Show Me Your Modest Dresses

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Straps are really popular right now, and there are tons of dresses out there that already come with wide straps.  If you are on a budget it will save money to buy a dress already the way you want and not have to pay a ton for alterations or extra accessories.  

My dress was fairly modest- out of tastes and not church requirements though.  My dress had wide straps, but also had a very large keyhole in the back (was practically backless), so not sure if it would be ok in your church (maybe with a full veil).  It was a Cosmobella dress.  I payed 1900 before taxes and alterations- not the most budget friendly ever (it totally blew my budget), but it was so gorgeous.  

My bridesmaids had fairly modest dresses as well.  They are a bit low vee in the back.  They are Bill Levkoff (really popular design that they sell in a ton of places).  I believe they payed 190 before alterations.  Also, not the most budget friendly choice, but decently reasonable and beautiful dresses (and flattering on everyone). 

David’s bridal has a lot of great dresses currently out that are a little more modest than my dress and a little bit cheaper (though the quality of my dress was significantly nicer and worth going over budget for me, but I know that isn’t always an option)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine was modest, but it was tea length.  It is Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal and it was about $700, I think.  This was an encore wedding for me, so I did not want long.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

Check out the Allure Romance collection! There are a number of dresses in that collection that has straps or sleeves and most all of them are under $1000. Mine is a Mori Lee that has sleeves but it was around $1500.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My dress was Enzoani Dakota and I added a bolero. I knew I wanted long sleeves. My mother in law made my bolero from a pattern, but if she hadn’t I probably would have purchased it from Tulip Bridal. My dress cost $800 (I bought a bridal shop sample online on Tradesy, and I totally recommend this route if you can figure out silhouettes you like). I would recommend checking out Allure. I tried on an Allure similar to the PP–all lace, keyhole, cap sleeves–and it was only like $900. Their Romance line is well-priced with good bang for your buck. If you likr boleros, you can really save money because you can buy a very simple strapless dress and make it completely stunning with a good bolero (there is a bride who just posted her Mori Lee she did this with on the dress board and it looked amazing!). Here is a photo of my dress:

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You can always purchase a less “modest” dress – and than add a bolero, jacket, or overlay of some sort to cover you up… 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You might want to check out Ebay….I was looking through the other day and saw some really nice satin ball gowns with sleeves…for a reasonable price, believe it or not). Actually, I took a stroll through again and here are some links (I don’t know what size you are, but I found these all quickly). I think unfortunately that a satin ball gown will be a heavier dress, but maybe not too bad. I tried on some really nice big ball gowns at a consignment drop, and the “expensive brand” big satin ones really weren’t all that bad. They seemed to have enough structure and distribute the weight well.

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Post # 10
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Blushing bee

u can check designer Martina Liana, i love all dress Martina Liana

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
Post # 13
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Worker bee

I have a few modest evening gowns, but they’re all lace or floaty type. The above mentioned Dakota is one of mine, with added cap sleeves as I must wear a bra in that dress.

Part of the reason full back, sleeved, modest satin ballgowns are hard to find is they start looking very heavy.  Several LDS dresses I just searched for look rather dumpy and just are too covered with a huge skirt or something is off. But I am going Galia Lahav style so my version of off is likely different than yours. Plus, all satin ballgown skirts look heavy on their own, not just modest versions. 

Thus, lace and tulle comes in to lighten the appearance. 

What’s your budget? 

Would a satin bodice with a tulle skirt work?

If going with a lace type cover, how high do you want the solid fabric? 

Have you tried on dresses at all yet? I swore I wanted the huge, sweetheart neckline, blush or ivory, no lace or 3-D flowers ballgown. They look awful on me. I look like a stripper popping out of a cupcake then.  The Galia Lahav trumpet style skirt, no back, white as white gets, entirely lace bodice with the 3-D flowers dropping petals onto the skirt and train is everything I HATED in pictures. I tried on gowns that had parts of what looks beautiful and I loved them. 

Honestly, without trying on dresses, you don’t get an idea on how good or bad the skirt looks.

Have you looked for Catholic wedding gowns? I’m near a hyper conservative diocese who strictly will never allow any gown that doesn’t have at least cap sleeves.

http://www.alfredangelo.com/Collections/Bridal-Collection/2379J/?pg=2 

That is a satin strapless gown but it has the lace bolero for coverage and it looks lighter.  What do you love about that dress? What can you tolerate there? What’s an absolutely no way part?

http://www.latterdaybride.com/ballgown-wedding/lakewood-details

I have NO clue on the company, but good/live with/awful here are what?

Is Jasmine’s or similar acceptable? You could work with parts of dresses that give you the ornate gown and modesty you want.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

No of sleeves, but my neckline was pretty modest. 

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