Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seeking: An Imaginary Reception Dress


Dear ESB,

First off, I've been reading your blog for ages. From waaay before I even got engaged. Yours is pretty much the only bridal website I don't hate. So, thanks!

Anyway, I am engaged now to a wonderfully awesome man, the love of my life. I'm wearing the gown my mother, grandmother and great aunt all wore, and it's lovely. Clean lines, beautiful off-white satin. But not exactly a party dress. I thought the best way to go is to wear the beautiful family dress for the ceremony and get something more 'me' to wear for the rockin reception afterwards.

The issue is that I know what I want that dress to look like. But, so far, only in my head.

It's almost like a short 20s flapper kinda thing. It's very off white, even gold or rose or peach, with a shift dress feel to it, like not hugging my body. Some (or lots of) shiny beading. I'm really tall and skinny (size 0-2), if that helps at all.

Before I go down the get-the dress-custom-made road, I was hoping to find it on the internet. Turns out, I am TERRIBLE at finding dresses online, and you and your readers definitely have that skill.

Because the family dress comes with no cost at all, I can go nuts with the budget. I'm the type of person who normally would spend a lot of money on my wedding dress.

Please help? If you or your awesome readers could find it I will love you forever. Seriously.

xoxo

*****

I think what you want is a Jenny Packham, and you won't find it online.

But hey! If you're the type of person who normally would spend a lot of money on her wedding dress, you must be the type of person who would fly WHEREVER to get it, right??


xoxox

KAROLINA KURKOVA BY NINO MUÑOZ FOR NUMÉRO TOKYO JUNE 2013 via Fashion Gone Rogue

33 comments:

  1. what about

    this sue wong ?

    or this jigsaw ? although here it's only found in larger, may be available somewhere else though?

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    1. Those speak to my soul. My oddly-well-dressed soul, apparently.

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    2. I really like the jigsaw.

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    3. I'm wearing the jigsaw for my wedding in a few weeks time. I have no idea what goes to go for though so if any of you fabulous ladies have any suggestions feel free to help a girl out. The jigsaw dress is available in smaller sizes in their website.

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    4. gah! what SHOES to go for, not goes. That's what I get for typing sneakily on my phone while at work!

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    5. AH! OP here. I really really love the Jigsaw. I'm at work and can't wait to spend hours checking out all the options tonight! THANK YOU GUYS!

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    6. I found it here but I don't like the colour as much as the one that's out of stock... boo. -OP

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  2. This is a fun one.

    Um, is $12,000 too much? Probably not the right style but just in case...

    MES DEMOISELLES

    Nina Ricci

    Oscar de la Renta

    This will be too big for you but it's by Top Shop so I'm sure there are more out there...

    eBay

    Could you do black?

    Vintage

    I did a quick scan of eBay and pulled a couple but you should do a "beaded flapper dress" or "beaded shift dress" and you'll get pages and pages of options.

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  3. I'm having too much fun searching for this dress. But OP, can we get more specifics about the beading? As in swinging fringy sort of beads? Or embroidered beads?

    Etsy

    Long-sleeved maxi

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  4. I am visiting London right now and Jenny Packham is doing a line for Debenhams. It's a bit more affordable and this one looks up your alley. It's just okay online but gorgeous in person.

    http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_008010843221_-1

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    1. I almost got this dress for my rehearsal dinner, but alas they didn't have this one at my local debenhams and I fell for a floral JP that I snatched up instead.

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  5. What about the awesome Stella we talked about a while ago? Its on sale AND in your size!

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    1. Definitely this. So amazing and just waiting for some killer shoes to go with it.

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  6. the jigsaw is AMAzing. i vote that or Oscar.

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  7. I think Jigsaw beats the Oscar!

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  8. Jigsaw's my favorite, but here's a few other choices:

    Ralph Lauren

    Marc Jacobs

    BluGirl

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    1. I really like this Ralph Lauren

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    2. Oh, but if money really isn't an object, you could snag one of these Naeem Khans:

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    3. Really? I liked number 1?

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  9. The Sue Wong and Stella are lovely but too white for OP. I say get the Jigsaw and find the best tailor in your state -- so lucky that the available one is too big, not too small!

    I also just thought of Calvin Klein's S13 collection, look 9... it's not flapper but it is magical.

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    1. I feel guilty for including that random Calvin so I went on a shoe mission for you:

      Sergio Rossi -- AAAAAAHHHHHHHH

      Loeffler Randall (low! and somewhat flappery!)

      Louboutin - if your dress is warm-tone

      Nicholas Kirkwood - if your dress is cool-tone and you like cahraaazy

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    2. Bonus points for shoe hunt! I love the Louboutins (...of course I do...). Thanks SO much! -OP

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  10. I feel like it would be fun to look for this dress but for some reason I'm just not in the mood to help a skinny rich lady today.

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    1. I just tried to favorite this. Clearly I've been spending too much time on twitter.

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    2. Could not agree more. She should pay whoever finds the dress for her for their hard work.

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    3. HAHA. Close the comments after this one. Nothing else needs to be said.

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  11. It's lace, but it is beaded (and way prettier in person)

    http://schonedesign.com/collections/2013/products/daisy-dress

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