Vera Wang for David's Bridal; Photo Source: Fashionista.com
It’s a great time to plan a wedding. Beyond David’s Bridal and standard (or over-the-top) bridal boutiques, several favorite retailers are going bridal, too. Here’s a quick round-up, and anymore you’ve heard about, please share!
- Gilt Groupe: They extended their flash sales to incorporate all bridal themes, including wedding dresses, bridal party wardrobes and even honeymoons.
- Shopbop: You could easily outfit your bridesmaids from this site already, and maybe even find a beautiful dress for yourself, depending on the type of wedding you’re having. But everyone who gets regular Shopbop e-mail blasts knows that a special wedding e-boutique is on its way.
- Urban Outfitters, Inc.: What would a bride who’s half Urban Outfitters and half Anthropologie wear to her wedding? Debuting exclusively online this Valentine’s Day with a single store to arrive in August, BHLDN is a new concept from Urban Outfitters, Inc., showcasing “off-kilter” dresses, glassware and other bridal and wedding accessories. Two or three stores will open next year, with a larger goal of providing all kinds of party and special occasion clothes. Sign up for e-mail updates here.
- Net-a-Porter: Another fabulous site for wedding dress shopping, where you can easily snag a Lanvin or Matthew Williamson for less than a poufy cupcake thing you’d find at a bridal boutique. And to make browsing even easier, the site’s already filtered bridal into its own online boutique for MOBs, bridesmaids, shoes, and more.
- J.Crew: One of the first conventional retailers to add bridal, J.Crew has admittedly stepped up its game in the last couple of seasons. And with mini boutiques for engagement parties, honeymoons and even “something blue,” you can at least get a free virtual planning assistant out of the site.
- Vera Wang for David’s Bridal: First Kohl’s, now David’s Bridal. Vera Wang’s just debuted her wedding dresses for the national chain, and they’re pretty. If you can’t afford the real thing, this is worth a quick finger-rub test. If the fabric is up to par, I can’t imagine how this couldn’t be a viable option.
Photo Source: Collegefashion.net
Texas needs H&M. H&M needs e-commerce.
If H&M was in economically stable Texas, or had e-commerce, it may not have even needed to take this drastic step, but generally speaking, this is excellent news: H&M is lowering prices like whoa.
The already budget retailer will drop prices starting this fall, selling everything from $20 trench coats to dresses under $5, reported CollegeFashion.net. And unlike other stores like J.Crew, which have been consistently raising prices over the past few years (while stepping up quality and PR), it’s great news to hear that a store that carries both basics and trendier items is realizing that its worldwide customer-base means it’s already ahead of the pack, and can afford to reach out to even more shoppers. We’ll have to see how the quality of the cheaper items differs from regularly priced clothes and accessories, but a $5 dress that isn’t in the sale bin should hold up for at least a party or two.
Photo Source: Bloomingdale's
I’ve never been into leather besides my shoes, jackets and bags, but it’s hard for me to resist all the leather skirts I’ve seen around this fall. I usually stick to brown leather because I think black leather makes me look too cheesy, but below are my picks for best leather skirts, in all colors.
1.) Gray leather pencil skirt, Bebe: This sleek leather skirt is actually very modest for Bebe, and the gray is an unexpected but still neutral shade that really works. $169.
2.) Geren Ford Snap Placket Leather Skirt: Geren Ford has convinced me that wearing a black leather mini skirt doesn’t mean you have to look trashy. Its cute bubble shape and haphazard snaps are youthful and fun, when worn with the right shoes. $474.
3.) Washed calfskin leather skirt, J.Crew: The idea of calfskin always makes me cringe, and this skirt is too expensive for me anyway. But it’s beautiful, comes in a flattering shade of tan and can be dressed up for work or cocktail parties. $595.
4.) Diane von Furstenberg Adame Leather Skirt: This beautiful contrasting leather pencil skirt above is exactly why I’m loving leather skirts in the first place: it looks warm but isn’t bulky or cheesy. It’s ladylike and raw at the same time, and I wish it was mine. $255 (on sale).
UPDATE: BEST FALL SKIRTS OF 2009!