Just received a Nordy’s catalogue in the mail this afternoon and spotted a perfect specimen for a summery bridal shower or rehearsal dinner dress. The dress has an ever-flattering sweetheart neckline, defines the natural waist and flares gently into a slight a-line to skim over the hips and thighs – pretty much an all-around figure flattering dress.
What’s even better, it only costs $118 and has some really cute details that are usually reserved for pricier frocks. White Dress by Suzi Chin, $118 at Nordstrom
On the Nordstrom’s website I also stumbled upon this cute white dress by Maggy London that would also be a perfect bridal shower or rehearsal dinner pick. It’s also a budget-friendly option at $138, and is a bit more conservative than the previous.
Both of these dresses would look so adorable with a pastel 3/4 sleeve cardigan (think J. Crew) and a sexy pair of statement heels. Love it!
Enjoy your weekend. 🙂
XO, Yelena – Wedding Planner & Creative Director, The Stylish Soiree
Rosa Clara is a Spanish line of wedding gowns with a definite flair for the dramatic. It goes without saying that the high impact dresses aren’t for every bride (or every wedding). Nearly every Rosa Clara wedding gown in their collection has a ‘look at me’ sensationalism about it that cannot be ignored. For brides who want to make a big style statement on their wedding day – the bold and beautiful drama queens perhaps, or the self-imposed slaves to fashion – Rosa Clara has just the dress.
Take, for example, their stunning ‘River’ dress shown above. The full skirt has three distinct tiers that narrowly escape looking overdone, and the top is a bustier-style fusion between the always-flattering sweetheart neckline and a trendy one-shoulder strap. It all sounds rather crazy written down, but together the effect is somehow completely enchanting – it’s the perfect dress for the fairy tale bride with fashion savvy and modern flair. The dress is something you might imagine bridal Barbie to gracefully waltz down the aisle in, and definitely requires a tall, leggy bride to properly pull it off the flouncy layers of silk skirting.
For brides who want to rock this high drama look, the key to pulling it off is to keep everything else simple and really let the dress shine. I’d love to see this Rosa Clara gown worn with glossy locks upswept in a simple chignon and large diamond studs sparkling in the bride’s ears. The lovely neckline has enough interest and shouldn’t be worn with a necklace, but one large, sparkly bracelet would be the perfect crowning touch on the look. As with the rest of the ensemble, makeup should be light and understated, highlighting only one feature, preferably the eyes paired with a nude or light pink lip. A high drama dress is one thing, but too much drama can end up coming across looking harsh on a wedding day. Fashion, as always, is a delicate balancing act, and the more dramatic the dress the harder it is to balance. For brides who can walk the link, however, the sweet reward is an unforgettable wedding day look that guests will be gushing about for years to come. 🙂
Though wedding dresses trended towards the sexy look in the 90s and early 2000s with tighter silhouettes and lower necklines, a more conservative style in taking root among the top designers’ 2009/2010 bridal collections. Bateau necklines and short sleeves are becoming popular not only for the modest bride, but for the bride who values style and aesthetics. Case in point this gorgeous Amsale ‘Anya’ dress that inspired the classically elegant ensemble below. Simple, stunning and sexy without revealing an inch of décolletage – quite Audrey Hepburn.
Dress by Amsale ‘Anya‘, Bracelet by TZUDIO on Etsy – $85, Heels by Christin Michaels on Zappos – $93
I stumbled across this lovely bracelet by Carolee while perusing the interwebs, and had to share. A lot of brides choose dramatic earrings as their statement jewelry over a bracelet, but I think a gorgeous bracelet like this one could make them reconsider. The gold flower sets the piece apart from the generic pearl bridal bracelet, and the design is the perfect mix of modern and vintage.
This pearl and crystal bracelet would look best paired with simpler dresses since it packs quite a punch. Vintage style wedding gowns, fitted sheaths and simple mermaids would look divine with this piece. Just make sure not to overdo it with the other accessories – keep earrings to a minimal; simple large pearl, crystal or diamond studs will compliment the bracelet without creating an accessory overload.
White Pearl Multi-Strand Flower Bracelet, $175 at Max & Chloe
Jasmine Star Photography - click on pic for link
A great way for style savvy brides to set their wedding day look apart is to go bold. Choose one element of your wedding day look that really makes a statement, and go for it. Some wedding gowns have a built-in statement that is inherent in the design – a one-shoulder strap covered in layers of chiffon flowers, a dramatic, architectural side bow, or a daringly low back.
But picking a knockout statement gown isn’t the only way to be a bold bride. The most simple wedding dress can serve as the perfect backdrop to a fantastic layered necklace, stunning chandelier earrings or an oversized hair piece. Even bold red (or candy pink!) lips and a dramatic 1940s lined eyelid can take a wedding day look to a whole new level. Short dress brides can up the ante on their wedding day look by choosing out of this world heels – Louboutins or otherwise, if they have ruffles, feathers or a bold hue they will definitely make a style statement.
Though I can go on and on about ways to make a wedding day fashion statement, the most important piece of advice is to choose something that really speaks to you and brings attention to a great asset. In the fabulous photo above by photographer extraordinaire Jasmine Star, the bride (pseudo-bride, since it was a photography workshop and the couple was already married, ha) went bold with a fantastical bridal hat / headpiece. It’s definitely an over the top couture look, but she rocks it. And, it brings attention right to her gorgeous eyes. A style statement success, if I do say so myself.
P.S. If you love the look, see more pics from the workshop here on Jasmine’s blog.