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Ask Beth: What are the different types of laces?

Q: “After doing a ton of wedding dress research online I have found I love lace – I’ll see you at the Lace Event! But with that said, I feel a bit confused by all the different types of lace out there. How many lace options are there and how can I tell the difference?”

-Megan

A: Megan, great question! With the ever increasing amount of options and our Lace Event fast approaching we are sure you aren’t the only bride out there with this question! Below we have broken down each type of lace with a short description for each. Of course there are many different variations but these are the basic categories:

Chantilly Lace

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Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century. Chantilly lace is known for its flat, outlined pattern, and abundant detail. Brides who are looking for a soft, romantic lace pattern will love Chantilly.

Alençon Lace

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Alençon lace or point d’Alençon is a needle lace that originated in Alençon, France. It is sometimes called the “Queen of lace.” There is a raised cording throughout the pattern of the lace, and the cording follows the lace pattern underneath. Some but not all of the edges of the lace have “eyelashes”. Brides who truly want a traditional lace gown should look for Alençon !

Gupiere Lace

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Guipure lace (also called Venetian lace) is a firm, stiff lace with no net background. The pattern is made by a series of closely packed embroidery stitches and works well for the bride who LOVES texture.

Cotton Lace

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Cotton Lace has a soft, less formal feel than more traditional lace styles. Perfect for a spring soiree or wedding on the water.

Laser Cut Lace

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Laser Cut Lace is a unique and modern take on the traditional fabrication. It is perfect for a bride who loves the tradition of lace but has a more modern style!

xoxo, TWD


TWD stylists suggested itineraries for a shopping experience at The White Dress by the shore

We are so fortunate to draw our clientele from not only all parts of our home state, but also from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island!   We recognize that we may not be the closest boutique for our clients to visit, but we think we are well worth the trip!  Not only for the experience that you will have with us, but also for the incredible things that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer!

Our thought, is if you are traveling a distance to get to us, why not make a day of it?!  Below, each of our stylists offers up their suggestions itineraries for a shopping experience at The White Dress by the shore.

Beth Chapman | owner:

I feel that the bridal shopping experience should be unique and memorable- which is exactly why I created The White Dress by the shore.  I think the ideal shopping excursion for our brides would include an overnight stay at the historic Bee and Thistle Inn in charming Old Lyme, Connecticut.  You can enjoy my favorite- a basil martini-  in the garden, followed by a mouth watering meal at their award winning Chestnut Grille, while strolling musicians entertain you.  After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a tour of the Florence Griswold Museum next to the inn, you can join us on Sunday for a White Carpet Appointment. These exclusive appointments offer the entire boutique to you and your guests.  They can browse our curated collections of gowns while sipping champagne and enjoying nibbles from a local caterer (perhaps even the Bee and Thistle!).  The entire experience will be captured on film by a photographer.  You will leave your appointment not only feeling pampered and hopefully having found the gown of your dreams, but with a SWAG bag filled with a bevy of treats, including a bouquet in the colors of your wedding.

Shana Harris | store manager:

I consider myself to have two ideal itineraries, one that speaks to my childhood on the shore and the other, my years working in fashion in NYC. I grew up on the CT coast so I am a beach girl all the way…so, any ideal day for me includes a trip to the beach!  Fortunatley, we have one of the most glorious beaches in the state just a mile up the road from the boutique.  My ideal shopping day would begin with an appointment at The White Dress by the shore followed by an afternoon at Hammonasset State Park.  After soaking up the sun, there is nothing like a cold margarita.  I would end the day at Donahue’s Beach Grille for one of their infamous cocktails!

If you’re interested in a day of pampering on the other hand, you just have to take the short drive over to our neighbor in Madison, Jennie Fresa. Jennie specializes in professional brow styling services, makeup applications & lessons, skincare, body waxing and bridal beauty.  She is also a proud retailer of many green beauty lines including Tata Harper & Indie Lee skincare lines, RGB nail polish, BKR water bottles, Kai fragrance and much more!

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Alexandra Bruno | stylist/marketing coordinator:

I am a resident of Guilford and think it is one of the most quaint towns in Connecticut.  My vision for the ideal shopping day would include an appointment at The White Dress by the Shore, followed by an afternoon of shopping on the historic Guilford Green. There are so many charming shops!  My favorites are Ella Where She Shops for fashionable finds,  Lulu’s  for cozy pjs, pretty intimates and amazing bath products and Mix Design Store for an eclectic ‘mix’ of gifts and home décor.  And at the end of a long and pampering day, be sure to grab a glass of wine and a panini at Ballou’s Wine Bar.

Jesse Daniels | stylist :

We are blessed to be located in an area of Connecticut so rich with history.  Our boutique is situated among some of the best antique shops in the country!  My ideal shopping day would include a bit of ‘antiquing’ at a few of my favorite spots, followed by an afternoon of gown shopping at The White Dress by the shore.  Here’s the inside scoop on my favorite antique stores:  The Clinton Antique Center (for a little bit of everything), Old Beautiful Antiques and Art (directly across from The White Dress by the shore),  Miriam Green Antiquarium offering all sorts of “distracting curiosities”- from books to jewelry. My favorite spot for vintage books is The Clinton Book Loft- it has rooms and rooms filled with books from every genre and era.  If you are a lover of vintage clothing, than Tova’s Vintage Shop in Old Saybrook is a must!

Molly Nassimos |  stylist:

I am a die-hard shopper, so for me, the perfect day is all about shopping! And if it happens to involve a bargain, even better!   After purchasing your gown at The White Dress by the shore, I say head on over to the Clinton Crossing Outlets , just a few miles up the road from us.  While there be sure to hit my favorite stores:  Kate Spade, J. Crew, Saks: Off Fifth, Micheal Kors and Club Monaco.

Allison Gintoff | stylist

Right up the street from our boutique is Chamard Vineyard. It is an absolute gem on the shoreline and a must visit!  My ideal shopping day would include finding the gown and accessories of my dreams at The White Dress by the shore and then heading to Chamard Vineyard for lunch in their bistro and a wine tasting.  Friday and Saturday nights they offer live music and a selection of food trucks.What fun would it be to celebrate with wine and delicious food after having purchased your gown?!

Kelley Winter | stylist:

I am a ‘foodie’, so I always think of the best places to eat, wherever we go!  My recommendation is for brides to visit us for a morning appointment, and then head right down the street to Lobster Landing, a hidden gem on the shoreline. They offer THE BEST lobster rolls you will ever eat!  The building itself is over 100 years old and the location boasts incredible views of  The Long Island Sound.  It is a TRUE New England experience!

To schedule an appointment to shop  in our boutique, ring us at 860.669.4596.

 xoxo, TWD


Beth Chapman’s Bridal Gown Shopping Tips

Did you know that we recommend purchasing your bridal gown 9-12 months in advance of your wedding? 2016 brides, it’s time to get shopping! From April 28th through May 2nd during our SpringGet Shopping’ Sale, we are offering 10% off of any gown purchase (sample sale gowns included!) To make your life a little easier, TWD owner, Beth Chapman, has put together a list of bridal gown shopping tips to assist you:

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Selecting a wedding gown is often one of the first steps that a bride takes as she embarks on the journey of her engagement. Finding the perfect gown is an exciting, but often daunting task. Following are tips that will help to make the experience memorable, enjoyable and lead to the gown of your dreams.

secure_your_wedding_date_and_venue

Before beginning to shop for your gown, you should have your wedding date and venue secured. Your decision will be much easier to make if you can envision yourself wearing your gown in the setting of your wedding.

set_a_budget

In creating your wedding budget, be sure to include a realistic budget for your wedding attire. Your budget should include an allocation for not only the gown, but accessories (bra, veil, jewelry and shoes), alterations and gown cleaning and preservation after the wedding.

It is very important to articulate your budget to the sales associate when shopping for your gown. You do not want to fall in love with something that does not fit your budget.

do_your_research

Prior to beginning to shop, research salons that carry designers that meet your taste level and budget.

Evaluate the stores in which you like to shop for your everyday clothes and be sure that you select the correct shopping environment for you. If you are a department store shopper, a larger bridal salon with a large selection of gowns may be the right fit for you. If you prefer to shop in small boutiques, then a smaller, more intimate bridal store would most likely be best for you.

Visit the salon’s website before calling to set an appointment to ensure that the selection and price range meets your needs. It is also helpful to read the bridal blogs to find out what other brides-to-be have to say about the stores that you plan to visit.

plan_ahead

Call to schedule an appointment a minimum of one week in advance. By scheduling an appointment, it allows the salon to provide you with their undivided attention and have a sales associate dedicated specifically to you.

Keep in mind that it takes approximately 4-6 months to produce a wedding gown. You should begin shopping for your gown a minimum of 9 months in advance of the wedding to allow enough time for alterations once the gown arrives.

limit_opinions

This is a momentous and joyous time in your life, so naturally you want to share it with your family and friends. Be careful, however, of bringing a large group with you to shop for your gown. Too many opinions can be detrimental to making a decision.

If you have bridesmaids or family members who insist on being part of the process, a suggestion might be to shop with 1-2 very close family members or friends who understand and respect your personal style. Once you have finalized your decision, then you can bring back other people to show them the gown that you have decided on.

The key is to remember to take opinions into consideration, but ultimately you know yourself best. Your opinion is truly the only one that matters. It is your day and you are the one wearing the gown.

communicate

Bring photographs of styles that interest you and articulate your vision and budget to the sales associate with whom you are working.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t like something. Who knows – perhaps there is something that can be done to the gown to make it perfect for you!

Before making the final decision on your gown, be sure that you understand the policies of the salon at which you are purchasing it. Ask about their policies for gown deposit and alterations.

reflect_your_personal_style

Don’t use your wedding day as the day to make a fashion statement! Your gown should flatter your best physical assets, reflect the formality and overall aesthetic of your venue, and most importantly, reflect your own personal style.  You want to still look like yourself on your wedding day…just an enhanced version!

have_an_open_mind

Trust the sales associate with whom you are working. If they are good at what they do, they will listen to your vision and make suggestions of gowns for you to try on. Even if you do not like the way that a gown looks on the hanger, TRY IT ON!! It could be the gown of your dreams!

dont_be_alarmed_by_the_size

Bridal sizing is different from ready-to-wear sizing. In some cases, a bridal gown is 2 sizes larger than what you would wear in your every day clothes. Once you have selected your gown, the bridal salon will take your measurements. Those measurements will be compared to the designer’s size chart and the appropriate size will be selected for you. Keep in mind that a gown can be altered up to two sizes. Even if you are planning on losing weight, it’s best to go with the size that you are measuring at the time of purchase and alter the gown once it arrives. Never order a size based on the size that you plan to be!

a_beautiful_gown_starts_with_the_perfect_foundation

Undergarments are called foundations for a reason! The proper undergarments truly make all of the difference in the fit of the gown. After your gown is purchased, take time to select the perfect undergarments. It is best to shop in a location that specializes in foundations so that you are sized correctly.

While selecting your undergarments it is important to take into consideration several factors:

Select a bra or bustier that has a lower back than that of the gown so that the bra cannot be seen.

Ensure that if your bra has lace, texture or boning, they are not visible through the gown.

If your gown is a column silhouette or made of a light weight fabric, ensure that your undergarments provide you with enough support and that there are no noticeable seams or panty lines.

understand_the_alterations_process

Alterations are truly a process. It will take time to sculpt the gown to fit your body perfectly. When purchasing your gown, you should factor in a minimum of 2 months for alterations.

There a generally a minimum of 3 alterations involved in perfecting the fit of the gown. When purchasing your gown, you should inquire about the salon’s policies on alterations and their fee structure.

It is imperative that you have your shoes and undergarments selected when the alterations process begins. It is impossible to ensure a proper fit without those elements.

If you are planning on losing weight, you should not begin the alterations process until your weight is stable.

creating_the_look

Selecting the perfect accessories to complement your gown is almost as important as selecting the gown itself. The accessories can make or break your wedding day look! You should take time in this process and schedule a separate appointment to choose your accessories.

When selecting you wedding day garnish, ask yourself if you want the accessories themselves to be the statement or if you want them to simply complement the gown. Either way, ensure that they reflect your personal style and the overall aesthetic of the wedding.

protect_your_investment

Although your gown is something you will wear only once, it is a precious garment that holds many memories, and it is should be properly cleaned and protected after the wedding. Research companies that specialize in gown cleaning and preservation – don’t simply rely on your local dry cleaner. Be sure to use a company that provides an anti-sugar treatment while cleaning and uses acid free materials in their preservation box. These processes will allow for maximum longevity of the fabric and ensure that it will not discolor or deteriorate over time.

enjoy_the_experience

The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!! How often in life will you be able to try on beautiful gowns and be treated like a princess? Enjoy every minute of it!

The key is to make sure that you are working with a bridal salon that maximizes your bridal shopping experience and allows you to feel comfortable in your buying decision.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Owner, Beth Chapman’s shopping tips have been published in Simple Stunning Bride by Karen Bussen and Wedding Bible by Sarah Haywood.

xoxo, Beth


Spring 2016 Bridal Market Trends

We just arrived back from a whirlwind trip to New York for Spring 2016 Bridal Market. There were two words that best describe the overall feel of the collections – feminine and pretty. We are so excited about what our designers showed and the gorgeous options that will be arriving in the boutique later this summer! Long sleeves and ball skirts carried over from last season, and several new and exciting trends emerged.

Below is a recap of the top trends from Spring 2016 Bridal Market:

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Last season, it was all about the bare, dramatic, plunging backs. This season, the options were a bit more demure with sheer skin-colored illusion backs and backs with unique feminine details.

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Romona Keveza image: Instagram

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Monique Lhuillier image: Instagram

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Modern Trousseau image: Instagram

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Modern Trousseau image: Instagram

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Hayley Paige image: Instagram

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Hayley Paige image: Instagram

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Anne Barge image: Instagram

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Floral details and textures were the belle of the ball this bridal market. They graced virtually every runway. These textural options are a wonderful alternative to the traditional lace gowns that we have been seeing for so many seasons.

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Hayley Paige image: Instagram

Austin Scarlett Bridal Spring 2016

Austin Scarlett image: WWD

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2015

Marchesa image: WWD

Mira Zwillinger Bridal Spring 2016

Mira Zwillinger image: WWD

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This is a trend that is certainly not for every bride, but it is an interesting option nonetheless. We personally prefer this look for a shower or rehearsal dinner versus a walk down the aisle.

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Theia image: Brides

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Ivy & Aster image: Instagram

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Theia image: Instagram

Mira Zwillinger Bridal Spring 2016

Mira Zwillinger image: WWD

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We are obsessed with this trend. We love it for both the bridal and bridesmaid categories.

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Elizabeth Fillmore image: Brides

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Donna Morgan image: Instagram

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Donna Morgan image: Instagram

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Ivy & Aster image: Instagram

Naeem Khan Bridal Show

Naeem Khan image: WWD

Romona Keveza Luxe Bridal Collection Spring 2016

Romona Keveza image: WWD

Romona Keveza Luxe Bridal Collection Spring 2016

Romona Keveza image: WWD

Romona Keveza Luxe Bridal Collection Spring 2016

Romona Keveza image: WWD

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Last season, it was all about the plunging back necklines. This season, front necklines were taking the plunge!

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Hayley Paige image: Instagram

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Ivy & Aster image: Instagram

Anne Barge Bridal Spring 2016

Anne Barge image: WWD

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2015

Marchesa image: WWD

Mira Zwillinger Bridal Spring 2016

Mira Zwillinger image: WWD

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2016

Monique Lhuillier image: WWD

Leave us a comment and let us know which trend is your fave!

xoxo, Beth

 


Ask the Experts: Beth Chapman’s Bridal Gown Shopping Tips

Bridal shopping season is in full swing. No need to stress, though! To make your life a little easier, owner, Beth Chapman, has put together a list of bridal gown shopping tips to assist you:

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Selecting a wedding gown is often one of the first steps that a bride takes as she embarks on the journey of her engagement. Finding the perfect gown is an exciting, but often daunting task. Following are tips that will help to make the experience memorable, enjoyable and lead to the gown of your dreams.

secure_your_wedding_date_and_venue

Before beginning to shop for your gown, you should have your wedding date and venue secured. Your decision will be much easier to make if you can envision yourself wearing your gown in the setting of your wedding.

set_a_budget

In creating your wedding budget, be sure to include a realistic budget for your wedding attire. Your budget should include an allocation for not only the gown, but accessories (bra, veil, jewelry and shoes), alterations and gown cleaning and preservation after the wedding.

It is very important to articulate your budget to the sales associate when shopping for your gown. You do not want to fall in love with something that does not fit your budget.

do_your_research

Prior to beginning to shop, research salons that carry designers that meet your taste level and budget.

Evaluate the stores in which you like to shop for your everyday clothes and be sure that you select the correct shopping environment for you. If you are a department store shopper, a larger bridal salon with a large selection of gowns may be the right fit for you. If you prefer to shop in small boutiques, then a smaller, more intimate bridal store would most likely be best for you.

Visit the salon’s website before calling to set an appointment to ensure that the selection and price range meets your needs. It is also helpful to read the bridal blogs to find out what other brides-to-be have to say about the stores that you plan to visit.

plan_ahead

Call to schedule an appointment a minimum of one week in advance. By scheduling an appointment, it allows the salon to provide you with their undivided attention and have a sales associate dedicated specifically to you.

Keep in mind that it takes approximately 4-6 months to produce a wedding gown. You should begin shopping for your gown a minimum of 9 months in advance of the wedding to allow enough time for alterations once the gown arrives.

limit_opinions

This is a momentous and joyous time in your life, so naturally you want to share it with your family and friends. Be careful, however, of bringing a large group with you to shop for your gown. Too many opinions can be detrimental to making a decision.

If you have bridesmaids or family members who insist on being part of the process, a suggestion might be to shop with 1-2 very close family members or friends who understand and respect your personal style. Once you have finalized your decision, then you can bring back other people to show them the gown that you have decided on.

The key is to remember to take opinions into consideration, but ultimately you know yourself best. Your opinion is truly the only one that matters. It is your day and you are the one wearing the gown.

communicate

Bring photographs of styles that interest you and articulate your vision and budget to the sales associate with whom you are working.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t like something. Who knows – perhaps there is something that can be done to the gown to make it perfect for you!

Before making the final decision on your gown, be sure that you understand the policies of the salon at which you are purchasing it. Ask about their policies for gown deposit and alterations.

reflect_your_personal_style

Don’t use your wedding day as the day to make a fashion statement! Your gown should flatter your best physical assets, reflect the formality and overall aesthetic of your venue, and most importantly, reflect your own personal style.  You want to still look like yourself on your wedding day…just an enhanced version!

have_an_open_mind

Trust the sales associate with whom you are working. If they are good at what they do, they will listen to your vision and make suggestions of gowns for you to try on. Even if you do not like the way that a gown looks on the hanger, TRY IT ON!! It could be the gown of your dreams!

dont_be_alarmed_by_the_size

Bridal sizing is different from ready-to-wear sizing. In some cases, a bridal gown is 2 sizes larger than what you would wear in your every day clothes. Once you have selected your gown, the bridal salon will take your measurements. Those measurements will be compared to the designer’s size chart and the appropriate size will be selected for you. Keep in mind that a gown can be altered up to two sizes. Even if you are planning on losing weight, it’s best to go with the size that you are measuring at the time of purchase and alter the gown once it arrives. Never order a size based on the size that you plan to be!

a_beautiful_gown_starts_with_the_perfect_foundation

Undergarments are called foundations for a reason! The proper undergarments truly make all of the difference in the fit of the gown. After your gown is purchased, take time to select the perfect undergarments. It is best to shop in a location that specializes in foundations so that you are sized correctly.

While selecting your undergarments it is important to take into consideration several factors:

Select a bra or bustier that has a lower back than that of the gown so that the bra cannot be seen.

Ensure that if your bra has lace, texture or boning, they are not visible through the gown.

If your gown is a column silhouette or made of a light weight fabric, ensure that your undergarments provide you with enough support and that there are no noticeable seams or panty lines.

understand_the_alterations_process

Alterations are truly a process. It will take time to sculpt the gown to fit your body perfectly. When purchasing your gown, you should factor in a minimum of 2 months for alterations.

There a generally a minimum of 3 alterations involved in perfecting the fit of the gown. When purchasing your gown, you should inquire about the salon’s policies on alterations and their fee structure.

It is imperative that you have your shoes and undergarments selected when the alterations process begins. It is impossible to ensure a proper fit without those elements.

If you are planning on losing weight, you should not begin the alterations process until your weight is stable.

creating_the_look

Selecting the perfect accessories to complement your gown is almost as important as selecting the gown itself. The accessories can make or break your wedding day look! You should take time in this process and schedule a separate appointment to choose your accessories.

When selecting you wedding day garnish, ask yourself if you want the accessories themselves to be the statement or if you want them to simply complement the gown. Either way, ensure that they reflect your personal style and the overall aesthetic of the wedding.

protect_your_investment

Although your gown is something you will wear only once, it is a precious garment that holds many memories, and it is should be properly cleaned and protected after the wedding. Research companies that specialize in gown cleaning and preservation – don’t simply rely on your local dry cleaner. Be sure to use a company that provides an anti-sugar treatment while cleaning and uses acid free materials in their preservation box. These processes will allow for maximum longevity of the fabric and ensure that it will not discolor or deteriorate over time.

enjoy_the_experience

The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!! How often in life will you be able to try on beautiful gowns and be treated like a princess? Enjoy every minute of it!

The key is to make sure that you are working with a bridal salon that maximizes your bridal shopping experience and allows you to feel comfortable in your buying decision.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Owner, Beth Chapman’s shopping tips have been published in Simple Stunning Bride by Karen Bussen and Wedding Bible by Sarah Haywood.

xoxo, Beth

 


How to Style a Jumpsuit!

Recently, our friends at Donna Morgan asked TWD owner and stylist, Beth Chapman to style one of their jumpsuits for their blog. Beth stepped in front of the camera to show us how versatile a jumpsuit can be by styling a fabulous one six different ways. Scroll through the looks below and see what she has to say about accessories, wardrobe staples, bridesmaids dresses, and more!

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Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan,  Shoes- Nine West

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Look 2 (Sunday brunch): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan,  Necklace- Aquinnah Jewelry, Belt- ASOS,  Shoes- J.Crew, Clutch- Vintage

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Look 3 (Out to Dinner): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Necklaces- J. Crew, Belt- ASOS,  Motorcycle Jacket- Tahari, Shoes- Vince Camuto

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Look 4 (Off to Work): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Necklace- Aquinnah Jewelry, Sweater- J. Crew, Bag- Hermes, Shoes- Nine West

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Look 5 (Bridal Shower): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Floral Jacket- Target, Shoes- Two Lips, Sunglasses- Ray Ban

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Look 6 (Cocktail Party): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Earrings- provided by stylist, Beaded Striped Jacket- Ann Taylor,  Shoes- Nine West

Photography: Jeremie Barlow, Beauty: Jennie Fresa 

Donna Morgan: We love how cleverly you styled your Donna Morgan jumpsuit for so many occasions!  What makes an item versatile?  What should we be looking for when shopping for a versatile piece?

A versatile piece is one that can easily work with many other items in your wardrobe.  It is something that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.   People think that a versatile piece has to be a basic staple or a solid color.  That is not necessarily the case.  The rule is that if you can wear it with at least 3 other items in your wardrobe, than it is versatile!

Donna Morgan: Accessories are key to any outfit transformation.  What are the five ‘can’t live without’ accessories in your wardrobe?

I LOVE accessories!  They can transform the entire look of an outfit.  I don’t think I can pick just 5! My ‘can’t live without’ accessories are always changing depending on the season!  For fall/winter they were my animal print flats, my fur vest and my camel colored leather booties.  For spring, I am currently loving my neon pink heels, anything printed and floral and my leather motorcycle jacket.

Donna Morgan: From a fashion house executive in NYC to a business-owning wife and mother of two, how has your personal style changed?  What aspects of your personal style have stayed the same?

I have always had a classic/preppy sensibility (a hybrid of Kate Spade, J. Crew and Carolina Herrera).  I love to get dressed up – in fact, I am known for being overdressed.  But, my motto is that you can never be too overdressed!  I think as I get older and I am busy with the kids, the boutique, and styling, comfort has become more important to me. I tend to gravitate more toward wedges and flats vs. 4” stilettos!

Donna Morgan: Entering the professional arena, many women find themselves needing a whole new wardrobe without a large budget.  What are the ‘must have’ staples?  What are your secrets for saving on style?

The basics that I think that every working woman should have in her wardrobe are:

  • A great white shirt
  • A black pencil skirt
  • A great pair of black or neutral pants
  • A colorful cardigan
  • A little black dress
  • A beautiful black pump

These pieces can all be mixed and matched with each other and dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.  Of course, I like every woman, love a good deal! So keep your eyes out for sales.  The beginning and end of each season are the best times to get discounted prices.  My biggest tip is that when you are investing in wardrobe staples, be sure that they are good quality.  These are items that you will have for years and that you will wear over and over again.  The majority of your budget should go to these items.  Spend less on trendy items, as you will only wear them for 1-2 seasons.

Donna Morgan: As your daughter becomes a teenager, does she place importance on personal style?  Have you influenced her style in any way?

For a while she was all about sweatshirts and yoga pants and I was sweating it out!  But, thank goodness those days are behind us! I encourage Lindsay, and all women, to identify her own personal style and dress according to that.  Of course, she has been influenced by my style.  But, as she is getting older it is so fun to watch her own unique style emerge!

Donna Morgan: You are the proprietor of one of the country’s top bridal salons, the author of a book on wedding inspiration and a mentor with The QC School’s Styling Program.  As an expert, what advice do you have for a bridesmaid wanting to get another wear out of her bridesmaid dress?  Black and Navy are easy, but what if the dress is a bright, bridesmaid-y color?

Wearing a bridesmaid dress again is a challenge for sure, as you don’t want to look like a bridesmaid!  I think the key is that it needs to be a short dress and you need to style it with accessories that don’t look like you just stepped out of a wedding!  If is a short structured bright colored dress; perhaps pair it with a complementary colored bright pair of colored heels and a fun statement necklace.   It is a soft flowy dress; perhaps a strappy wedge sandal and a long gold necklace.

Donna Morgan: Obviously, the bride is the star of the show…but what can a bridesmaid do to ensure she looks her best in her dress on the big day?

I love that there is trend toward mis-matched bridesmaid dresses and allowing bridesmaids to select a silhouette that flatters her figure.  My best advice for bridesmaids is to know your body type and find the silhouette that is most flattering on you.  Also, be sure to wear the proper undergarments, as they make all of the difference in the fit of the dress.  A supportive bra is key!

Donna Morgan: I know it’s hard to choose… but of the six looks you created with your Donna Morgan jumpsuit, which is your favorite?

Oh my gosh – such a hard choice!!  Because I am so looking forward to spring, I think my favorite look was the floral printed jacket, neon shoes and sunglasses!  And the best part of that look is that the jacket and shoes combined only cost about $65!

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xoxo, TWD


As Seen In: Mass Appeal – Spring 2015 Bridal Trends

Earlier this week, TWD Owner Beth Chapman appeared on WWLP’s Mass Appeal where she highlighted Spring 2015 bridal trends.

Below is a recap of Beth’s top trends:

We are seeing two extreme trends in bridal fashion right now – very classic and very non-traditional.

The neckline of the moment is the back neckline. Designers are taking the plunge with very low, very open backs, and brides are showing a lot of skin on their wedding day! The gown in the segment by designer Augusta Jones is a little more on the conservative side, as it is has illusion .

On the more conservative side, long sleeves are back en vogue! It is wonderful to have an alternative to strapless. Kayla modeled a gown from CT based designer, Modern Trousseau. It has 3/4 sleeves and a very interesting lace patterned bodice with a romantic tulle ball over skirt.

For accessories, the trend of the season is gold and rose gold. The segment features accessories by Haute Bride. We are seeing more gold and rose gold accessories emerge as an alternative to silver. They work beautifully with all of the blush tone gowns that are being shown.

Speaking to the unconventional trend, Paige modeled an adorable lace romper from Watters. Jumpsuits and rompers have become popular in ready-to-wear and now we are seeing them make their way into bridal. The romper is a great option for a civil ceremony or as a second look for a reception!  It is also a perfect choice for wedding related events, such as a shower or the rehearsal dinner.

We can’t forget bridesmaids! We are seeing two trends for the bridal party – mismatched dresses where all of the attendants are in different dresses, as well as metallics. Metallics – particularly gold – are a predominant trend in wedding decor, and now also in maids attire. The dresses in the segment include a metallic dress from Jenny Yoo, an all over beaded dress from Adrianna Papell, and a beautiful chiffon dress with a metallic lace bodice also by Jenny Yoo. The different dresses play off each other beautifully and create such a unique story.

 

xoxo, TWD

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