Oct 30, 2012 10:55 AM
Erin writes: "Hi Outblush! I absolutely love your blog and all the unique finds that you all post. I'm hoping that because of that you'll be able to help me with a predicament. I'm getting married in June, 2013, and have been pinning things like a crazy person. One of the pins is an absolutely stunning wedding gown. The problem is, I can't figure out who the designer is since it's not linked back to the original site. I was hoping you might be able to help me identify it or at least recommend some other gowns that are similar to it.In wedding dress speak, I'm about a size 12 and would like to spend between $800-$1,000. Thanks so much for your help!"
Hey, Erin! Turns out the dress you're after does exist. It's Style C11 22 by Le Spose di Giò, an Italian wedding brand. They don't publish their prices, but rumor has it this piece would run around $4,000. If you do want to shoot for the real thing, Joan Gilbert Bride is one US retailer that carries the brand. There are also, of course, the perennial China-made imitations, like this one, but I highly recommend proceeding with caution when it comes to copies. While some brides report being very happy with results, others complain that the dress looks nothing like they'd hoped, and that making a return or exchange is next to impossible.
I did hunt down a few other options for you in the same vein from reputable online retailers. The secret to achieving the La Spose di Giò look is a simple one: add a soft chiffon wrap around the shoulders, either sewn into place by a tailor or as a separate accessory.
1. Fairy Tale Wedding Dress 205 $330
2. Taffeta Ball Gown with Layered Tulle Skirt ($249)
3. Skye Gown ($215)
4. Collection Principessa Gown in Lace and Organza ($995)
5. Saison Blanche Wedding Dress B3101-P ($840)
6. Chiffon Beaded Wrap ($29)
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Crazy Jane here: I'm a New England girl with couture tastes and a Salvation Army budget who usually ends up wearing flannel. My shopping forte: finding the impossible dream. Throw your tough stuff at me and let me go bloodhound on it. When not playing on Outblush, I'm probably yelling at my cats, getting a backrub from my hot teacher husband, or trying to turn anything animal, vegetable, or mineral I can get my hands on into booze.