevated place where more eyes are on it and they are expecting it.”
Lower Broughton residents celebrated a well-deserved street party in style as they braved the weather at River View Primary School.
Gordon Street was recently crowned ‘Happiest Street in Greater Manchester’ by Key103 as part of a fundraising event for their charity ‘Cash for Kids’.
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Dedicated residents raised £3,193 for the radio station’s flagship charity aimed at helping disadvantaged children in Greater Manchester.
Brooke Vincent, perhaps more familiar as Coronation Street’s Sophie Webster also made an appearance at the party to the delight of those that attended.
The party was originally to be held on Gordon Street itself, but due to logistical issues and also a potential council road closure charge, the party was instead moved to the nearby primary school.
Local resident Keri Muldoon, 41, put the Lower Broughton street forward for the fundraiser, she said: “It went great – we had over 160 people there altogether – there was bouncy castles, and an original Punch and Judy show.
“The kids really enjoyed it – they got pizza from Dominos and cakes too.
“I got a plaque with ‘2016 Winner – Happy Street’ and we raised a lot of money for Cash for Kids.
“If you try the sky’s the limit, it’s just getting people out of the routine that they’re stuck in.”
Fundraising by Gordon Street residents lasted 20 days in July and included activities such as a sponsored silence, supermarket bag-packing and a fun run to name but a few.
The local community was devastated last Christmas after the River Irwell’s banks burst, causing heavy flooding in Lower Broughton, but lollipop lady Keri adds that this party was a great reward for a tight-knit community: “Things like that really test you but we got through it and the community spirit is great here.
There was only one disappointment for Keri, who is a mum of two, she said: “The only downside was that it was only 200 spaces so everyone who helped do the bag-packs and the bingo were automatically added because we wouldn’t have won without them.
“We’d then tried to get as many that had been flooded as possible but we couldn’t get them all in.
She added: “It’s great living round here because we’re now officially the happiest street!”
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Sexy or disgusting? Transparent mermaid prom dresses almost without underwear to go to church? Is this real? Read the article and find out the truth and a little bit more about church dress etiquette?
It’s absolutely shocking! The woman – her name isn’t revealed – managed to opt for wearing a church maxi dress almost without underwear. The world community couldn’t leave this as it is, so her photos were published in the Internet to attract attention of such behavior and to prevent further similar deeds.
Generally, it is up to you to decide whether a woman, putting on a transparent dress material, in church can lookSEXY or AWFULLY?
It looks as if she is going to club in a hot transparent dress, instead of going to church, isn’t it? What are your thoughts?
According to the church dress code and etiquette, you are allowed to put on dresses or long gowns. However, they shouldn’t be made of transparent material. What’s more, your blouses should be long-sleeved or collared ones. Improper attire also includes sleeve less or plunging necklines. No low-cut blouses or bare back and belly, exposed midriff.
Church etiquette doesn’t imply wearing spaghetti straps and tank tops, short skirts or skimpy shorts. You are recommended to put on corporate attires, office or school uniform. This way you are expressing your attitude to the church, its representatives and your gratitude.
Your jeans or trousers needn’t to be tight-fitting or low-waist pants, it would be better to put on slacked one. Shorts of any kind are forbidden to wear! For men it’s important to know that they can’t wear T-shirts without sleeves or sando, jersey top, caps. It is possible to wear a polo shirt.
The main rule – covered shoulders and bottom wear needs to cover the knee - for both sexes. Speaking about your shoes – it isn’t worth wearing slippers or sport shoes.
The topic of modesty – is extremely important nowadays. We should know where modern and fashionable mini-skirts, tiny bikinis, skimpy mermaid prom dresses uk are suitable and proper and where, wearing them, you will look like a clown, or shameless.
Some of us may consider these rules as old-fashionable or out-of-date, but still there are some places where it is needed for them to exist. Such issue is obligatory to be told to our children. Bear in mind!