image Designer and fashion industry expert, Dionne Dixon - the name behind many huge brands such as Jane Norman, Lipsy and ou very own Little Black Dress Collection,  gives us the basics on how to dress to flatter areas which sometimes need a little extra help in the wardrobe department. Dionne explains: “Whatever outfit the Mother decides, she must make sure she feels comfortable and carefree, and for me that means beautiful fabrics that are lined and finished with care. You don’t want the dress to be too revealing - or too covered so again play with the dresses which have capped sleeves or consider a luxury pashmina for colder evenings.”

Hemlines

Short or long depends on the length of the pins - and also the confidence in the bride’s mother but Dionne advocates soft pleats, delicate fabrics and fuller skirts that are pulled in at the waist for those with a pear-like figure.

lady-like

“I am always reminded of one of our best selling dresses, the Alesha Dixon water colour dress - it was phenomenal! Customers couldn’t get enough of the elegant, lady like silhouette - it was almost ageless and I know we are looking at developing this look further, so watch out for our new collection coming soon! “But full skirts, and small waists are the ultimate 1950s chic - and so fashionable at the moment. It is a very ladylike, soft silhouette.”

Sleeves

And one of the most common things we hear at Team LBD is many women don’t like to show much arm. . . Dione explains: ”Naturally, people have areas they don’t want to show - rather than disguise the arm completely, it may be an idea to opt for Bardot-style dresses that have sleeves which cap the arm area - giving the illusion of longer limbs with all the focus on shoulders. Or opt for many of our dresses which have lighter, chiffon sleeves? Again keeping with the SS17 trends of light and floating in chiffon.”