Celebrating one's nuptials by the sea provides ample opportunity to choose from an array of effortlessly chic bridal gowns. Luckily, there are nearly as many alternatives to the traditional ball gown as there are grains of sands on the beach. More casual beach wedding dresses make use of sheer panels, openwork lace and ruffles. Simple beach wedding dresses include those with midi lengths that feel easygoing, yet sophisticated. Boho wedding dresses are another choice: romantic and dreamy like a tropical island. Meanwhile, short beach wedding dresses feel cheerily free-spirited while providing wedding-friendly frills.
Look for lightweight materials for your beachfront or destination wedding dress. Silk, cotton blends, crochet, chiffon and lace make for breezy beach dresses. While not explicitly bridal, many white or ivory cocktail dresses will work wonders in a beach wedding, plus they can be worn afterward on the honeymoon. Below, check out 15 alternatives to the heavily embellished wedding gown that instead are easy, breezy and downright gorgeous. Post-wedding, you can relax poolside, confident you were a thoroughly beachy bride.
There are a few go-to retailers brides can always count on for stylish fashion finds, especially BHLDN and David's Bridal. With offerings ranging from dresses and shoes to lingerie and even decor, these two stores have literally got you (and your bridal party) covered from head to toe. If you're in the throes of wedding planning and haven't completed your bridal look yet, don't stress. Thanks to Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales on the horizon, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to score a deal on the wedding dress (or accessory, etc.) of your dreams at these bridal destinations. Last year, BHLDN featured up to 70% off select styles, including gowns starting at $500, bridesmaids and party dresses starting at $100, and accessories starting at $30. Oh, and brides-to-be scored free shipping on their orders. David's Bridal had select shoes and accessories up for grabs from $4.99 to $29.99, 50% off select wedding dresses, $29.95 robes, $99 Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses, and $299 select Truly Zac Posen wedding dresses. On Cyber Monday and Tuesday, they also gave shoppers 20% off online orders. Suffice it to say, we think this bodes well for 2018 deals. Ahead, we're highlighting our favorite dresses, shoes and accessories on offer from David's Bridal and BHLDN, so get ready to swoon — and then keep an eye out for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. These stunning picks could just be among them.
OK, Black Friday is still a bit of a ways off, but that doesn't mean you couldn't benefit from a little pre-shopping strategizing in advance. Going into the biggest shopping day of the year without a plan isn't just inefficient — it's downright crazy. There are so many opportunities to score big: everything from wedding accessories to honeymoon outfits to home goods for your new nest. If you want to get the most out of your Black Friday experience (clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products...you get the picture) you should start taking notes — like, right now. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving (Turkey Day is Nov. 22 this year), but several shrewd brands have started offering discounts in the days leading up to the main event. Last year, many retailers rolled out discounts and promo codes at least two days early and several had reductions ready the week prior. That means you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for deals before Thanksgiving even arrives. Here's who served up serious discounts last year and who we're looking to score from again this time around. Don't forget to check back here for updates in the coming weeks.
Once you've found your dream wedding dress, the search is on to find the perfect shapewear to go underneath it. We're not just talking about undergarments that suck you in, either — bridal shapewear is so much more than that. Wedding dresses come in all sorts of fabrics and colors (white being the most popular, of course) that show every dimple and crease, so a supportive foundation garment is key. Whether you're rocking a wedding dress with a plunging neckline, a low-back number or a strapless ball gown, Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales present the perfect opportunity to scoop up bridshapewear on the cheap. Not sure what type of smoother or shaper works best with your wedding dress? Ahead, check out our handy bridal shapewear cheat sheet, where you'll find all the bodysuits, slips, bras and bustiers you should be watching on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Every bride breathes in a deep sigh of relief on her wedding day. It may not go smoothly, and that's fine. But between now and then, getting the wedding prepared is a bit of a marathon, and it can't hurt to be physically fit. Sure, there's a lot of pressure on brides to look as good as possible in that wedding gown, and many women find themselves "shedding for the wedding." Whether you're looking to drop a few pounds, simply want to stay toned or are trying to tame your inner Bridezilla with some stress-relieving yoga, we've found 20 high-tech performance leggings to wear in your pursuit of health and happiness. They'll keep you comfy and dry as you work toward your goal, and most importantly, you'll look and feel fabulous on your special day.
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Lulus Exclusive! Lockdown a good time in the Lulus Make it Happen Taupe Leather Belt! Genuine leather, in a cute taupe color, form...s this delightfully thin belt with a square brushed gold buckle. Size small measures 35" long with 5 hole adjustments.... read more
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Isabel Marant - Isabel Marant's brown Jigoo belt taps into the label's enduring Western influences. It's crafted from braided leat...her in Italy and features a silver-tone metal engraved buckle that corresponds to the matching tip. Use it to punctuate a shapely knit sweater and white jeans. read more
Cowhide leather. Made in Italy. Measures approx 1.25" in height. Ball chain link trim. Buckle closure.
Cowhide leather. Made in Italy. Measures approx 4" in height. Ball chain link trim. Buckle closure.
Classic, unfussed yet characteristically elegant, Isabel Marant's collections are all about wearability and 'everyday femininity'.... Dedicated to detail, the Parisian designer makes sure to try on each piece before it leaves her studio. This black leather Toola belt from Isabel Marant features a silver-tone buckle fastening and crystal embellishments. read more
Isabel Marant continues to channel relaxed, carefree yet elegant fashion with the designer's chic Parisian attitude evident in eac...h piece. Expect luxe materials, comfortable silhouettes and a muted colour palette that exemplify the designer's take on 'everyday femininity'. Bring classic style appeal to your outfit this season with this black leather buckled belt from Isabel Marant featuring a silver-tone buckle fastening. read more
Black leather slip belt from Isabel Marant.
There is an air of ease, relaxation and confidence in Isabel Marant's collections and SS19 showed no exception. Crafted in Italy, ...this black calf leather Kidatt belt features a silver-tone buckle, a snakeskin print and an adjustable fit. read more
Classic, unfussed yet characteristically elegant, Isabel Marant's collections are all about wearability and 'everyday femininity'.... Dedicated to detail, the Parisian designer makes sure to try on each piece before it leaves her studio. This black studded belt from Isabel Marant features silver plated hardware, a silver-tone buckle fastening and rounded stud embellishments. read more
Bring tough-luxe style appeal to your ensemble with this black leather studded belt from Isabel Marant featuring rounded stud embe...llishments and a silver-tone buckle fastening. read more
Unruffled French femininity is intrinsic to Isabel Marant, this buttery black lamb skin belt a shortcut to the aesthetic. Crafted ...in France, the design features a wide leather strap with a relaxed shape, perfect for cinching a starched white shirt or billowing dress, designed with slit at the front centre to thread the design for tying. read more
ISABEL MARANT Belts. plain weave, no appliqués, buckle, multicolor pattern, wide. 72% Cotton, 28% Flax
ISABEL MARANT Belts. canvas, beaded, multicolor pattern, self-tie closure. Cotton, Glass
ISABEL MARANT Belts. logo, solid color, wide, contains non-textile parts of animal origin. 100% Cowhide
ISABEL MARANT Belts. plain weave, no appliqués, buckle, multicolor pattern, wide. 72% Cotton, 28% Flax
Isabel Marant delivers a dose of boyish French femininity with this Western style belt. Crafted in Italy from calf leather, a slim... strap is embellished with silver-tone studs, finished with a silver-tone buckle. read more
ISABEL MARANT Belts. no appliqués, multicolor pattern, adjustable fastening, standard, contains non-textile parts of animal origin.... 100% Cowhide, String read more
Classic, unfussed yet characteristically elegant, Isabel Marant's collections are all about wearability and 'everyday femininity'.... Dedicated to detail, the Parisian designer makes sure to try on each piece before it leaves her studio. Carefully constructed from black leather, this Luke belt from Isabel Marant features an adjustable fit, a silver-tone buckle and stud detailing. read more
Cowhide leather. Made in Italy. Measures approx 1" in height. Woven detail. Engraved buckle closure.
ISABEL MARANT Belts. leather, logo, studs, solid color, buckle, contains non-textile parts of animal origin. Cowhide
ISABEL MARANT Belts. contrasting applications, contains non-textile parts of animal origin. 100% Calfskin
ISABEL MARANT Belts. leather, varnished effect, no appliqués, solid color, buckle, wide, contains non-textile parts of animal orig...in. 100% Calfskin read more