(Closed) Ideas where to look for elegant, formal, but not "bridal" dresses?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

You could always get something custom made as well. My experience with going the custom route has been great.

Post # 5
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Check out the Outnet.com for really beautiful, high end gowns on serious clearance.  I actually posted a thread about a Lanvin gown on sale there yesterday – it was ivory and beautiful. 

Post # 6
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh!  Check out RenttheRunway.com, too! 

Post # 8
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AdriannaJean:  I second the suggestion of Jovani, a lot of celebs actually have worn their stuff on the red carpet!

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You may have come across Sue Wong already in your searches, but if not, you may want to check her dresses out.  Usually Bloomingdales, Neiman, Nordstrom, Saks will have some, but you can see additional styles on sites like MissesDressy or the Sue Wong Facebook page.

Post # 10
14702 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

ideeli.com and those types of sites will sometimes have ball gowns.  I have about a dozen or so that I check daily.

Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Tksjewelry just mentioned this, but ideeli.com has a set of bridal (but I think very much the evening gown side of bridal, in a good way!) stuff up right now, if you want to check that out!

Post # 13
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with PPs – Neimans and Saks will be your best bets for designer gowns

Post # 15
1918 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I love Rachel Gilbert designs, but they are hard to find in the US.  Super glamorous though and not crazy expensive.



Post # 16
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had the same dress search criteria, and was looking for something not bridal.  Have you looked at the Nordstrom wedding dress shop?  I tried on a couple of Tadashi Shoji dresses that were stunning.

I ended up buying a Nicole Miller dress, which is a beautiful silk strapless sheath.  It’s very simple but sexy.  Check out her dresses, I think they will fit your criteria perfectly!  And they’re affordable, with many under $1k, but some more elaborate gowns at much higher price points too.

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