What else is big with brides? Hair extensions, lash extensions and showcasing the backside.
Adding curves in new places
Butt pads inserts that add fullness much like breast pads lift and create cleavage are in demand, says Maria Navarro, owner of Anjolique Bridal and Formal in Birkdale Village Shopping Center in Huntersville.
Breast pads are standard, but now they want to have the butt pads, too, says Navarro. Weve done special tailoring that curves under their butt. They want the S-curve you can see from the rear and the side.
Its the Hollywood effect, says JoAnn James, alternations specialist at Victorian Rose Bridals in Raleigh.
Shaping dresses to hug the rear end, thats the new look, or whatever you want to call it, James says. With some of the gowns, you have to change the line of the dress to get the look they are after.
Lengthening hair and eyelashes
That Hollywood look often involves adding extra strands to the eyelashes and the head.
Hair extensions and lashes have become nonnegotiable, Navarro says. Because of the hairdos they want, their natural hair length cant achieve that look. With the new bride, she has no guilt feeling anymore (about adding hair).
Gia Peebles, owner of Aura Salon and Boutique in Raleigh, sees it as a way to open new options.
Because really the sky is the limit when it comes to adding hair because it increases their options. You can achieve a look thats a little stronger; it might have more volume.
Meanwhile, strips of traditional fake eyelashes dont cut it for some brides.
They want individual lashes, because it looks more natural than a full strip, of fake lashes, Navarro says. So when the guests are talking to her, and even in the pictures, it doesnt look fake.
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