Category Archives: Fashion Advice

“And the Bridesmaids Wore White” ~ My Top 10 White Bridesmaid Dresses

Image via The Telegraph

The world let out a collective ‘GASP’ as Pippa Middleton stepped out of her car and walked towards Westminster Abbey last Friday. “Shock…horror! The bridesmaid is wearing white!” I imagined a million old ladies whispering.

I personally loved the look – fresh, clean and more than anything, wearing the same colour (and designer) as the bride made them look like a team – a unit…Team Middleton if you will! As you can well imagine, I was not one of those completely shocked, and this ‘revelation’ wasn’t actually a huge surprise. We’ve seen bridesmaids in white on this blog before (waaaay back in January 2009 in fact!) and did you know it’s actually quite the royal tradition to have bridesmaids wearing white – even Diana’s maids wore the same colour as she did.

However, since Kate & Pippa appear to have started somewhat of a new trend (and believe me, 2012 will be the year of bridesmaids in white) I wanted to help you along your way if you were considering this option for your girls (and you should…I think it looks fab.) So, here we have my top 10 white bridesmaids dresses…and bonus – most of them are high street buys. Yey to the spring colour palate doing the rounds of the British high street right now.

What are your thoughts on bridesmaid’s in the same colour as the bride?

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Stop the Press – NEW Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Shoes!!!

I received a VERY exciting email in my inbox this morning and thought it was worth interrupting our regularly scheduled programming for – especially as I’ve had countless messages recently from many of of you that have been struggling to get your hands on the original white & red Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon heart shoes.

And the all exciting news is that they are BACK and revamped with a brand new super shiny, metallic finish. Oh be still me beating heart!

But that’s not all. Look at these juicy numbers…oh lookie, POM POMS! Yes freakin’ pom pom shoes…

and cute-as-hell new flat styles…

and faux suede skyscraper heeled versions… Ahh I DIE.

D.I.E

The new styles are in shops from July 2011 and are available for pre-order from Hervia right now. Get your credit cards out ladies.

You love me a little bit more now right?

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Alternative & Non-Strapless Wedding Dress Ideas for a Rock n Roll Bride

Hi Kat,

I have a question about wedding dresses and I am super curious if you could help me out. My friend is getting married and she is having a really difficult time finding a dress. I mentioned to her how frustrated I would be if I were her because it feels like 95% of wedding gowns are “tube top” style. I find this incredibly weird considering MOST of my girlfriends hate their arms, yet all of them ended up wearing a tube top dress for their wedding. My friend flipped out (in a good way) when I said that because she said that is exactly the problem she is running into.

My question is….do you know of ANYYYYY websites/blogs/companies that sell UNIQUE, FUN DRESSES THAT are short, long, medium length, has sleeves, off the shoulder style………….JUST DIFFERENT! I feel like if I can help her find the perfect dress then the universe will be friendly to me when it’s my turn….and helping her is SO MUCH FUN :)
Love,
Deanna

I get emails like Deanna’s all the time to this week I thought I’d tackle the problem head on and share some of my favourite non-traditional wedding dress companies with you all. I have to apologise in advance that I’ve gone a little over the top here…I enjoyed fantasy wedding dress shopping a little too much!

Fur Coat No Knickers (UK)

Based just off Carnaby St, London, Fur Coat No Knickers is my ‘go-to’ shop for all things gorgeous and vintage. Dresses are one-off vintage piece and Emma & Laura will customise each gown to your requirements, including adding or altering straps/necklines. Check me out in one of their dresses here and here!

You can see more of Fur Coat No Knickers on the blog here

Jacqueline Byrne (UK)

Photography Credit: Shell de Mar Photography

I fell in love with Jacqueline’s designs when I was lucky enough to wear one down the catwalk at the Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. Based in Islington, North London, Jacqueline’s gowns can be custom made to your exact requirements.

Unique Vintage (US & Online)

Unique Vintage have a vast selection of both authentic vintage and vintage-inspired wedding dresses to suit every budget. Prices start from just $68!

You can see more on Unique Vintage on my blog right here.

Vivien of Holloway (UK & Online)

Based in Holloway, North London but doing a roaring trade online, Vivien of Holloway offer vintage-style dresses at fantastic prices. Their iconic 50’s halterneck swing dress is always popular with Rock n Roll Brides! each style comes in a huge variety of fabrics and colours and the prices are unbelievably affordable!

You can see more Vivien of Holloway dresses on the blog here.

AriaDress (US & Online)

Prices for these beautiful bespoke gowns start from just $500. The quality and design is superb…and I would know, I’ve got one of my own!

You can see more of AriaDress on the blog here.

Knot Couture (Online)

Based in Atlanta, but selling their dresses online, Knot Couture pride themselves on beautifully crafted dresses that are perfect for the alternative bride.

You can see more of Knot Couture on the blog here.

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How To…Dress Your Flowergirls (the Rock n Roll Way)

Credit: Hampton Morrow Photography via We Heart It (Thanks to Meahgan & Vanessa for the info)

Hi Kat,

Thank you thank you thank you for your amazing website!

We’re getting married in August on a farm in Derbyshire and I have got so many wonderful ideas from your site! We are currently DIY-ing bunting and lanterns with many other things on the way! Our budget isn’t grand by any stretch of the imagination but the site has made it possible to know our wedding can still be very us and very unique without the massive price tag!

The theme is village fete – country- vintage ish! Hay bales, bunting, lanterns, wild flowers mis match china, vintage marquees etc! My other half has a vintage 3 piece tweed, I have a 1950’s lace fishtail gown that I love and can’t wait to wear! The bridesmaids are Vivien of Holloway but I’m so stuck with flower girls… Have you ever come across vintage style flower girl dresses? Everything seems so puffy and bridesmaidy (technical terms) and its not really right for the rest of it! Any ideas would be most appreciated!

Keep up the good work, you’re an inspiration!

Nichola xxx

♥  ♥  ♥

What a great question from Nichola this week. However, let’s be honest (and anybody who knows me can vouch for this!) babies. scare. me. Therefore I didn’t exactly think I was the right person to answer this dilemma…but I knew someone who was – the fabulously chic and stylish, and recent Mummy to the gorrrrgeous Reuben, Tiffany Grant-Riley of Grant-Riley Weddings. Oh and can I just take this opportunity to Tiffany for letting me hold her little Reuben at The Designer Wedding Show yesterday. When I said “yeah sure…just so you know this is the first time I’ve held a child by the way” she did look a little terrified. Sorry about that!

Hi Nichola!
Your village fete themed wedding sounds absolutely gorgeous-and you’re right, the majority of flower girl dresses are rather frilly and white to boot. Nothing wrong with that of course, but as you’re a bride looking for something a little more fun and less traditional it can be disheartening when you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Vegan Shoes For a Rockabilly Bride

Credit: Shop Spanish Moss

Hi Kat

First I have to first say how friggn’ cool you are, I love your wedding blog and all your amazing posts!!! So I’m hoping you can help me. I am getting married in November in Arizona and I think our wedding is totally rock and roll!! I am having trouble finding shoes. My dress is going to be purple and our wedding has an asian flair, as does my dress. I don’t wear animal so they have to be vegan and I don’t wear heels.

I love the old rockabilly style shoes in the bold flower patterns or animal prints/ platform type but I just cant find anything that will work. My fiance is also about the same height as me, so that’s another reason I don’t want to wear heels (besides the fact that I have trouble even walking in sneakers, I’m super clumsy) Any help or direction you can give would be great!! And keep doing your amazing stuff!!!

Peace

Michelle

Michelle’s email gave me the perfect excuse to take a break and do some internet shopping! I really enjoyed putting this feature together and I hope my suggestions can help Michelle find the shoes of her dreams!

Pussycat Shoes has a whole vegetarian selection. Whilst most have massive heels (I love these!) there are a couple of cute numbers that fit your criteria.

Demonia Daisy Retro Polka Dot Ballet Flats

Ellie Shoes DAYNA Cork Heel Tattoo Leopard Wedges

Beyond Skin specialise in vegan-friendly shoes and they even have a bridal section. Whilst all the bridal shoes do have heels, their overall selection is pretty fabulous!

Here are a couple of cute pairs from their ballet flats section which could work for you (be sure to go check out the full ballet flat range)

Sole – Orange & Turquoise floral

Sole – Pink Patent

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Help Me Find The Perfect Rockabilly Dress For My Vegas Wedding!

Photography Credit: John Day Photography (you can see the full wedding on this blog)

Hey Kat!

My name’s Rachel & I just want to start by saying your wedding blog is awesome!

Also, I need your help! My fiance and I live in Australia and are planning to go to Vegas to get married in the little white chapel. I wanted your opinion and advice on wedding dresses. I wanted something stylish & Rockabilly but also not extravagant as it will be pretty low key.

Do you have any advice on what i should be taking into account when choosing a dress? Also could you recommend me any websites on where to find alternative wedding dresses?

Thanks so Much Kat!

Love Rach

xoxoxo

Dilemmas like Rachel’s land in my inbox every day but sometimes I’m not always the best person to help out. However, luckily for you guys, I have a strong and willing force of wonderful wedding experts on board as regular Rock n Roll Bride guest writers, eager to swoop in and save you! For Rachel’s question, I called upon the expert eye of newlywed Anna of Anna and the Ring fame, to see if she could offer some dress-hunt advice. And she did…in spades!

My guest writers rule!

Dear Rachel,

Congratulations! Firstly, how exciting getting married in Vegas. It just sounds like so much fun! I am assuming you want to buy your dress in Australia and take it with you to the US? Yet just in case you fancy buying your dress abroad I have a few other ideas. Yes your dress may only be ever worn once (although personally I shall be ignoring this rule!) but that does not mean you cannot wear something spectacular for a great price. It is all in the details. It is all in time you spend looking. Think about your body shape and what suits you. If your wardrobe is filled with halterneck tea length dresses there is a reason. You they make you look good but more importantly they you feel good. That’s how you want to feel on your wedding day. Or if like mine yours is filled with sleeved v necked creations you know what will make you happy!

I remember when I first started to look for dresses. It felt like a uphill struggle. I knew I didn’t want a super traditional wedding dress. Some girls are just not destined to wear a strapless meringue! You mention Rockabilly and for me that conjures up visions of glamour, tea length dresses with oodles of pearls and the sweetest little gloves. For me this is the archetypal Rockabilly Rock n Roll Bride. Fabulous hair, fabulous accessories, fabulous style.

So I guess we should start by looking at white dresses?

via Vivien of Holloway

The first dress is from the same maker as the dress at pictured at the top of this post . What do you think? They are London based but excitingly now have a finger in the Australian pie in Melbourne.

via Ozone Clothing

Perhaps my favourite white dress, I love this dress by Tarantula. It is just so glamorous but understated. Fabulous embroidery detailing for that extra vintagey feel.

via Dolly Couture

Oooh Dolly Couture. Yummers. Based in LA but ship worldwide. Just look at the cuteness of the satin trim!

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