I woke up dreaming recently about the dress I would purchase if my daughter was getting married and I had a hard time deciding on the perfect formal dress. What kind of style, fabric, color? short or long? sleeved or cap sleeves? So I decided to take a look in Bloomingdale's "Wedding Shop" and there were so many gorgeous options. I especially liked the Tadashi taffeta gown but the Kay Unger chiffon was also quite nice. What a decision! of course I had to know the time of day, ceremony choice, reception and setting. So many choices following the social code and doing the right thing.
I wanted something glamorous yet sophisticated, simple, sleek and elegant. Graceful but sexy ...What could be easier? Or so I thought. Well, I would have to try on several different styles and designs - to see what looked best. Not as easy or simple as I had pictured. I'm partial to navy blue so I thought maybe that might be a good choice - neutral but smart. Being cost-conscience I was also looking for a color and style that could be worn for a different function. I had a wonderful time trying on all these gorgeous formal dresses and gowns and felt like a princess. And then my dream ended.
So to end my story, I woke up with a startled nudge. My daughter isn't getting married and my dream of the perfect dress is only in my dreams - for today anyway.
When to Wear: ...Formal Wedding, Formal Evening Occasion
Price Range: ...High
Fabric: ...jersey, silk chiffon, nylon, silk, acetate, polyester, spandex, satin, taffeta,
What to Accessorize: ...small purse, necklace, earrings, pin or brooch, bracelet, shawl, wrap, flower, shoes
Also called: ...evening dresses, formals, gowns, long cocktail dress
As a final tip: the Mother of the Bride Dress usually coordinates and complments the wedding party, don't try to out-shine the bride.You are there to complement someone else on their big day. Not yours!
Tadashi taffeta gown with ruched sides
Feminine ruched side seams and cap sleeves in a jersey knit shape this stunning taffeta gown. Rounded neckline. Flared hem. Back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Lined bodice.
Kay Unger Chiffon Halter Gown with Ruffle Bodice
Ruched and ruffled halter gown with banded waist and gathered skirt. Open back with ruffle detail. Invisible back zipper with hook and eye closure. Fully lined
the mother of the bride gown is found at bloomingdales.com