Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015

A look at the latest Romona Keveza Collection for Spring 2015.

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When I see a collection such as the Romona Keveza Collection Spring 2015 bridal collection, I realize that perhaps I have used the word ‘modern’ too hastily in the past, for it should have been reserved for completely contemporary gowns such as these, and a collection like this that reflects all the nuances of a current bride.

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Navy Maxi Dress for Bridesmaids

There are some dress silhouettes that just look current and fresh, and for me, this sleek maxi dress is one of them. I’ve featured many navy dresses here on Dress for the Wedding, but today I wanted to present a take on a navy dress that is undeniably modern, and will be a favorite with bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.

Modern navy maxi dress for bridesmaids or wedding guestsDress:  J.Crew Manuela Long  Dress in Crepe  See other J.Crew Bridesmaid Dresses   Manuela Wedding Gown //Earrings: Tulip Crescent Drop Earrings from BaubleBar  //Cuff: Madewell Tiger’s Eye Cuff at Shopbop  //Clutch: Lily Clasp Clutch Bag at Boohoo //Sandals: Shutz Nelly Sandals at Piperlime

This dress called the Manuela from J.Crew. It is part of their wedding collection and available as a bridesmaid dress option, or as a wedding dress. It has such a relaxed sophistication –especially in navy–which makes it easy to envision this as both a beautiful bridesmaid gown and a closet staple.   I love this type of maxi dress for a wedding, because the length gives the look some formality, while the light fabric and blousy styling offer a casual, modern style.

For the accessories, I thought navy with a bit of orange seemed right. It makes this ready for fall, and gives this already contemporary look a punch of color. I also love those sandals that have a cute little obi-like bow on the back–just a little detail like that and some modern accessories with an edge make this a great look for modern weddings.

Note: During the time I created this collage, the Manuela dress seems to have gone out of stock ( I knew there was a lot to love about it!) Try these Joanna August dresses (especially the DC style in Tangled Up in Blue) for a very similar look!

See more style + shopping ideas:

Maxi Dresses for Weddings

Navy Bridesmaid Dresses at WeddingtonWay

Dark Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Navy Dresses

 

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Bridal Style: Wedding Dress with Pockets

There’s nothing that says relaxed elegance quite like a full ballgown wedding dress with pockets, and some glamorous accessories.

 

Silk wedding gown with pockets

 

Gown: Badgley Mischka Collection Silk Gazar Ballgown //  Earrings: Alfani Crystal Stone Chandelier Earrings // Bracelet: Jenny Packham Tesoro Bracelet //  Shoes: Jimmy Choo ‘Lang’ Sandals  //Clutch: Crystal Clutch by Natasha Couture

Silk Ballgown Wedding Dress with Pockets

I can’t remember the last time I did a bridal styled look, and the easy elegance of this gown seemed perfect for a Friday.  There’s something so wonderful about the silhouette of a wedding dress with pockets; the bride can swish and sawy that full ballgown skirt with ease. There are nearly limitless ways to accessorize a strapless wedding gown like this, but I sometimes prefer this simple approach with some statement earrings, a lovely cuff, and some fantastic shoes.  Add a veil, or hair adornment, and you’re ready to go!

Wishing you all a very happy weekend, especially to this weekend’s brides!

Here are some other posts you might enjoy for this fall season:

Bridesmaid Dresses

Cranberry Bridesmaid Dress

 Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

Mother of the Bride Style Ideas

Fall Wedding Guest Attire Ideas

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A Look at the Jenny Packham SS 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Jenny Packham New York Fashion Week  Spring Summer 15 New York September 2014

Some days, I have those pinch-me moments when I realize how lucky I am to do what I love, and how amazed I am that I’m actually doing it. Yesterday, I had just one of those moments when I saw I had an email with the latest images from the Jenny Packham Spring /Summer 2015  Ready-To-Wear show that debuted in New York this week during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. While we all know how excited I get for Jenny Packham’s bridal creations, her ready-to-wear line contains just as much cause for celebration.  I’m in awe of her creativity and her ability to create looks that are like nothing we’ve seen before, but have all the makings of instant classics. While this isn’t my usual style post,  I couldn’t help but show you these beautiful dresses from this alluring, Marilyn Monroe-inspired collection:

 “featured crepes in pillarbox red and bold china blue, draped off the shoulder and clinched at the waist, alongside sleek silhouettes in textured metallic. A full length, form fitting gown in fine illusion tulle encrusted with waterfalls of sequins was inspired by the iconic ‘Some Like it Hot’ cocktail dress.” (Shown second-to-last below).

If you’d like to see the runway show itself see this video on jennypackham.com – you can see the Marilyn reference come to life with the music.  Here are a few of my favorites from this collection.

Jenny Packham New York Fashion Week  Spring Summer 15 New York September 2014

Jenny Packham New York Fashion Week  Spring Summer 15 New York September 2014

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How To Mismatch Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses

 How to mismatch neutral bridesmaid dressesSee details on these looks below!

Mismatched Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses

I can remember when the mismatched bridesmaid dress look was a rarity, and the matched color and uniform style of matched bridesmaid dresses — down to the same dye lot — was everywhere. Now, times have changed because the mismatched trend is not only still in style, but very much here to stay. It’s to the point where I almost can’t remember the last time I saw an exactly matched set of dresses!  Today, I’m going to show you some ideas for how to mismatch neutral bridesmaid dresses, because these soothing tones are so popular right now, and always make for a beautiful look for any season. We’ll tackle how to match and mismatch soft hues like cream, champagne, mocha, and taupe, with a little blush, gold, sequin, and beading thrown in!

Long neutral bridesmaid dresses

Some of my favorite formal-length neutral bridesmaid dresses

Top row: 1. Amsale One Shoulder Crinkled Silk Gown in Champagne  at Nordstrom 2. Watters ‘Iman’  in French Vanilla (also see Luxe Mink) at Weddington Way  3. Joanna August DC Dress in Champagne Long Lace at Weddington Way  4. Amsale Ruffled Detail Crinkled Silk Gown at Nordstrom

Middle row: 1. Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Pleated Gown in Champagne at Nordstrom 2. Jim Hjelm 5414 One Shoulder Gown in Cashmere at Weddington Way  3. Lela Rose Style LR200 in Palomino  at Weddington Way 4. Jim Hjelm Style 5430 in Champagne at  at Weddington Way

Bottom row: 1.  ML Monique Lhuillier Gown in Sand at Nordstrom 2. Dessy Style 2874 in Topaz at Weddington Way  3. Jim Hjelm Style 5378 in Mink   4. Style 6613 in Cappuccino From After Six at Weddington Way

Pick Your Mismatched Look

The first step is to figure out what type of mismatch you want. You may want to take into account how many bridesmaids you have, the wedding location, and the length of dress you’d like them to wear and the degree to which you want the mismatch. As I mentioned in those other mismatched look posts ( Pink, Navy and Coral, and Kate Spade Inspired), if you want a mismatched look that allows your bridesmaids to pick a style that suits them, but doesn’t make it vague about what color you want,  you can do what I consider the easiest mismatch: the ‘simple’ mismatch, if you will. With the ‘simple’ mismatch, just pick a dress color or fabric you like and allow your maids to pick from a handful of styles that you approve of.  This method allows everyone to get a style they like without too much hassle and pretty results. You can vary the neckline, skirt length and bodice style.  Most bridesmaid boutiques will have all of these options for you, and DFTW sponsors Anna Elyse and LulaKate do an excellent job with offering customizable bridesmaid dresses, and this post is full of ideas for other dresses.

Short neutral bridesmaid dresses in champagne and taupeCocktail Length Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses: Top: 1. Alfred Sung D468 in Champagne  2. Lela Rose LR189 in Palomino  3. Alfred Sung Style D568 in Sateen Twill Palomino at Weddington Way 4. Jim Hjelm Lace Dress 5380 in Champagne Lace at Weddington Way

Bottom: Lela Rose LR178 in Palomino at Weddington Way  2. Jim Hjelm 5358 in Crinkle Chiffon in Toffee 3. Watters Style ‘Julep’ in Luxe Mink  4. Wtoo Style 497 in Cappuccino

The next step up from that would be what I call the ‘ombre’ mismatch. With this type of mismatch,  one might pick the general style of dress, and a fabric from a single designer that has a range of colors very close to one another or that compliment each other in some way. Weddington Way and brands like Donna Morgan at Nordstrom are great for this, or  you can go to places like Bella Bridesmaid. LulaKate and Anna Elyse also have tons of  color swatches to pick from.  Pick 2-3 hues you like and have your bridesmaids chose between them, and break up the colors so that they are evenly distributed between all the bridesmaids. With this look you’ll generally keep the fabric type the same, but the necklines, dress styles, and of course the colors will vary.  This is a little more complex, but breaks up the color and looks pretty.

Mismatched Sequined and Beaded Bridesmaid Dresses

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Some of my favorite Sparkly Neutral Sequined Bridesmaid Dresses

1. Badgley Mischka ‘Twist it Out’ Gown at Rent the Runway 2. Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Gown 3. Gold Badgley Mischka ‘Night at the Oscars’ Gown from Rent the Runway 4.  Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Blouson Gown 

Row 2:  1. Aidan Mattox Illusion Yoke Sequin Gown  2. Badgley Mischka ‘Glisten Up’ Gown at Rent the Runway 3. Adrianna Papell One Shoulder Beaded Dress 4. Aidan Mattox Embellished Lace Blouson Gown

Artfully Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

The artful mismatch is the one that is the most complex to get right, and also looks the most mismatched.  This look appears as though you’ve just said to your bridesmaids, “please wear a a cream or taupe dress” — and I’m sure some brides have been able to simply ask for that have it all work out, but I suspect for the wedding parties that perfectly mismatched, there’s actually some significant planning to make sure the shades have some variation but also look cohesive.  If you go for this look,  I’d think about it almost like you’d approach a home decorating project; just as a room usually has different textures and colors and fabrics that all work together, so it goes with this look.  Neutrals are a beautiful choice for this mismatch, because the soft, muted hues are forgiving if they don’t exactly blend, and one can unusually find a stunning pattern or sequined or beaded gown that will tie some of the other dresses together and make the whole look work.

So if you go for this look, the fabric doesn’t need to match, the style of dress doesn’t need to match, but there just has to be a pleasing blend of colors, without too many colors of the same hue.  Think of having choosing a few of the solid color dresses above, then perhaps add in a few textured, like lace or a sheer fabric, and then a few beaded, and make sure the beaded or printed dress tie in with other dresses (For instance, if you have a champagne dress, and a deeper taupe gray gown, find a printed or beaded gown with a bit of champagne in the background, and taupe in the beading to tie it all in.)

Steps to the Mismatched Look

 

How to mismatch neutral bridesmaid dresses

Examples of the artful mismatch.

Group 1:  Amsale One Shoulder Crinkled Silk Gown  /  Badgley Mischka ‘Glisten Up’ Gown  /  Jim Hjelm 5414  / Jim Hjelm Style 5378 in Mink  

Group 2:  Amsale Ruffled Detail Crinkled Silk Gown / Jim Hjelm Style 5430 in Champagne / Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Pleated Gown in Champagne 

Group 3: Lela Rose LR189  / Jim Hjelm Lace Dress 5380 / Lela Rose LR178 in Palomino / Lela Rose Style LR200 in Palomino  Group 4: Joanna August DC Dress in Champagne Long Lace / Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Gown / Style 6613 in Cappuccino  / Amsale Ruffled  Silk Gown

To make sure you like the look all together, my suggestion is to pick a few dresses you like and either using Pinterest, (or PowerPoint, like I use) and play around with grouping these dresses together. Then,  you’ll want to either go to the store or boutique or order them all online and get them together make sure they all work in person. If you like the look – you’ve found your dresses! Boutiques are very used to assisting with this mismatched trend by now, so if you tell them your color palette they’ll probably be happy to help!  I’ve included some of my favorite neutral bridesmaid dresses both short, long, and sequined here to get you started. You might also want to follow me on Pinterest, especially my Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses board (or my other bridesmaid dress boards organized by color if you’re not using these neutrals. You’ll also want to follow Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress board and this sequin dress board for more ideas to add to your collection of dresses.

So if any of these dresses strike your fancy, remember – you can either pick other dresses of that same color in a different style, or start mixing colors, or mix everything!  It’s a beautiful look that allows the unique personality of your wedding and your bridesmaids to shine through.

Wondering where to shop? In addition to the stores I mentioned above, my affiliated sponsors ModCloth, BHLDN, Dessy, Nordstrom, and Weddington Way are some of my favorite online sources for bridesmaid dresses.

 

Check  out these resources too:

Armour Sans Anguish: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

 Mismatched Bridesmaids in Pink

Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses

Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

Sequined Bridesmaid Dresses

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