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Bridal tips, part 2

Expert tricks to get more from a budget wedding dress, shared by Brides magazine. Style your silhouette with undergarments that correspond the lines of the dress with the best features of your figure. Use accessories to add panache to even the simplest dress. Add a beaded belt or shrug and get two looks for the price of one. Planning (and shopping) ahead will help get more for your dollar. Retailers discount last-season styles in June and November, but watch for sales year-round.

Bridal tips, part 1

Making the most of a budget wedding dress takes a few tricks, shared by Brides magazine. Start by choosing a white, ivory, champagne or blush color that flatters the undertone of your natural skin tone. Next, splurge on tailoring to make sure the dress hugs every curve. It’s easiest and cheapest to take things in, so order a size that fits your largest measurements. Don’t forget, our alterations specialists can make even an off-the-rack gown fit you like couture.

Cuffs?

Back in the 1890’s, King Edward VII popularized sewn-in “turn-ups” as an alternative to rolling up pant bottoms in rainy weather. Cuffs were a sign of elegant tailoring until WWII wartime clothing restrictions banned cuffs and flaps on pockets to save fabric. Today, cuffs are recommended on trousers with wide or long legs, double pleats and high waists. Cuffs tend to shorten the leg line, so are best for the taller and slimmer. Our tailors can hem, cuff and finish.

Powder explosion.

When powder makeup gets on dark clothing (always when you’re in a hurry) ignore the instinct to brush it away. Rubbing spreads the mess and pushes the powder into the fabric. Blow instead, using canned air, hair dryer or your breath. Makeup remover on a cotton ball should pick up what’s left. We can remove stubborn makeup stains – even professional stage makeup. Tag the stain with masking tape and our stain removal experts will get to work on it next time.

Charge it!

The latest from scientists is a wool fabric woven with solar cells and “triboelectric nanogenerators” to actually create enough electrical energy to power your phone while you walk. The fabric, as reported on Thrillist, is slightly thick and rough, but could lead the way to integrated wearable technology, without bulky power supplies or recharging cables. However this develops, you can be sure we’ll know how to keep it clean and fresh, and powerful.