It’s always so exciting to receive packages in the mail ~ with all of our recent trunk shows, our wonderful team of delivery drivers has been hard at work hauling in huge boxes filled with beautiful dresses. We’ve barely been able to move around our back room. But in among all those giant boxes, there have been a couple of tiny packages that, though small, have been equally exciting – our new accessory shipments!
The Dress usually gets all the attention leading up to the wedding, but it’s important to remember that what you wear to walk down the aisle isn’t just a dress ~ it’s an entire look. Accessories like veils, belts, and jewelry can work wonders and transform a white dress into your wedding vision. Veils instantly make you look bridal; belts can smooth the transition from bodice to skirt and draw attention to a small waist. If you are set on sparkle but feel conflicted about saying yes to that beautiful, soft, non-sparkly dress that you have unexpectedly fallen in love with, you can always add a dramatic dangling earring or a statement necklace.
To show just how far accessories will go in bringing different looks to life, we put together a few outfits using one of our most beloved gowns: the Maven, by Alyssa Kristin. We love this dress because: a) it’s a beautiful, clean, classic style; b) you can really make it your own because it is so versatile; and c) it’s as comfortable as it is stunning, think elegant yoga pants.
So without further ado, here are some examples of how to build a few different looks with one dress:
Following on the heels of last month’s Something Blue blog post, here is a stunning stormy blue set by Haute Bride. The color and the little crescent-shaped links on the bracelet have us all swooning. We love these so much we’ve been talking about buying them for ourselves ~ just to, you know, wear around. If you are looking to keep the focus on the simplicity of the gown, this is the perfect small touch.
***Modern and Glitzy***
These lovelies just came in from Ti Adoro. They hang between the straps of a backless dress and add a little sparkle, kind of like necklaces for your back. I’m not quite sure what to call them… backlaces? Backpieces?
Fortunately, these two styles each have their own name: Gatsby and Moulin Rouge. Perfect for all you Baz Luhrmann fans. We added some earrings too, just for fun.
So you can look ravishing while you process down the aisle toward the love of your life (hopefully without the interference of jealous Dukes or bumbling hitmen).
WOW. White wedding at its most elegant and sophisticated. We just got in the Toni Federici veil, which in itself has a couple of different styles. The mantilla version of the veil adds an old world feel to the sleek, modern simplicity of the dress.
Or you can change the orientation, with the flowers at the hem instead of across the comb for a traditional cathedral.
Either way, these crystal embroidered 3-D flowers are an incredibly unique and modern take on the classic floral motif.
If Springtime Goddess is more your style, we recommend these hand painted enamel headbands by Jennifer Behr. Just looking at them conjures up images of backyard weddings, garden weddings, woodland/meadow/wilderness weddings… basically anything casual, romantic, and carefree. They’re a great alternative if you aren’t into veils, or if you want to change into a different headpiece for the reception. They also won’t wilt like real flower crowns, so you can keep them and wear them for future special occasions, like anniversaries!
Bridal capes are blowing up right now, and it’s easy to see why. They have the elegance and drama of cathedral length veils, but with a little more of an edge. It’s also impossible to put one on and not feel invincible. This sheer, pearl-studded cape is just in from Alyssa Kristin, so it’s no surprise that it looks great with her dress.