Post # 1
I’m having a casual’ish, smaller wedding and I’m not a huge fan of bridal gowns. After searching high and low I just ordered this one because its the longer version of my favorite cocktail dress. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it just a little more “bridal”? I’m considering shortening the sleeves to 3/4th length, and removing the embelishment if possible and adding an embellished sash instead. Anyone have other suggestions?
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Post # 2
I love it the way it is! It’s bridal if you’re a bride and you wear it! I do really like the embellishmen, though, and I think a sash would take away some of what makes this special. You could always try some sashes on over it and see what you think before removing it altogether.
Post # 3
I think if you wear a veil you will look very bridal
Post # 4
Just adding a veil makes any dress bridal, trust me. When someone says ‘non-traditional’ I think either their dress won’t be white or their dress won’t be the typical bridal shapes/styles. Since the dress is still white it’s got that edge going for it. A veil and a new spouce on your arm will do the trick just fine. And congrats on finding your dress!
Post # 5
Love this dress! What does the back look like and where is it from? I don’t know if I would add a veil, I think that might make it look too heavy and overwhelming. What about a beautiful hair comb to match the brooch?
Post # 6
I’ve tried on a dress very much like this and it was lovely. I would have used it for my wedding had it been in a color I wanted and had I been in the market for a wedding gown at the time. Alas, I was not.
If you like it when you’ve tried it on then go for it!
Post # 7
To be very honest, the dress would be ruined if you made any of the changes you mentioned. Don’t mess with perfection! To add the bridal touch, a headpiece just as sophisticated as your dress is all you really need. This one from Twigs and Honey would work beautifully with your dress:
Post # 8
Thank you all for the responses! I am so glad others like the dress – my best friend and mom gave me some negative feedback because it’s so “covered” but I love the simplicity of the style. I think I will try playing around with accessories rather than changing the dress up.
Post # 10
a hair accessory is a great idea. I’m planning on wearing my hair down but pinned to one side. the dress is Ralph Lauren and I tracked it down in the UK. I knew the exact dress I wanted but they didnt have it in white in the US.
Oh and the back is plain but fitted, almost like a slight mermaid style.
Post # 11
I agree with the above posts which say that this dress looks perfect as it is! Would love to see it on you to get an idea of what it looks like on you in particular. But I think an up-do will make this look lean more towards elegant, with a hair accessory so the attention is still on your face.
Post # 12
You picked a classic dress (it’s reminiscent of 1930’s Old Hollywood) and it’s definitely bridal material. I actually like it with the full-length sleeves but 3/4 sleeves would be fine, too. To make it more bridal, I would definitely wear an updo with earrings and a bib neclace. Don’t take off the embellishment at the waist! That’s what gives the dress its vintage charm and, besides, sashes are more for ballgown or A-line dresses, which you are steering away from.
Post # 13
I think you should leave the dress as is. I’m not even sure if you’d need to wear a necklace with it.
As the PP said, just wear a spectacular headpiece with it, to go with the Old Hollywood vibe.
Post # 14
Don’t change a thing, it’s perfect, a headpiece or veil and you’ll be the perfect bride.
Post # 15
Perfect as it is- don’t mess with it.
Accessorize accessorize ACCESSORIZE!