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Why Certify as a Bridal Stylist?

I see far too many brides in the wrong style, color and shape of wedding attire.  For instance, I notice they are poorly accessorized, their shoe style doesn't match the dress style, their veil style is inappropriate for their facial shape and their jewelry is the wrong shade for their skin tone.  Other things I have noticed include ill-fitting dresses on plus size brides (even though there are many gorgeous bridal dress choices for the curvier woman) and brides and bridesmaids who's dresses conflict with the wedding theme!

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Bridal Stylists Help Create Memories

To correct what I see as negligence by most bridal consultants or wedding planners - they miss the most basic points about dressing the bride due to lack of knowledge - I created a new career niche and wrote a definitive guide for BRIDAL STYLISTS.  FSI offers a Bridal Stylist certification and on-line e-Course so students around the world can become certified Bridal Stylist professionals.  This course has been a hit since its start because there is a real need for it and because its an excellent way to earn an income.

 Within the bridal consulting industry there are many trained wedding planners, bridal consultants and event organizers who passively engage in the business of the bride’s appearance.  They take their clients shopping without doing a color analysis, body shape measurement and image analysis or style personality test.  They rely on the wedding dress stores to guide the bride.  But guess what?  Even these sales pro's, intent on selling the bride an expensive dress, know little about body shape, body type, small, medium or large frame, low, medium or high contrast coloring etc.  because they too, like the wedding planners, have not been professionally trained.

Unfortunately, many brides waste hours of time looking for the perfect dress because they have not learned the "fashion rules" that apply to their individual shape.  They get even more confused, and waste even more time by taking the incorrect advice of bridal store "stylists".  And, on top of this, family add their advice to the mix often with truly awful results!

Shopping for hours on end without successful results is frustrating and adds to the pressure a bride is under.  Bridal Stylists ease the process of dress shopping.  As a Bridal Stylist it's your job to make the shopping experience effortless and time friendly.

Additionally, as a Certified Bridal Stylist, you can use your knowledge to train bridal consultants, wedding planners, event coordinators and wedding dress sales people and help brides look their absolute beautiful selves on their dream day, a day they will look back on and cherish for the rest of their lives.

Nip It – Cover Up Those Intimate Bits

How to Help Your Clients With This Delicate Issue

By Gillian Armour

It’s a dilemma all women face and one that's getting quite a bit of press lately – side boob (that part of the chest, under the arms) exposure and slippage. Because sleeveless dressing is a part of summer dressing and because clothing styles are cut tight to the chest/ underarm area the chances of exposing more flesh than you wish is ever present. That and the visible nipple (headlights) – two issues to talk about today.

As consultants it’s our job to find solutions to the style issues our clients face and, yes, there are solutions for adjusting your intimate bits so that the world doesn’t have to be “exposed” to you and you to it! My vote for best product goes to Hollywood Fashion Secrets. Their Fashion Tape is the stickiest, easiest to use, easiest to clean up tape there is. Use it to hold clothes to skin and cover up side boob that can peek out if your dress is sleeveless. It’s great for front cleavage management as well. Hollywood Fashion tapes comes in strips, as hem tape, as accessory dots (hold that diamond necklace in place) and even in tape gun to “shoot, stick and style.”

For covering up nipples I have found that the silicone sticky pads by Dimrs work well and will hold throughout the day. They can be used repeatedly but will wear out fast if you wear them for exercise. For workouts I would recommend the NuBra seamless adhesive bra since it is anchored between the breasts with a toggle to keep it in place. Not as great a product for nipple coverage is Boob-eez Headlight Concealer Silicone stick-ons. I have found that the thin outer part of the petal will raise up under loose clothing and if you are wearing a silk blouse this ridge is visible. This visual 'oops' only adds to the stress of trying to keep a smooth line under your clothes.

So, before you recommend options to your client try them out. There are so many brands and each one has a slightly different use and style. In my experience and from client feedback I think it’s true that you get what you pay for – the cheaper products don’t hold up as well as pricier ones. Paying a little more for quality is a worthwhile option since it will last longer and give you more uses. Check out our curated store at this link to find products your clients can use. They and their intimate bits will thank you.