SECTION V - WEDDING DRESSES AND PROPER FITS
33) Neck - No style should be so loose that it gaps at the neckline. A rounded neckline should settle at the hollow base of your throat; a high neckline should be taut but comfortable.
34) Bust - The bodice of the gown should lay smoothly across your bosom. If it is a fitted style, it should be snug but not so tight it begins to flatten. Darts should be in line with the fullest part of your bosom. Side seams should extend from the armhole to the hem in a straight line.
35) Sleeve - If your sleeve style is supposed to fit tightly, there is no way around the fact that arm movements will be somewhat restricted. The cuff should rest at your wrist bone, with any lace or trim extending over your upper hand. Shoulder seams should lie on top of the shoulder and be invisible at the front of the dress.
36) Waist - If there are bubbles or wrinkles, the dress is too long waisted and should be altered. Make certain that it is not too tight; the day will be a long one and you will want to be comfortable.
37) Length - Your gown should be 1½ to 2 inches off the floor when you are wearing your wedding shoes. If you want it to touch the floor, make certain that the wedding ceremony or reception is not outside where the gown will drag in the dirt. If the gown does touch the floor, you will have to be very careful not to catch your shoe in the hem. The entire dress should hang gracefully and move with you.
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