Navy Animal Print Party Dress

I’ve had my eye on this dress for some time because I love the fit and flare style and the gold floral details at the hem. Those details alone already make it pretty unique, but if you look closely, you’ll see that it also has a a subtle animal print — cheetah print to be exact. While I normally wouldn’t recommend head-to-toe animal print for wedding attire, this subtle print definitely works!  So this navy blue dress with golden and gray details is definitely getting my thumbs up for both holiday parties and wedding guest attire.

Animal Print Dress

Cheetah Crawl Dress by Mark & James by Badgley Mischka  / Honey & Hive Multi Chain Necklace   / Melinda Maria Drusy Stud Earrings / Vex Cuff by Lady Grey / Julip Metallic Sandal by DVF / Maza Clutch by Big Buddha

I’d wear this little number to holiday parties and to weddings, with taupe or gunmetal accessories like these. The dress itself is from Rent the Runway, so you can see in the reader reviews how nicely it fits and where people have enjoyed wearing it. I love that it’s a classic style , and a classic color, with a bit of  unexpected detail and youthful look. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut of lace and  solid-color satin, try a little print like this to change things up!


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The Best Foundation Garments for Wedding Dresses

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Looking for something gorgeously supportive to wear under your wedding gown? You’re in the right place! Dominique Intimates has generously sponsored this post featuring great foundations for bridal gowns.

Find the Best Bra for Your Wedding Gown

I tend to focus a lot on the exterior beauty and details of wedding gowns here on Dress for the Wedding,  but the ideal silhouette isn’t just a matter of the shape of the gown–it also depends on wearing the right foundation garments to support, smooth, and to provide comfort and flexibility.  Dominique Intimates has a complete collection of bridal foundations that are designed to provide the absolute best shape to make sure your dream gown fits perfectly as you go walk the aisle, pose in pictures, and dance the night away. Your gown will stay in place perfectly — no tugging needed! Whether you’ve chosen an open back bridal gown, a strapless wedding dress, or a dress with a beautiful illusion neckline,  finding the right undergarment is really essential to insure those beautiful details are shown to their best advantage. Fortunately, Dominique Intimates has a foundation for every shape and gown!

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Dominique Intimates Bridal Collection also has gorgeous, seductive appeal. Your wedding day is special, and you want your shapewear to be as lovely as traditional lingerie. Many of Dominique’s long-line and full-length bras come with garters as an option to give that fully-coordinated and alluring bridal look. In know in my own search, it was difficult to find a long-line bra that was both beautiful and provided the support I needed. Dominique’s Bridal Collection offers both!

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Since your gown will be fitted and tailored to your exact measurements, it’s  also essential that your foundation garments give this same personalized fit, which can be hard to find in off-the-rack garments.  Dominique Intimates is known for creating luxurious foundations that look as if they were individually made-to-measure. To find the perfect garment for your wedding gown style, check out these wonderful options in Dominique Intimates Bridal Collection.

Style 8950 ‘Juliette’

Dominique Bra Style 8950

 Juliette is a long-line satin corset bridal bra which provides bodice structure and support with a push-up look.

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Lavender Bridesmaid Dress

A lavender color scheme is always a great choice for spring and summer weddings. This look, featuring a J.Crew bridesmaid dress in ‘Lavender Dust’ has accessories and accents of orange, coral, and green, for a bright and pretty contrast.

bridesmaid in lavenderThe Dress: J.Crew ‘Kami’ dress in Lavender Dust more J.Crew dresses in this color 

Accessories: Earrings: kate spade new york Iridescent Small Square Studs from Bloomingdale’s // Bracelet: Pearl Cosmos Bracelet from ILY Couture // Invitation: ‘Mantilla Spanish Lace’ Invitation from Minted // Clutch: Sondra Roberts ‘Circle’ Clutch // Heels: ‘Hostess’ Heels from ASOS //Bouquet: by Della Peacock of Dellables on Wedding Chicks, Photography by Karma Hill 

I’m officially at the stage of winter where I can’t bear to look at any more dark colors for a while. That’s why the whole J.Crew Spring and Summer weddings bridesmaid lookbook is my happy place. It is full of beautiful colors that remind me of the case at delicious gelateria, or an array of tropical fruits. These are happy, cheerful colors — exactly what you want for your bridal party!

One of my favorite shades of this collection is this color – Lavender Dust – a muted pinky-purple lavender. J.Crew is showing it paired with another muted purple shade called Dusty Thistle. They combine and compliment each other wonderfully for a mix and match look.

As far as accessories, I love how brights like coral, pistachio green, and yellow pair with this lavender shade. The invitation by Minted above shows how fun a little contrast can be – just the right balance of orange with a subtle hue like this is a great idea for a modern, bright wedding look.  Have your florist create a bouquet like this that will play off of the colors of the dress with a contrast, and give your bridesmaids the coral clutch or coral bracelet, or earrings which have purple, pink, and orange facets to them for a look that is as a soft and bright as a spring day!

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Mint Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Pastels will forever have a place in wedding attire, and the soothing pale green shade of mint has been a mainstay of wedding colors for several years now. Perhaps one reason for its longevity is, in addition to being a soothing shade,  it seemingly evolves slightly each season. Many of this year’s mint dresses are in barely-there shades of green with more soft gray and blue undertones mixed in than previous seasons. These dresses are available in new dressy jersey fabrics, matte silks, crepes, and embellished styles. Because mint is available from many bridesmaid dress collections and in such array of fabrics, using mint as your bridesmaid dress color  is a great starting point for creating a mismatched look.

Mint bridesmaid dresses 2Top:   Jenny Yoo ‘Annabelle’ Dress in  Seaglass  // Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Dress in Mist   // Joanna August 8th Avenue Long in “I Want Candy”  //Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Blouson Gown in Mist Links in italics and in the shop section are from affiliates and sponsors.

Bottom:Monique Lhuillier Convertible Halter Gown in Mint  – see more Monique Lhuillier Gowns in Mint // J.Crew Heidi Dress in Dusty Shale // J.Crew Matte Crepe Dress in Dusty Shale   //Amsale Illusion Yoke Gown in Mint. For more looks also try J.Crew’s Sea Spray, Bright Seaside, //  Also try Donna Morgan’s shades of Spearmint, Beachglass, or Gulfstream. 

This post is near and dear to my heart, because a minty light blue was the color I chose (after a big search) for my own bridesmaid dresses. I wanted a mint that would be somewhere between a pale green, pale blue, with a little gray thrown in, and actually had to dye my dresses to get it! (Where were J.Crew’s perfect shades of Dusty Shale, or Sea Spray when I needed them? 5 years in the future –that’s where!)

The mismatched bridesmaid dress posts I’ve done thus far have been very popular, so I have to assume many of you are visual like I am, and find these boards helpful to try to convey your mint mismatched look to your wedding party. I find it really helps to put images next to each other to see what look might work best before making a purchase. I suggest playing around with a few looks either by taking images and making a collage like I do, or moving pins next to each other on Pinterest to get some ideas. Then just let your bridesmaids know which shade you like, and how much mix you want in your mismatch!

Each of the lines I’m showing have many dress options beyond what is shown  here, so that you can really customize the silhouettes. Try the Jenny Yoo dress for an easy-convertible style that will give you several looks with one dress. If you want a range of colors lengths and and styles, Donna Morgan is perfect choice, as is J.Crew and Joanna August with their modern options. For sophisticated elegance, try Amsale or Monique Lhuillier.  And, as always, you can add a little sparkle with beaded gowns from Adrianna Papell.

mix and match short mint bridesmaid dresses

J.Crew Dresses in Dusty Shale

Here’s one idea above for a “simple” mismatch with cocktail length dresses in ‘Dusty Shale’, mixing necklines in the same color range.   For more styles – especially shorter options or brighter shades — try J.Crew’s Sea Spray, Bright Seaside, or  Donna Morgan’s shades of Spearmint, Beachglass, or Gulfstream.

Mix and match mint bridesmaid dresses

Top (Color Mix):   1:  Audrey by Donna Morgan in Beachglass    2: Audrey by Donna Morgan in Spearmint 3: Jenny Yoo “Aiden” in Ciel Blue  

Middle (Neckline Mix):  1. DC Halter Wrap  2. Dani Dress 3. Dorian Dress in “I Want Candy” by Joanna August  ( Also at Weddington Way

Bottom ( Texture Mix) :  1. Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Dress in Mist    2. Jenny Yoo “Aiden” in Ciel Blue  3. DC Halter Wrap by Joanna August in “I Want Candy”

I’ve highlighted some tips before on how to get the mismatched look, so I won’t go on extensively about that method, but my general tips are: 1.Go for an ombre effect with different tones; 2. mix necklines and styles; 3.add a few textures like ruffles, lace, tulle, and beading. (and 4. mix all 3 techniques!) Remember, it’s supposed to be a mismatch, and sometimes the more eclectic it is — the better! Any mix you settle on will be perfect!

More mismatched ideas:

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Neutral Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

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Gorgeous Wedding Dresses for 2015

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‘Tallulah’ from Anne Barge Black Label

25 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns for 2015

I remember saying nearly the same thing last year when I was writing a similiar post, that choosing a wedding dress– just like falling in love– is a very personal thing! So, while I can qualify  some the ‘best’ wedding dresses for me, for someone else it might have a totally different set of qualifications. However, I do get to see a lot of gorgeous wedding dresses each year, and I love to share some of the standouts so far with my readers. There are many more to be seen this season, but we’re nearly halfway through first month of 2015,  so it’s high time for a first look at some of the most wonderful wedding gowns for 2015 ! Without further ado, here are some showstopping bridal gowns for 2015 and 2016 brides!

Gorgeous wedding gowns for 2015

‘Jules’ from Amsale Blue Label

Rose Garden by ivy & Aster

‘Rose Garden’ by Ivy & Aster

ANGEL SANCHEZ Bridal 2015 Runway

Style NF1500 from Angel Sanchez

Josie Christos Wedding Dress for 2015

 ‘Josie’ by Christos

Katarina by Kelly Faetanini

‘Katarina’ by Kelly Faetanini

Joie Sarah Seven Wedding Dresses 2015

‘Joie’ by Sarah Seven

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‘Penelope’ by Love Marley at BHLDN

Jenny Yoo Hayden Wedding Dress

‘Hayden’ by Jenny Yoo

Sofia by Saint Isabel

‘Sofia’ by Saint Isabel

Faith Wedding gown by Kenneth Pool

‘Faith’ by Kenneth Pool

Jodie Enzoani Wedding

‘Jodie’ from Enzoani

Lalai by Watters

Watters ‘Lalai’ Wedding Gown

Scarlett Mitchell by Heidi Elnora

‘Scarlett Mitchell’ by Heidi Elnora

Riga by Ines Di Santo

‘Riga’ by Ines Di Santo

evangeline by Claire Pettibone

‘Evangeline’ by Claire Pettibone

Daenarys Winnie Couture

‘Daenarys’ by Winnie Couture

long sleeved lace wedding dress

Madison James Style MJ112

Look 5 - 5239 - I'm Fabulous

‘I’m Fabulous’ by Reem Acra

Carina by Karen Willis Holmes

‘Carina’ by Karen Willis Holmes

Embellished bodice wedding dress by Saja Wedding

Style DT6366 from Saja 


Justin Alexander Signature Style 9765


Hayley Paige Style HP6501

Adriana - front

‘Adriana’ by THEIA


Romona Keveza  Style RK5446

All images are courtesy and copyright of the respective designers. For more information on any of theses gowns, visit the site linked beneath each image.

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Navy Blue Lace Cocktail Dress

Nothing beats a navy blue dress when it comes to tasteful attire — and when done in lace, with classic crystal accessories, it’s a wonderful option for a mother-of the bride or mother of the groom – or a winter wedding guest.

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Dress: Eliza J  Embellished Lace Sheath Dress  ( Update: This dress has sold out already – but here are more navy blue lace dresses  and a similar style) // Earrings: Anne Klein Rhinestone Earrings // Bracelet: Nadri Vine Bracelet Clutch: Glint Pearl Encrusted Clutch //Heels: Badgley Mischka ‘Landmark’ Strappy Sandals 

I’ve been torn this week between showing more winter wedding guest dress, and a few more mother-of-the-bride dresses, since I know it’s the season that my readers are looking for both! So, I’ve decided to do pick a classic dress that suits either role. I’ve styled it with the Mother-of-the-Bride or Mother-of-the Groom in mind, and chosen this look specifically because I’ve been meaning to especially show more shorter cocktail-length dresses for the Mothers.  A timeless cocktail length dress for the Mother-of-the-Bride is one of the most popular looks, especially as the seasons get warmer.  Navy blue is a enduring color, and lace is a classic fabric – part them with understated crystal accessories and a navy clutch with pearls that pick up on the embellishment in the dress, and you have ideal wedding attire!

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