December 28, 2009

New Year's resolutions for the stylish bride

Designs by Reva Mivasaga

I love New year's day! There is something exciting about the beginning of every adventure, the hoping and dreaming, the wondering and pondering if things will go your way, but best of all the opportunity to start over with a blank canvas, no other feeling comes close to that at all. I am usually one to stay away from the ‘R’ word, it always seemed to me that resolutions were only made to be broken within the first week of the new year and thus were rather pointless. I must admit however, that resolutions are important, especially when it comes to fashion and style, they force us to look critically at the past year and work on the weak areas. My last few articles on Examiner focused on resolutions every stylish bride should think about making for the new year. So if you’re a bride-to-be and you're trying to give your wedding planning a stylish boost, you might want to repeat after me

I promise to love the old as much as the new…
The stunning gowns in the photo above by Reva Mivasaga combine stylish vintage elements with modern shapes and silhouettes. Every bridal gown needs a little romance and a twist of something old in addition to the modern trends we love. I adore Reva’s designs because he really gets the balance of old and new just right, overdoses of vintage elements in a gown can make the entire outfit look like a costume.

Reva Mivasaga

I promise to be kind when choosing bridesmaid gowns…
There is no rule that all the bridesmaids must wear the exact same dress. I wrote chapter 2 of the bridesmaid series to show that the maids can still look uniform and coordinated without wearing the exact same dress. They can even get away with wearing different colors, it all comes down to thoughtful execution of a stylish plan rather than the ‘one dress fits all policy' that most brides impose on their maids.

Striped chiffon gowns by Thread

I promise to consider stylish cover-ups…
Wraps and boleros were a big hit during the bridal fashion week, many of the 2010 collections featured chic cover-ups that can be worn all year round.They are multi-functional; giving the bride extra coverage, more warmth in cold months and an extra layer of sophistication.

St Pucchi silk cover-up, Monique Lhuillier opera coat, Romona Keveza ruffled bolero

Most importantly each bride should resolve to have a wedding that truly reflects her personality and style. I hope you all enjoyed 2009 as much as I did and hopefully 2010 will be an even better year for us all.


  1. Wow, what wonderful advice! I love the first "Twiggy" dress. So modest and chic. I wish I had my bridesmaids exactly the way you advice. Wonderful post, darling.

    Fabulous Finds Gal

  2. gorge everything honey! the collage is wonderful.chic and witty resolutions. those cover ups are amazing!

  3. lovely post

  4. So stunning as always

    Thanks so much for the lovely comment - sorry for the late reply

    Happy New Year Darling!
    All the very best for 2010 =]

    Stay safe and chic
    English Rose x

  5. I love all the pictures, so gorgeous. I like the idea of vintagey dresses too.


  6. OMG, I'm in awe of that ruffled bolero! Happy new year!

  7. Lovely selection and great advice!