Expensive, but man it’s pretty. Erdem Morwenna printed silk-crepe gown via Net-A-Porter ($2,225)
Last week, when we posted our Risky (White) Wedding Dresses roundup, a commenter said, “These are risky?? Holy smokes, then I’m the Evel Knievel of bridal attire. But seriously, it is really nice to see the stranglehold of strapless white lace loosened just a little bit.” Which, FAIR ENOUGH. In fact, the whole reason we started doing wedding dress roundups is because once upon a time, both Maddie and I would have killed for any help in the hey-I-don’t-want-a-strapless-dress department. Spoiler alert: after heartrending and agonizing adventures on both our parts, we both ended up in…strapless dresses. Mine was vintage, and I swear by it. Maddie’s was David’s Bridal, and she now swears by them. But I think both of us still wish, deep down, that we’d had some sleeves up on those dresses.
The problem with the wedding industry is that it has a way of presenting you with a very limited range from which to select from. And if you decide to go rogue, figuring out what your best options are can be…complicated. And as one of my friends who didn’t want to wear white said, “I didn’t want to wear white, but I also didn’t want to devote my life to finding a wedding dress. And that’s what finding a colored wedding dress seemed to require.” So today we’re diving into the world of the non-white wedding dress.
If you’re not planning to wear white on your wedding day, the wedding industry has…nothing for you. If you know you don’t want to wear white, but also don’t want to go awesome and corseted and red, you can feel a bit like a rudderless ship. Maybe you want something in the middle. Not badass and out there, but not strapless and white either. Maybe you’re not quite SURE what you want your non-white wedding dress to look like, and you want ideas. Maybe you just want a post to prove to your mom that it can be done with style. Whatever your reasons, this post is for you. Crowdsourced from last week’s comments and peppered with a few of our personal favorites, here are some of the coolest options for non-white wedding dresses we’ve ever seen. (And for those of you wearing a non-white wedding dress, I’m curious what your personal requirements were. The friend I mentioned above wanted something that didn’t seem like an everyday dress—something she wouldn’t just wear to any old party. I thought that was a fascinating way to think about it.)
But before we get started, let me answer that question that about fifteen someones are going to ask you (and you might be asking yourself). Are you going to look like a bride? HELLS TO THE YES! You’re going to look like the bride because you ARE the bride. And really, when people say, “She looked like a bride,” what they really mean is, “She looked really happy.” You owe it to yourself to wear what will make you the happiest. So do it, already. Let’s get shopping.
Maxi Green Dress with Slit by Nelli Uzun via Etsy ($170)
Lela Rose Draped V-Neck Chiffon Gown available from Shop Joielle ($290)
Antoinette Plus Size Gown in Lapis from Igigi ($250)
Jonathan Saunders Carlton Dégradé Silk-chiffon Dress available from Net-A-Porter ($1,610)
Zolotova Dress by Wai Ching ($1,989)
Cage Dress by Trashy Diva ($61)
Bali Eggplant Octopus Convertible Infinity Wrap Dress by Coralie Beatrix via Etsy ($99)
Cap Sleeve Sue Wong Lace Dress available from Bloomingdale’s ($428)
Sue Wong Mandarin Collar Dress available from Bloomingdale’s ($428)
Roberto Cavalli Printed Long Stretch Jersey Dress available from My Theresa (€1,125)
Lace Boatneck ¾ Sleeve Gown with Grosgrain Ribbon Belt in Flame/Nude by Tadashi Shoji ($428)
Catalan Dress by Wai Ching ($875)
Ok, this one is more not-totally-white, but it seemed to fit the spirit of the thing.
Flor de Mar Mexican romantic embroidered maxi dress from Aida Coronado ($290)