(Closed) My dress has arrived – opinions and help me accessorize!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Bernardus Lodge and Spa, Carmel Valley, CA

Definitely no belt!  no offense to brides who have gone that route but I think the sparkly belts are so overdone and would really ruin the classy look of that dress.  I think a lace trimmed fingertip or ballet veil would be gorgeous with a sparkly necklace like the PP above and some statement earrings and that’s it.  

Post # 17
285 posts
Helper bee

Shoulder necklace?  And then maybe no belt.

Post # 18
8953 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper


I think you are dead right not to add a sparkly belt, I simply do not understand their popularity!

Beautiful  dress, and a big necklace  (not too costume-y though ) would look great. I also second a pp re veil. At least try some on and see how you feel.

ETA love those shoulder necklaces!

Post # 19
237 posts
Helper bee


I like the idea of a plain sheath dress like this with one single dramatic statement. I’d go with either a necklace OR a flower crown, not both. If you’re not even sure you want a veil you are clearly not that ‘dressy’ a person and you seem to be craving comfort and simplicity for your outdoor wedding. Not sure why a sparkle belt has even been suggested. I love them (i’m having one) but it’s very far from your style it seems.

I LOVE the flower crown idea. I prefer that to a statement necklace. Flower crowns are VERY outdoorsy.  And they suit long wavy hair like yours perfectly. You may not like this idea but personally I think a sash in one of  the colours of your flower crown could complete a boho look, if tied loosely and casually at the back in a trailing bow. I think it would contrast nicely with the formal nature of the dress. I tend to think this dress does need something to break up the plainness. Look at coloured shoes too.

Post # 22
1635 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

poodleymix:  Where did you find the top one? It’s striking!

Post # 23
285 posts
Helper bee

The top one is from BHLDN but I don’t think it’s exclusive to them so you might want to check other retailers if they have a better price.  Sara Gabriel is the designer.

Post # 26
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

How exciting! Looks fantastic on you! I would probably pick one or the other for a statement necklace or a floral crown. I feel like that might be a lot happening around your face altogether, but maybe try it on first to see? Love the bracelets posted here too!

Post # 27
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Im a Dakota bride too!! My dress is arriving today so so excited to try it on when I get home!


I am having a hard time figuring out accesories too. I think the dress is so clean and chic I dont want to bury it under belts and statement necklaces. I keep looking at Kate Bosworths wedding look (or lask thereof depending on how you look at it) and there is something about the lack of accesories that makes her look so classic. 



Im thinking of keeping it simple for the wedding with only earrings and a cathredial veil and then a flower crown for the reception


Here are two I like







Post # 28
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

ScarlettOHara:  So, funny story. I actually went dress shopping  yesterday and ended up ordering the Dakota…. So of course now I’ve been on the computer all day looking for accessories. Swarovski has some great necklaces that would go well with the Dakota. Also, if you were still considering a veil, this is the one I’m most likely going with (but in ivory). 


I think it’s still nice and simple, but the horsehair detail gives it a bit of depth.


Good Luck!!

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