Yes, one of my favorite stores is Lord & Taylor's and I guess I'm kind of biased since I remember working there as a young girl. I was working Thursday nights and Saturdays and going to college at the same time. I have such great memories of the wonderful atmosphere there, nevermind all the lovely women, who were so kind to me. But that's another story and the reason I keep returning there, especially now since my own daughter is getting married. I'm looking for a unique mother of the bride dress in a shade that is complimentary, a silhouette that's flattering, a fit to die for and a classic design that I could wear again. Am I asking the imposable?
I began my search on the Lord & Taylor website browsing all the gorgeous dresses and gowns, sets and separates, short and long - a-lines, full skirts, sheaths, hem lines, necklines, colors, fabrics and more! I didn't know where to begin- but I did know what I liked and didn't. Some were too short, too low cut, too sexy, too colorful - do you get my meaning? I was leaning for a classic and timeless look - something I could wear to another social affair, such as another wedding or anniversary party but not be considered a member of the wedding party. Anyway, a romantic vision is okay and I wasn't looking to be trendy or outrageous since this is my daughter's day and not mine. On the other hand, I am the hostess and I wanted to look the part - looking, pretty, feminine and graceful. And of course, pictures last a lifetime. Get my meaning?
So, to move on - I found several gorgeous dresses on the website and I couldn't wait to try them on. Hurrying over to the nearest store, I tried on many that fit my criteria. All so beautiful, by many designers, styles, shades, fabrics, sizes and prices that would be perfect for me. In the end, I narrowed down my choices to two that would fit my needs and still be stylish, comfortable and fashionable. I was looking for a long gown or long cocktail dress and I found the ideal dress or dresses, I should say that would work. One was the Tadashi ruched satin one-shoulder in a jade hue and the other was the JKara navy/white beaded jacket and dress set. I really loved them both and more importantly, they both fit like a glove, so it came down to a matter of choice. Either color and style would complement me and the bridal party, so it was preference. In the end, I purchased them both and I'm still deciding - maybe I'll keep both of them - and save one for my son's wedding!
TADASHI SHOJI Ruched One-Shoulder Floor-Length Gown
This ruched satin gown by Tadashi Shoji frames your figure with ladylike grace. The gorgeous feminine detailing on this dress flatters with a beguiling, trend-savvy look that is sure to draw attention.
* Ruched one-shoulder design
* Gathered fabric folds at waist
* Side-zip closure
JKARA Beaded Evening Dress and Jacket Set
You'll shine like a star at your next special occasion in this beautifully beaded evening dress and jacket set by Jkara. An open jacket tops the V-neck dress, both of which are made of a sheer chiffon fabric that will float on the dance floor.
* Jacket has open neckline and full-length sleeves
* Dress has double V-neckline and is sleeveless
* Dress has back-zip closure
the mother of the bride dresses are found at lordandtaylor.com