Why Did You Wear That: Budget Bride

By |February 23rd, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

Going right along with my post from yesterday and my love for all things lovely, I was inspired to find some beautiful wedding dresses for the brides to be out there.  I was amazed how many gorgeous dresses are available for under $1000 (Hopefully, my mother isn’t reading cause she’ll punch me for picking one for about ten times as much- sorry, mom!).  If you aren’t aware, weddings are freaking expensive!  The dress alone can exhaust your financial resources, so finding so many amazing options (seriously something for everyone) is a total relief.  These dresses are all of the rack, so you have plenty of time to save up and then get alterations done.  When you order designer dresses they take about six months to be made and then add time for alterations – not a whole lot of time to pinch pennies.  I’m not gonna be shy, I’ve really outdone myself this time, behold 24 to die for dresses.  You’re welcome!

Top (L to R): White House Black Market Katharine Gown, $348, Antik Batik Clea Silk Satin Gown, $720, Aidan Mattox Chiffon Evening Gown, $440 Bottom (L to R): BCBG MAXAZRIA Drape Bodice Knit Gown, $328, White House Black Market Grace Gown, $498,  BCBG MAXAZRIA Mesh and Satin Gown, $548

Top (L to R): Tadashi Shoji Organza Bottom Silk Ball Gown, $840, ABS by Allen Schwartz Silk Strapless Rosette Gown, $550, Nika Tiered Strapless Evening Gown, $598, White House Black Market Audrey Gown, $698, Bottom (L to R): Aidan Mattox Strapless Metallic Print Ball Gown, $550, BCBG MAXAZRIA Tiered Strapless Gown, $798, White House Black Market Victoria Bridal Gown, $598, Tadashi Shoji Chiffon Applique One Shoulder Gown, $798

(L to R): Nicole Miller Double Face Satin V-neck Gown, $730, Betsy and Adam Pleated Halter Gown, $160, Notte by Marchesa One Shoulder Flower Gown, $935, BCBG MAX AZRIA Silk Halter Gown, $348

Top (L to R): Love, Yu Tulle Gown, $850, Badgley Mischka Strapless Tiered Flowy Gown, $750, Ann Taylor Fringe Gown, $550 Bottom (L to R): ABS by Allen Schwartz Silk Strapless Rosette Gown, $410, Ann Taylor Rose Petal Gown, $750, Love, Yu Tiered Strapless Gown, $750

I do!



Why Did You Wear That: Feel the Love

By |February 22nd, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

I am a true hopeless romantic.  I always root for love and happily ever after.  Lately, my heart has been filled with so much joy because of all the love around me.  My best friends are all getting married with Micro Weddings ceremoney at beach and many other awesome destinations, engaged, and having beautiful little babies.  It’s an overwhelmingly happy time and I’m so happy to be a part of their bliss.  That said… I’ve got a lot of weddings coming up!  What’s a girl to wear?

Wedding invitation dress codes can often be tricky.  What’s the difference between black tie and black tie optional?  What colors are okay to wear?  And is this hem too high?  Here are three of the most common types of wedding dress codes and what to wear to each.

Black Tie: This is the most formal of dress codes.  Typically, this would require a long formal gown.  Most of us probably have a black gown tucked away in our closets in case of such events, but I love adding some color to the mix.  Besides, you will be one of fifty wearing black if you just go with old faithful.  Don’t go overboard and cover yourself in sequins and sparkles (this is not your senior prom or the Grammy’s).

Top (L to R): Aidan Mattox Chiffon Halter Gown with Beaded Waist, $440, Badgley Mischka Chiffon Tiered Halter Gown, $990, BCBG MAXAZRIA Strapless Silk Chiffon Gown, $348 Bottom (L to R): Issa Silk Jersey Gown, $885, Lanvin Asymmetric Washed Satin Gown, $3,480, Nicole Miller Water Washed Reverse Charmeuse Gown, $620

Cocktail/Black Tie Optional: Black tie optional is more often than not in reference to the men’s attire.  If your invitation reads “black tie optional” you are welcome to wear a dress much like the ones above in “black tie” or you could wear a formal cocktail dress.  Be sure that your cocktail attire isn’t too low cut or shorter than a tube top.  Have some respect for the bride.  There’s nothing wrong with looking fantastic, but you don’t want to draw eyes away from the bride for all the wrong reasons.  When in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I want some bitch at my wedding wearing this?” *Note: if this wedding is being held at the Playboy Mansion, all of these rules go out the window. Game on.

Top (L to R): Catherine Malandrino Silk Chiffon Dress, $495, Rachel Gilbert Sasha Embellished Silk Chiffon Dress, $1,160, Calvin Klein Ruffle Trim Chiffon Dress, $158 Bottom (L to R): Mark and James Tulle Ruffle Sequin Dress, $355, Kurt Thomas Silk Chiffon One Shoulder Dress, $400, Top Shop Chiffon A Line Dress by Rare, $78

Afternoon/Destination: The world’s love of “brunch” has spilled over into the wedding arena.  Many couples are opting for brunch or afternoon weddings.  For such occasions the dress code is much more relaxed.  A flowy maxi dress, or flirty chiffon frock paired with wedges is a perfect choice for such an event.  This is also a great option for destination weddings.  Be sure to wear a fabric that breaths if you’re heading to a steamy climate.  You may also want to factor in having to remove your heels for flats or bare feet on the beach, so make sure your hemline won’t trip you up.

Top (L to R): Gryphon Chain Link Maxi Dress, $390, Nanette Lepore Rain or Shine Floral Maxi Dress, $648, The Furies Hex Maxi Dress, $165 Bottom (L to R): Rozae R.N. Chiffon Colorblock Dress, $334, Tibi Racerback Maxi Paisley Dress, $583, Heritage 1981 Tribal One Shoulder Maxi Dress, $24.90

Can you hand me a hanky?



Friday Frocks: It’s My Party

By |January 21st, 2011|Friday Frocks|

Every girl wants to look great on her special day.  Most guys really just don’t seem to understand how important the “birthday dress” is.  Probably because they are much more interested in our “birthday suits.”  Last night, before dinner at Cecconi’s , I fussed about not having a birthday dress.  Someone pointed out that I had a ton of dresses in my closet.  “But they are all blaaaack!” I whined.  Luckily, after a little digging, I found a dress I had yet to wear and it wasn’t black! Crisis averted.  I avoided the birthday blues, but I suggest planning ahead of time.  Here are some very fun, very “birthday” dresses.

(L to R): Red Valentino Sequin Embellished Tulle Dress, $795, Herve Leger Geometric Pattern Party Dress, $2,500, Vera Wang One Shoulder Tulle Bustier Dress, $2,300, BCBG One Shoulder Tulle Dress, $398

(L to R): Alice and Olivia Vanda Bandage Shift Dress, $596, Nicole Miller Sequin and Tulle Dress, $485, Young Fabulous and Broke Hazel Dress, $295, Foley and Corinna Beaded Godet Dress, $490

Cry if you want to.



Why Did You Wear That: Don’t Turn Into a Pumpkin

By |July 22nd, 2009|Why Did You Wear That?|


While I wish I had written about this earlier in the summer (for all those summer soires and weddings), it’s better late than never.  Don’t you hate when you have a fancy event or black tie wedding to go to and have nothing to wear?  Rather than max out your credit card on a brand new gown for just one night, now you can simply wear a dress and return it.  No, we do not mean you go to Saks, buy a dress, wear it with the tags and return it.  That’s just tacky.

What I’m talking about is a store called Ilus which houses tons of dresses from designers like Marchesa, Nicole Miller, Badgely Mischka, and Marc Bouwer.  Not only do they have an amazing selection of cocktail dresses and evening gowns, they also have shoes, bags, and jewelry.  Basically, you can get fully outfitted in one stop.  Though this little gem is old news to some, I found a lot of women who were not aware of this clever little trick and figured it was time to spread the good word.

You can stop into the store located at 248 Elizabeth Street, between Houston and Prince (646-454-1678) or browse through their collection on line (www.ilus-nyc.com).  Pick out a dress you love and then it is yours for the next three days (they offer longer rentals if you are going on vacation for an additional fee- so you don’t have to dread the clock striking midnight).  Don’t fret if you don’t live in NYC, they can mail the dress of your dreams to you as well. See, Cinderella, you will make it to the ball thanks to your fairy godmothers at Ilus.