Don’t you know you’re driving the modest-budgeted brides insane? (Yes, I’m trying to invoke Bowie, and I’m pretty sure I’m failing.) Anyway, it really is torture that I can’t afford 90% of what follows in this post, but that’s life.
When doing a post about wedding gowns I love, It’s hard to know where to begin. Because, contrary to my acidic tone on this blog, I actually like a lot of stuff. I mean, just look at Dorothy Dandridge up there in her Oscar de la Renta gown. I’ve pretty much spent my life wishing to have occasion (and funds) to wear such a dress. Unforch, my wedding is not such an occasion. But whatever. Let’s look at the pretty things after the jump.
(WARNING! This post is very long, b/c I felt like if I edited the images down any, I’d be cheating you guys. Who doesn’t love pretty dresses? Prepare to glut yourselves on the gorgeousness.)
More from darling Oscar. The one on the left looks like a great Westernization of the Korean hanbok. So I covet it.
TEASER!! Seeing as how a lot of you have been bugging me about finishing my epic White Whale dress story, I’m’a give you a little hint: The above dress (Also Oscar) has the most direct design influence on the dress I actually chose. Stay tuned!!
Carolina Herrera knows what she’s doing. This is another hanbok-redux
Jane Austen WHAT? I want this dress.
The dress so nice I posted it twice! Who loves you?
Now, these dresses are from long ago, so the designers escape me. The one on the far left is DIVINE.
Notte by Marchesa. This WAS available at Neiman Marcus. I liked it so much, I almost ran over to NM’s and bought it even though I already have a dress. Thank GOD they had already stopped carrying this dress.
Now, let’s take a quick break from gowns and discuss courthouse-y type dresses:
These lovely frocks are by Stephanie Ray Couture. She specializes in 50s style tea-length wedding dresses. You know you want one!
It’s a mod, mod, mod, mod world! These are oldies, too, so I’m not sure what designer. But trust you can get stuff like this from ABS by Allen Schwartz.
Gowns again! I pretty much only posted this b/c of the middle dress. I think the t-shirt silhouette of the top gives it a playful, modern vibe.
I love a good pleat. The layering of the skirt on here makes me drool.
OK, we can’t talk about wedding dresses without talking about Vera Wang:
As much as I hate Avril Levigne, her gown is perfection. It’s sweet, flattering, and feminine with lots of unexpected detail. In other words, it should have been illegal for “sk8er grrl” to wear this.
Ooh, ooh, OOH!! OOOOOH! I hate satin, don’t get me wrong, and this dress is not made for anyone with an ounce of fat on their body, but still. Just look at it. It’s timeless.
Not even a whole season of Rami Kashou could break me of loving Grecian draping. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Nina Gracia! Have fun over at Lifetime, sellout!
Look. People marry in all sorts of circumstances, and the way I see it, there’s nothing wrong with getting married while pregnant. Wear this dress while you do it, and all the better!
Vera! The details! Ugh. It hurts my heart with all the pretty.
But you know, I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about Vera’s newer, looser silhouettes for bridal gowns. Naysayers are flapping their heads about Vera’s masterful creations looking like “nightgowns.” Eff you, haters. Vera’s been at this a LOOOOONG time, and homegirl got dead sick of doing fucking A-line pouf dresses with corset tops for all you plebes with no taste. Let the woman design, because you know what? Ten years from now, everyone’s wedding dress is going to look like a “nightgown” compared to the prevailing Princess Di-style of overdone, heavy satin costumes that characterized the 80s and 90s. Even David’s Bridal can’t keep that traditional, stale wedding gown silhouette alive. You think about that.
See, check Vera out, she knows. She’s all,
“Uh-huh. Yeah, BITCHES!”
“Unh! YEAH BITCHEZZZ!”
Moving right along, Melissa Sweet:
Simple, classic, and with lovely details. Mmmmm.
This dress is achingly popular with brides. So much so, I’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing this dress on no less than 5 real women. But, it’s really shitty, b/c this dress does not work on anyone who’s not an overtall stick insect. Seriously, if you even have a hint of a chest, this dress makes you look needlessly juggs-y. And the hips? Oh. It’s too depressing to even talk about. I love this dress as a fantasy. But the reality? Nah.
This is a very Clair Pettibone-ish look for Sweet. I like it much better than Pettibone, as there appears to be some structure in the top, whereas Pettibone’s dresses don’t allow you to wear any form of support under the dress, yet the dress offers none of it’s own. So yeah, if you have boobs, it’s a no-go. I really hate designers sometimes.
Oh, and Claire Pettibone? J. Crew did it first. Sorry.
Here are a couple more lovely, affordable dresses J. Crew has offered in the past. I think the one on the right is still available, too!
And finally, to end on a high note, Lela Rose:
It’s the littlest things that make the biggest impression.
Texture, texture, texture! See kids, it’s not about beading or Swarovski crystals.
It’s not about over-the-top. It’s about show-stopping details.
It’s about classic-meets-contemporary. It’s about simplicity with an edge. Loooove!
Let me know what you think about my picks, or tell me I’m a crazy fool with no taste – in the comments!