Dresses: Dressing for your shape

Oscars 2013: Hand-beaded lace

Going down memory lane to the Oscars last year, English singer-songwriter Adele wowed us all as she walked down the red carpet.   Adele showed off her full-figure silhouette in a beautiful, long, evening gown from fashion designer, Jenny Packman.








CM Couture’s Style 1211 encompasses many of the beautiful features seen in Packman’s creation.  Style 1211 is a gorgeous, long, evening gown, with ¾ sleeves and hand-beaded lace from neckline to hem.  This dress is perfect for any occasion, especially for our beautiful mothers of the bride and groom.









For more information regarding retailers that carry our CM Couture collection nearest you, please email us as info@cmcouture.com.


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Style 1227 – Top-Selling dress of the week!

Dear Mothers of the Bride and Groom,

If you want to look elegant, sophisticated, youthful and glamorous on your child’s special day, then Style 1227 from CM Couture’s 2014 Collection is the dress for you!  Coming in the colours Parisian Blue, Black/Taupe and Charcoal, this dress has been on repeat-order by our retailers all across North America!  This beautiful, long, evening gown, adorned with hand-beaded lace from neckline to hem has been our ‘it-dress’ this week and it looks like it won’t be easing up anytime soon!  What makes this evening gown simply amazing is that it hugs your silhouette in all the right places and, like most of our CM Couture dresses, it comes in plus sizes as well.  Regardless of shape of size, you can look and feel beautiful on your child’s special day.  Email us at info@cmgtrade.com for more information regarding retailers nearest you!









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Say Yes To The Dress, Again!

A common worry sales associates nationwide hear during their appointments are customers worried about spending money on a dress they’ll only be able to wear once.  But keep in mind, alterations can be done to any dress to make it look like a whole new look!

CM Couture’s Style 1001 is a beautiful, mermaid-style, long, evening gown that has hand-beaded work on the bodice and is adorned beautifully with a broach detail on the side.   This dress can easily be turned into a stunning, short, sexy, cocktail dress by having the flared skirt cut off starting from just above the knee.









CM Couture’s Style 1096 is a gorgeous, fit and flare style, long, evening gown that is adorned with beautiful lace from neckline to hem, complimented with a beautiful flower on the shoulder.  This dress can be easily turned into a sophisticated, short dress by having the flared skirt cut off starting from just below the knee.









CM Couture’s Style 1219 is a beautiful, romantic, Marchesa inspired ball gown, adorned with hand-beaded lace appliques over soft netting and tied in beautifully with a fully beaded belt all around.  This dress can be easily turned into a pretty, prom-like, short dress by having the tulle skirt cut off a few inches above the knee.









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Oscar Worthy!

Hollywood actress and singer, Mariah Carey, wowed critics at the Oscars wearing a stunning, long evening gown from famous designer Valentino.  Critics loved this dress because it hugged all the right places on Mariah Carey’s curvaceous body.









CM Couture’s Style 1073 is a beautiful chiffon gown that will definitely make a statement at your next event.  Its intricately rouched bodice is adorned with crystal broaches on both sides, and can be worn on or off the shoulder.  This sheath style gown is perfect for a Spring and/or Summer event.








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Customer Service – more important than ever.


By: Clare Nisker

G49Thankfully to Boutique owners, dress shopping is still a niche industry that  requires valuable customer service an attention to detail.  Evening gown and bridal boutiques will always have a purpose in the marketplace despite the new era of online shopping.  A purchase made at a Boutique offers you the pampering and attention you deserve to look fabulous from head to toe.  What is the most important aspect of purchasing an evening gown? The Customer Service that succeeds your purchase. Put your trust in the experienced sales staff and give them the benefit of the doubt when they offer their opinion.  They deal with numerous dress collections and women of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis.

Visit boutiques that have been in business for a good number of years; they’re more likely to be organized, stable, have a great rapport with vendors and most importantly, they have experience.

Support your boutiques; without them, their expertise, alteration facilities and customer service, buying a gown off the internet just sounds plain nerve-racking.

The Perfect Style For You


By: Clare Nisker


GOAL: To find dress style(s) that best suit your figure and camouflages your troublesome spots.

Firstly, visit a boutique where you will be greeted by qualified sales staff is ideal.  They can save you a whole bunch of time and can tell right away which gown style(s)  best suits you.  Once you figure out your ideal dress silhouette(s), you can narrow down the selection of dresses from which to choose form whether for Prom, Mother of the Bride, Gala  or Guest at an event.

Try to see if you can figure out your body type at home.  In your bra and underwear stand at least 6 feet back from a full length mirror .  This exercise may be hard for many of us because after so many years, our perception of ourselves is often skewed (what we see in the mirror is not how others see us).   Try to look past yourself in the mirror,  you will then see the areas of your body that are disproportionately larger then the rest of your figure.

Basically, if you are bottom heavy, you should choose a gown that will even out the width at the top of your body. If you are top heavy you will have to even out the silhouette at the hips or better yet the bottom of the dress.  If the bottom of the dress is wider than your hips, your hips will automatically look smaller!

Your silhouette has a lot to do with your body shape, not to mention height, posture etc.  Whether you are at an ideal weight, 10, 50 or 100lbs over, everyone has a distinctive silhouette.

Choose a picture below that best applies to you.

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The yellow areas are making your body disproportionate, and to create the best silhouette for your body, you will need to offset them by choosing the correct gown shape.

Notice the red vertical lines, in the correct gown your bust and hips should be much more in balance with those lines and your waist should be on the inside of those lines.

When you balance out your proportions in a dress, you automatically look slimmer and deviate people’s eye from your larger areas.

Please keep in mind there are more than one style of gown for every silhouette. Moreover, there are some amazing styles out there that compliment every figure. Here are some examples.

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If you gain weight all over, you will need a gown that will give you a shape. Mermaid gowns are an ideal silhouette because of the hour glass shape it forms at the knee.





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If your problem area is your mid-section, then you will have to smooth out the transition from your mid-section to your hips. A free flowing skirt or A-line skirt is ideal.






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If you tend to be bottom heavy, you will need to bring the eye upward toward your bust or waist.  Also look for styles that have a sleek transition from waist to bottom to creat a stream line.




These are the basic rules for choosing a dress shape for your figure.  However, fashion is exciting and dynamic. If you are bottom heavy and absolutely love a mermaid gown, you can offset it by adding capped sleeves and that will visually offset your hip proportions.  Use your creativity or the creativity of the staff at the boutique, use their experience and know-how and you will end up with a gown you will feel and look your best!


Guidelines to Necklines

The neckline on a dress – whether it be a mother of the bride/groom dress, a prom dress, an evening dress, or even a casual party dress – is a crucial aspect of the gown itself.  Being the closest feature of the dress towards the face, the neckline can be the determining factor if the dress will or will not be flattering on your body shape.

Here are a few tips that will help take the edge off of your dress shopping experience:

Ladies with a short, wide neck:  Look for dresses that have a scoop neckline.
Perfect dress: CM Couture’s Style 1064










Ladies with a long, thin neck:  Look for dresses that have a high collar neckline.
Perfect dress: CM Couture’s Style 5095










Ladies with a larger bust and shorter décolleté:  Look for dresses that have a v- neckline.
Perfect dress: CM Couture’s Style 1227

1227Parisian Blue front









Ladies with a smaller bust and longer décolleté:  Look for dresses that have a higher neckline.
Perfect dress: CM Couture’s Style RA-G49









Email us at info@cmcouture.com to find a store near you!  Happy Shopping!