Vera Wang Wants You To Wear A Purple Wedding Dress — Try Colorful Accessories Instead
When Vera Wang showed not 1, not 2, but several purple wedding gowns on her fall 2010 runway, the bridal market took notice. If you like the look but aren’t sure you want to commit to a colorful dress, little splashes might be a more viable option. Accessories like shoes, hairpieces, and colorful stone jewelry can accent your otherwise ethereal look in a stunning way: Feeling inspired by the muted lavenders, purples, and pinks of Vera Wang’s latest bridal collection? These Badgley Mischka 'Dylan' Sandals ($200) provide the same subtle hint of color without overpowering a white or ivory gown. Add a little glimmer to your wrist in three tones with the Nadri Micro Pavé Bangle ($98), also inspired by this season’s muted color palette. If your wedding color is blue, but you don't want a blueberry dress, try a dash of the pretty color - like in a hair clip. This Tasha Chiffon Flower Clip ($38) is perfect. If you don't want a white shrug or wrap, this silver-y Ilana Wolf Silk Organza Wrap ($250) is stunning. Add a sweet dusting of pink to your finished ‘do with this Netted Rosette Headband ($4.80) from Forever 21. A delicate homage to today’s colored runway gowns. Enjoy more great accessory picks in our guides on bridal hair accessories, wedding jewelry sets, and wedding shoes.
A Find: Fashion with a Conscience
Supporting your favorite cause has just gotten more glamorous: Hermes recently reissued its silk homage to the jazz culture of New Orleans. The 36 inch square scarf â€“ available in orange, black and navy â€“ was originally released in 1996 but now Hermes has done it again with a portion of the proceeds going towards the restoration of the city. The scarf retails for $320 and is available at Hermes.com or your local Hermes store.
A Find: Perfect Summer Dress
What: Gap Cabana sundress Why: The search for the perfect Summer dress can be a tough one, but the Gap Cabana sundress came across our radar as a no-brainer. Dress it up with heeled sandals and a wrap or go casual with flip-flops and a Scalloped cardigan. It comes in a full range of sizes, so we long-torsoed girls don't have to feel freakishly big, and in all the hot colors of the season â€“ including reef green and white. You'll also find a printed version. Plus it has the oh-so summery detail of eyelet edging. Now all you need is a cool drink and the sound of the waves hitting the shore. Or not. Grab a tote and pound the urban pavement, this dress will keep you breezy and cool wherever you are. Price: $58.00 Find it:: Check out Gapâ€™s Summer selection. Find best-selling tees, polos, shorts and swimwear. Deal Alert! $6.99 on select flip flops exclusively at Gap.com.
A Find: Summer Lovin’ Dress
What: DKNY Jeans Stripe Crinkle Cotton Dress Why: It's wedding season and that means you need the right dress to wear when your pals profess their love this summer. An interesting twist to what's popular this season in dresses is the empire waist â€“ not always a flattering look for those of us over the age of 25. This crinkle DKNY Jeans dress allows you, however, to sport the high-waist and the halter-top looks all at the same time while covering you in what is decidedly the most flattering print: the vertical stripe. The a-line will allow you to eat that extra cupcake at the reception. This dress was made for summertime soirees, afternoon affairs, or fancy showers. Price: $98.00 Find it: Nordstrom.com Pair it with a strappy sandal in white or teal.
Spring Before Summer: Must-Have (Now)
While leather works year-round, suede and anything fuzzy or furry should be tucked away. Two trends right now are a continuation on the hobo theme, you can still opt for slouchy or structured. If you like the unformed hobo style, you might like a slouchy canvas tote like the one pictured here from La Redoute. The take-it-to-the-Cape structured rattan of this satchel from eBags.comcomes in four spring-ready colors. Because those California nights are cool and the chill off the Atlantic can give you goosebumps this time of year, you need a reliable wrap. Look for an all-in-one sweater wrap (tie in front, back or wear over the shoulder) like this one from Spiegel.com.
SheFinds Solution: Overexposure
Problem: Overexposure on the dancefloor, during date night, anywhere that you wear your sheer, cut down-to-there summer tops. Solution: Warmer weather exposes us to more daylight and we show more skin. In order not to show too much at the wrong time, I use Hollywood Fashion Tape I don't know how I lived without it for so long. Now the slinkiest, sexiest tops are a joy to wear without the worry of a wardrobe malfunction. I don't know anyone who is walking the red carpet anytime soon, but the Red Carpet Assortment Kit with its five different sized strips that solve a plethora of problems with heavy fabric, JLo-in Versace-necklines, and it includes the original size strips which are handy for hiding bra straps or fixing hems. Get yours at Beauty.com.
Eco Chic Beauty Find: Jason Body Care
What: Jason Aloe Vera Moisturizer Why: You try to treat your body right. You eat dinner at Whole Foods, you om your way through yoga class, and you drink pomegranate martinis, but could you be sabotaging your organic body with chemical-infested washes and lotions? I checked the label on my usual post-shower lotion and I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients. I think it's time to switch to Jason's Aloe Vera Body Lotion and Body Wash. It's chock full of the good stuff, like vitamins and aloe, and free of the bad, like propylparaben and laureth sulfates. As you would expect, Jason products are PETA-friendly (so I'm assuming that J. Lo isn't a fan). The scent is light and fresh, and will not overpower your favorite fragrance. Good news for those with sensitive skin - the Satin Shower Body Wash is pH balanced so it might make a good bath soak substitute. Find It: drugstore.com Deal Alert: Free Shipping on orders of $29.00 or more. New Customers Only. See site for details.
Just In: Ann Taylor’s Celebration Collection
If you are planning a wedding, the Ann Taylor Celebration Collection will help you celebrate your event in sophisticated style. The simple yet elegant collection features dresses in luxurious silks and rich fabrics created for all members of the wedding party, and come in a variety of coordinating colors. Identical bridesmaids dresses is SO 20th century. These days, the key is to find coordinating dresses or outfits with corresponding colors. The Chloe Strapless Dress and matching Celebrations Satin Sash are available in eight different colors. Add the silk dupioni Sandra Sandal (also available in matching colors) to complete the look. Get this head-to-toe outfit with major allure at Ann Taylor for $294. And if you weren't asked to be in the wedding party, coordinate your own showstopping allure to snag some attention away from the girls at the head table.
As Seen On: Oprah
The Perfect T-Shirt. Does it exist? Many claim perfection but only one got Oprah's stamp of approval. Adam+Eve is a contemporary underwear and sportswear line from designer Adam Lippes. He got on the casual clothes fast track by starting out at Polo Ralph Lauren. What: The perfect tee in every style- Short Sleeve Tee Long Sleeve Tee Tank Top What we heard on Oprah: "What's so great about our tees is you can dress them up or dress them down," Adam says. "They can become the foundation of your wardrobe." Price: $48-$56 Find It: Adam+Eve is at BareNecessities.com. The Oprah Winfrey Show has become an authority on wearable women's fashion. We've been Oprahsuaded. Oprahsuaded: To persuade someone, most likely a woman, into believing, buying, eating, reading or doing something that Oprah says is good. "You bought the latest Oprah's Book Club book? You are so oprahsuaded."