Searching through San Francisco California bridal shops day in and day out can be difficult. Having to go in and try on all of the different dresses can be an exhausting way to spend the afternoon. We understand that it’s worth it though! That’s why we want to make it easier on you. Flare’s Bridal Shop has a huge amount of options to choose from but we know that you’re looking for just one. In order to accommodate your needs, we have developed some basic information about some of our options to give you a better idea. This way, before you even walk into our shop you can have a hint at what might work for you. Of course, nothing is decided until you’ve slid into that dress and seen and felt it for yourself.


First Things First, Fabric!

As a bride, every little detail revolves around you. Right down to how the material is supposed to look and feel. Finding the material that makes you feel like royalty is, therefore, the goal. We want you to spare no curiosity or fascination, there are incredible fabrics to try and you may discover that there is a type you’d never heard of before. Our priority is simply to provide you with a good idea of what there is in store. After that, it’s all up to you!

Duchess Satin

This type is a gorgeous low luster blend of satin that has a high thread count and is medium-bodied. It is slightly heavier than normal satin fabric and its synthetic makeup allows for it to be machine washed. This makes it durable and still nonetheless beautiful!


When you imagine silk, chances are you may be thinking of this version. It is a very more lustrous and heavier fabric that gives silk a great name. The material appears very iridescent in the light because it is often woven with different color threads. It is still very delicate though so one should certainly take great care.


The Georgette fabric is a simple, semi-sheer, grainy cloth. Strong and tear – proof, it is easily colored and is one of the most popular printing materials. Georgette cloths are woven into highly twisted and slightly rough yarns. It was named after a 20th-century dressmaker Georgette De La Plante.

Let’s Talk About Waistlines

Finding the dress is one thing, and deciding on the fabric is a question all to itself. However, once you get past these points of contention, your next biggest challenge will be finding the perfect cut for your waist. Don’t worry though, Flare’s bridal has such a huge selection and we can even help you narrow it down!


This style refers to the waist which rests in the narrowest part of your torso. It is just between the hip and the cage on your natural waist. We recommend this type of waistline if you have a small waist. It will emboss your features marvelously.


The waistline for this look is dropped anywhere from 3 inches to 12 inches down from the waist. However, it can draw attention to your hips so you might want to avoid this option if you feel self-conscious about your hips. Essentially the advantage of this look is to make you appear taller in stature.


This is a very beautiful look that forms right underneath the bust of the dress. It is a very fluid and cloud-like look that hugs your ribcage instead of your waist. For those that have a big bust, it may imbalance the look of your body so we would not recommend it. Yet, it can really emboss the figure of someone with a small bust and look very lighthearted.

Paloma Blanca 4840

Necklines Galore

The next most important aspect of a dress is the neckline. Finding one that can match the full scale of the dress, meaning the theme and the styling, is a difficult feat but its not impossible. Plus, Flare’s is here to help you with all of your bridal needs. Below we have listed just some of the huge variety of necklines that you have to choose from. Hopefully, it can help you make your mind up!


This type of neckline will dip at your cleavage to make the cut appear like the top of a heart. It is very alluring and looks breathtaking on someone with very well defined collar bones and a full bust. Additionally, it is strapless so it can show off your shoulders just as well.


Perhaps one of the most elegant looks, this neckline will cut all the way down to your waist. It will open up between your breasts and rise up to loop around your shoulders. This look is simple and yet very powerful. It’s minimal design and supple openness make it a must-have look.

Queen Ann

The neckline is short in the back and is curved down and forms in the front over the bust the shape of a loving neckline. The Neckline of Queen Anne is almost equal to the neckline of Queen Elizabeth, but it has a shorter neckline in the back.

Contact Us

Flare’s Bridal + Formal is always happy to help another bride find their perfect dress. It makes us so happy to help be a part of that magical moment. The wedding dress is a testament to the beauty and love that you and your partner share with one another. That’s why we find so much pleasure in helping you design every facet from the fabric to the sleeves. If you are interested in finding your dress now, contact us through our website or give us a call at 925.939.3306. Otherwise feel free to visit our location at  1700 North Broadway Suite 100, in Walnut Creek, California. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!


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