The idea of ready-to-wear bridal is always one worth diving into.
On the heels of Reformation’s infamous sweatshirt mishap, a Fall Wedding Collection dropped. (Diversion tactic, possibly??) I am always intrigued with the idea of a bridal gown that can TRULY be worn again, or purchased in a different pattern/color and thrown on whenever nostalgia is needed. Reformation delivers a capsule Fall line that delivers both options. Now, let me start off by saying that I might have some reeaaallly similar sketches pinned on my vision board awaiting the day I finally release my own dream line….so it goes without saying there are a couple of pieces speak my language. Nothing earth shattering going on here, but there is a chic and effortless vibe that will really resonate with brides that are looking for something simple, flattering and fuss free. AKA brides that I could be friends with. Some of the pieces are better suited for wedding attendants or rehearsal dinners, but there are some real gems in the mix.
The most bridal of the bunch is the beloved ‘Mykonos.‘ This off the shoulder lace number is solely offered in ivory and is unmistakably intended for bridal wear only. The numerous darts and seams allow for easier alterations when perfecting the fitted mermaid silhouette. I can’t quite identify how the top of the bodice if finished, but my first thought would be to make the straps detachable and remove them after the ceremony. The draping is pretty tailored and typically does to not have a lot of give for arm movement. The deep-v bodice is heavily boned as well, which will allow for an easy transformation to a strapless style.
My personal favorite is ‘Milan.’ No surprise that this rad wrap is the best seller of the group. The sheer sleeves and slight gathering at the shoulder are the delicate details that take this dress from basic to baller.
‘Montego‘ is also a notable mention. Be aware of proper proportion with this little number, though. This lace lovely belongs on a long torso and little tatas. A leggy body type would create almost an empire waist effect and cause the joinline to gather. This won’t allow it to fall properly without some major alterations and a night of endless perfect posture checks. No fun. But given the right body type, this dress is tons of fun! Pockets, a high slit and open back…..that’s a good time gown for sure. Icy blondes need to rock the gilded shade and I beg all red heads to wear the dusty rose, valentina option….and I AM talking about these colors for a bride. Outfit the BFFs (bride’s family & friends), in a little ivory number and sport these shades. Only the coolest of brides wear color.
Now to my ‘swing and a miss’ dress. Don’t get me wrong, I have been begging for a solid kimono/caftan wedding gown option to hit, but sadly, ‘Winslow’ just doesn’t do it for me. The flow, the bodice, the slit- I can get behind these particulars…it’s the unlined skirt that loses me. This detail, (or lack there of), takes the dress from chic to cheap in an instant. There are just too many of these styles hanging in the juniors section for me to justify the price tag.
In the shorties game; hands down, the winner is ‘Harp.’ The midi length skirt is retro, adorable, and not too cutesy paired with the cropped cap sleeve top. As always, the pockets add significantly to the style value. Two piece is a typically hard style to sell in bridal and I have never understood why. You can get so much out of these pieces well after the wedding and style them totally different. The crop would be insane with a pair of torn vintage levis and metallic heels. The skirt paired with a tucked in silk racer back tank has hampton chic written all over it. I might even recommend ordering in both the ivory AND navy. It’s simply too good to pass up.
Now, just so you see that I’m not full of shit, here are two of my ‘dream line’ sketches. Please note: the caftan comes fully lined.