How to embellish a plain dress

How to embellish a plain dress: Image 1 Q – I’ve bought a dress with no embellishments, and now I’m worried it’s too plain. How can I add the wow-factor to it?

"Try adding a cape or bolero. These can be removed if it’s too hot or to create a different look for the evening reception. These usually come with beaded lace but fur versions are available if you’re having a winter wedding.

"Adding lace motifs to your dress is a cost-effective way of showing off your curves. You could also create lace cap sleeves or add some beads and crystals to add a touch of sparkle.

"If your dress doesn’t have a waistband, add a ribbon sash with an embellishment on the front.

"Pearls are perfect for beach weddings. Add them to the neckline, waistband or even the hem.

"I love sequins, they’re cheap to buy and can add a bit of glamour to any gown. Glue or sew them to ensure they stay in place, it can be a long process but believe me it’s worth it in the long run.

"If you want to add some sparkle to your gown, look for crystals or rhinestones. These can be attached using a special glue, or some have holes in so you can hand-sew them in place.

"Alternatively, you could create some beading, but this can be quite expensive. It’s worth the money if you want an integrated style.

"If none of the above takes your fancy, then why not try fabric flowers? It’s simple and easy to do yourself. If you’re on Pinterest, have a look at fabric flowers and download one of the many templates to practice with. I always feel this makes the dress look more luxurious and creative.

"Finally, if you’re not keen on adding anything to your gown, try incorporating accessories into your look. Long earrings look great with high neck gowns and bracelets pair well with sleeveless designs. You could also try lace gloves which can fingerless and quite elegant, especially if you add crystals to them."

Roxanne Halenko
Dress designer and seamstress

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