Posts tagged ‘dresses’

February 5, 2011

Have you seen Downton Abbey yet?


I heard a lot of buzz about this show on NPR and in Entertainment Weekly before I even knew what it was. After a little research, I discovered you could watch all four episodes of the Masterpiece Classic  miniseries on PBS (or even buy the dvd, which we did after watching the online versions). And holy crap, it’s AMAZING. Set in the lead up to World War I, Downton Abbey shows you just how backward the world of English aristocracy was (is?) and the strange dynamic between family and servant (not unlike Gosford Park, but Downton Abbey has done a better job developing the characters). It’s the start of the modern world, although many of the characters try to resist that: while the youngest daughter sneaks out to go to rallies in harem pants and supports women’s suffrage, the family is too scared to use their first telephone, and one of the servants refuses to use the electric lights. I love the way change looms over this life and no one knows quite what to do about it.

But maybe the reason I’ve been obsessed with this show for the past week is the costumes. Yes, I would wear every one of them every day if I could! It’s impossible to not be inspired by the elegance of these ladies’ wardrobes.

1912 fashion: Downton Abbey

Photo By Nick Briggs/Picture Desk

I’m mostly smitten with this one particular dress. No doubt about it, either I’m going to make this myself or hire a seamstress (which might be the best way to go because hemming chiffon scares me):

1912 Edwardian fashion dress: Downton Abbey

Photo By Nick Briggs/Picture Desk

This Edwardian look falls in between corsets with bustles and slanky flapper dresses (which means women with hips can actually wear these dresses!) Are you as enamored with these looks as I am? I wouldn’t mind “dressing for dinner”…I just need more gowns.

October 2, 2009

Okay, I'm really getting into the gray…

I know Jon doesn’t care for it (I think he’s worried it will look drab), but I’m LOVING the idea of bridesmaids dresses in shades of gray (and of course, we’ll use plenty of accents in vibrant colors). I love the idea of the girls picking out their own looks, and gray will be an easier color to coordinate. And it’s flattering! Check out these awesome combinations:



I’m not sure where the dresses in the top photo are from, but the set in the second photo is Priscilla of Boston. I might even buy the one on the left for myself…I love love love it.

Still working out the rest of the color palette–should we pair shades of gray with bright, vibrant colors? Or should we keep it cool with a more vintage color scheme: gray, champagne, pink, plum, light greens, blues, and browns? I really hate making decisions. Will post more pictures soon!

September 28, 2009

On second thought…

I thought I had a great idea at work today, but Jon isn’t much of a fan (and to be honest, I really do like the color palette I posted this morning). Here’s my great idea: maybe all the bridesmaids dresses could be shades of gray, with pashminas in brightly colored pinks and oranges? That’s even more reminiscent of our save the dates, and the dresses would probably be easier to find and coordinate.  And on top of that, I found that photographers love this kind of look–apparently it looks fantastic in photos. A.Mountain.Bride showcased a few photos on her blog; here’s my fave:

But like I said, Jon isn’t a fan. But he does like the idea of having the groomsmen where black suits with different gray ties. And luckily I’ve heard from one of the bridesmaids, and she loves the color palette in my last post. Yay!

September 28, 2009

A new color palette?

I’ve been playing around with J Crew dresses and colors, and I’ve found somthing I like! I wonder what the girls would think of this color palette:


Some vibrant pinks and oranges, with a couple shades of gray thrown in (which, fortunately, matches the save the dates I made). I’m liking it. It’s not a traditional wedding, but for me, that’s a plus.

September 26, 2009

Finding the bridesmaids dresses…

Originally, I was hoping to find dresses in a neutral champagne/gold color (I had been planning on doing everything in champagne, ivory, and black, with splashes of bright, vibrant color in the flowers and a few other places). I still love that idea, but when three of my maids came shopping with me, they all loved this dress in this color:


I’m on board with what Jim Hjelm calls “plum” (although it’s more like eggplant–almost black). And since Jon wants the guys to wear tuxes, I think this dress would compliment them well. So I had settled on having the girls wear this dress and using orangey-red calla lillies, which would make Jon the happiest groom ever (and surrounded by Virginia Tech colors).

Well, then something else came up–I have a pregnant bridesmaid!

This news is super exciting!  And the mom- and dad-to-be are very happy about this, which is fantastic. Congratulations to Ms. E! I can’t wait for the baby. :)

But in the meantime, I have to figure out what to do about the dresses!  I could stick with the plum Jim Hjelm dress for everyone and find something similar for Elizabeth–which is probably the easiest thing to do. But then again, this has given me a good excuse to rethink everything! So I’ve been looking around and having fun with it.

Now I’m thinking of switching everything up, giving the girls a color palette and letting them pick there own dresses in different colors and styles. I’ve always loved this idea, and with a pregnant bridesmaid, I think it makes so much sense. The Green Wedding Shoes Blog has some great examples here. We could do something like this: 


Vera Wang has a good selection of dresses in color families. I still like the color champagne, and she has a few that a similar (called cafe, antique gold, and sand dune). If she does maternity dresses, we’d be set! I like these:



So who knows what we’ll end up doing. I’m also thinking of using lighter colors, like yellow or peach. I love the elegance of the champagne colors, but since we’re thinking about incorporating pinwheels into our wedding (more about that later), I might like something more fun and flirty. For now, I’m keeping my eyes open and looking for something amazing.