Friday, December 19, 2014

Bridal Body Image

Today I have the pleasure of sharing this wonderful guest post by Teresa Foss-Del Rosso, image consultant and owner of DC Elite Image. She offers great advice and tips on loving the skin you're in!
So you met the man of your dreams, got the perfect ring, and set the big date! Now comes one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your wedding planning, selecting your dress! Suddenly all kinds of thoughts flood your mind…what styles are best for your body type, why did you eat that pint of chocolate gelato last night, why didn’t you start taking those Barre classes six months ago. This is going to be one of the best days of your life, so you want to look and feel your best but those few extra pounds you’ve been wanting to lose are front and center. Positive Body Image is something every woman struggles with, especially on her wedding day. Here are some tips to keep you grounded and focus on learning to love your natural body shape! 
First And Foremost, Remember HE LOVES YOU JUST AS YOU ARE!  He wants to spend the rest of his life with you, whether you lose those ten pounds before the wedding or not. In his eyes, you are the most beautiful woman in the world already. Don’t do anything drastic. 
Embrace Your Beautiful Self
                                                                                                                                                                           Celebrate your natural body shape and know that your physical appearance is just one side of you. It doesn’t reflect your character, value as a person, or how loved you are. And you are loved! 
Learn The Styles Best For Your Body Type
If you are unsure of your body type, consult an image consultant or wardrobe stylist to help you figure out what styles are most flattering for your height, weight, skin tone and natural shape.
Strive To Be The Best You                                                                                                                                                                                           Not Beyonce, Giselle, or Chrissy Teigen. Set realistic goals for yourself and be confident in your own skin. Instead of focusing on the parts of your body you don’t like, focus on your favorite attributes and accentuate them. If you have great legs, think about doing a modern bride look with a short hemline or a front slit to show them off. If you have a buxom bosom, show off your curves with a feminine sweetheart neckline. Do you have wide hips but a small waistline? Try a princess-style gown that will show off what you love and conceal what you don’t. 
Do Not Try Any Crazy Crash Diets Or Workout Routines                                                                                                                                         Stick to the basics. Eat healthy, stay away from processed foods and too much alcohol, drink lots of water, and do some type of physical activity for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. 
Create An Inspiration Board                                                                                                                                                                                     Look through bridal magazines and design an Inspiration board or make a Pinterest board with your findings to keep yourself organized. Show your wedding planner, stylist, and friends and plan a shopping trip with these ideas in mind. Stay positive and open-minded when trying on different styles to see what looks and feels best. 
Love Yourself                                                                                                                                                                                                       Everyone has had days when they don’t like parts of their body or the way they look. Remember to truly find your own style and have positive body image, you need to embrace, accept, and respect your natural body shape, skin tone, and other attributes that make you the beautiful unique woman you are. 
Teresa Foss-Del Rosso is the owner of DC Elite Image, a boutique image consulting company specializing in helping professional men and women look and feel their best in preparation for weddings, galas, and other special life events. Teresa has been in the fashion and beauty industry for over 15 years and has her BA in Fashion Merchandising from Marymount University. Some of Teresa’s work experience includes being a MAC-trained Makeup Artist, Stylist, Freelance Writer, Dating Coach, and Model. Find out more at and on Twitter @dceliteimage or FB at

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