Bridesmaid Looks You’ll WANT to Wear Again

August 29, 2012 by  
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Weddings are expensive and detailed events that often ignite financial controversy among family and friends. As with any major life decision, everyone has an opinion, and most will vocally share the opinion without prompting. Many argue that weddings are one-in-a-lifetime celebrations that beg for extravagance while reasonable opponents counter that the wedding is merely the first day in a lifelong marriage. If you find yourself this season as part of a wedding party, you are probably hoping for an inexpensive and practical dress choice, no matter where you fall on this wedding continuum.

Whether you are the bride or the bridesmaid, be honest with yourself about practicality. You are not shopping for a favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt. There is a limited amount of use you can get from a semi-formal or formal dress, but if you are searching for a bridesmaid dress that you might choose to wear again, consider fabric and cut carefully.

Material Matters

Nothing says bridesmaid louder than shiny satin or taffeta, so consider softer fabrics such as a matte crepe, tulle, organza, or even a light jersey. The White by Vera Wang line at David’s Bridal has 3 new bridesmaid dresses with very different cuts all in a rainbow of matte crepe.  These styles would like stunning walking down the aisle or into a formal dinner.

Beyond a Sweetheart Neckline

Choosing the right dress for a group of bridesmaids is the ultimate challenge since women come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and personal image issues. Look for shorter dresses for afternoon events with deep V necklines to draw attention to beautiful legs or a curvy figure. A quick trip to the local tailor can ensure that hemlines accentuate the best features for each bridesmaid. Ruched busts, empire waists, or an asymmetrical element also flatter most body types. For example, this V Neck Chiffon Column Dress draws attention to any woman’s curves and drapes her form gracefully in light chiffon. This full-length dress is an elegant option beyond the wedding day.

In addition to fabric and cut, pragmatic shoppers should consider color. For any dress to make a fashion statement, it must be rich and beautiful. Be careful of trendy or popular colors, and choose what will look best on this group of special women who have come together to honor the bride.


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Formal Dresses for Spring

February 13, 2012 by  
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Going to a formal lunch event, a wedding or any other special occasion? Finding the right outfits, either wedding or mother of the bride outfits, can be tricky.  Check out these three dresses by Jaques Vert for inspiration that will hopefully make it easier for you to decide on your outfit.

This Eucalyptus sleeveless dress is softly cut in a smart shift shape with a shaped scoop neck. It is the perfect dress for a horce racing day or when going to a formal lunch event. The fabulous satin banding creates a matt and shine effect resulting in a timeless look.

 

Styling

Combine the dress with natural make up and crème high heels. In terms of accessories, go for a soft pink colour as this blends in perfectly with the eucalyptus colour. If soft pink isn’t your colour then opt for black. A black blazer would certainly give the outfit a more edgy look.

This shimmering textured shift dress comes in a powder puff and spot print. With contrast waist piping to ensure a feminine line, it’s sleeveless with a scoop neck featuring a stunning neckline that adds soft shape. The polka dot is timeless and when incorporated well, creates a trendy yet chic look.

 

Styling

Combine the dress with a natural basis but don’t be afraid to try red lipstick with this outfit. With polka dots you should always be careful with accessorise otherwise it may become too much. So if you want to accessorize your outfit, opt for neutral colours and small jewellery. The dress would go great with a light purple coloured jacket or bolero because the polka dots are purple as well.

The floral prints on this dress are presented in bright colours giving the dress a very distinct look. The draping of the dress creates a sexy décolleté and it is therefore recommended to wear this dress to an event or wedding party. The dress has a back zip and is also fully lined.

 

Styling

Try finding similar pink colours to blend in with your make up and don’t be afraid to use many jewellery pieces to accessorise the dress. A silver chunky necklace would be a great fit. Also, this dress goes well with a pair of black high heels and can also be worn with a denim jacket for less formal occasions.

 

 

 

This is a guest post by Susanna Cha on behalf of Jacques Vert

Looking Outside the Box: Prom Dresses for All Ages

November 9, 2011 by  
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I don’t know about you but I get tired of going to the same stores and seeing the same limited selection every time.  I was getting so frustrated searching for a dress to wear to my boyfriend’s formal when I stumbled upon the David’s Bridal site (I swear I wasn’t looking at wedding dresses!).  But who knew they had dresses for all kinds of occasions besides weddings?  They actually have a lot of beautiful prom dresses that were suitable and affordable, including the one below that I fell in love with.

This charmeuse dress is a fun twist on the typical little black dress, but still looks classic.  And I know it’s difficult to tell in this picture but there are subtle sequins throughout the flowered skirt that add just the right amount of sparkle.  I can’t wait to wear it!  With winter formals and holiday parties coming up I’m sure you’re all going to be facing the same dress searching dilemma.  I never thought I’d buy another prom dress but look outside the box and you just might be pleasantly surprised!

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