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.
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's no rule book that says a wedding gown must be white. Modern brides are embracing color, a trend possibly first sparked by Gwen Stefani's custom dip-dyed and hand-painted pink ombre wedding gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior back 2002. After Gwen's rule-breaking move, Reese Witherspoon got married in a pale pink gown by Monique Lhuillier and Jessica Biel wore a blush-toned Giambattista Valli creation for her marriage to Justin Timberlake. Sure, white and ivory will remain the wedding gown go-tos, but many other colorful dresses have us swooning, particularly for summer weddings. Here, we've rounded up a variety of wedding dresses in shades of blush, metallics, yellow, blue and beyond from David's Bridal, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. It's our ode to the rainbow, and we think you should go for it!
Contrary to popular belief, mother of the bride dresses don't have to be matronly. These gorgeous gowns will make any mom feel elegant, beautiful, and stylish. Ditch the traditional dress and jacket combo, and let your mom shine in a mother of the bride dress that fits her personality and style.
The white ball gown remains the iconic wedding dress for a princess bride. Think: Cinderella, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy. Such wedding gown imagery is bound tightly within our collective memories, yet modernity has brought many a twist to the time-honored silhouette. One is the wedding jumpsuit. Another recently popularized style is the two-piece wedding ensemble, a new choice for the iconoclasts among us. The two-piece bridal outfit allows a bride various options. With a crop top and skirt combo, fit brides can subtly (or not so subtly...) flaunt their washboard abs. A voluminous skirt paired with a simple, structured top creates a stunning display. A slinky skirt and form-fitting top can allow for movement within structure. Here, we've made it a cinch to find your two-piece wedding gown by listing amazing options from Nordstrom, Etsy, David's Bridal and more.
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Lovers + Friends Chasity Gown - Lovers + Friends Chasity Gown in Fuchsia. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. One shoulder styling. Ruffl...e trim. Hidden side zipper closure. Asymmetrical hem. Constantly inspired by the laid back Los Angeles lifestyle in which... read more
Kay Unger Crepe Maxi Romper - This beautifully seamed garment looks like a demure gown from the back and a modern jumpsuit from th...e front: either way, it's absolutely captivating. The foldover portrait neckline shows off your décolleté, while cropped... read more
J Kara Embellished Short Sleeve Capelet Gown - Elegant floor-length gown featuring a short-sleeve capelet overlay with sparkling e...mbellished details. V-neck. Short sleeves. Pullover style. Asymmetrical capelet overlay. Embellished collar and hem.... read more
Green silk blend shift evening dress from Milly featuring a key-hole neckline, long sleeves, a pleated front bib and a shift silho...uette. read more
Black bardot long sleeve evening dress from Alexandre Vauthier featuring a knot and cut out detail at the back, an asymmetric styl...e, a foldover top, a fishtail hem, a fitted silhouette and a dipped back. read more
Bring signature sophisticated style to your formal outfit with this green evening gown from Alexander McQueen. Made from a silk bl...end, this stunning dress has a fitted waist and a flared skirt. It is defined by a beautiful off-shoulder design and a bardot neckline. read more
Navy blue floral embroidered bardot evening dress from Tadashi Shoji featuring scalloped details, a back zip fastening, an off the... shoulder design and sheer billowing sleeves. read more
MILLY Gia Dress - MILLY Gia Dress in Black. Dry clean only. Fully lined. Ruffle overlay. Hidden back zipper closure. Back keyhole ...button closure. The MILLY collection epitomizes bold, advanced contemporary fashion with a feminine edge. Designer and... read more
MILLY Grace Dress - Fabric: Chiffon. Embroidered floral design. Ruffle trim. Mini-dress cut. V neck. Sheer long sleeves. Hidden zi...p at back. Button keyhole at back. Shell: 58% polyester/26% cotton/16% nylon. Lined. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean.... read more
MILLY Arianna Dress - MILLY Arianna Dress in Black. Dry clean only. Fully lined. Sheer lace trim. Buttoned sleeves. Back zipper an...d button closure. The MILLY collection epitomizes bold, advanced contemporary fashion with a feminine edge. Designer and... read more
MILLY Brit Sheath Dress - Color/pattern: black & poppy Approximately 40in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size 2... and may vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Design details: off-the-shoulder style with bow accents Center back... read more
MILLY Linda Midi Dress - Color/pattern: black. Approximately 41in from shoulder to hem. Measurement was taken from a size 4 and ma...y vary slightly by size. Model is 5ft 10in. Design details: mesh design, paillette embellishments, sheer yoke, cap... read more
MILLY Cutout Cady Dress Black - Midi length Cady Fully lined Concealed zip fastening along side Button-fastening keyhole at back S...ide slit Dry clean. Imported. 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane. read more
MILLY Wool Shift Dress - Color/pattern: black Approximately 33in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size small and ...may vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Design details: removable shirting at hem Slip-on styling Shell: 100% wool... read more
MILLY Tara Sequined Dress - On-trend dress enhanced with sequined details. Squareneck. Adjustable shoulder straps. Concealed back ...zip. About 36" from shoulder to hem. Polyethylene/polyester. Dry clean. Model shown is 5'10" (177cm) wearing US size 4. read more
MILLY Nina Burnout Dress - Slim burnout cotton-blend dress in floral-and-striped motif. Jewelneck. Sleeveless. Button closure at b...ack keyhole. Concealed back zip. Seamed waist. About 35" from shoulder to hem. Cotton/polyester. Dry clean. Made in USA of... read more
MILLY Cora Sheath Dress - Color/pattern: black Approximately 34in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size 2 and may... vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Center back zipper with hook-and-eye-closure Shell: 90% polyester, 10% elastane... read more
MILLY Mari Sheath Dress - Color/pattern: black & nude Approximately 40in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size 4 ...and may vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Design details: lace design, sheer neckline and hem, vented back Left side... read more
MILLY Cady Miranda Dress - ONLY AT SAKS. Classic and chic, this high-waisted sheath dress has a collared V-neck, knotted sleeve an...d lady-like silhouette. V-neck Long sleeves Button front Tie at waist Belt loops Back slit Polyester/elastane Dry clean... read more
MILLY Velvet Slip Dress - Fabric: Velvet. Spaghetti straps. Draped neckline. Floral print. Midi length. Sleeveless. Open back. She...ll: 82% rayon/18% silk. Lined. Lining: 100% polyester. Dry clean. Style #MILLY42373. Length: 46.75in / 119cm, from shoulder. read more
MILLY Brit Sheath Dress - Color/pattern: black Approximately 36in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size 4 and may... vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Design details: off-the-shoulder design, arm cuff sleeves, right side slit at hem... read more
MILLY Blazer Mini Dress - MILLY Blazer Mini Dress in Black. Dry clean only. Fully lined. Double-breasted front closure. Breast wel...t and flap front pockets. Metallic threading detail. The MILLY collection epitomizes bold, advanced contemporary fashion... read more
Bardot Kristen Flounce Dress - A fluttery hemline flashes some leg to make your every step more hypnotic, in this fitted crepe dre...ss styled with a slit plunge neckline. read more
MILLY Wired Edge Fitted Dress - Long sleeve ribbed knit dress with trim. Ruffle Trim. Scoop neckline. Fitted body. 79% Viscose, 21...%Polyester. read more
MILLY Karissa Bustier - MILLY Karissa Bustier in Black. Dry clean only. Adjustable shoulder straps. Boned bodice and underwire cup...s. Sheer mesh fabric. Back hook and eye closure. The MILLY collection epitomizes bold, advanced contemporary fashion with... read more