If you’re like me and never met a costume drama you didn’t like, wish Jane Austen had written more novels, and prefer a genteel garden party to a rave…then you’ll probably love The Red Dress: Vintage-Style Clothing. This on-line retailer (with a showroom on the Central Coast, CA) lets brides choose from a huge array of wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses inspired by the nostalgic styles of bygone eras. I confess to spending more time than was absolutely necessary scrolling through the pages and pages of photos on their website. Romantic lace tea-gowns perfect for an Edwardian fête, flowing ensembles for a retro soiree, and even sassy showstoppers with classic appeal, available in a variety of colors (some in red!) to take you and your lucky attendants from engagement party to honeymoon. Delectable details like shawls, jackets and other matching accessories complete the look.
What’s more, The Red Dress also has hard-to-find historic fashions—like Renaissance dresses with lace-up bodices ideal for Celtic weddings. I fell hard for the Dangerous Liaisons gown, with a sexy drop-waist accented with bows and dangling ¾ sleeves! (Uma Thurman, eat your heart out!)
Uniquely Wonderful Bonus: If you’re body type is a far cry from stick figure (i.e. you’re a real woman), then you’ll appreciate that many of The Red Dress’s offerings are sized “for Voluptuous Women with Curves” (a more flattering way of saying “plus-size”!)
Since most of these gowns cost less than $1000, with many in the $300 range, I can buy more than one… uh, I mean, YOU can buy more than one! Yeah, that’s what I meant!! (Will someone please invite me to be a bridesmaid in their Gatsby-esque gala so I can have an excuse to get one of these darling dresses???)