Throwing Down With the Gown
By Gretta Monahan
On my TLC show “Brides Gone Styled,” my co-host Robert Verdi and I see the gamut of bridal styles — from Goth and hippie to rocker and preppie. I’m a big fan of finding that happy balance between personal style and classic beauty.
The options also come in all degrees of formality — the only guiding rule is your own style and how formal the rest of the wedding day is — and in all levels of price. For example:
More traditional and formal weddings will call for a full length gown, possibly even with a full train. The beautiful and intricate creations of designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier are great go-tos in this category.
Appropriate and chic dresses come in all lengths these days, including shorter hems — especially if you have a small wedding. So don’t count out dresses that are high-low, shorter (but not too short) or tea-length.
Some of my favorites are the mesh-paneled stretch jersey dress (just $598) by Cushnie et Ochs at theoutnet.com. And at less than $100, the maxi back cutout evening lace dress with mesh from Oasap is both graceful and a total steal.
Say you’re getting hitched on a beach or at some other casual, natural setting. You might want something even more streamlined — like one from J. Crew’s bridal collection. Their Brianna gown (a steal at just $450) is a great example of beautiful simplicity, with its plunging draped cowl back.
And on the (slightly) more formal front, there’s this corset organza dress by Camille La Vie, a perfect example of sophistication and demure simplicity. And the Lorraine Dress, a blush ombre, full-length gown from ML by Monique Lhuillier ($995 on bhldn.com) is a stunner that’s equal parts traditional cut and nontraditional color and sheen.