Archive for October, 2012

Guest Blogger: Bridesmaids are doing the Polka from Head Over Heels With Melanie

“I couldn’t be more excited about the latest trend to sweep the wedding industry away.  Polka Dots!  This playful pattern adds just the right amount of whimsy to every kind of wedding.  Whether your wedding is formal or casual, polka dots transform themselves to work for any occasion!  To show you how polka dots can transition seamlessly into any wedding, I created two inspiration boards.  One board is full of colorful, fun dots and the other is for a more formal, all black and white affair.  No matter which board tickles your fancy, one thing is clear.  Polka dots are the bee’s knees!

Top Row Left to Right: Polka Tie,  Cupcakes,  Cake,   Umbrella Kiss Bottom Row Left to Right:  Veil, Polka Favor BagsPolka BMS

Top Row Right to Left: Paint Dots, Cake,  Veil , Fun Wall,  Bottom Row Right to Left: BalloonsConfetti,  Back drop 

I have been a lover of the polka for quite some time.  You may remember this post, where I openly discuss my love for everything involving this quirky and fun pattern.  You also may have seen Polka Dots making a big come back in stores such as J Crew, Kate Spade and Madewell.  But I am here to tell you about the most exciting new way to show your love for all things polka dot.  BRIDESMAID DRESSES!  That’s right!  Designers are bringing the most classic of patterns to their bridesmaids’ lines in the chicest of ways.  And you are the luckiest ladies of all!  The White Dress By The Shore has two of these designer dresses ready to be tried on by your favorite friends.  Check these bad boys out!

left: Ivy & Aster right: Jenny Yoo

How fantastic are these?  Not only do they add some pizazz to your bridesmaids, they can totally be worn again.  I know, how often do you hear that phrase?  But it’s true!  Pair that gorgeous Jenny Yoo with a fun colored heel and statement necklace and you (or your maid!) are ready to paint the town polka!


I was feeling SO by this amazing trend that I started thinking about the Groom and Groomsmen.  Take the new fantastic Ivy and Aster stunner and pair it with a groomsmen in a polka dot bow tie and you have a match made in heaven.  Head on over to my blog here, and check out all of the fantastic Groom and Groomsmen Polka Love!”


xoxo, TWD

November 8-10: Ivy & Aster Trunk Show

Join us as we unveil Ivy & Aster’s Fall 2013 Collection for brides and maids. A 10% discount will be granted on any Ivy & Aster purchase made during this event.

xoxo, TWD

Picture of the Week

As it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, all  of our pictures of the week are pink!  This week’s image is from a shoot that we styled for Bliss Celebrations Magazine.

This month, in collaboration with the other members of in WHITE, we will be donating a percentage of our sales to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, a Connecticut based non profit organization  that gives 100% of gross fundraising dollars directly to breast cancer research.  Think Pink and ring us for an appointment at 860.669.4596!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Beauty: d.d. Nickel
Event Design: Jubilee Events
Fashion and Styling: Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Cakes & Sweets: Confectionery Designs
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Linen: La Tavola
Fascinator: Bijou Van Ness
Gown: Ivy and Aster

xoxo, TWD

Bridal Market Trends {Part Two}: Bridesmaid Trends

It’s no secret that a lot has been changing in the world of bridesmaids this past year. We see many girls making the shift from matching, structured dresses to something softer, more unique and full of color or pattern. It is our job to bring you what you are looking for so, at this years’ bridal market we were sure to hunt out all that is new and different for bridesmaids. We have so much news we can’t wait to share with you, we’ve picked up new lines, and picked up incredible new dresses from our current designers!  Scroll along this post for a sampling of all of the good things that we discovered and what you can expect from us in the next few months!

Our first order of business is to announce that we are now carrying Amsale bridesmaids! We have had the designers’ bridal collection for over a year and are thrilled to be able to carry these sought-after chiffon styles. This season, Amsale did something incredible- she introduced a print in three color ways that works perfectly when combined with her fabulous solid colors. We will have some great styles in the store in a few months so be sure to keep an eye out for their arrival!

The next incredible announcement we have in store is that Jenny Yoo has truly stepped up her game when it comes to satisfying the desires of today’s maids. Girls are looking for incredible print and pattern, and Jenny did not disappoint! Above is a chic graphic leaf print in Crepe de Chine offered in four color ways- how incredible for a seaside soiree?

YES! You’re eyes are not deceiving you- these are LACE bridesmaids dresses from Jenny Yoo! We can’t get enough of this classic texture in the pops of color. Fabulous, fun and ready for any formal occasion.

Jenny Yoo does it again! These chiffon styles are printed with a fun polka dot and can we worn a variety of ways. Who can say no to polka dots?

We love these two styles, which are actually offered as part of Jenny Yoo’s new ‘Social’ line, but we had to share them here. We can’t get enough of the metalic and blush lace or the brocade style pattern. These are perfect for the elegant bridal party who wishes to remain one hue.

The future of bridesmaids is about being on top of the most current trends all while remaining classic and elegant- no easy feat. A great way to achieve this blend of fashion and form is to keep the neck line updated. Whether it’s adding a funky necklace or choosing a unique strap option, we have no shortage of choices for you at The White Dress by the shore. Check out the new necklines that our designers had in store for us…

Ivy & Aster thrilled us with these two styles. We are particularly obsessed with the front keyhole number- what an awesome statement!

Who can get enough of a great back detail? We love that you can get this style structured and short or long and flowing from Jenny Yoo.

The flutter sleeve! So sweet and easy to wear in this crepe de chine fabric.

Connecticut based designer, Coren Moore also had something new to offer in the neckline department. Look at these sweet little bows and cute scalloped neckline!

Last week we announced that we picked up a new bridesmaid line- Donna Morgan. Her gorgeous gowns are all silk chiffon and offered at the perfect price point- $168 for short, $198 for long! The other thing we love about this designer is that they offer some incredible shades and color combinations. Right now, it is all about mixing, matching and blending different shades  and Donna Morgan has the right stuff to get this look going! Take a peek below for some of our favorite combinations!

Mix and match your blues for a beach side wedding. We love the ombre look these colors create.  (From left to right: ‘Morgan’ in blue green, ‘Jessie’ in Carpi Blue and ‘Morgan’ in Navy)

Is your bridal party going for soft, pastel hues? Try mixing and matching these shades for the right look.  (Pictured left to right: ‘Donna’ in candlelight, ‘Jessie’ in peach fuzz and ‘Morgan’ in blush.)

There is much to discuss with maids so let us know what you think about our new lines and new styles!  We can’t wait to hear you weigh in!

Keep an eye on our upcoming events page and blog for the arrival of these new styles and future events providing a sneak peek and discount!

xoxo, TWD

November 1-3: Jenny Yoo Trunk Show


xoxo, TWD

What We’re Loving: Jenny Yoo’s Convertible Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress

We are loving the newest arrival to chic by the shore, our bridesmaid atelier!  It doesn’t get better than this for bridesmaids- a chic polka dot pattern and convertible styles in one dress! We are obsessed with this design from Jenny Yoo Collection, which is available in short and long. Your girls can choose to wear straps,  a halter, a one shoulder, or a strapless dress all in one! This is perfect for the bridal party who is look for a gown to flatter all different shapes and sizes and for the girls who just want to look extra chic on the big day! The polka dot design would also make for an incredibly sweet rehearsal dinner dress!

See below for a tutorial on all the different ways to style this one dress, then ring us at 860.669.4596 to stop in and try it for yourself- we know you want to!

xoxo, TWD


P.S- Stay tuned for a polka dot themed blog post featuring our favorite guest blogger, Melanie Kluger of Head over Heels with Melanie.

October 18-27: Lace Event

xoxo, TWD

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