(Closed) Looking for a Simple Dress

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

Ann Taylor Celebrations and J. Crew both offer simple designs similar to what you are looking for.  Look at their websites, and feel free to call and talk with their sales representatives – they’re wonderfully helpful.  Ann Taylor offers their Celebrations line only in select stores and online, and I believe J. Crew only offers their line online.  Both have liberal return policies, so it might be worth a shot.  

 Hope it helps 🙂


Post # 4
22 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

hi lani–

have you tried alfred angelo? i was looking for a dress with the same criteria an found mine at a travelling angelo trunk show. it’s very similar to this bridesmaid dress (http://www.alfredangelo.com/index.cfm/fuseAction/COLLECTIONS.productDetail/fromAdvancedSearch/0/productID/17322a4a-ce4d-4ef7-8cb7-93bc1cffc355/categoryID/772F03C9-DE43-4942-BFA0-DA77E21EBD65), but mine is ivory with a bit more rouching and pickups in the skirt. plus, the bridal consultant i worked with was awesome and showed me how to add a simple sash to make it more individual.

all the other angelo dresses i saw were quite simple too. just remember that anywhere you see color, you can have it adjusted to the same as the dress color so that there’s no accent.

hope that helps.

Post # 5
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008


You may want to try Nicole Miller.  They have a very affordable bridal collection that’s simple and elegant!  Good Luck!

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008 - A garden wedding followed by a tented reception on Mr. Hummingbird's father's property.

Hey Lani!
I’m from Toronto too!
Places you might want to think about in terms of shopping:
Ritche (I went there and Sheri was awesome)
White Toronto in Yorkville (they have some Nicole Millers that are supposed to be reasonably priced).
F/X (It’s a funky Queen Street West Place so you’ll never know what you might find).
Also, if you’re looking to keep costs down, you might want to consider getting a white or creme bridesmaids dress. They are often floor length and tend to be easier on a budget.

Post # 8
230 posts
Helper bee

Hi Lani,

When I was looking for dresses I had the same sorts of requirements. One dress that I found when I was in CAlgary was the Pronovias "Semilla." It has no beads/lace or anything like that, but has nice (really flattering) diagonal ruching on the bodice. I believe it can come with a flower but that’s detachable. It’s definitely at the high end of your price range though (It was $1050 or so CDN – but you may look in the States,  either just South of you or online, as I found that gowns are cheaper in the US than at home in Canada). It comes in ivory or white silk and it is very elegant. I thinkyou could add a sash to it and it would look sweet.

I don’t know where to find it in Toronto, but I would think Pronovias is pretty easy to find. 

Oh, you might also try Barbara Allin – she’s a designer from Toronto with pretty simple designs. However, I have NO idea what the price range is, so I’m sorry if that’s a dead end.

Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2007

Is this something like you had in mind?  It is Jcrew and over your budget, but a yea or nay will help us narrow down.

Post # 10
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

Check out J Crew, that have beautiful simple gowns! http://www.jcrew.com. If you find something you like from J Crew online, you can almost always find it for less on ebay!

Post # 12
2 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

I may have the perfect dress for you.  I bought a J. Crew Vivian on ebay.  I have decided 95% that I want to wear a shorter, simpler dress.  The vivian is ivory silk, empire waist, strapless, a-line skirt, no embellishments what so ever And, you can add a sash if ou want to.

Post # 14
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you purchase a J Crew dress from their online store, they accept returns by mail as long as it is within 60 days of the purchase date. J Crew has great customer service and they should not give you any problems. I’m tellin you, J Crew is great! Also, check out their Wedding & Parties shop to see their bridesmaids dresses…also simple and very cute!

Post # 15
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Have you tried on bridesmiad dresses? alot of the time you can order them in white or ivory. they always WAY cheaper than a "wedding gown".

Post # 16
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008


I don’t know if you checked out Ann Taylor dresses but they have a VERY similar dress to the J Crew Vivian for $600 USD it is called "The Elizabeth.

http://www.anntaylor.com/catalog/department.jsp?N=1200042&categoryId=193′ defer=’defer

They have sashes in about 10 colors.

They also allow returns etc.. and you could take it to a regular tailor/alterations shop for the best fit.

I’m also looking for a similar dress and want to keep my spending hopefully under $1000 too.

Good luck! 

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