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Budget Wedding—Here Comes the Deal
Friday July 29, 2011 1 Comment
You’re engaged. You want to get married in style, but you don’t want to go broke doing it. Spending $40,000 on one day is falling out of fashion—and fashion is keeping pace. Whether you tie the knot at City Hall, old-school style, in Manhattan with a photo shoot around the city, take a quick whirlwind weekend in Vegas to make it legal or head South of the Border for a destination vacation-slash-tying-the-knot, you can find a look that fits the bill, both figuratively and literally.

budget wedding dress

Want a classic yet on-trend floor length dress that will not break the bank? This lace Tadashi style has the one-shoulder look down with a beautiful bow at the stylish waist sash that ads a soft, romantic touch to the look.  And nobody would ever guess that this high-style design is only $378 (about $1000 less than some of the higher end styles at budget bride resource David’s Bridal). This Mac Duggal design is slightly pricer at $798 but has a lace overlay and detailing that looks like it belongs on a gown that is four times as much.  Still a deal when it comes to a wedding dress.

Are you looking to shine in a floor length satin gown instead of lace? This Dave and Johnny gown has a sexy but fashionable mermaid silhouette, and a striking and unmistakably bridal pleated bow at the bodice with a beautiful jeweled pin. And, guess what, it is only $190—one or two zeros off the end less than many bridal gowns. 

And for a more modern fashionista of a bride, this dress is stunning for a beach wedding, with a keyhole neckline and a dramatic low back.

Shorter bridal looks are also perfect for a casual, impromptu or second-time-around wedding. This demure dress is a deal at $168 and can be customized to a variety of brides. How about this with a pair of red heels and a rhinestone clutch? 

Good news for the budget bride: you are off the hook for the cost of your bridesmaid gowns, which are traditionally covered by your ladies in waiting. You can keep your maids on their own budgets with a variety of styles around the $150 mark or under like this charmingly sweet Landa style.
 

Color-Popping in Style
Monday July 25, 2011 1 Comment
Add Color Now! 

By now you should have gotten the memo—the  S/S 11 and A/W 11 runways said it loud and clear: You’ve got to get your color on! We understand not everyone is ready to go bold in head to toe color. So we’re going to start small, with baby steps if you will. Because we know the power of a simple pop of color. It brings your outfit onto the fast track from unnoticeably cute to eye-catching goodness. If you happen to only be comfortable in neutrals or black, then get ready to step into the hue. Bright accents sit perfectly on neutral tones, and we’re going to show you how it’s done. 

color popping on the red carpet
Pink and blue aren’t just for babies. A soft pink gets a huge lift when accented by bright blue. Diane Kruger showed up at the premiere of Pieds Nus Sur Des Limaces in Germany wearing a blush lace dress with turquoise pumps. It was the perfect blend of sweet and sassy. Break out your femininity in this dress by Tony Bowls then pair with a hotly hued shoe. Simply charming on the top, downright rocking on the bottom.

An LBD sets the stage for show stopping color. Take your favorite LBD, and add a vibrantly shaded clutch. Keep your shoes and jewelry minimal to let the clutch steal the show. Don’t own an LBD? Click here for our always updated selection.

A bright cinch does double duty during the day or at night. Not only does a bold belt accentuate your waist, it can also make an outfit pop. The beauty with white is you can choose any color for your accent. We are loving the bright red belt that anchors this LWD by Interlude

Don’t forget your lipstick and nail polish! Nothing color pops your face better than lipstick, and nothing is sexier than a boldly colored lip. Red, coral and hot pink smothered the runways this season, so feel free to pucker up in bold tones. Same goes for nail polish. A simple, yet incredibly effective way to add color into your ensemble. Don’t hold back—neon pink toes are fierce!

 

Your Signature Silhouette
Friday July 22, 2011 2 Comments
We’ve been there countless times. What starts as an exciting adventure in search of the perfect dress, ends in a fitting room disaster with the mismatched battling the ill-fit. That sexy frock hanging on the rack seemed to call our name, but once slipped onto the body said nothing that flatters.
 
This brings us to the golden rule of dress shopping: a fabulous garment is only as fabulous as its fit, and certain silhouettes are prime to become your BFF. A curvy figure needs a different cut than her petite friend, and the long-limbed lady will seek something else. It’s all about proportions so let's get aligned! Say bye-bye wardrobe malfunctions. Hello signature silhouette! 

ScarJo hourglass silhouette
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To the beautiful woman who are well endowed with an hourglass figure, similar to Scarlett Johansson, you’ll want to play up your tiny waist. Look for soft fabrics such as silk that easily drape with your curves. If you have a full bust it’s an absolute must to avoid high necklines. Instead, choose halters, V-necks or sweetheart necklines. Belts also score big points for your figure, so cinch to your hearts desire. If you tend to be bottom heavy, or pear shaped than A-lines are your BFF.
 
For the lovely ladies who fare on the petite side—you need to be wary of drowning in a sea of fabric. Small women should choose silhouettes that elongate their frame. Your BFF? A tailor! Make sure you’ve got a good one on hand. You’ll want all hemlines just above the knee. No one rocks a mini like you petites. But that’s no reason to shy away from the maxi dress. Just keep the hem at the ankle, no longer than that. And never forget your heels! Step into this hot number by Scala then think big for the night.
 
Statuesque and standing tall at 5’9’’ or more?  Than guess what—the majority of dresses are your BFF! Most silhouettes will work for you. A-lines, sheaths, column gowns they’re all designed with you in mind. You just need to accentuate your curves. Cinched waists, plunging necklines and draping pleats will add femininity to your look. While other body types may need to shy away from full skirts, you are free to play with volume. This gown by Alyce will take you to all the right places. Glamour-ready and raring to go!

 

Cool Out with Fall Fashion
Wednesday July 20, 2011 No comments yet
Best way to beat this summer heat wave? Coolin' out with some haute fall fashion. Take a look at the Calvin Klein women's collection for fall 2011 and find some inspiration for the upcoming season. What do you think of the chunky heels fall has in store? Will you be wearing them? And how about those clean, streamlined silhouettes? Must have or movin' on?

 

Draped in Style
Sunday July 17, 2011 2 Comments
Draping and pleats in countless variations continue to dominate fashion headlines. But the difference between looking like a Greek goddess and like you’re wrapped in a sheet depends on some careful choices when selecting your look.

Madam Grés
Image source: trendland.net

Nothing says goddess like white draping, in the style of iconic designer Madam Grés; it is no surprise that a recent retrospective in Paris pays tribute to her timeless designs that could have stepped off a runway today.  However, the fit is critical so that the draping falls in a way that flatters. This sparkling white one-shoulder sheath with draping ads some glittering updates to the goddess look; you might want to consider ordering a draped look a size up, especially in white, so that the drapes can fold dramatically in their full glory. This asymmetrical stunner from Nicole Bakti will have worshippers falling at your feet.  For a more casual look, this short tunic-style mini will have heads turning while keeping extra curves covered in an ultra flattering way.

Though purple and orange are traditional colors that give the draped look royal flair, you might try a classic draped strapless silhouette in a figure-flattering cut in the color of the summer: bright yellow. This Jovani design fits the bill to perfection.  

Though not as popular as draping, pleats are having a moment in the spotlight as well. They are a star when it comes to adding dramatic punch to evening looks, as in this vintage model that is both luxe and romantic. 

While being fashion forward, the vertical lines and body-skimming effect pleats can create also have the benefit of making you look taller and slimmer (and few could say they don’t want both): you can see this in action in this Alyce prom gown that skims the lower body and puts all eyes on the dramatic bustline. 

 

Stay Cool and Look Hot in a Little White Dress
Thursday July 14, 2011 No comments yet
Tis the season of the white dress. For some, that means bringing out the big guns for your wedding day, (hello Kate Moss, we loved you in that Galliano gorgeousness!).
And for others, the little white dress (LWD) is more of an every day affair, something to be relied upon for cooling off in style. 

Chloe Seigny in a LWD
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We love our LWD! We consider it a summer time staple as we continually count on its versatility for every occasion—it’s our blank canvas waiting to be styled. But it does require some know-how. Which is why we’re going to divulge our favorite tips and tricks.

The LWD provides the perfect relief for the hot-hot heat of summer. White acts as a repellant to the burning rays. If you’re blessed with dark skin, or have tanned to the max (either from the sun or the bottle) then you and the LWD are an ideal match. On your next date night, step out in this true white lovely, and turn every head that crosses your path. If you fare on the paler side of complexions then opt for a sweet ivory such as this lacy accented frock that will both flatter and forgive as you stroll around town.

Once again we mention the steamy weather which means fabric choice for your LWD is key. Keep it cute and comfortable. A lightweight cotton or naturally cool linen will feel fresh during the day. At night a silk chiffon will flow with the breeze, and a soft jersey will cling in all the right places.
 
With white it’s best for your dress to have lining. Nobody needs an unwanted peep show. But if yours comes without, then don’t forget the proper undergarments. You’ll want them to be skin toned, not white. And you’re best off with a full slip and camisole for maximum coverage. 

The best feature of the LWD is it goes almost everywhere. While we were huge fans of Pippa Middleton at the Royal Wedding, we’re going to say no to wearing white on someone else’s big day. But that’s the only rule. Accessory-wise, white can be worn with everything. It’s your chance to have fun! Add metallics for extra sheen, let black bring in the elegance, and use red or fuchsia to say ta-da. 

Here are a few more styling tips to work wonders with your LWD:
-Wear sky high heels 
-Add an armful of bracelets 
-Tie it on with a flowy scarf
-Finish it off with a bright clutch

Run don’t walk, get your LWD on now!
 

Dress & Tell Winner June 2011
Wednesday July 13, 2011 2 Comments
Congratulations to Thekla, our June 2011 Dress & Tell winner. The hair, the makeup, the jewelry...everything looks stunning on her. As you can see that Sherri Hill cocktail dress is completely fun and flirty in pink, too.


Have you entered Dress & Tell yet? Just upload a picture of yourself in your recent NewYorkDress.com dress and you could win a $200 store credit for the next stylish addition to your wardrobe. We can't wait to see you pics!
 

Bathing Beauty To Disco Queen – Here’s How To Do It!
Monday July 11, 2011 No comments yet
Hot fun in the summer time? Yes, please! Whether you’re on vacation, a staycation or just looking to shake up your weekend, we’ve got your essential fashion and beauty routine to take you from sandy beaches to rockin’  dance floors. We’re keeping it simple and fuss-free to get the most mileage from our summer time favorites. All you need are a few items, and a can-do attitude. We guarantee a fantastic look that lasts all day. Pop on your shades, lets get started!

beach beauty
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Obviously all summer fun must begin with sunscreen. We are huge advocates for slathering on the cream to keep our skin healthy and looking great. No need to reach for any SPF higher than 30 as it only brings more chemicals into the product. 

Since we’re starting at the beach, a swimsuit is a necessity. We are loving a sexy one piece at the moment. Ruching around the waist is figure flattering and sweetheart necklines work well for most. As a cover-up, choose a printed maxi dress for it’s pure summer appeal. Tie on a cute head scarf to tame your hair from the ocean breeze, then slide on easy sandals to protect your toes from the hot sand.

Makeup-wise, don’t go overboard. Heavy foundations can melt leaving a caked-on residue. Try a tinted moisturizer, and use waterproof mascara to avoid raccoon eyes. A tinted lip balm with built in SPF will protect your pout and provide shine.

After the beach it’s time to eat. How about a little al fresco for your dining pleasure? Let your hair down as the sun sets so your head scarf becomes an evening wrap. Now add a stack of bracelets or pendant necklace to transform your daytime beach attire to an evening appropriate ensemble. Don’t forget your wedge sandals to complete the look.

Calling all sparkle, it’s time to dance! Let’s make a quick, but effective switch from printed maxi to body con sexiness. Must haves? Sassy stilettos, dangly earrings and a chain link purse. Bonus points for a red lip and smoky eye. How is that for day-turned-night drama? 

 

We’re Going Mad For Mad Men
Wednesday July 06, 2011 2 Comments
We love a little bit of drama—especially when it's wrapped up with a lot of glamour. So for our summer fix, we're re-running through the previous four seasons of Mad Men with its unadulterated drama, and costuming genius of Janie Bryant. This woman knows the power of a glamorous dress! In her interpretation of early sixties fashion, Bryant celebrates the female form with an absolutely perfect fit. The cinched waist dresses, body hugging sheaths and cleavage boosting bodices say lady-like elegance like a well crafted handbag with shoes to match.

Mad Men fashion
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We are thrilled that Bryant has brought these silhouettes into the limelight, and clearly we aren’t alone. Michael Kors completed a Mad Men inspired collection, Brooks Brothers (with Bryant’s collaboration) released a limited edition Mad Men Suit, and Banana Republic (with Bryant at the helm) will release a 65 piece capsule collection for men and women hitting stores this August. Bryant was recently honored at the New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women event where she wove tales from her childhood clothing obsession with her Emmy award winning career. The costumes designed by Bryant tell a fascinating story that steps well beyond the set of Mad Men. 
 
The transformation from actress to character begins in the fitting room—the proper undergarments are key. At the NYFW event, actress Cara Buono confessed to a time when arriving on set in full costume, Bryant immediately spotted a flaw. It was the bra! Buono was sent back to her dressing room to change into her character Faye’s shape wear instead. This slight adjustment changed everything from inside to out. We concur that feminine features do well when accompanied with the right underpinnings. Streamline your silhouette with this body shaper by Julie France.
 
If womanly curves are your foundation then Joan’s femme fatale look is calling your name. Think Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe with their sexy hourglass silhouettes turning all heads in the room. Try this deep-v clinging number with kitten keels and a sharp hand bag. Now who's bringing sexy back?
 
Perhaps it’s Grace Kelly whose classic style connects to your core. Than you’re best bet is to dress like Betty. The cool confidence portrayed by January Jones comes off like the shiny icing on a cake. Step into this timeless dress, add pearls and white gloves for picture perfect elegance.

For those who think of Audrey Hepburn as their muse then Peggy is your gal. A bit more subdued, yet totally charming, Peggy wears sweet silhouettes and soft prints. Try this strapless polka dot mini-dress, add a fitted cardigan with sparkly brooch, then you’re modern vintage done right.
 

Adding Sparkle to Shine
Friday July 01, 2011 No comments yet
While solids and little black dresses can look great on their own, at night sometimes you need the right dose of sparkle to really shine. The key is to incorporate the right amount into your look without looking like a disco ball—or competing with those Fourth of July fireworks. The conventional wisdom (CW) that you should always take one accessory off before leaving the house after dressing up should be changed to this: only wear one accessory with sparkle before leaving home. That is, unless you are a diva who lives for being over the top! In a case of what not to do, one fashion victim was recently sighted on the Las Vegas strip wearing a silver sequined top with a gold rhinestone clutch and shoes, along with metallic leggings. She certainly stood out—but for all the wrong reasons. 


Just one piece of jewelry can be enough to make you sparkle, whether it is a pair of Shooting Star Chandelier earrings  or a glittering tiered cuff bracelet. Another route is to have a sparkly pair of pumps or platforms. You can dance all night in these Alisha Hill gold platforms. Classic rhinestone pumps will never go out of style . Or you could try a blingy bag. (This Nina Trendsetter clutch is the only accessory you need to make a statement with its over-the-top metallic fabric embellished with stones all over. )


For those of you who want your dress to sparkle, it doesn’t get classier than this gorgeous long gown from BG Haute that will have you going platinum as its embroidered sequins in your personal style hall of fame. A sequined gown may seem relatively pricey due to the work it takes to produce the luxe fabric, but it will never go out of style, holds up forever, and will always give what it takes to make a standout statement at any evening event. For a shorter, flirty take on sparkle, this silvery sequin party dress from Scala will have you covered—wear it with black or solid silver shoes.

 

Instead of pairing silver-toned jewelry with a silver dress, which could result in an overly blinged out look, take a look at the newer jewelry trend toward dark stones, as in these black and gray chandeliers. They will still pack an accessories punch while not competing with your dress. Though sequins say sparkle like nothing else, adding just a touch of shine where it will accent your best assets also works. 

 
 
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