I mean, just because I’ve basically become asexual doesn’t mean the rest of the world has. It’s cuffing season, after all. So while I’m happiest sitting home rubbing Smitty’s belly with one hand and holding a glass of pinot in the other, it would appear the rest of the world is falling truly, madly, deeply.
Along with the official kick off of summer, Memorial Day is also the day that white dresses get the “go ahead” green light (according to some). While white dresses are most often associated with weddings, christenings, and clam bakes, in my book, a Tuesday is as good a day as any to wear a stark white dress. There is just something so fresh, so innocent and dare I say virginal about slipping into a snow toned frock? We’ve already worked up the courage with off white and now it’s go time, ladies. Get out your Tide To Go pens, self tanner, and biggest and brightest smile. Summer’s here and the living is easy.
This bridal market, dress designers shocked us all by showing wedding dresses in one of the most unexpected of shades. While we’ve been seeing dresses from seasons past in muted shades of pink, blush, lavender, and even grey, some bridal designers really took the plunge by showing gowns in the inkiest of blacks. Gasp. Vera Wang was one who really switched to the dark side by showing nine … count ‘em, nine black wedding gowns. Her collection was fittingly named Witchcraft… and well, I kind of love it. Behold:
Pretty glorious, right? Black isn’t often associated with wedding gowns, but if you think about it, it seems a whole lot more practical (not to mention figure forgiving). Have you ever seen the bottom of a wedding dress by the end of a wedding reception? Yuck. Can’t lie, if I didn’t have a dress already, these bewitching creations might even sway me over to the dark side… much to the chagrin of my mother, of course.
Several brides have recently decked their wedding parties out in white (Kate, Kate, Kim). I’ve been a fan of this look for quite some time, but it seems to be shocking to some, however, this is nothing new in British culture. It is said that traditionally, the bridesmaids and other attendants wore white so as to “confuse” and ward off evil spirits. Alright, well, that’s a little ridiculous, but there’s no denying it– an all white wedding party looks incredibly fresh and chic. So what about your wedding guests?
When the first wedding photos from Kim’s wedding emerged, there was much buzz regarding Lindsay Lohan in a sexy white Jenny Packham gown. I thought to myself, “Go figure. It’s Lindsay Lohan.” Thankfully, it was soon released that said wedding had a “black and white” dress code, so Lindsay wasn’t being her typically sloppy self. Phew! There’s one thing Kim K and I can agree on. I love a good dress code. That’s all we’ve got though. Anyway, what I am really wondering about is whether or not you think wearing white to a wedding other than your own is a major fashion faux pas. Thoughts?
On March 26, Reese Witherspoon walked down the aisle to wed Jim Toth, but she didn’t wear white. While Reese has been married once before (to Ryan Phillippe) she opted for something a little less traditional. Seeing as Reese has two children (Ava and Deacon) from her first marriage, some might say that it was only right for her to not wear white. Many traditionalists associate white wedding dresses with virginity. Well, a couple of things here: 1. There are very few brides who actually wed with virginity still in tact (It’s 2011. Let’s not be ridiculous), 2. White dresses actually have absolutely nothing to do with virginity.
The popularity of white dresses for weddings began back in 1840 when Queen Victoria wed Albert of Saxe-Coberg. Before then, it was common for women to wear dresses of any color to walk down the aisle except black (mourning) and red (prostitutes). Brides wishing to flaunt their virginity actually wore blue. White was a color associated with wealth because it was a dress that would not be easily worn again. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the white dress really picked up steam and became a social standard.
When I was trying on wedding dresses, I noticed a lot of muted pastel tints to the dresses. I tried on an icy lavender, a beautiful blush, and a steely grey gown. I was almost sold on a blush Vera Wang creation (Farrah below), but mama wasn’t having it. Below are several non traditional gowns created by the very traditional bridal ateliers:
Vera Wang: Tatiana, Farrah, Dorothy, Didi, Felicity