Dec 30, 2010 10:40 AM
Stacey J. wrote, "Dear Awesome Outblush Team, I am in serious need of assistance. I have been looking for a wedding dress for over 2 months. I've been to 7 bridal salons, several consignment shops and I've tried on over 100 dresses... I'm just tapped out and frustrated to tears. My mom has even given up on helping me! It's just bad. I should be having fun with dress shopping, but this is just painful! I don't know if you can help or if what I'm looking for really doesn't exist, but here goes nothing: I am searching for a dress that has a floaty, Ginger Roger's/Grace Kelly style bottom to it with a fun and very structured bodice (exposed boning would be awesome). I'd prefer a sweetheart neckline and halter, but I could always modify a dress to meet those preferences. Here's the kicker though: I can't stand white or offwhite or ivory or ecru or anything that is hard to differentiate from white without being next to something white. That goes for some designer's versions of "champage" which can look remarkably like other designer's "ivory". I would love to either have something in a silvery grey or a very rich gold or even a taupe/tan color. I just can't find many designers that use the darker and bolder colors on their dresses. Any help, ideas or reality checks would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, Stacey J."
Hi Stacey, Janetor here - congratulations on your engagement! The dresses below represent the sum total of my search, and I was super disappointed that I didn't find more, even searching for evening gowns. Have you considered having your dress made just for you? There are tons of great seamstresses out there, and you can always try an Etsy Alchemy request, or even find your perfect dress in white and have it professionally dyed.
Hopefully, one of these dresses is just as perfect for you as your fiancé is. Drop us a line and let us know!
1. J. Crew Washed Crepe Aveline Gown ($750)
2. Terani Coutire Beaded Gown with Train (Style 95408GL) ($790)
3. Carmen Marc Valvo Twist-Front Beaded Gown ($588 on sale)
4. J.Crew Silk Chiffon Savoie Gown ($850)
5. CelebraTED 'Taveta' Strapless Chiffon Gown ($445)
6. Alyce Black Label Evening Gown (Style 5340) ($352, pictured in black, available in Taupe as well)
7. Terani Evening Gown (Style 95304E) ($550)
8. J. Crew Clarissa Gown ($1800)
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