Post # 1
Okay so I have decided on my dress. I definitely want the entire “feel” to be vintage… so I am wondering what y’all thing about what to wear with the dress? I already have my shoes (awesome vintage 30’s leather).. I am wondering about jewelry, veil, gloves (or not), and some kind of wrap because our wedding will be in late March but in an area of NE Iowa where it will still be really cold out, maybe even snowy.
Oh, and should I wear a petticoat? I know they have them made for trumpet-style dresses but what do most people do?
I personally love a birdcage veil but not sure how it will work. I tried on a dress very similar at David’s bridal and the consultant paired it with a fingertip-length veil (on a comb) in an antique style…. it was ivory with old fashioned looking lace appliques and very pretty. I am still not sure as I never pictured a ‘traditional’ veil on me at all but who knows.
The dress has a vintage-looking brooch under the bust that’s a little sparkly so maybe I can use that as a springboard for jewelry and so forth.
OH and a big question I have no clue about: I plan on wearing a real garter and stockings.. not the stay up kind but the kind that actually need the garter… but what “shade”? I’m clueless there. My shoes are closed-toe.
Thoughts? Here are photos of the dress:
Post # 3
I would maybe try to match your undergarmets to the shade of the sash. Not sure about the stockings though, I prefer nude hose, maybe you could find some nude hose with pretty lace at the top that would match your dress.
I’m not a fan of gloves, so I’d skip those (but that’s a personal preference).
I honestly don’t think that dress needs a necklace since the neckline is interesting and the lace covers most of your shoulders.
But I’d definately try to match your earrings to the brooch.
Post # 4
@mcnetn3: I picked up a bracelet that looks a bit like the brooch. I agree on nude hose, I just want something pretty and vintagey. I think you’re right about a necklace..
Any thoughts about veil and a wrap of some sort?
Post # 5
Honestly, you really don’t have to decide on a veil until closer to your date, so I’d wait until you get your dress in and try on a few differnt styles with it to see what you like the best.
I’d probably go with a simple fingertip length mantilla veil, or one with just a lace edge on it. I think that look is very classy, but if you are trying to go for a more ‘vintage’ look, you may need to try some other options. You could even get away without a veil all together and do a really pretty fascinator or something like that, which I think would probably be better than a birdcade veil.
As for a wrap… I can’t imagine what would look good with that dress since it already has the cap sleeves. I would probably just pick up a pashmina that matches the pink ribbon and use it to cover up when I needed to.
Post # 6
@mcnetn3: Thanks for the veil suggestions. I am really thinking I will probably go with some kind of veil just because.. you know?
My reasoning for wanting a wrap/capelet or similar is because we’ll be in a very cold part of the US at a cold time of year.. we may even get a snowy wedding! So I wanted something pretty and WARM to wear en route to the reception location and for any outdoor photos. It will probably be in the 30s or 40s on our wedding day.
Post # 7
I’m a huge fan of birdcage veils, especially if you’re looking for that vintage feel. You can go with either the French netting or the tulle to create the birdcage. Each fabric gives its own unique look, not to mention various fascinators that can add a different flair. Check out http://www.unveiledbridaldesigns.com for some looks. The designer, Dorene, made me a custom birdcage veil from my mom’s cathedral-length veil with fascinator of feathers, lace, pearls, and crystals. She wonderful! You can send her pictures of your dress, venue, wedding colors, describe your personality and she’ll be happy to give you suggestions. I’m a huge fan of her. Anyway, good luck with the hunt! The dress looks beautiful!!
Post # 8
I second the birdcage. I just feel that your dress is so gorgeous and I can’t picture a traditional veil with it. I think a birdcage will balance it out more. I think it’s the sillhouette of the dress or perhaps the neckline and the detail under the bust. I just think a traditional veil might be too much… Beautiful dress though! 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for the birdcage veil input! I always pictured myself wearing one… when I get my dress I will definitely try them out! I really am hesitant to cover up the lovely buttons up the back since that’s one of the KEY reasons I fell in love with this dress!
Thoughts on how this faux fur wrap would work (or not)? Like I said it’s going to be cold and I love this little wrap and I think I would actually wear it AFTER the wedding. The color is “Irish Cream” so i have no clue if it’d be too dark and my monitor never is accurate anyway…? The big flower is removable. It’s actually “faux shaved curly lamb”. I also don’t get how it’s a “wrap” but looks like it has sleeves. Confused!
Post # 10
I love your dress–it is so unique yet very classic. Here are my opinions:
Undergarments – with the bodice and hips being more fitted, I highly recommend a longline bra with attached garters. Not that sexy but you really want a smooth line under that dress. Dominque and Va Bien both make pretty long versions. Make sure the color matches your skin tone.
Crinoline – wait until the dress comes in and try it out. If there is already tulle in the skirt, the crinoline might be too much.
Hosiery – definitely nude (seriously, I never thought I’d say that after 1979). However, the better brands have really sheer styles in more natural colors. Nobody will really be able to tell under your dress anyway.
Veil – I think the birdcage would look great with this. However, if you really want a veil, DB sells very plain, very sheer veils at a good price. I bought a chapel length one for $69 and it is practically see thru. You can do something more traditional for your ceremony and switch to a birdcage for the reception if you are undecided. There are also some great Etsy sellers. Look for something with a cut edge if you don’t want anything that competes with your dress.
Wrap – the picture you posted is too casual. A pashmina may not be warm enough. However, between your bra, dress, hosiery and excitement you will probably be warmer than you think. I would really dig into a faux or vintage real fur wrap.
jewels – earrings for sure, bracelet optional, no necklace.
Post # 11
@Georgia Bee: thanks for all the feedback!
I am just looking for a reason to buy that wrap! lol! I would never justify the $119 price tag otherwise. So there, the truth comes out!
I am hot natured in general, I was just thinking about being outside and needing something…
I was eyeing this for an undergarment (Lady Marlene reproduction vintage zip front bustier with boning), assuming the back is low enough:
I believe I can get it in another shade. It’s only $29 and I really want something that nips the waist! I haven’t been able to find out for sure how low the back is though. It IS something I’d wear again and I like the fact that it has real garters (I never trust the little plasticy ones to stay attached!)..
I just can’t WAIT until I get my dress!! I’m obsessed!
Post # 12
where did you find the vintage undergarment? it’s great! i’m also searching for something similar. did you ever find out how low it is in the back? my dress is pretty low. thanks!
Post # 13
bird cage veil, short wrist gloves. This dress is absoltely amazing! Lovely.