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Stylist Dustin Ward, who conceptualized our Bridal Shoot, The Perfect Day, shares his tips for making your Big Day a fashion-forward experience you’ll cherish forever.

Find the perfect fit.
The key to successful dressing on your wedding, or any other day, is the fit. No bride wants to look like an unmade bed on her big day, and having your dress altered to your body will help to ensure that you will look your absolute best.

Two helpful hints for alterations:
Don’t wait until the last minute. Any good tailor will need plenty of time to make sure your dress is altered to fit you perfectly. This process could entail multiple fittings, different types of alterations, etc. Once you have decided upon a dress and a date, get in to see a tailor and he or she can help you plan a timeline for all the necessary alterations.

Just because you purchased a dress on sale doesn’t mean alterations will be cheaper. It is important to note: Whether a dress is $200 or $20,000 it makes no difference on the amount of work a tailor may need to do to your dress.

Get opinions, but always trust your own instincts.
A common issue most women have in dressing themselves is that they seem to miss so many wonderful aspects of their body types that can be highlighted by finding clothes that accentuate their most striking features.

Ask your closest friends and family, or even your husband-to-be what they think are your best features. Could it be your eyes? Your legs? Your decolletage? If you agree, great! If not, then maybe take a second look at what others see when they look at you. These opinions combined with your own view can lead you to pick a wedding dress that will show you off to your best advantage.

Color me terrific!
Just as much as fit is key to any of your fashion choices, color is just as important. Research the colors that will complement your skin tone, and hair and eye color. Beyond the wedding day, whether it’s for a day at the office or for a night out on the town, don't be afraid of adding a little color to your wardrobe.

by Dustin Ward

After growing up in Shamrock, Dustin finished his degree in the Netherlands. Upon returning to Amarillo, he guest curated “Made to Fit: the Amarillo Little Theatre and the Texas Panhandle” at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Dustin’s fascination with fashion began at a young age and continues as he sharpens his skills as a stylist.
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