Fashion Fix-It Tips for the Bride from NYC Celebrity Stylist Allison Berlin of Style Made Simple

couture wedding dressTrick or Treat?

I get a lot of requests to divulge my tricks of the trade. For example, what keeps the girls from peeking out of that low cut halter gown? How can I fill out that Vera Wang strapless number? What do I do when I get more deodorant on my shirt than under my arm? The answers to those burning fashion fix-it questions and more were reserved for closed sets until now!

Chicken Cutlets – that’s what the pros call ’em! They’re actually uplifting silicone bra inserts that help fill-out or even-out. I’m also a fan of Low Beams and Fashion Forms Gel Petals for those overly attentive areas. Find them here

Topstick – the stylists’ go-to fix-it. More powerful that Hollywood Tape, the little yellow box was originally meant for keeping toupees(!) in place. I use it to keep a loose hem from dangling, a collar from flopping over, and a button-front shirt peek-a-boo free. Find them here

Shout Wipes – Keep these individually wrapped wipes in your handbag ready for a clumsy moment. First, wipe off the excess solution on the back of your hand, then gently DAB (not wipe) the stain. I used this to remove a small blood stain on a white dress just before my client walked the Red Carpet, seriously. Find them here

Deodorant – possibly the most unusual solution, simply rub the thin foam padding covering the top of a dry cleaner’s hanger against the white mess and suddenly you’re ready to go (provided it’s not a huge mark). I have no idea how I learned this but it works wonders!

T&A– Gowns require some serious structure to look effortless. Shapers should be every brides BFF and attend all dress fittings. Spanx panties have the best sucking power and come in all different lengths from the rib cage to the thigh. If you’re small busted, have the bra cups sewn into your gown. If you’re blessed with more, skip the strapless bra and invest a good nude bustier (they often sell this at the bridal shop). My favorite bra tricks for ‘girls’ of all sizes? Braza bra extenders allow you to wear your regular bra with a scoop back top or dress, and a 2in safety pin attached to the back of your bra straps can turn your regular bra into a racer-back without that high, thick panel down the middle. You can find them here and

Travel stylist – want all the glamour of being a stylist but none of the physical labor? Become your own pro with a travel styling kit. Make sure your planner/bridesmaid/mom has this handy in the bridal suite the day-of. It has what you need to fix last minute wardrobe malfunctions for the bride or groom! here

Allison BerlinABOUT Allison Berlin of Style Made Simple

Recently named one of NYC’s Best Personal Stylists by Page 6 Magazine, Style Made Simple private styling is founded by celebrity stylist Allison Berlin. “I’ve been in the fashion industry in NYC for 10 years styling for the likes of Stacy London, O Magazine and Victoria’s Secret, but I most enjoy working with real women and helping them realize their most confident, beautiful selves.” A veteran of luxury Manhattan weddings, Red Carpet events and photo shoots, Allison is committed to working with each bride starting with the concept consultation through finding The Dress, accessories and outfitting the wedding party. readers enjoy a Style Made Simple special offer for 15% off Bridal Tours or Bridal Luxe services.

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