Minimalistic doesn't mean boring!
Most of our brides know exactly what they want when they walk through the door but on trying on different styles (sometimes not by choice!) 90% of those change their mind completely by the time their perfect one is chosen. As we go through all the styles, shapes, colours, strap, lace, sparkle options few brides have ever considered going for a plain or almost plain dress. What's not to love on a plain dress? Less is more and a plain dress is timeless, you could never say it was a trend or something that was in fashion at the time. Effortless, easy to wear and can be enhanced by other accessories.
Here are some of our favourites from the current collection and one preview that is joining our collection in 2024.
Creamy ivory crepe, skims the brides natural curves creating a stunning modern silhouette. The crepe fabric is stretchy which makes the dress easy to wear and move around in on your big day. The squared neckline is a popular feature we are seeing throughout this season. Spaghetti straps which sit on the end of the shoulder open up the neckline to show off the collarbone and neck area of the bride. The dress is closed with a zip and finished with buttons from top to bottom. We love the shape of the train on this dress, the designer has created an almost teardrop shape which follows behind the rest dress beautifully. Perfect for a destination wedding too as it's very lightweight.
This classic empire line princess gown will suit any bride, any size or shape. Our samples instore are a size 10 and a 20. The soft tulle layers fall beautifully over either ivory or blush lining if you're a bride who wants a hint of colour. A sweetheart neckline can be flattering and minimise a larger bust, or enhance and add shape to a smaller one. the detachable spaghetti straps mean the bride can choose if she wants to wear them. The designer has added a stunning sparkly belt which will sit around and highlight the brides natural waist. The back closes with a zip and finished with buttons. The cascading tulle is slightly gathered around the belt to create a fuller skirt, we would suggest an underskirt to help support and hold the shape of the skirt tog et the full effect of the design. Finish with either a long sparkly veil for a bit more twinkle, or our full length plain Italian tulle veil.
Another stretchy crepe sheath gown from Allure Bridals because they just do this style so well. This gown features thicker straps that go directly over the shoulder and lead to a v neck bustline. The illusion panel (which can be lined) is something we are seeing on lots of our new collection gowns. The natural waist is highlighted using a plain panel circling the middle of the gown. The bottom, fitting perfectly round the brides hips & bum then flows loosely from the top of the hip. The train coming from just underneath the (usually amazingly squat toned) bum is finished with buttons and falls into a circular shape, once again making this gown easy to wear and walk around in all day and late into the night!
Rachel Allan Bridal RB5020 (PREVIEW)
A newly ordered gown we are (not very) patiently awaiting by the rebranded Rachel Allan Bridal (previously Mary's Bridal). This strapless mikado gown comes in ivory, black or red. The pleated skirt falls from the waist and is completely plain, definitely less is more. The only detail is on the back where an illusion panel shows off some of the corsetry in the dress. Buttons run the length of the back and the cathedral train is the perfect length and shape to follow the bride around throughout the day. The gown comes with a lace bolero jacket to cover the arms and create a completely different look for the day or night. The slit in the front is fast becoming a firm favourite with our brides (and prom girls!) and gives the option for a bride to easily show off her legs and shoes and makes for an fun addition to this classic style.
Ronald Joyce Verene
Verene is a gorgeous off the shoulder mikado gown. Our sample is a size 26 as the structure and boning in Ronald Joyce gowns is second to none and it will support any shape or size bride. The plain a-line skirt falls from a delicate belt made with jewels, crystals and pearls and wraps around the dress. Sitting just below the waist and creating a dropped waist effect, making the optical illusion of an elongated torso. The v neck doesn't drop too low but shows off a small amount of cleavage if the bride chooses to. The train at the back comes from a zip fastening and is finishes with mikado covered buttons from top to bottom. Our favourite thing about this dress is, it has pockets!
If you want to see more of our collection or try some of these beauties on give us a call or DM to book your appointment and let's find you your gown!