Wedding gowns can be extravagant. They can be big. They can be bold. And they should be—you want to make a statement on your wedding day, after all.
That last bit is important. You want to make a statement, which means your wedding dress should still play a supporting role.
If you're a short bride, you may be worried about "drowning" in your dress, and the only dress style that'll look good is a short, basic dress.
Girl, don't you worry—there are many options for small frames. While you should be conscientious of not overwhelming your figure with lots of fabric, you can still rock a long wedding dress.
So today, we're going to discuss two long wedding dress styles that look fabulous on short brides:
For short brides, mermaid gowns with mesh fabric are a match made in heaven.
Sticking close to the body, the mermaid silhouette accentuates your frame rather than hide it. But you can still add dimension—with mesh!
Because mesh is sheer, you avoid drowning your curves. You can even add an overlay skirt to pump up the volume.
As you can see, you don't have to go simple. Mesh allows you to showcase intricate embroidery and embellishments.
With a long skirt, we recommend thin sleeves or a strapless dress to balance out your look.
Styling Tip: Throw your hair up in a bun to elongate your neck. Some shoulder-grazing earrings can also help lengthen your look.
Get the look: Spaghetti Strap V-Neck Mermaid Long Dress
Another fabric we love for short brides is satin. It offers a fluid drape over the body—which means it hugs and conforms to your shape.
A pleated skirt is a total bonus. These vertical folds create long lines from the waist—making your legs look longer than they are!
Again, to balance out a fabric-heavy bottom, we recommend showing off your shoulders. Off-the-shoulder sleeves, paired with a sweetheart neckline, are oh-so-trendy right now, and for a good reason—they accentuate all the right curves!
Styling tip: A sweetheart neckline offers the perfect canvas for a bold necklace—but sometimes, it's just as bold to keep your collarbone bare. Whether you leave your hair completely down, in a half-do, or an updo, be sure to add some loose waves to capture a whimsical look.
If you're a short bride who wants a dress with a bit more volume, then this is the wedding dress style for you.
Again, we see thin straps and mesh for this A-line dress, but it features a more voluminous skirt. To ensure your legs don't get lost entirely, look for a skirt with a high slit.
In addition to pumping up the sexy, showing off your leg also elongates your body—in the same way that a short dress does. So I can have a full skirt and lengthen my frame? Absolutely! (Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too with this wedding dress style.)
If you're also looking to elongate the torso, a V-neckline works wonders, especially with thin straps.
Styling tip: If you want more dimension, add a simple mesh veil to your look as well. For jewelry, pearls would be just the right feminine touch!
Get the look: Embroidered Sheer Bodice V-Neck Wedding Gown /w Tail
Sometimes, it helps to get some inspo from others. Take a look at these blogs that dissect celebrity wedding looks:
Fall is upon us. To us, it’s the most versatile season for your wardrobe. One day, you could be rocking a skirt. The next you’re wearing a cozy knit sweater. Layers are your best friend!
But with so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed—especially when you’re dressing for a date.
If you have a date night fast approaching, don’t pull apart your entire closet just yet. To get inspired, here are five date night looks fit for fall.
If you feel like you can’t part with your summer skirts just yet, don’t fret—simply throw on a cozy sweater and you’ve got the perfect date night look for fall.
Long skirts provide more coverage against those cold and breezy evenings. But if it’s a warmer night, a short skirt will do, too! Pair it with some boots to keep the ankles warm.
The fall season opens up a lot of options for colors too. You could wear light, warm colors—such as yellow, orange, white, and brown. Or you could rock a darker color scheme. But since we tend to wear dark clothes during the winter, we encourage you to wear your brighter colors on those sunny fall days.
Perfect for: Dinners, outdoor walks, shows and events, picnics, wineries, art galleries
Ah, jeans and a leather jacket—a classic combo for date night, and the perfect amount of coverage for fall.
Black leather jackets are many women’s go-to, but we’re loving brown for the earlier fall months. Plus, the color pairs so well with blue jeans. Choose a cropped jacket to accentuate your waistline.
High-waisted skinny jeans would work really well here. Again, you’re calling attention to a natural hourglass shape—which is exactly what we want to achieve on date night!
We love that this look is versatile. You could keep it casual and wear some sneakers. Or, you could dress it up with some boots or heels.
Perfect for: Concerts, movies, bars, arcades, sports games, outdoor walks
A knee-length dress paired with a jean jacket and festival hat is oh-so-classic for fall—and for good reason. While many of us love rocking dresses on date night, it can get chilly! A jean jacket is just what we need when the sun goes down.
And the festival hat? It immediately adds character to your look. If you have a bold personality, let it shine through using accessories. A funky purse would be another option.
We also recommend taking the time to pick out the perfect shoes. Because your legs are bare, you could choose chunky block heels, canvas sneakers, derby shoes, gladiator sandals—there are so many options to make a statement!
Since your hair will likely be down, we suggest skipping jewelry for this date night look. But bold red or pink lips would look stunning.
Perfect for: Bike rides, breweries, outdoor walks, dinner, outdoor concerts and fairs
If it’s a cooler evening and you’ll be outside, opt for a long sleeve shirt or dress. Or, pair the look with a trench coat. (It’s practical and looks super sexy. Va-va-voom!)
Most of us don’t wear knee-high boots every day. We recommend investing in a nice pair of black boots—so when you do want to wear them, they can match any outfit.
This look is all about sex appeal, so push the limits with your hair and makeup. A high, textured ponytail will make you feel like a rockstar. And a bold smokey eye? Move over Rihanna.
Perfect for: Concerts, Late-night cocktails, dancing
Got a fancy fall date night on the horizon? Then grab your heels ladies, it’s time for a show-stopping dress.
We’re all about long-sleeve dresses for formal events. They keep you warm, so they’re practical, but they also look fabulous.
What would be the perfect long-sleeve dress according to us, you ask? Mesh sleeves and sequins—hands down! For a glamorous event, sparkles are always a good idea. And mesh fabric is super trendy this season.
Pair the look with some heels. If you anticipate that you’ll be outside, wear a peacoat. They’re fashionable but will also keep you nice and toasty.
Don’t fret about hair and makeup. With a dazzling dress like this one, you can sweep your hair to the side, throw on some lipstick, and be ready to go!
Feeling fancy? Take a look at these cocktail dresses for more inspo.
Perfect for: Cocktail parties, Christmas and New Year’s events, galas
Your wedding day look is all about the execution. While your wedding gown takes center stage, there are many other important things to consider: hair and makeup, shoes, jewelry, and undergarments.
Undergarments aren't supposed to be seen. But if you choose the wrong one, it could wind up visible and impact your look. Nobody wants that!
So that's why we're here today. We're exploring the less glamorous side of putting together a wedding look—what to wear under your wedding dress—so you can look absolutely flawless on your big day.
You'll see that most of our advice revolves around one thing: the cut of your dress. So it's vital to pick your wedding dress before buying what you'll wear underneath it. Got your gown? Let's get started.
Most wedding dresses are relatively light in color—white, cream, champagne, etc.
So when choosing what to wear underneath, it's essential to pick the right shade. The key is finding undergarments that are as close to your natural skin tone as possible. Many lingerie companies only offer one shade of "nude" underwear—and let's be real—one color does not fit all.
While you should keep an eye out for that marketing ploy, more and more companies are emerging that cater to different skin tones. So just do some research, and you'll find the right nude for you.
Because there's so much variety in wedding gown bodices, your bra options are also endless. But what should you wear under your wedding gown? We may be able to help you whittle down the choices.
If your dress is strapless and has a built-in corset, you've got a few options:
If your dress has a low back, you could try:
If your dress has straps:
Editor’s Note: Thick straps, thin straps, no straps—you can rock anything you like with the right undergarments. Get this wedding look: Embroidered Bodice Sweethearted Glitter Mesh Wedding Gown.
You've invested so much time and effort in your wedding look. Please don't let your panty line steal the show!
In addition to picking the right shade, it's also crucial to choose the proper cut and fit.
Our two cents? Go for a pair of seamless panties. They're more forgiving and don't hug your hips as much as those with elastic waists and side seams. If your wedding gown is very fitted, you may want to wear a seamless thong to eliminate any chances of showing a panty line. You could also consider high-waisted underwear if your gown is fitted and has a natural waistline. This will smooth out your lower abdomen.
Many lingerie companies don't allow returns, so for an event like your wedding, it's worth buying two sizes and trying them both on.
Oh—and while you probably know this, skip anything with prints or texture. If your gown has a delicate fabric like silk or satin, it will show through.
Shapewear is the unsung hero in most wedding outfits. It contours and smoothes out lumps and bumps so that your gown can drape perfectly on your body.
In addition to making you look stunning, shapewear can also add comfort. Gowns are hot, and they don't offer much breathability. Because most shapewear incorporates sweat-wicking technology, you can be kept cool and dry. (Well, it depends on how much late-night dancing you do.)
Again, think about the silhouette and cut of your dress when shopping for shapewear. If it's tight around your waistline and legs, you may want to consider shapewear that also covers the upper thigh. If your dress flows at the waist, then hey—maybe you don't need it!
If you're interested in exploring shapewear, Spanx is the go-to in this category, and for a good reason. They have a cut for every shape and silhouette—so whatever gown you're wearing, you'll be able to find something to match.
Prepping for your wedding day can be overwhelming. While you may have a better idea of what to wear under your wedding dress, you may still have 101 more things to figure out. (You’re not alone!)
Instead of spending hours sifting through different blogs, you can find everything you need right here. Here are a few blogs we think you may be interested in:
There are only a few days in a woman’s life where they can dress like a royal. Among these special events is homecoming. (Although, we’d like to start a petition for wearing ball gowns any and every day we want.)
While you don’t have to dial up the glam on homecoming, we totally encourage it. And if you’re reading this, you probably think so too!
So let’s find you a cute homecoming dress that’s fit for a queen (accessorizing with crowns is recommended!).
While homecoming dresses are typically short, you can still pull off Cinderella’s look as long as the skirt flares out. An A-line or babydoll silhouette are both great options.
In terms of fabric, we love tulle for homecoming dresses. It adds volume and bounce to your skirt. (And for this look, that’s important.)
What’s a royal outfit without some sparkling bling? Find a homecoming dress that dons jewels and embellishments. For a blue dress, we recommend silver accents.
With a cute homecoming dress like this one, your accessories can be quite simple.
If your dress is strapless, throw your hair up and wear some shoulder-grazing earrings. If your dress has straps, style your hair in a loosely-curled half-do and keep the jewelry minimal.
Looking for a cute, but elegant, homecoming dress? Then you should check out dresses that feature cap sleeves. They fly under the radar, but are incredibly unique and feminine—especially if they’re embroidered.
The British Royals, including Kate Middleton, have been seen rocking these chic sleeves. So for a special event like homecoming, they’re absolutely fitting.
Tulle, lace, sequins, beads—these fabrics and embellishments are great for adding femininity to your look. Pale shades of pink, blue, and yellow, are all cute options for colors.
Worried that a dress “fit for the British Royals” means it’ll be conservative? Don’t forget, most homecoming dresses are short. So throw on a pair of heels to show off your legs and dial up the sexy!
Get the look:Embroidered Bodice Boat Neck Cap Sleeve Tulle Short Dress w/ Rolled Hem
Jewels, sequins, glitter, and gold, are all quintessential features of royal outfits—which is exactly what you need for your cute homecoming dress.
If you choose a gold dress, keep the embellishments gold as well so it’s not overly flashy. If you want to break up the monochromatic look, pair your dress with a black clutch. Or, you could add a subtle pop of red to your lips and nails.
When it comes to silhouettes, A-line is a go-to of course. But if you want to differentiate your dress from others’, we recommend exploring those with a sweetheart neckline. Showing off your shoulders accentuates an hourglass shape. Plus, a bare collarbone allows you to show off your favorite necklace. (Again, bring on the bling!)
With a gold or champagne-colored dress, we always suggest nude heels—this creates the illusion of longer legs. (And who could say no to that?)
Get the look: Jewel and Sequin Embellished Glitter Mesh Short Dress
Royals can break the rules too. If you’ve got a bold personality that pushes the boundaries, then we have a cute homecoming dress for you too!
Instead of pale shades and shimmery metals, go for a bold color like purple or red.
Explore other fiery features—like a corset bodice.
And who said jewels need to stay on the crown? We love seeing homecoming dresses with bedazzled waistlines—it’s so captivating! Plus, it cinches and accentuates the waistline. (Pro tip: Jump on any opportunity to create an hourglass shape.)
If you choose a dress with a jeweled belt, then we recommend adding some similar earrings or a necklace to tie the look together. All that sparkle will surely catch some eyes.
Add a smokey eye if you wish, but keep the lip neutral. Let the color of your gown steal the show.
Finding a cute homecoming dress can be overwhelming. There are just so many options! If you still need some more inspiration, we’ve got you covered in these blog posts:
What’s your worst fear for your wedding?
Your wedding cake toppling over? Aunt Marge drinking one too many wines? A wedding dress malfunction?
On your wedding day, you’ll be on cloud nine. But that can quickly change with a wedding dress-related disaster. A rip, snag, or stain, could quickly ruin the look you were dreaming of for months.
But not to fear. In this blog post, we’re covering four common wedding dress fails and how to fix them
If you prepare for the worst, you’re guaranteed to look your best. Grab a pen and paper, let’s get started.
A wedding dress bustle is a way to gather up a train and make it even with your hemline so that your dress doesn’t drag on the floor. This can be accomplished via ribbons, buttons, hooks, or by sewing your gown.
So it’s got an important job, to say the least. However, it’s common for bustles to break down towards the end of the night after lots of dancing and partying.
It’s good to be proactive and choose a dress with a secure bustle. Typically, ribbons hold better than buttons. You can also ask the seamstress to reinforce the bustle with monofilament. This will protect your dress better from snags and kicked-up heels.
BUT, in the case that your bustle does break, keep large safety pins or a sewing kit on hand. A simple needle and thread could save the day!
A stuck zipper is a wedding dress fail that will automatically trigger panic mode. But take a deep breath, ask for help, and most of the time, it’ll be just fine.
First, if your zipper gets stuck, check to make sure there’s no fabric stuck in it as well. The last thing you want to do is tear your dress on top of breaking a zipper!
If there is some fabric stuck, gently use your fingers to ease it free.
Then, take a clear wax stick like Zipper-Ease (or even a white crayon), and wax the zipper to help ease it up and down.
If the zipper is straight-up broken, that’s where a sewing kit will come in handy again. There have certainly been times where brides have been sewn into their dresses! It’s not ideal, but nobody will even notice!
Stains—ah, this one’s a classic.
Wedding dresses are typically shades of white and cream—which means they are incredibly prone to stains.
Unfortunately, these stains don’t have to be big to be noticeable. The tiniest smudge of foundation or lipstick on a white dress will stand out. Be proactive and put your dress on before getting ready!
For minor stains, a Tide-to-Go pen or Shout wipe should work fine. But suppose you want to cover all your grounds (Hey, you never know who will bump into you with a glass of red wine). In that case, we recommend investing in a heavy-duty stain remover kit that includes different targeted solvents to treat various stains.
Speaking of red wine, we have a surprising little hack for you. Pouring a bit of white wine on top of a red wine stain can help pull it out. (But make sure to get the dress dry cleaned after the wedding.)
Or, if you can find a piece of chalk that’s the same shade as your dress, you can use that to cover up the stain. It’s a bandaid solution, but it’ll do!
The bottom of your dress can take a beating. Even if you aren’t planning on wandering outside, your hem will drag across the floor all day and become dirty.
So to avoid this wedding dress fail the best you can, apply a stain protector to your hem before the wedding. But make sure it’s compatible with your fabric and don’t apply too much—or it’ll be visible on the dress.
Towards the end of the night, if you see some dirt on the hem of your dress, simply brush it away with a clean, white terry-cloth towel. White chalk will work wonders here too.
Your hem is also susceptible to getting stepped on or snagging. If your hem rips, a needle and thread should be able to patch it up. Or, if you have embellishments on hand, you can sew those on to hide the tear.
But hey, if you can’t fix it—don’t sweat. It’s a sign that you thoroughly enjoyed your wedding day and that’s most important.
Take a look at these blog posts to find the right wedding dress for you:
And don’t forget, after the wedding, make sure to preserve your wedding dress properly so you can keep it as a family heirloom for years to come.
First dates are special. For all you know, you could be meeting someone that you'll spend the rest of your life with!
So you probably want to make a good first impression. You want to make sure your hair is washed and clean. You want your breath to be minty-fresh. And you want to rock a sexy outfit.
If you're looking for some first date outfit ideas, you've come to the right place. We've got four first date dresses that show off just the right amount of sexy. Wearing one of these, you'll not just make a good first impression—you'll make a lasting one.
On a first date, we want to make a statement.
If your first date is a night in town, a sequin bodycon dress would be perfect. Think concerts, shows, bars, lounges, and more.
Here's why we love this outfit:
First, bodycon dresses are the go-to silhouette for a sexy date night outfit. It shows off all your beautiful curves.
A short length will also let you show a little leg. Add some pumps to your look, and you'll have legs for days!
But hey, being sexy isn't all about looks. Sequins suggest that you love to have a good time. A fun, vibrant personality will win anyone over.
Don't take your hair and makeup too seriously, either. Add some volume to your hair and a bright eye or lip to keep all eyes on you!
Get the look: Sequin Embellished Bodycon Short Dress
Perhaps your first date doesn't entail rockin' at a concert or sippin' cocktails at a lounge. Instead, maybe you're meeting up during the day to sit on a swanky patio and nibble on tapas. That's okay—we have the perfect first date outfit for you too.
A two-piece dress adds just the right amount of spice to a daytime first date.
Its peek-a-boo waistline is just the silhouette to catch your date's attention, yet it's still modest enough for a lunch date or an afternoon garden party.
Some embroidery outlining the dress' silhouette is another subtle way to draw the gaze to your hourglass figure.
If you want to pump up the sexy more, go for a red dress. This fiery shade will undoubtedly turn up the heat!
Get the look: Two-Piece Embroidered Pencil Skirt Dress
Dinner and drinks are classic first date ideas. If that's what you're doing, then opt for a bodycon dress with a corset bodice.
Corsets are classically sexy. When combined with lace, glitter, and mesh, it's even sexier!
Yes, corsets are tight—but not like in those Victorian movies. For these dresses, it's mostly for show. Make sure to adjust the back, so it's comfortable!
The back of the dress is stunning, so show it off! Throw your hair up in a high ponytail or bun. That'll also show off your beautiful facial features.
To balance out your date night outfit, choose a dress that has a modest neckline. (You know what they say: Business in the front, party in the back.)
Get the look:Deep Illusion V-Neck Corset-Tie Short Dress
Not all first dates require a body-hugging bodycon dress—especially if your first date involves dancing! For dates like those, we recommend going for something that flows at the waistline—so you can really let loose.
Now, a loose silhouette doesn't mean that you can't show off your curves. Find a dress with a plunging neckline to crank up the heat. A first date that's sexy and comfortable? Sign us up!
Want to add some personality to your outfit? Pick a dress that has an eye-catching design. Add some silver or gold. Or—why not both?
If your first date involves some moving and shaking, don't forget to put your hair up. Use some hairspray to keep your flyaways at bay.
Get your dancing shoes ready and you're all set!
Get the look: Silver Glitter-Print Black Halter Short Dress
Today, we highlighted four short dresses. But if you need first date outfit ideas that feature longer dresses, we recommend taking a look at these long gowns—fit for the red carpet.
Picked out your outfit but need some tips on looking and feeling your best? Take a look at these articles:
Enjoy your first date! Remember, breathe. And more importantly, have fun!
Matching two-piece sets are all the rage this year—from sweatsuits to homecoming dresses.
Yes, you read that right. Two-piece short homecoming dresses are on trend this season but unconventional enough to turn heads. Talk about the best of both worlds. If you're a gal looking to make a statement, you should definitely rock one at homecoming.
Need some more convincing? Well, then stick around. Here are four reasons why you should choose a two-piece homecoming dress.
Why do so many homecoming dresses have belts? It's not to hold anything up. Rather, they help accentuate the waist.
Two-piece homecoming dresses do the same thing. The peek-a-boo waistline draws attention to the hourglass shape, providing a slimmer appearance.
If you want to really create a slimming effect, we encourage you to choose a skirt that's high-waisted and flares out at the waist. So instead of going for body-hugging or flowy fabrics, opt for material with more structure, like tulle.
While we're on the topic, if you want tips for lengthening the body, we recommend choosing a top that bares the shoulders and wearing your hair up—this elongates the neck.
While homecoming dresses already show off the legs, you can increase the illusion of long legs with nude heels.
Many homecoming dresses are the same color and texture—and for some, that's a bit of a drag. For example, while many love how simple yet sexy black homecoming dresses are, others worry that they're a bit dull.
It's important to jazz up these monochromatic looks. If you choose a two-piece black homecoming dress, then you have lots of opportunities to do so.
For starters, you could play around with different textures. The skirt could feature ruffles and tulle, while the top could be mesh with sequins.
Hey, since it's a two-piece, you could skip the whole monochromatic look altogether and mix colors too! A cream crop top paired with a navy skirt would be fit for a modern-day princess.
Showing off a bit of skin always cranks up the heat. While homecoming dresses typically bare some leg, a short two-piece dress kicks up the spice.
If you want to really show off your figure, we recommend trying on a two-piece bodycon dress, which has a form-fitting silhouette. You'll be sure to turn heads!
To balance out your look, we recommend picking a top with a modest neckline and a skirt that hits the middle of the thigh. This way, you turn heads for all the right reasons.
Get the look: Two-Piece Embroidered Pencil Skirt Dress
We love that two-piece homecoming dresses are oh-so-versatile. On the one hand, they can be bold and sexy. On the other hand, they can be simple and feminine.
If this sounds more your vibe, keep an eye out for dresses that feature pretty embellishments, such as jewels, floral embroidery, beads, and pearls.
To keep this look fit for a princess, wear matching accessories. If your dress features flowers, consider wearing a floral headpiece. If your dress dons pearls, pair the look with cute pearl jewelry.
Keep your hair and makeup simple to complete this whimsical homecoming look. (Cinderella—is that you?)
Get the look: Full Beaded Bodice & Lace Skirt Two-Piece Short Dress
You may be super interested in a two-piece dress but are having trouble finding the right one. Don't sweat—here are some other options:
Thick, belted dress: A major reason why two-piece dresses are so appealing is that they accentuate the waist. So if you can't find a two-piece homecoming dress, we recommend going old school and finding a dress that has a big, bold belt. Hello, waistline!
Homecoming will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to start searching for the perfect dress. Silhouettes, necklines, colors—where do you begin?!
Today we’re making a case for black homecoming dresses. Black is a color that’s powerful, elegant, and sexy. But on a day like homecoming, some may worry that it’s a bit safe and—we’ll just come out and say it—boring.
If you’re gravitating towards a black homecoming dress, but still want to make a statement, you’ve come to the right place. Here are four ways to spice it up!
Believe it or not, you could wear an all-black outfit and still turn heads. One way to do that is by picking a dress with an eye-catching, voluminous silhouette.
For example, you could choose a dress with dramatic puff sleeves or ones that drape off the shoulder.
Or, you could opt for a fit-and-flare silhouette, which is when a dress has a tight bodice but flares at the waist. To take this silhouette to the next level, go for a full ballerina-like skirt. (FYI—tulle is a great material for adding volume.)
If you go this route, we recommend taking advantage of this flattering silhouette and accentuating the waistline with a thin belt—embrace those curves, ladies!
Now, if you want to rock an all-black homecoming outfit, but want to go for a body-hugging silhouette, then we recommend choosing a dress with some texture.
Texture comes in many forms. You could rock a dress with black beads, sequins, glitter, jewels, mesh, embroidery—you name it!
If you see a dress that mixes textures and fabric, try it on! Since you’re going for a monochromatic ensemble, this is the perfect way to add some spice.
Want some hair and makeup inspo? Pull your hair up and add a smokey eye and you’ve got yourself one fierce look.
Get the look: One Shoulder Sequin Bodycon Short Dress
Nothing goes better with black than silver and gold. It’s a match made in fashion heaven.
You have many opportunities to incorporate these precious metals in your black homecoming look.
First, you could rock some chic gold or silver jewelry. If your homecoming dress has a low-cut neckline, such as a sweetheart neckline, show off a statement necklace. If your neckline is higher, we recommend pulling your hair up, away from your face, and donning some dramatic shoulder-grazing earrings.
If you’re really looking to dial up the glam, we encourage you to wear a sparkly headpiece! (When else can you wear one?!)
You’ll also find many black homecoming dresses with gold or silver embellishments—sequins, embroidery, jewels, etc. We love seeing dresses that showcase intricate designs.
This kind of dress deserves all the attention—so we recommend keeping your hair and makeup simple. A loosely curled half-do, paired with some mascara and lip gloss, is all you need!
Get the look: Sweethearted A-line Tulle Short Dress with Corset Back
If you really want to stand out in a black homecoming dress, then you have to add a pop of color! That will really attract the gaze.
You could add some color to the dress itself. For example, a bright belt would be a great way to break up an all-black look, while creating an hourglass shape. (We love multi-purpose accessories!)
Or, you could bring a bright-colored purse. Red, blue, pink, or purple would be a great choice.
Because homecoming dresses are short, your shoes will be front and center. Why not choose a bold shoe?
To truly capture this look, we recommend sticking to one color—otherwise, it will become too distracting. The goal is to compliment the dress, not overcome it.
Another way to break up an all-black outfit is by literally breaking it up into a two-piece dress.
By showing a little bit of skin at the waistline, you break up the color but also accentuate the waistline—just like what a belt does.
A black two-piece homecoming dress is both classic and edgy—perfect for those with bold personalities. You’ll be standing out for all the right reasons.
Feel free to build on this unique look and add some statement earrings or bracelets. Now that’s how you rock a black homecoming dress!
Get the look: Two-Piece Strap-Back Tulle Short Dress
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The quinceanera is a big moment in any Latina woman's life. Your 15th birthday is not just a celebration of your birth—it's also a celebration of entering womanhood.
If you're celebrating your quinceanera, all eyes are on you, which means you need to find a dress that will turn heads.
Typically, girls wear ball gowns to their quinceanera—tight bodices and full skirts. Many will accessorize with a tiara. Sound like something a princess would wear? You're not too far off.
Yes, quinceanera gowns are fit for royalty. To help inspire your inner princess, here are six dazzling quinceanera dresses.
To start the list off, we're going classic: a sparkly pink quinceanera ball gown.
No other color screams "princess" quite like pink. Many view this as a calming color associated with love, kindness, femininity, and romance. (I think I just described the persona of every Disney princess.)
Since this is your quinceanera, after all, we encourage you to embrace this special time and dial up the glam.
Rhinestone and jewel embellishments, sequin embroidery, or glittery fabric are all ways to glam-ify your dress.
Or, wear some royal accessories—such as a tiara or crown. Don't ever ask yourself, "Is this too much?" You can rock it all!
While we love the off-the-shoulder sleeve trend, we can't help but call attention to long-sleeve quinceanera gowns. They are absolutely timeless.
Whether you're looking for a dress with more coverage or it's simply a fashion statement, this style is fit for a princess.
For balance, we recommend a mesh sleeve—creating a bit of a peek-a-boo appearance. This material also allows you to showcase some stunning embroidery.
We recommend pulling your hair up and accessorizing it with earrings if you go for a long-sleeve dress. A bare collarbone will elongate the neck and keep all eyes on the details of your dress.
Get the look: Mesh Long Sleeve Embroidery Embellished V-Neck Ball Gown
Peach is a pastel color that we're loving this season—and it's perfect for a quinceanera dress. (Is anyone else getting Princess Belle vibes?) It's feminine and warm. Plus, if you have darker skin or simply a tan, it'll really make your skin glow.
Do you know what would also make you glow? A bedazzled bodice. Take advantage of this opportunity to don some major sparkle.
While most quinceanera gowns have full skirts, we love seeing ruffles because it adds even more dimension! That means an even more dramatic hourglass shape. Va-va-voom!
If you choose a peach gown, a red lip will look absolutely stunning. Keep the rest of your makeup neutral but don't forget to add some highlighter on your cheekbones, shoulders, and collarbone to amplify your glow.
Get the look: Rhinestone Embellished Sweetheart Ball Gown
Like the color pink, flowers are the epitome of femininity. Immediately they add a delicate, whimsical touch to any outfit.
Whether it's for a quinceanera celebration today—or fifty years down the road—floral embroidery is a timeless addition to any quinceanera gown. It would look lovely on your sleeves, the bodice, or the skirt. (Or, how about all three?!) There are really no rules here—just go for embroidery that you love.
For a subtle touch, choose an embroidered gown that's all one color. If you'd like to draw attention to the beautiful handiwork, pick a dress where the embroidery is a different color.
While we're on the topic of flowers—a headpiece is another way to add some to your look. Tie your hair up in a tight bun to truly let them blossom.
Speaking of embroidery—a red ball gown with gold embroidery is just the statement you should make on your quinceanera.
Red dresses are fiery. Gold dresses are regal. Together, they capture the queen that you are.
Because red is such a bright color, we recommend choosing a dress that exposes your arms and shoulders to create balance.
Plus, this allows you to show off some bling. Since gold is front and center for this look, we encourage you to add gold accessories. (Yes, that includes a gold crown!)
Alright, Cinderella, are you ready for the ball? We couldn't help but recommend a blue ball gown—it's what quinceanera dreams are made of!
Lace and embroidery are go-to's for any quinceanera dress. But if you really want to dial up the royal glam, add a cape sleeve to your look.
A mesh cape adds coverage while also showing off your arms and shoulders. Because a cape sleeve accentuates a deep-v neckline, this dress is perfect for wearing a statement necklace.
Put your hair up in a loose bun and add a simple tiara or headpiece to balance out your outfit. Complete the look with a shimmery silver eyelid.
Get the look: V-Neck Glitter Mesh Ball Gown w/ Cape Sleeve
Looking for more inspo? Take a look at our full Quinceanera Gown Collection.
Every woman wants to feel like a princess. So when there’s an occasion to dress like one, we’re all for it—am I right?
And who else to gather inspo from than Cinderella? Those full, voluptuous skirts are called a ball gown skirt for a reason!
But we understand that the Disney movie was created in 1950—a little dated, don’t you think?
So to help you channel your inner modern-day princess, we’ve compiled five hot alternatives to the classic Cinderella ball gown—suitable for any big occasion.
Let’s go to the ball!
We love that the Cinderella ball gown is a flattering silhouette—a tight bodice and a full flowing skirt look good on all shapes and sizes. As we all want to look amazing on our wedding day, this is the perfect occasion to rock a Cinderella-style wedding dress.
How can you achieve the look?
Off-she-shoulder sleeves are one of the key features of Cinderella’s gown—a must-have if you want to capture the look classically.
But to modernize your bodice, consider different fabrics and textures, such as lace, mesh and sequins. Or, crank up the heat with an illusion deep-v neckline.
Pair your look with some shoulder-grazing earrings to keep it classic. To jazz it up, add a bold choker necklace or bracelet.
Not the bride? No problem. Take a look at our Bridesmaid Collection to find your royal outfit.
If there’s a night where you can dress like a Disney princess, it’s definitely prom night. Long dresses are the norm for prom attire, so a modern-day Cinderella ball gown is nothing out of the ordinary.
As you know, Cinderella’s famous ball gown is a baby blue color and any off-the-shoulder gown that features that hue will give off a serious Cinderella vibe.
To put a modern twist on this classic look, you could opt for a different shade of blue. If you really want to stand out, we recommend trying on a turquoise dress—that’ll really turn heads!
The original Cinderella dress also had puff sleeves, which date back to the Renaissance era! To modernize your look, you can still stick to a bold sleeve—but we recommend something a bit more structured.
And again, you can’t go wrong with a bold pair of shoulder-grazing earrings. Pin your hair up to really let them shine.
Cinderella’s blue ball gown could totally be worn at a quinceanera today. A tight bodice and big, full skirt is aclassic quinceanera silhouette.
But unlike Cinderella, you could choose a gown with asweetheart neckline. Sweetheart necklines offer the perfect balance between sexy and elegance—in other words, they’re fit for a royal.
Speaking of royal—don’t be afraid to rock a dress with some serious sparkle, such as jewels, sequins, and glitter.
If you want to wear a necklace with your quinceanera look, we recommend a choker necklace—like how Cinderella accessorized her ball gown. Wear your hair up to keep all eyes on that piece of jewelry.
Get the look:Embroidered Bodice Sweethearted Full Glittered Quinceanera Dress
Sure, homecoming dresses are typically shorter in length, but that doesn’t mean you can’t channel your inner Cinderella. In fact, it’s the perfect event for modernizing the Cinderella ball gown.
To capture a look reminiscent of the Disney princess, we recommend sticking to a baby blue color and off-the-shoulder sleeves. From there, the world is your oyster.
A fit-and-flare dress will mimic the silhouette of the ball gown, but feel free to go wild with different fabrics and textures!
For example, you can choose a bodice with gold or silver embroidery.
Or, for extra whimsical vibes, find a dress with a tulle skirt.
Because your shoes are front and center, now’s the time to pick a statement shoe that would rival Cinderella’s glass slippers!
Get the look: Jewel Embellished Embroidery Tulle Short Dress
Galas are the modern-day ball—so of course you need a Cinderella ball gown!
So far, we’ve encouraged you to choose a gown that features off-the-shoulder sleeves—but we understand that’s not to everyone’s taste.
Here’s how you can still achieve Cinderella’s look: simple spaghetti strap sleeves paired with a sweetheart neckline. With bare shoulders and an open neckline, you still achieve the same romantic look.
Another way to modernize your gala outfit is to dial down the skirt. A long, a-line skirt made of a luxurious fabric, like silk, will still capture the elegance you’re looking for.
Pair your gown with a silver or gold clutch and you’re ready for the ball!
Get the look: Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart A-Line Long Dress
Decoding the wedding dress code isn't easy. If you haven't been to many weddings, knowing what is and isn't acceptable attire is already a challenge. If you have been to your fair share of weddings, then you know that the dress code can vary at each—from black tie to casual. (And even if it hasn't in your experience, who wants to wear the same outfit to every wedding?)
There's no need to frantically rummage through your closet or run off on a shopping spree. Today, we're decoding wedding dress codes for guests, so you know how to create the perfect look—and arrive at the party stress-free.
Black tie events are formal and typically held at night, so evening wear is the most appropriate attire.
Black tie attire is pretty straightforward for men. It means a dark tuxedo, a white dress shirt, and a coordinating bow tie. Dress shoes, like oxfords, are suitable.
Women have a bit more options in terms of what to wear. With that said, a black tie event isn't the time to try the latest bold trends.
First, we recommend sticking to a floor-length gown—or if at the very least—a knee-length cocktail dress. Go for classic, feminine silhouettes. Think neutral colors or rich jewel tones, as well as decadent fabrics. And complete the look with sophisticated jewelry, a clutch, and heels.
Remember—the goal is to choose an elegant outfit.
What about hair and makeup? Typically, women wear their hair up in a sleek updo. If you choose to keep your hair down, make sure that it's styled. A smokey eye or a bold lip also works well with black tie looks.
Editor’s Pick: Deep Illusion V-Neck Sequin Long Dress w/ V-Back
If you open up your wedding invitation and it says black tie optional, you can breathe a sigh of relief—it's totally cool to tone your outfit down a notch.
The main difference here is for men's attire. Rather than having to wear a tuxedo and bowtie, they can opt for a suit and tie.
For ladies, it means there's less pressure to wear a floor-length gown. While it's certainly welcomed, you can also choose to rock that chic new cocktail dress—and still feel dressed for the occasion.
Although in terms of accessories, we still encourage sophisticated jewelry and heels for formal attire.
Again, your hair should look styled, but you can get away with a half-do or leaving your hair down.
Editor’s Pick: Lace Embellished Bodice Chiffon Short Dress
Not all weddings require a black tie dress code. In fact, lately, weddings have become a lot more casual—especially since the pandemic.
On the spectrum of wedding dress codes, cocktail attire sits between formal and casual.
Men can wear suits with or without ties. Women, as you've probably guessed, usually wear cocktail dresses.
However, when it comes to semi-formal events, there’s no need to play it safe. Feel free to explore bolder necklines, silhouettes and cuts, and embellishments.
Dressy separates are also an option. A pantsuit or two-piece dress is absolutely suitable for semi-formal weddings.
When it comes to your footwear, you can experiment with different colors and designs. Now's also the time to rock a statement piece of jewelry. And hey, why not consider unique hairstyles as well? We personally love the fishtail braid trend!
Casual intimate events, like garden weddings, are a big trend this year. That means a casual dress code!
Dressing for these occasions is super relaxed.
At its most formal, men could wear sport coats. Button-down shirts and trousers (like chinos and khakis) are usually fine. At its least formal, polos and shorts are even acceptable.
Two-piece sets, skirts, or dresses are all appropriate attire for women. No need to go super glam here—a sundress would totally work. You can even get comfortable and wear sandals or flats.
Hair and makeup can be neutral, and your accessorizing can be minimalist. With casual dress codes, it's all about comfort—so style your outfit in a way that works for you.
Editor’s Pick: Sweetheart Neckline A-Line Short Dress w/ Pocket
Wedding guest attire isn’t the only dress code we decode on our blog. Peek these blog posts for more outfit inspiration:
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton wedding photos courtesy of Jeremy Bustos/People.com
On July 3, 2021, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton got hitched. Weeks later, there's something that everyone's still talking about: Gwen Stefani's wedding dress. (Well, technically wedding dresses, there were two! One for the ceremony, and one for the reception.) Both were custom-made by none other than Vera Wang—a designer known for her unique wedding gowns. And she managed to capture Gwen's bold personality right to a tee.
If you're an edgy bride-to-be, you've come to the right place. Gwen Stefani's two wedding outfits are the perfect inspo for your wedding day look. Get your notepad ready, and let's get started!
Gwen Stefani's wedding dress for the ceremony was a custom lily-white silk georgette gown. (Georgette is a type of crêpe fabric typically made from pure silk but can also be made from synthetic fibers like rayon, viscose, and polyester.) It's sheer, lightweight, and has a dull, matte finish. And let me just say, it drapes beautifully.
The gown featured a fitted bodice with a cut-away back, plunging sweetheart neckline, and a high-low hand tumbled tulle skirt.
Here's where Gwen Stefani really personalizes her look: her veil.
For the ceremony, she donned a white chapel-length veil, which featured the hand-embroidered names of Stefani, Shelton, and her three sons. Because her hair was under the veil, she kept it simple with a sleek bun.
How can you recreate this look?
Gwen Stefani's wedding dress for the reception was again made of lily-white silk crepe. But this time, it's a strapless sweetheart minidress. You'll see that Vera Wang cranked up the heat with this one!
It starts with a corset-like bustier bodice, which creates a fun, sexy vibe. As Gwen Stefani describes her look on Instagram: "You need a party dress when u get to marry Blake Shelton."
The tumbled tulle skirt is short, ruffled, and features floral embroidery around the waist of the dress. Wang's team also hand-sewed two love birds on the dress to symbolize the couple. For this look, Gwen's veil is shorter, adorned with floral appliqués and a white bow.
Stefani's edgy personality shines through with her footwear choice (which she wore with both wedding dresses): a pair of white sky-high stiletto cowboy boots by Le Silla. She came prepared to dance the night away with Shelton—that's for sure!
Gwen accessorized with gold bangle bracelets, sparkling earrings, and a cross necklace to complete her unique wedding reception look.
How can you recreate this look?
Editor’s Pick: Beads Embellished Sheer Bodice Mesh Wedding Gown
There's endless information on wedding dresses out there—so we've saved you some of the work by including more articles right here for you!
Homecoming is fast approaching—have you picked out your dress yet?
When buying a homecoming dress, there are many things to consider, such as length, material, silhouette, and color.
Some of you may have your eyes on a red homecoming dress—a bold choice! Red is one of the most visible colors in the color spectrum; its striking shade can instantly grab people's attention. It can be a tricky color to pull off. But if styled right, you'll be turning heads for all the right reasons.
So that's why we're here today. With these five styling tips, you'll be well on your way to rocking this fiery shade on homecoming.
We love red homecoming dresses because they go well with any bling—silver or gold!
We're not just talking about jewelry and accessories. Because homecoming dresses are typically short in length (naturally making them more semi-formal), you can dial up the glam with a dress that features silver and gold embellishments. To really let these sparkling metals shine through, opt for a dark red homecoming dress.
Sequins, jewels, lace, beads, and more—your options are endless. If you want a lot of sparkle, go for a dress that features a fully bedazzled bodice. If you're looking for something more subtle, a red dress with a gold or silver belt would be perfect.
Get the look: Tulle Short Dress Accented with Lace
If adding some sparkle to your red homecoming dress is a little too bold for your taste, we recommend considering a textured dress or a darker shade. (This dark red short homecoming dress with sequins is calling your name!)
Adding texture, rather than a pop of color or sparkle, offers the perfect balance you're looking for—more oomph than a dress featuring just one material, but less flashy than an embellished one.
Tulle, mesh, beads, and sequins are all materials and embellishments that can jazz up your red homecoming dress.
Because homecoming dresses are short, your feet will be front and center. In addition to getting a fabulous pedicure, you'll want to rock an eye-catching pair of shoes.
Wearing the same color shoe as your dress is a thing of the past. To rock a red homecoming dress, we recommend choosing a black, gold, silver, or nude pair,
For those who gravitate towards sparkle, go for gold or silver. If you'd like something a bit simpler, both black and nude would look great. For shorter gals, we recommend trying a pair of nude heels—those will really lengthen your legs!
While strappy heeled sandals seem to be the go-to for homecoming, wear what's comfortable to you—you'll be dancing the night away after all! A block heel is an excellent alternative if you want some height but also stability.
Get the look: Embroidered Bodice Chiffon Short Dress
We love homecoming dresses that feature belts—and they work well here for two reasons.
First, it helps break up the monochromatic look. Some people worry that wearing only one color will make an outfit boring. Or, with a bold color like red, you may feel like there’s just too much color. This is entirely subjective, but if that thought crossed your mind, then try adding a belt! Thin or thick, it will do the trick.
Plus, belts accentuate your hourglass shape—who could say no to some extra curves?
Get the look: Jewel Accented Waistline Satin Short Dress w/ Strap Back
Because your homecoming dress is fiery red, you're already bound to attract some eyes. There's no need to wear a lot of jewelry to complete your look—less is certainly more.
With that said, it is homecoming, after all. Take this opportunity to wear one or two of your finest pieces of jewelry! Here's how you can narrow down the options: choose your jewelry based on the neckline of your homecoming dress.
If it features a high neckline, we typically suggest pulling your hair up or away from your face—which means a pair of shoulder-grazing earrings would be perfect!
If your dress has a low v-neck, wear your hair down and rock your favorite necklace.
Get the look: Lace Bodice A-Line Short Dress w/ Jeweled Waist Band
You've chosen the color for your homecoming dress, but have you decided on the length? Accessories? The silhouette? Makeup? (We know, it's a lot to think about!)
Don't worry, you can find more homecoming dress inspo right here:
Homecoming will be here before you know it—do you have the perfect dress picked out?
Homecoming is a semi-formal occasion. Therefore, homecoming dresses are typically shorter in length. (Save the longer gowns for prom!) But beyond that, there are many styles to choose from. So where do you start? Right here, of course!
When shopping for your short homecoming dress, consider these five style tips to find one that’s right for you. Ready to turn heads?
We love that they come in just about every style and iteration you can imagine. With sleeves or without. Embellished or minimalist. With an exaggerated flare or a softer one. Traditional or modern. There are no rules with this silhouette!
Style tip: When shopping for your own homecoming dress, make sure to try it on and aim for a length just above the knee—the perfect length for a semi-formal occasion like homecoming.
Get the look: Short V-Neck Homecoming Dress with Jeweled Bodice
Our personal favorite? A high-neck halter dress. Exposing the shoulders is a great way to create an hourglass shape.
Style tip: If you buy a dress with a high neckline, we recommend throwing up your hair in a loose bun or a half updo. Keep some loosely curled strands out to frame your face. Effortlessly chic!
Get the look: High-Neck Embroidered Halter Chiffon Short Dress
In fact, many girls choose to keep their hair down and naturally styled. If you’d like to pull your hair away from your face and shoulders (say, if you choose a higher neckline) then a half updo or pinning your hair are great styling options.
A natural face has been on trend for a while and it’s perfectly suitable for homecoming. Some mascara, bronzer, and highlighter are all you need for bright eyes and a subtle glow.
However, at the end of the day, you should style your look the way you want to! If you’d like to rock some bolder makeup—we totally encourage you to. With that said, we recommend choosing a bolder eye or bolder lip, not both.
Style Tip: There will be lots of dancing at homecoming, make sure to use some hairspray to lock your strands into place!
Get the look: Deep V-Neck Satin Short Dress w/ Pockets
Why not? When else can you get away with it?
There are many different types of embellishments: glitter, sequins, bows, jewels, embroidery, and more.
Style tip: If you choose a fit-and-flare dress, a satin or bedazzled waistband is the perfect way to add some glam, while accentuating your figure.
When accessorizing, you can add sparkle through jewelry, your purse, or even your footwear! A dazzling shoe is a great way to tie together your homecoming look.
What’s the homecoming shoe of choice? Strappy heels. Just like a short homecoming dress, a strappy heel offers the perfect balance for a semi-formal occasion. As we already mentioned, we encourage you to channel your inner Cinderella and pick a heel with some sparkle.
If heels aren’t comfortable for you, no problem! Choose a flat or block heel to give you more stability on the dance floor.
When shopping for your homecoming dress, don’t forget to consider your purse. You’ll need something to carry your things! It’s the worst when you’re scrambling to get ready for an event and realize you have nothing that matches your outfit.
Styling Tip: Go for a bold clutch! It can be patterned or a totally different color than your dress if you’d like. Turn this staple into a statement piece.
Get the look: Beads Accented Sweetheart Neck Glitter Mesh Short Dress
Ready to stylize your short homecoming dress?
Alright ladies, are you ready to shop and stylize your short homecoming dress? We have a feeling you now have some ideas for creating the perfect look!
If you’re looking for more homecoming inspo, take a look at this blog post: Turn Heads with These 6 Homecoming Dresses Fit for a Queen
Dressing up for an occasion is always exciting, but figuring out what to wear can be tricky. There seems to be a different dress code for every event! So today, we're helping you decode: cocktail attire.
Since a cocktail party isn't super formal, there's no need to bust out your ball gown—but cocktail attire does allow for some sparkle and glam. Typically, women will wear a short or mid-length dress, but skirts and pantsuits are also appropriate.
From there, the world is your oyster. To get you inspired, we'll be discussing five cocktail dresses and how to accessorize them. By the end of this article, you'll not only know what cocktail attire is but also how to dress to impress for your next event.
Off-the-shoulder dresses are all the rage right now—and a short or mid-length one would be perfect cocktail attire. Show off those shoulders, ladies!
At cocktail parties, we see a lot of sparkle—sequins, jewels, gold, silver. Embrace your inner queen! As you can see below, this cocktail dress is super textured and bedazzled—it's sure to catch the light and score some looks.
Neutral colors, such as gold, silver, black, and nude, are common colors for cocktail dresses.
Pair this dress with a clutch and strappy heeled sandals. Simple, yet stunning.
Get the look: Jewel and Sequin Embellished Glitter Mesh Short Dress
Speaking of exposed shoulders, a one-shoulder dress is totally fit for cocktail attire. For an extra sultry look, opt for a bodycon dress with a sweetheart neckline and show off your lovely curves! Va-va-voom.
Sequins all over? Yes, please! We love that the cocktail dress below is covered in black sequins—it's eye-catching but not too flashy. Look up "cocktail dress" in the dictionary, and you'll see this: subtle glam.
If you pick a black dress, of course black heels would work—but we encourage you to get a little bold and choose a silver or gold pair of heels. Complete the look with a chic updo.
Get the look: One Shoulder Sequin Bodycon Short Dress
Are you a gal that loves to be different? Then you have to take a look at this two-piece cocktail dress that showcases beautiful floral embroidery.
Want to show off your figure? Go for a pencil skirt and embrace that hourglass figure! Don't worry, a higher neckline—as you see below—will balance the cropped top.
If you choose a dark color, we encourage you to add some glitter to your shoe choice. Gold, silver, bedazzled—any will do.
To keep this look fun and unique, rock a fishtail braid. They're so beautiful and surprisingly simple to do—everyone will ask you how you did it!
Get the look: Two-Piece Embroidered Pencil Skirt Dress
Another body-hugging dress that's great for cocktail attire is the long-sleeve bodycon dress.
These long-sleeve beauties are perfect for cocktail parties in the fall and wintertime—you can show off your legs while keeping warm. (Pro tip!)
As you can see below, you can totally play around with different fabrics and textures. We love the mesh sleeves here—and the sequin embroidery laid on top.
Because the dress is such a showstopper, feel free to keep the accessories minimal. Pairing it with silver or gold shoes is a fabulous way to bring the look together.
From the dress to the accessories, this has cocktail attire written all over it. A form-fitting dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves is a classy choice for your next cocktail party.
Like on the dress below, subtle glitter captures the glam that is typical for cocktail attire—but it's not too distracting. (Skip the neon yellow this event)
Anytime you pair a dress with nude heels, you elongate the legs. For a short cocktail dress like this one, it's the perfect opportunity to do so.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we encourage you to rock a cocktail hat or headpiece, because. when else can you?! Trust us, you'll feel like royalty when you put it on. (Move over Meghan Markle.)
Get the look: Cut-Away Shoulder Glitter Crepe Bodycon Dress
Decoding dress codes doesn't start here—and it certainly doesn't end here either. There are many events where you'll need to create the perfect look: weddings, galas, prom, quinceanera, homecoming, and more. So take a look at our blog—we've got you covered!
Although we’re just entering summer, there’s one thing on many girls’ minds right now: What am I going to wear to homecoming?
There will be glitz. There will be glam. But which homecoming dress is for you?
Most girls opt for short homecoming dresses to mid-length dresses—and save the long ones for prom. But that doesn’t mean they have to be any less glamorous.
Whether you scored the title of Homecoming Queen or you’re rocking the invisible crown you know you deserve, here are six homecoming dresses fit for a queen—aka. you!
Red is the color of power, passion, strength, and energy. For those of you who want to stand out and rock a homecoming dress with confidence, we encourage you to wear red!
To up the glamour, find a dress with lace details and a tulle skirt. And if you really want to capture the crowd, go for gold details—like the look above. The dress has intricate gold lace on the bodice and hem of the skirt, and is paired with gold heeled sandals and shoulder-grazing earrings. The outcome? A regal homecoming dress that deserves the crown!
Get the look:Tulle Short Dress Accented with Gold Lace
Want an eye-catching homecoming dress? Then you must have sequins! A jewel accented waistline too? Sign me up!
We also love that this dress is free-flowing and features an illusion V-neck, so you can dance without worrying about anything falling out of place.
Keep your hair loose and lightly curled to rock this dress effortlessly. And add some nude pumps or heeled sandals to give yourself legs for days!
As you can see, most homecoming dresses cinch at the waist and then flow loosely against the legs—so you dance the night away (comfortably).
What do we love about the dress above? All the details—you don’t have to choose one.
This dress features tulle, lace, silver sequins, an illusion sweetheart neckline, and an open back—talk about a showstopper! To get the whole look, no need to go overboard with accessories, makeup, or hair. A pair of silver heels will do.
Get the dress: Open Back Rolled Hem Short Tulle Dress with Lace Detailing
Calling all royalty! Homecoming is your day to shine—so why not do just that by rocking a homecoming dress embellished with gems and jewels?
To keep your look modern, check out the sweetheart dress above. The corset-style bodice is decorated with jewels and sequins, which pairs beautifully with its ruffle skirt. Talk about the perfect combination of edgy and regal!
No need to stress about the rest of your homecoming look. Keep your hair down naturally, rock minimal makeup, and skip the accessories. All eyes will be on your dress.
As we mentioned, most girls opt for short or mid-length homecoming dresses—but that doesn’t mean all do!
For those of you who want to stand out from the others and do something a little different, a high-low homecoming dress is for you.
A high-low dress is exactly as it sounds: short in the front and long in the back. We love that the dress above still captures classic homecoming details, though—such as jewel detailing and a free-flowing tulle skirt.
We encourage you to sweep your hair to the side to celebrate the angles at play here.
Want to look effortlessly chic? Well, then you need to get your hands on a one-shoulder dress! They capture the same amount of glam as a strapless dress—with half the effort (literally).
One-shoulder dresses are perfect for homecoming. You can shimmy the night away and show off your shoulders without having to pull up and adjust your dress constantly. (Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too).
Love the look above? Look for a bright dress that has a jeweled-embellished bodice. And to score the model’s hair and makeup, choose a bold eyeshadow that matches the dress color and pull your hair into a half-do. Va-va-voom!
Before you know it, homecoming will be behind you, and you’ll be preparing for prom night! Look no further. GLS Collective has you covered with these blog posts:
A quinceañera party is a perfect time for a proud young Latina woman to razzle and dazzle.
When a beauty turns 15, it's her time to shine and show off all her moves in front of friends and family. This day marks a special milestone and rite of passage into womanhood, as well as an introduction into courtship. Think debutante ball.
While some of the marriage eligibility customs are no longer maintained in our modern age, two things are guaranteed at a quinceañera celebration; glamour and dance!
Aside from community, there is nothing more important at the party than grooving and looking fuego in a big beautiful gown!
Traditionally a quinceañera dress is white or pale in color to symbolize purity. As with most traditions, both styles and messaging have evolved.
These days extravagant quinceañera dresses come in all shapes and colors, even bold ones. Mexican gowns, for example, often sport white and bright red/blue patterns in styles inspired by ranch, or 'charro' fashion.
Summer celebrations may call for something breezy and beautiful, because no one wants to be actually glowing with heat at their quinceañera party - only with happiness. We’ve got a couple of quinceanera dress inspo perfect for a summer celebration. Bring on the fiesta and the cameras, because these dresses aren't playin'; they'll have all eyes on the belle of the ball!
This Elizabeth K dress brings the dazzle, while still erring on the side of traditional. Its sparkle draws the eye directly to the objective target: the honorable quinceañera herself. Classically beautiful and perfect for a poised princess.
Now this is a statement piece. It says "I'm growing into a bold and confident young woman", and who can do anything but admire that? The details are intricate and sophisticated, the colors traditionally Mexican inspired. It's a memorable piece if ever there was one.
Cinderella who? This is a literal fairytale gown, there’s just no two ways about it. What sweetheart wouldn't die for this sweetheart neckline? Anyone in this dress automatically wins the admiration of all onlookers.
Exuding a bridal vibe, This feminine number will have potential dates envisioning their entire futures with the beauty wearing it. The embroideries and jewels are delicate embellishments that act as vehicles to present the femininity and maturity of the featured quinceañera.
Speaking of tradition, this isn't that. With every important fashion movement, comes a counter-movement, arguably at the heart of fashion itself.
This black embellished quinceañera dress is for the young ladies, and feminine folk alike, who are paving their own path through adolescence into adulthood. It says 'feminine, but not dainty' - 'strong but not intimidating. Black will always be dripping with sophistication and class.
This super elegant number surely fits a royal. The complex embroidery on top balances out the calming, smooth blue below, making this piece so regal. All eyes on her, all night.
Take a moment to swoon. This Elizabeth K dress brings the fuego for real. Gorgeous flamey ruffles draw attention like a matador commanding their subject. The gold ties the whole piece together like a work of art.
This saintly white quinceañera dress is whimsical and polished all at once. With a dash of wind, and a spicy spin, Miss Quinceañera would definitely look like a queen as she waltz the night away.
When it comes to unique green quinceañera dresses, this one has it all. The color is definitely distinct, making our quinceanera princess stand out.
For the most feminine of 15-year-olds, baby pinks and ruffles are the dream. This gown almost looks… appetizing. Cotton candy swirls and rose-y rolls make for a soft and sensory statement. The pastel glam carries over to the top with jewel highlights and contours. Sometimes quinceañera fairy tales do come true.
Common accessories to compliment the lavish quinceañera dress include:
Only one or two other style details should be glamorous, aside from the gown, otherwise the look can get too busy. The purpose of accessories is to compliment the main attraction, which is the dress, not distract from it.
Colors of additional items should compliment the dress color (either the same within the complementary palette). If makeup color options match both the dress and eye/skin/hair tones, it can be colorful, but if there is conflict then neutral colors are a safer bet.
Shawls are beautiful sheer add-ons that can come in handy as the evening cools down after sunset. They also add an air of sophistication and modesty to the look.
Flowers, especially roses, are traditionally worn in the hair of latina femmes for a beautifully feminine kahlo-effect. Sparkly crowns and clips are also popular and adds flair, though jewelry and hair accessories should be balanced for the most polished, sophisticated look.
The quinceañera herself is the star of the show, but the dress is her vehicle to express and celebrate herself, all she's been through, and all that's ahead. The dress carries culture, tradition, and individual style to the fiesta de quince años. For that one day, it all has to be perfect.
You may have heard this fashion advice once or twice before: if you don’t feel like yourself in an outfit, don’t buy it! The same goes for wedding dresses. Especially wedding dresses! It’s your big day, and you want to feel like your confident self on your special day. So be unique and authentic in your own style, and don’t let old traditions stand in your way. These days it’s praised to be yourself in every part of your life, and that includes your wedding day.
If long, white, or veiled is just not you, let’s check out some styles that put a twist to traditional wedding dresses. The possibilities are endless, and you can definitely add a touch of your personality to whatever outfit you end up choosing.
A two-piece wedding dress is a fun and fabulous way to switch up from the usual bridal look. This mermaid two-piece beauty, for example, includes a lovely jeweled crop top with a long skirt bottom. Now, this can go in many directions to suit your needs.
Feeling more outside the box? You can even mix and match your two pieces! You can have an outstanding crop top style with a plain skirt or switch it around with a basic crop top and an out-of-the-box type of skirt. It can be long, short, a tutu, or split kind of skirt. Whichever suits your personality and makes you stand out on your wedding day!
If you’re not a dress or skirt type of person, a white jumpsuit might just be the perfect fit for you. You can get all kinds of designs when it comes to jumpsuits, short or long. They can be flashy and have very original styles. Choose whatever matches your personality best. If you’re not comfortable in a dress, a jumpsuit will surely keep you comfortable and allow you to move, dance, and entertain your guests all night long.
Another cute alternative is a short wedding dress. Short gowns are another way to stand out on your wedding day. You can go for a sleek, simple short dress or go all out with a puffy tea-length dress. There are even some with feathers, fringe, and glitter.
With a shorter dress, you’ll also have an option to show off some wedding accessories like shoes, and of course your legs.
For example, if you want to go for a total rocker bride look, you can throw on a funky leather jacket that match your short wedding dress. Maybe add feathers to your hair or even a unique headpiece. Adding these small details can help you go from bride to all-around queen!
Who says you can only say “I do” in white? In this day and age, colors are totally acceptable. People will definitely be turning heads to watch you walk down the aisle. Take this gorgeous pink gown for example.
Here are a few other color choices that are trending currently for the all-out brides who want something different:
These are just to name a few. Adding color to your wedding gown can really bring out your personality and make you stand out in a crowd.
It’s now easy to set yourself apart from the other brides, and if you want to rock and roll your way to the aisle, you can definitely do so, in style! The key is being true to your style and finding a gorgeous piece to complement it!
A sweetheart neckline is as feminine and romantic as it sounds—it has a high back, low-cut front, and is shaped like the top of a heart. For an occasion like your wedding, it’s absolutely fitting.
What’s extra sweet about a sweetheart neckline? It’s one of the most versatile, flattering necklines around. It can work to enhance (and create the illusion of) curves. Plus, it elongates the neck and torso, adding balance to the overall silhouette.
A sweetheart wedding dress can have sleeves, straps, or no straps at all. Yes, you really have all the options!
That’s also true for how you style and accessorize it. While versatility is great—it can also be overwhelming to whittle down the options to create your perfect look.
We know you’ll look stunning in a sweetheart wedding gown no matter what. But to help you create a look that’s true to you, here are five ways to rock the neckline on your big day.
Calling all the bold brides out there—this look is for you.
You’re the kinda gal who doesn’t want to hide behind any jewelry or a bold lip. It’s just you and a slinky silhouette.
Want to further accentuate an hourglass figure? Bare your shoulders with a strapless or off-the-shoulder gown.
Throwing your hair up in a low, messy bun exudes confidence. But if you want to choose a bold accessory, some dazzling teardrop earrings would look stunning.
Get the look: Sweetheart Embroidered Mesh Mermaid Wedding Gown.
Love the sweetheart neckline but looking for a laidback feel? This one’s for you.
Instead of a glamorous updo, keep your hair down in loose curls. Or, feel free to pin one side or put it in an updo for a little bit more structure.
Wedding gowns with off-the-shoulder sleeves are all the rage right now. Why? They capture so many looks at once—sexy, romantic, feminine, carefree, you name it. No need to add any necklace here if you don’t want to. You can totally rock the feminine neckline as it is!
But come on, it is your wedding day after all—add some sparkle to your look with some shoulder-grazing earrings.
Get the look: Sweetheart Embroidered Mesh Wedding Gown /w Tail
For those who are taking this opportunity to dress like a queen (No shame, we’re with you!)—this look has your name written all over it.
What makes it look so regal?
First, the sleeves on this off-the-shoulder gown mimic long, white gloves that a princess would wear. (Anyone else seeing Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries?)
But the clear giveaway is obviously the tiara—the model pulls her hair back and adorns her updo with a stunning sparkly headpiece.
If you decide to go for the decorative sleeves and a glamorous tiara, skip the earrings and necklace. A bare neckline will provide balance to your look.
Yes, the sweetheart neckline can also be rocked by the free-spirited bride. How exactly can you make it airy and whimsical?
Spaghetti straps are a great way to dial down the glamour. If you’re having a rustic, low-key wedding, a gown like this would be perfect!
For your hair, you have plenty of options. You can do a simple bun, rock a half updo or a low braid, or wear your hair completely down and untamed.
If you decide to pull your hair into an updo, add some more boho flair with a floral or botanical headband. While the model wears a rhinestone one, you could get away with a real flower crown for this look.
Love the idea of a sweetheart wedding gown but apprehensive about a deep neckline? Well, there are ways around that—you can find a gown that creates the illusion of one.
How? The designers add a see-through fabric, like mesh, to the top of the bodice to add some coverage. Don’t worry, you still get the same benefits of a sweetheart neckline—like accentuated curves and an elongated neck.
But because you technically have some fabric covering your chest, skip a necklace. Instead, pull your hair up, and opt for chic earrings or a hair clip.
Get the look: Cut-Out Back Embroidered Mesh Mermaid Wedding Gown
A lot of women ask us about wedding dress preservation. Why? A wedding dress isn't just any ol' dress—it bears so many beautiful memories and emotions. For that reason, it’s no surprise that many brides want to keep and preserve them as a family heirloom. It represents the day when two families merge into one.
But wedding dresses are intricately designed, and therefore, incredibly delicate. You probably know that you can't just throw it in the washing machine after your big night. But did you know you shouldn't store it in plastic and hang it up in your closet either?
If you don’t preserve your dress properly, the material will deteriorate quite quickly. Common signs are yellowing of the fabric, mold and mildew growth, permanent fabric creasing, brown oxidation spots.
It doesn't sound pretty, does it? It doesn't look pretty either. The photo below compares two silk veils—one preserved and one not.
To keep your dress radiating the love, happiness, and laughter from your wedding day, here are four wedding dress preservation tips:
Some brides wait weeks before cleaning their wedding dress, and that's a big no-no. Why? The longer you wait, the longer the stains have to set in, making them harder to remove.br>
So if you're off on your honeymoon the next day, enlist a family member or friend to get it to the dry cleaner the next day. Remember, the sooner, the better!
Did you know there could be invisible stains on your wedding dress? White wine and other substances may dry clear, but they contain sugars that will caramelize over time.
Specialized wedding dress cleaners are trained to find these invisible stains. They also know how to preserve the dress—which is an additional service.
We recommend doing a bit of research on who you work with—so your dress is in good hands.
For example, ask them what cleaning solution they use or what their wedding dress cleaning and preservation process is. They should be using a virgin solvent rather than a recycled solvent. Recycled ones are typically used for ordinary dry cleaning—but they contain impurities that can redeposit onto clothing and leave your wedding dress with a...not-so-nice smell. With that said, you should also take a look at your gown's label for specific directions and cleaning solutions it can handle. And whatever it says—listen to it!
When we say airtight, we mean it. Typically, a preserved dress is stored in a 100% acid-free box where the oxygen has been sucked out and replaced with nitrogen. This prevents oxidation (aging, discoloration, etc.) which can happen to clothes that have been stored for several years. The dress should also be wrapped in 100% acid-free tissue paper for additional protection.
Wedding gown specialists recommend you never break the seal. If you do, you'll need to preserve and seal it back up again.
If you choose not to store it in a box, please don't store your dress in a regular, zip-up plastic bag! Plastic like that holds moisture and can potentially discolor a wedding dress. The exception is acid-free plastic (which the preservation boxes are made from).
We know you're also pretty tempted to hang your gown in your closet, so it's there to admire whenever you please. But experts strongly recommend removing it from a hanger, which can cause the heavy dresses to become misshapen. If you want to preserve it for generations to come, it's best to store it properly.
Wedding dress preservation and hot, humid temperatures do not go hand-in-hand. Storing your dress in direct sunlight is another surefire way to discolor and damage your gown. So once it's cleaned and preserved, put it in a cool, dark, dry place.
Keep in mind that some environments vary in temperature from season to season, such as attics and basements. This atmospheric change from warm to cold could create condensation and could spoil all your hard work preserving it!
And if you choose to clean and preserve your wedding dress at home...
Some of our previous wedding dress preservation tips assume that you're getting professional cleaning done. If you choose to clean and preserve your wedding gown at home, here are some quick DIY tips for you:
We love that you're planning ahead to make sure your wedding dress preserves beautifully. If your wedding is approaching and you'd like some more expert tips—for you, your mom, or bridesmaids—we've got you covered!
Minimalist, but elegant. Timeless, yet modern. Sexy, and refined.Meghan Markle is known for bringing two worlds together—one that is real and relatable and another that is lavish and glamorous. Her wedding looks were no different. They captured that beautiful balance perfectly. It's no wonder that women worldwide still turn to Meghan Markle for inspiration as they create their own wedding look. Her looks weren't over the top. From the dresses to her hair and makeup, she kept things simple. The outcome? Two royal looks that were simply stunning. And today, we're breaking them down for you—so you can look and feel like a princess when you walk down the aisle, too.
Meghan Markle donned two wedding dresses—one for the ceremony and one for the reception. For the ceremony, she wore a stunning Givenchy gown that epitomizes timeless, minimal elegance. How can you score the look and feel of this dress—without paying the £100,000+ price tag?
A bateau (or boat) neckline: This is a straight neckline that stretches across the collarbone to each shoulder.
Three-quarter length sleeves: The length of these sleeves may vary on each person because they are three-quarters of your arm or halfway between your elbow and wrist.
Silk material: Silk is smooth, light, and luxurious, with a natural shine. It also feels incredibly soft on the skin!
Editor’s Pick:We can’t take our eyes off this mikado silk dress. No frills, no lace, but it looks absolutely stunning (and regal) nevertheless. We especially love the jewel embellishment that adds an oomph to the dress’ understated elegance. If you can find a dress that features this trifecta, you're well on your way to scoring Meghan's first look.
A halter neckline: Instead of two straps, a single strap runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, exposing the shoulders and generally leaving the upper back uncovered.
Silk crepe: Crepe describes a weaving method that leaves a distinctively crisp and crimped appearance.
Editor’s Pick: This Elizabeth K dress has it all—a halter neckline to show off the shoulders, a cinched waist to give that hourglass shape, and stunning floral embroidery to add texture to the dress (and another touch of femininity).
Sheath silhouette: A sheath dress is a fitted, straight-cut dress that nips at the waist. This style of dress is super flattering because the exposed shoulders and sheath fit create an hourglass shape. Get it in a silk crepe material, and you've nailed the second look!
While Meghan's dresses were elegantly simple, her accessories upped the glamour. When it comes to your royal look, we encourage you to embrace your femininity and wear accessories fit for a queen. Use Meghan's lineup as inspo:
Veil: You don't need a 16.5-foot veil to score Meghan's royal look. What do we love most about hers? The intricate floral embroidery on the ends. While these flowers are distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries, we think you could get away with something a tad simpler.
Bandeau tiara: What's a royal look without a tiara?! Meghan wore the famed Queen Mary bandeau tiara made of diamonds and platinum. What's a bandeau tiara? A headband-style ornament of low profile, usually without a graduation in height from one side to the other, and is often worn on the forehead.
Court shoes (or pumps): Meghan opted for classic court shoes from the same brand that created her first wedding dress—Givenchy. A court shoe is a British term to describe a type of shoe worn in the royal courts by the wealthy upper class or royals. What does it look like? A classic pump. Find one in silk satin, and nobody will know your pair from hers.
While some folks were up in arms about Meghan's loose hair strands, we think that her hair and makeup radiates effortlessly chic. Long before the wedding, she's pushed to be authentic—and her wedding day was no exception. We love that her hair and makeup are something you can totally recreate for yourself on your wedding day:
A low, messy bun: Meghan's bun was low and securely pinned to the nape of her neck towards the right. Her hair was parted right down the middle, with a few face-framing strands loosely curled to soften the look.
A natural base: When it came to Meghan's skin, she kept things light and natural—allowing her freckles to come through. She noted that she wanted to avoid a bunch of contouring and strobing. But to add glow and a slight flush, her makeup artist used a luminizer and a coral cream blush.
A smokey, doe-eyed look: Meghan's makeup artist wanted to draw attention to her eyes while keeping things natural. So instead of black or gray eyeshadow, he used shades of warm brown. To make eyes look like they're "fluttering" when she glanced up at Harry, he customized and shaped some of the outer lashes to give her that doe-eyed look.
COVID-19 paused a lot of things—business, travel, events, and more. But it didn’t press pause on love. Many couples are moving forward with their weddings, albeit the guestlist is probably smaller than initially planned. Accordingly, 2021 brides are looking for wedding dress style inspo that suits a smaller intimate wedding—something that’s not a ball gown but will still steal the show.
Whether it is due to the pandemic or you’re a low-key kind of gal, here are five wedding dress types perfectly suited for an intimate wedding.
The fit and cut: Much like the tea-length style, the mini wedding dress often cinches at the waist and flows out at the skirt. Because the length is above the knee, we recommend choosing a higher-cut neckline to create balance.
The material: Satin, cotton, tulle, lace—the mini is found rocking various materials—and patterns. Find something that’s comfortable for you!
Accessorizing tip: Since you’re showing off the legs, find a pair of eye-catching heels to show them off! If you choose a high neckline, we recommend throwing your hair up and rocking some fun, bold earrings. (Perhaps, something blue?)
The fit and cut: Slip dresses typically have a streamlined, slightly loose-fitting silhouette with spaghetti straps. Lengths vary from above the knee to maxi length. To “up” the sexy, many brides opt for a low back. However, if you want to make this slip style more refined and elegant, look for midi or maxi length or those with a cowl neckline.
The material: We often see slip dresses in silk or satin. For outdoor sunny weddings, these luminous materials shimmer beautifully.
Accessorizing tip: If you want to add some glamour to this dress style, pin your hair up in a loose updo and wear some shoulder-dusting earrings.
The fit and cut: The “two-piece” can mean many things—from crop tops paired with waist-high skirts to pantsuits.
The material: Like the fit, the two-piece style is versatile and allows for a lot of mixing and matching! Pair a lace or beaded crop top with a long tulle skirt for a fun, unique look!
Accessorizing tip: This untraditional style allows you to explore bolder footwear—think straps, embellishments, and different colors. Try something different—you can get away with it!
The fit and cut: Boho dresses are long and loose, with light, flowing fabrics—allowing for plenty of movement.
The material: Crochet and lace are standard fabrics for the bohemian style—oh, so romantic!
Accessorizing tip: When it comes to hair accessories, choose a whimsical headpiece that features flowers, lace, or pearls over a veil.