Last week we took a look at some of the wedding gown trends demonstrated by our merchants: thin spaghetti straps, unexpected texture, allover lace, textured skirt and train, short gowns, multi-textures, and interesting folds.
Another is the increasing popularity of less formal gowns, which not only expands your options, but can also lower the cost of your dress. In fact, this type of dress has become so popular several clothing retailers have entered the market with fashionable, yet cost effective choices.
Top Photo: One chain of department stores have online Bridal Shops with dresses from Adrianna Papell, Alex Evenings, Betsy & Adam, Cachet, J Kara, J.R. Nites, Linea Donatella, Nightway, and Xscape.
The top photo is one example of what you will find (currently $178.00). It also shows off another trend: gowns that feature a one-shoulder, floral trim design.
This retailer has huge markdowns on Summer styles right now–several in the $40-$50 range. See those and others here, as well as current specials throughout the store.
Second Photo: This empire waist gown from The Limited shows off romantic, crinkle chiffon ruffles.
Their gowns tend to run in the $250-$400 range (this one is $298). Short reception dresses are a bit less.
Third Photo: “Skimpy clothing” retailer BodyBody now sells bridal gowns, too. Most are not as skimpy as you would think. As you can see, this one is quite modest.
Prices are quite modest as well, with most in the $220-$300 range ($270 for this one). For an even better price, check here for current specials to apply to your order.
Fourth Photo: Plus size stores have entered the market as well.
Sydney’s Closet carries their own line of informal gowns in sizes 14-44, which start at just under $200 (the one shown is $300).
Sydney’s closet is also a good site to shop plus size formal gowns, wedding guest dresses, and other formal occasion wear.