The dress is the most important element to help the quinceanera feel like a princess; like a star in all the media pictures and videos that will be taken that unforgettable day. It will become the protagonist to share with your world in creating a memorable and unforgettable experience in your lifetime.
Bottom line, you will need to align: Fit, Flow and Looks. What dress best fits you; what dress flows better with your personality, style and with the party experience you will create; and what look will make you the most beautiful of them all.
Since the dress is key, please answer the following tips will help you create that amazing experience regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in.
Just like Cinderella, you will find ways to create magic without breaking your bank.
What do you need to consider while finding your unique beautiful dress?
|Budget||Will drive dress material/dress brand/store/location to buy from|
|Experience Theme for your Party||Will drive the color and style of dress so it is aligned with your theme|
|Colors that enhance your beauty||Will drive your beautiful dress color and accessories|
|Your body type and how to enhance your attributes||Will drive the Style of dress that will help you look at your most beautiful|
|How comfortable do you want to feel during the party||Will drive your dress material; hair and makeup; accessories and shoes|
|Are you sure and happy with your bought dress?||Look for honest feedback from loved ones before you buy it|
|Ensuring success||Full dress fitting including shoes, hair and makeup|
- How much money can you spend? Who is buying your dress?
It is important for you to confirm with your parents, padrinos/godparents, beloved aunts or other loved ones, who will be gifting you the dress and how much money it is available for it? This will help you start doing research online and finding out realistically what your options are. Doing this can be exciting and fun.
There are plenty of options available including: buying, renting, borrowing or made especially for you. However, if possible, I would recommend for you to buy your treasured dress. That means you can keep it as an important memento for the rest of your life – I still have mine- As you can imagine, the price of the dress is greatly influenced by the design, the fabric and the brand you eventually choose.
- What is the experience theme you want to create for your party and how best to match your most beautiful dress ever with it?
As you plan the colors for the decorations, the centers to be at each tables the cake, the flowers, invitations; how you want your “prince” to dress for the night , your mom and dad to dress; and the actual location of the party; you may want to keep in mind how does all of that aligns with your dream dress. Coordination and alignment is very important. However, your amazing dress needs to remain the focal point.
I find that light pastel colors or even better a white dress matches everything else and allows you to change your theme colors and decorations without throwing it all out of balance.
Also, will you have “damas”/girlfriends celebrating with you this special occasion? If you do, make sure their dresses align and enhance your looks.
3. What colors enhance your beauty? What color best enhance your skin tone and goes well with the color of your hair and eyes?
I find that the in depth study that Carole Jackson’s classic “Color me Beautiful” did is still the most useful in matching all these different colors with the color of your most beautiful dress ever.
Carole’s model is based on 4 color types that she describes as the 4 basic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Which seasonal type you are depends on two basic variables:
- The undertone of your skin, hair and eyes (warm/golden vs. cool/ashy)
- How light vs. deep your overall coloring and specifically your hair is
The seasons represent the four possible variations of these two variables:
- If your natural hair color is lighter than medium brown, you would be typed as either a Spring or a Summer;
- If it’s darker you are a Winter or an Autumn.
- If your skin tone and hair have a warm undertone, or you are a natural red-head, you would be either a Spring or an Autumn;
- If your skin has a bluish, cool undertone and your hair is more ashy and has no golden or red highlights, you are either a Summer or a Winter.
Note: The original Color Me Beautiful material provides a much more detailed explanation
Go through each profile highlights below and compare their descriptions to your own coloring (natural hair color and bare skin!). Ignore your favorite colors and your wardrobe. For now you are trying to get an accurate view of your color type and the colors that suit you best.
Light: Your hair color is light (blond or light brown), your skin is light color and your eyes are either a light blue, green or grey. You are either a light Summer or a light Spring.You look best in the soft, light and muted shades of your color palette, e.g. peach for Spring or a pale lavender for Summer.
Deep: You have dark brown or black hair and deep brown, green or hazel eyes. You look amazing in the deep, vivid shades of your palette, e.g. deep terracotta –Autumn- or black -Winter. You are either a deep Autumn or a deep Winter.
Warm: Your overall coloring has a distinctive warm undertone to it. Your hair is either golden blond to brown, or strawberry blond to deep auburn. Your eyes are green, topaz, hazel or light to medium brown. You are either a warm Spring or a warm Autumn. You best suit the mid-range colors in your palette that are neither too intense nor pale, e.g. a medium tomato red -Autumn- or a soft aquamarine -Spring.
Cool: Regardless of whether you have light or dark skin/hair, your overall coloring has an underlying cool quality to it. You are either a cool Summer or a cool Winter. Like the warm type, you also look best in the mid-range shades of your palette, e.g. emerald green –Winter- or periwinkle –Summer.
Clear: Your overall coloring is high in contrast and saturation. Your hair is either a medium brown to black or a vivid, bright blond, your eyes are blue, bright green, topaz, amber or turquoise. You are either a clear Winter or a clear Spring. You look best in saturated, clear colors, e.g. a bright, warm pink –Spring- or hot pink -Winter.
Soft: There is little contrast between your skin, hair and eyes and your overall coloring is relatively close to neutral. Your hair is neither very light nor very dark. Your eyes are green, grey-blue, hazel or brown. You are either a soft Summer or a soft Autumn. You look best in soft, muted shades, e.g. olive green –Autumn- or blue teal -Summer.
IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SKIN TONE IN MODULATING YOUR SEASON COLORING PALETTE
- Fair Skin Tone
Choose a hue -blue, pink, yellow, green or peach—that best flatters your porcelain complexion. Choose the specific hue that best works with your eyes and hair color.
- · Medium Skin Tone
Copper, metallic silver, and gold are stunning on golden/bronze beauties. Also, a soft translucent gray softens complexion and makes the skin looks lighter.
- Dark Skin Tone
Primary colors accentuate your skin tone and ensures you are the center of attention. White, red, blue, and lighter shades of emerald green or yellow will work best. Remember to match it with your hair and eyes colors.
- What style of dress would best flatter your body shape/type?
The right dress will either make or break your looks, so it is extremely important to get this right! You want a design that enhances your assets and minimizes what you’re uncomfortable with.
Looks best in a long dress with a defined waist by using a sash or a belt. If you want to show your legs while dancing you can choose to have openings in the skirt of the dress.
A bolero jacket matching the color of the dress will balance your body shape; a chiffon cape will create a softer look; or add a jacket if you need coverage for your ceremony but wanted off for the dancing later on.
A dress that defines the waist like quince gowns work best. Alternatively, a flowing dress that does not cling to your stomach.
A halter neck line (fastens or passes behind the neck and leaves the arms, shoulders, and back bare) will provide the right amount of coverage and support allowing you to move freely the whole night long.
A mermaid style dress works best. The narrow waist that opens below the knees will help you look svelte and elegant.
A drop waist (the waistline is simply dropped down below the hips) long dress will help create an elongated torso lengthening your body and slimming your upper torso creating the illusion of a longer figure.
Go for the full-embellished bodice that comes with pretty details like embroidery, sequins, ribbons, and flowers. This will create the appearance of a bigger bust; and ending the line of decorations below the bust line helps give the appearance of fuller curves.
Pear Shape – Full hips and thighs with smaller upper body
A full skirt works best. It will flatter the overall look by giving an hourglass looking style.
Select a dress with an empire or drop waist to redefine your waist line. Avoid thick belts around your midsection and instead choose a chain or sash belt slung low on your hips.
Consider emphasizing your shoulders. Creating the illusion of more width in this area will make everything below appear narrower. Wear a structured jacket (ending mid-hip) to accentuate shoulders or wear dresses that cover the shoulders -cap-sleeves are great- and have a bit of puffiness or blousing, to visually balance your hip-to-shoulder ratio .To minimize fuller arms, sleeveless and cap-sleeve dresses are best avoided. Instead, select billowy, bell sleeves that are three-quarters or even full-length to flatter your upper body.
- Do you need to feel comfortable? Planning a lot of dancing that night? Do you get hot?/cold?
Important to consider when thinking about: the length of the dress; the height of the heels in your shoes and whether you need to include a jacket or shawl with your dress or long sleeves. Balance fashion with comfort, especially on such an important night. Consider how heavy is the dress material you are considering and how will it affect your dancing all night long. FEEL great in the LOOK you LOVE!
- What dresses have you tried and like best? Do you have someone that can give you hones feedback on which one looks best on you?
You will appreciate all that hard work when you see how amazing you look in the right dress. It is important you try on many dresses before making an impulse buy. This is a very special day and one that will center on this dress, so don’t get frustrated by the process. Check stores, websites and magazines until you find the dress of your dreams.
Just before you buy “The Dress” ask yourself if you are totally happy about it. If you can say that it honestly makes you feel the most beautiful and you feel comfortable in it then go for it. You want to cherish that dress forever.
7. Get a Full Dress Fitting
Before the actual party, have a full dress fitting with the shoes you will be wearing. Have your hair done as you are planning and put full make up. Also, put on the jewelry and accessories you will use on that day. That way you will be able to see how it all works together and have plenty of time to design stress-free changes to ensure you are the most beautiful of them all. Make sure you are the “belle of the ball” and all eyes are on you that festive day.