Personal Shopper: A plum wedding gown for Carole

Carole J. wrote, "Help, Outblush! I hate to admit it, but I'm a middle-aged woman getting married. Wearing white or ivory at my age will only induce snickers. I'd like to wear plum--after all, everyone knows the bridesmaids get to wear the best colors. It isn't that big a stretch. Brides have only been wearing white since Queen Victoria in the 1850s. All the dresses I've found look too "bridesmaidsy." I'm looking for a floor-length plum dress for a January wedding. Can you point me to some options? Thanks!"

Here you go, Carole... Enjoy, and congratulations on your forthcoming wedding!

1 - JS Boutique One Shoulder Rhinestone Chiffon Dress ($178)

2 - Gorgeous Strapless Evening Gown by Theia ($895)

3 - Tadashi Ruched Asymmetric Jersey Gown ($415)

4 - Mikael Aghal Plum Silk Chiffon Rosette Shoulder Evening Gown ($390)

5 - Elegant One Shoulder Dress by Atria ($250)

6 - Cap Sleeve Evening Gown by Terani Couture ($460)

7 - Vera Wang Lavender Label Long Silk Dress ($309)

8 - Carmen Marc Valvo Ruched Taffeta Gown ($940)

9 - Deep Purple Celebrity-Inspired Dress by Faviana Couture ($238)

10 - Maggy London Strapless Beaded Chiffon Empire Gown ($168)

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Posted on 10.19.10 at 11:50 AM

Oooh #7 and #8 are especially gorgeous!


Posted on 10.19.10 at 2:28 PM

One of my favorite bloggers wore a plum wedding dress on her big day, she looked amazing! Here she is:


Posted on 10.19.10 at 11:03 PM

These are beautiful, good job. But I just want to say, I would never snicker at a middle-aged bride in white. She can wear white if she wants to!


Posted on 10.20.10 at 7:48 AM

I wouldn't snicker either! I do love #7

Carole J

Posted on 10.28.10 at 4:23 AM

I love them! Thanks so much for showing me that I don't have to look like a bridesmaid!

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