Bridal Look: Two Piece Gowns

Some of the Best Things Come in Twos!

A two piece gown can really make a statement and add to your comfort!

Two piece gowns are in! They are chic and comfortable and will definitely make you stand apart from the crowd! Today I want to highlight a couple of gowns from a couple of our favorite designers, Hayley Paige and Mikaella and talk about the look of two piece gowns!

This gown is by the lovely Hayley Paige and her, exclusive to Bitsy, Blush collection! This two piece gown gives you the best of both worlds.  A little bit of poof and some boho lace in the bodice.  With a gown like this you can still feel comfortable while making a bold entrance and a stylish fashion statement.

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This two piece gown by Mikaella takes the look in a different direction. With this style you get comfort and class! The gorgeous lace gives you a sense of youth while the bottom skirt hugs your figure and tells the world that you are elegance! The crepe bottom is so breathable and figure flattering that it really take the two piece look to the next level. This gown is also technically a three piece gown! It comes with the lace bodice with a crepe camisole underneath so you can wear lace for the ceremony and then have an adorable all crepe look for the reception!

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To finish us up, I wanted to showcase another beautiful Mikaella gown! this one is the perfect balance between the Hayley Paige gown and the previous Mikaella. With an a-line fit, this gown combines comfort and elegance. With a slight mocha color to it, this dress has dimension and class. It is one of our favorite two piece gowns and it continues to dazzle with is amazing comfort and style.

Two piece gowns sometimes get a bad rap, but there are so many ways to make the look beautiful and bridal! You never really know until you try! If you want to try on the wonderful Mikaella gowns or even the Hayley Paige, give us a call or book an appointment online to see if a two piece gown could be the one for you! Check out out other Bridal Look posts for some more ideas on what you want in a gown!

Hope to see you ladies soon!!

-Stacie

Keeping it Classical

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

A Classical Look is Timeless

Trends come and go, and styles fade and change, but there are a few staples of fashion that will continue be a symbol of refinement and class. This beautiful wedding at the Capitol Building here in Salt Lake City with the talented Rachel Lauket really showcases this style.

This gorgeous Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown whispers classical in every way! The beautiful ivory satin with delicate and carefully placed jewels is not only absolutely stunning on this bride, but it is also a timeless statement as well. The elegant fit and flare cut flatters the brides figure and adds to the ageless approach.

Even with the jeweled details this gown is gown still has an air of simplicity about it. If you dream of a classic and simple look be sure to check out our last post about Industrial Elegance for a modern take on a simple style.

Elegance and class will stand the test of time. With pearl accents and dashes of red, this look, and this bride will still look amazing and gorgeous 50 years from now! If you love this classical, elegant and timeless look give us a call or book online! Be sure to check back for some more ideas for your wedding and gown! If you need a little help navigating the crazy world of bridal check out our posts about bridal colors and inclusive sizing.

 

Hope to see you soon lovelies!

 

-Stacie

Bridal Look: Waistlines

Which Waistline Works for You?

A brief guide to what waistlines are out there!

Waistlines are key in helping to create the shape you want, whether that be a ball gown, mermaid, or even a column gown. Experimenting with waistlines in your search can help you find what flatters you and makes you fall in love!

Your basic waistlines are empire, natural, corset, and dropped. All of which can be created in a defined/fitted or moving style. These beautiful Rebecca Schoneveld gowns are a beautiful example of this!

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A defined waistline is just as it sounds: it is defined by a belt, a change in fabric, a seam, etc. A moving waist is the exact opposite, there is still a clear waist but it is defined by the dress’ cut rather than a defining element.

Empire

  • Falls right below the bust line along your ribcage
  • Elongates the body
  • Minimizes a small bust, draws attention to a large bust, flatters a medium sized bust
  • A dress with an empire waist will often (not always) hide your stomach and is sometimes popular for pregnant brides

This Amsale gown really showcases this cut in a modern and chic manner.

  • Slim crepe gown with wide straps and open back.

    Natural

  • Falls at your actual waist: the indent between your hip bone and your ribcage
  • Flattering on most body types
  • Can hide hips and stomach without drawing too much attention to your bust
  • Most gowns will have a natural waist

This Tara Keely gown shows the popular and flattering natural cut!

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Corset

This waistline is usually overlooked and lumped into a category with either natural or dropped. But it is very unique.

  • Hits very close to your hip bone
  • Can “cut” a shorter frame and make them look childlike
  • Wonderful if you have long legs and a short torso
  • Shows off a flat stomach
  • Often paired with a corset (lace up) back

This Elizabeth Cooper gown is a good example of the corset look!

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Dropped

  • Hits below your hip bones
  • Shows off shapely waist and hips
  • Lengthens your torso
  • Generally found in ballgowns or fit-and-flare styles

Hayley Paige does a beautiful job showcasing this dropped-waist mermaid!

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Never be afraid to try different waistlines! Who knows! You might run into something you never would have thought of before! Finding a gown in a process so have some fun and and try something new! If any of these gorgeous gowns and their designers caught you eye give us a call or schedule an appointment online to try on some different and flattering cuts! Check out our other helpful guides like inclusive sizes and bridal colors. Come back and check us out for more beneficial tips!

Best!

– Becca & Stacie

Designer Highlight: Mikaella

Highlighting a Store Favorite!

Showcasing the classic and stunning Mikaella!

Mikaella is one of our favorite designers and is definitely worth a highlight! We love Mikaella for a number of reasons, one of those being their amazing fabrics! Their silk crepe continues to impress and outshine other crepes. The shoot, done by the wonderful Maddie Jeppson, highlights this amazing designer is made from that beautiful silk crepe!

Mikaella is based in Toroto, Canada. They make sure to keep every detail of the process in Canada, so your dress can be 100% North American made! Check out their amazing story here to learn more about this fantastic designer!

Every time I put a bride in a Mikaella gown their first thoughts are always that it’s so comfortable! Their second impressions usually follow the theme of being so classic but dramatic. Mikaella is an expert in comfort! They are also definitely unique in combining this expertise with incredible fits and silhouettes.

This designer continues to amaze and dazzle in such a simple way. We have loved highlighting them their gorgeous gowns!  Check out our highlight of another favorite, Kenneth Winston!  If you are looking for amazing fits, fabrics, and designs give us a call or schedule an appointment here. We can help you find the gown that makes your special day amazing! Check out some of our other fabulous collection from amazing designers and stay tuned for more designer showcases!

See Ya Later!

-Stacie

Tribute to Amsale

A Sad Death in the Wedding Industry

Amsale Aberra passed away on the 1st of April, 2018

This week the bridal world mourns the passing of one of the most amazing designers in the industry, Amsale Aberra. Her work and passion was simplicity, beauty, and refinement which showed in all of her designs.

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Amsale was born Ethiopia and moved to the States to get her degree in fashion. She noticed a need for simple and elegant gowns when she got married. Because of this gap in the industry, she started out making gowns in her apartment, and growing to sell to Kleinfeld’s. Now her beautiful designs have landed all the way here in Utah and beyond!

Her outlook on fashion and style was one of a kind:

“I believe that true style
knows no place or time –
more than an aesthetic,
STYLE is a way of living”

 

Her legacy will continue with her successor,  Margo Lafontaine, who will showcase her 2019 line.

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We have been so lucky to have her as one of our exclusive designers. This tribute to her legacy and her amazing talent for elegant simplicity was inspired and drawn from Vogue. To learn more about Amsale check out her website and collection. If you want to try her Nouvelle Amsale line, give us a call or book online to schedule an appointment.

Amsale and her originality will truly be missed, but her beautiful designs will continue on.

Don’t forget to check back for more bridal news and info, and check out our most recent post April: Dress of the Month.

Until next time,

-Stacie

April: Dress of the Month

Dress of the Month

This month we are highlighting a gorgeous Amsale gown!

Welcome back for another showcase this month of a beautiful bride and her fantastic gown! This gown was featured in Bridal Musings and we think it deserves a bonus highlight! Check them out as well to get some more bridal inspiration for your big day!

Modern garden styled shoot with Mandy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Plain and simple never goes out of style! Glitter and glam will fade and change, but a simple sillouette is truely timeless! The style of this gown is a testement to that with its flattering cut accentuated by simple and modern lace.

The beautiful illusion back along with the delicate buttons trailing the train finish this simple look with a dash of elegance! Our featured gown is designed by Amsale who is a master of simple elegance that flatters in beautiful and unique ways. Amsale has been a favorite at our shop for a while because of this modern elegance that some bride crave!

Illusion backs are wonderfully trendy right now! Everyone loves the dimention and flattering look it give while maintaining a sense of comfort and coverage. This dress it absolutely stunning and this bride really exemplifies the style of simple elegance. We have loved showcasing our dress of the month! Check out our favorites from January,  February, and March !  If you can’t get enough of that simple elegance chic design give us a call or schedule an appointment here and we can help you find the gown you absolutely adore! Don’t forget to check back here for our next dress of the month! Come check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers!

Until Next Time!!

-Stacie

Multiple Wedding Gowns?

Thinking of Wearing Multiple Gowns for Your Big Day?

Here are a few tips from us!

 

Every wedding is different and every bride has their own dreams of what they want it to be like so it makes sense that many women would enjoy having multiple gowns for their big day.  Some choose to have a second gown for their reception that is much easier to celebrate in or fall in love with multiple gowns so they find a way to wear them both. Whatever the reason, make sure it is the right decision for you and you won’t regret it.

If you are wearing multiple gowns because of tradition or culture, most of this post won’t apply.

Why are you wearing a second (or third or fourth) gown?

Do you want something more comfortable for your reception?  Are your settings for ceremony and reception dramatically different? Are you having a second celebration (reception, open house) on a different day? Do you just want two different looks (sexy mermaid and fun loving ballgown)?

A second gown could definitely work for you then! Those are all valid reasons for purchasing two gowns! Check out some of these dramatic differences in these Sareh Nouri gowns!

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Are you torn between two gowns and think it will just be easier to get both?

If this is true then I would advise against it. Making a choice is hard and it can be quite the process for some brides, but the choice is worth it. Never settle until you have found the gown you adore!

If you spend money on a second gown will you have the resources to make them both fantastic?

Make sure you don’t stretch yourself too thin as far as funds. You want both gowns to be equally beautiful so be sure that it is in your budget to not only purchase, but also alter both gowns.  Our in house alteration does amazing work! Check out these before and after photos and more about our modest gowns here.

Do you want a “gown” for your second dress?

If you are going super casual for your reception after a formal ceremony or having a low-key open house a week after your wedding then you might consider a sun dress or a simple wedding gown that will cost less and fit the occasion a bit better.  An option like a pantsuit might also fit a more casual occation. This one by Rebecca Schoneveld is one of my favorites!

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Do you want separate gowns or a transforming gown?

Consider a two piece gown! Two piece gowns are not only trendy, but comfortable and versatile as well. Having a two piece with different looks might fit your idea for your wedding! My personal favorites are by Mikaella! These gowns have a beautiful fit and incredible comfort! Come in to try them on!

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We hope that some of these tips have helped with your decision about having multiple gowns for your special day! Its a hard choice for sure! If you loved some of the gowns you have seen in this post give us a call or book an appointment online so we can help you find the designer dress of your dreams! Check out some of our other helpful posts, like dress colors and inclusive fits, to get some more insights for your shopping experiance! Check back for more tips and tricks and fabulous designers!

See You Next Time Darlings!

Becca & Stacie

 

Gowns for All Shapes and Sizes!

Size Inclusive Bridal!

Bridal Sizing is Crazy! Let us Help!

Let’s get right to it! Bridal sizing is tricky and unfortunately for everyone, more often than not a gown will not fit you perfectly when you try it on.  This is true for small brides, tall brides, brides with curves, and brides without. We do our best to be size inclusive so we can help you find the gown of your dreams, but sometimes we can fall a bit short.

At Bitsy, we try to keep a wide range of styles and designers for every bride, but unfortunately we cannot carry every size of each gown in our salon.  We understand the frustration of the gown not zipping, or having to look beyond the numerous clips. Its rough. As a store we are trying our best to accommodate more brides of all sizes. This includes bringing in our new designer Rebecca Schoneveld and her inclusive bridal line!

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Rebecca designs all of her gowns with all sizes in mind to ensure everyone looks amazing on their wedding day! All of her gowns are gorgeous in person and have an amazing quality!

Slowly but surely the wedding industry is becoming more inclusive for brides of all shapes and sizes, because everyone deserves to feel beautiful on their special day!  Unfortunately there are still some hurdles to jump through for some brides. Here are a couple tips to make your bridal experience as stress free as possible!

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For “Plus Sized” Brides:

Keep in mind that some shops, especially those with a higher price point, might not have your size in stock of a specific gown. At our boutique if a gown catches your eye that too small for you we will do our best to give you an idea of how it will fit on you when it comes in your size. We know its difficult to imagine sometimes, but we will try our best!

Don’t settle! Your dream dress is out there and don’t just settle for a gown you hate simply because the sample fits. You deserve your dream dress just like every other bride!

Understand how designers work. Some designers may have to alter the pattern of the gown to accommodate a larger figure. Sometimes they have to charge extra to do this. This is purely because it takes some time and they want to make sure the proportions are perfect for you so you look your best.

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For Tall Brides:

Keep in mind that most wedding gowns are sized on 5′ 8″ models, so if you are that height or taller know that the proportions aren’t quite right in any sample by any designer.

If you want to wear heels, let your stylist know! Sometimes a designer can add a couple complimentary inches to your gown, but other times they might charge for a extra length. We want to help you find the gown of your dreams in you budget and will take the desire for extra length into consideration.

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For Petite Brides:

The problems that plague tall brides also plague shorter and smaller brides as well. Again, this is because gowns are sized on 5′ 8″ models it brings problems for those who are significantly shorter than that size.  Hems can get expensive especially if the dress has an intricate pattern or lace.  Designers and seamstresses have a solution though called hollow to hem.

Hollow to hem is much like when you have a picture online and you drag the corner in to shrink it, keeping the proportions; but for a dress! It can be beneficial for both tall and short brides, but much like all problems a bride will face it will cost a bit extra.

Talk to your stylist and let them know if you are planning to wear heels or are concerned about losing patterns in the dress due to hem. They love to help you out and will do their best to show you how amazing you will look!

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Wedding gowns are tricky business and we want to make is a stress free and fun as we can! We hope that with our new size inclusive designer we can help everyone feel amazing on their special day! You can check out her latest collection here where I pulled some of these gorgeous photos!  Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! Take a look at our post to help you with bridal colors!  If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all sizes call us or make an appointment online!

Later Lovlies!

-Pam, Becca & Stacie

 

Modest Gowns

Making it Modest!

Awesome Alterations!

So, you are a bride who needs her gown modest. Everywhere you go you see the same thing over and over, and think to yourself “Why does it all look the same and why can’t being modest look awesome?”

Well, I am here to tell you that we make it awesome with our fabulous alteration team! Let me show you!

This gown is called Idella by our beloved Kelly Faetanini and it is absolutely stunning, but for those who need it modest its not exactly ideal. Our fantastic alteration team did a fabulous job at building up this gown to keep is gorgeous nature with just a bit more coverage.

Who says modesty can’t be dazzling!? We brought the hand beaded detailing up through the back and into the cap sleeve and filled in the more see-though front of the gown. Alisha Hammond did an amazing job at capturing all of the beautiful and seamless detailing we used in her photography!

This is just a one example of the amazing work our alteration team has done for modest brides, and what they can do for you! If you’re loving Kelly Faetanini and her fabulous gowns we have highlighted in our recent blog posts, like the one about wedding colors, then don’t worry about modesty! Kelly has decided to design and create modest tops just for us and our beautiful brides!

Give us a call or schedule an appointment here so we can help you find a gown you absolutely adore! While you’re there, check out our fabulous collection from amazing designers! Don’t forget to check back here for some more tips and tricks to help you on your bridal journey!

See you soon!

-Stacie

 

Wedding Dress Colors 101

What Colors are There?

What do they look like? And which one is for me?

 

One of the first things we mention to brides when color is a concern is that we don’t carry white. For clarity’s sake, the white that most people think of is purest of white colors as Bright White. Bright White has a blue undertone, which is what gives it such crispness. It also causes a blue hue in photographs so be aware of that.  A few designers carry Bright White gowns, like Enchanting.  All of our in store  gowns are ivory or other colors.

Knowing the difference between white, ivory and other gown colors will make your shopping experience easier.  So we’re going to break it down for you!Let’s keep it simple and break it into 4 categories: Ivory Family, Blush Family, Nude Family, Adventurous Colors.

Ivory Family

Ivory is a “catch-all” color. Anything that is white or off-white to the naked eye but isn’t actually white.  Most often, ivory will have a warm undertone of yellow or brown which is what makes it so much more appealing than Bright White.

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Other names that designers will use for their ivory gowns include: natural (Mikaella), off white, soft white, beige. Some designers will have a dress available in ivory and beige – both are versions of ivory just with different undertones or in a darker/lighter shade. These photos feature gowns by Christos and Alyne by Rita Vinieris.

Blush Family

Technically, blush is the lightest of pinks- almost undetectable and very light. But lately blush tends to describe any dress that looks pink. There are a numerous color names for various shades that really just boil down to being called blush.

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Many people are afraid that blush doesn’t look “as bridal” as something from the nude or ivory family, but rest assured it photographs beautifully and is a fantastic way to make a statement while still being a bride! Check out our recent post featuring the color blush! In these photos we’re featuring (from the top down) Sareh Nouri, Tara Keely, and Saphia Blue.

Nude Family

Within the nude family we have Mocha, Champagne, Nude, Cashmere, and Cafe. Essentially these all have a brown or tan tone to them. Similar to ivory but much more saturated so there is no way they can be considered “off-white”.

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Cashmere, Mocha, and Cafe are essentially the same color just different names used by different designers. This color is a bit darker than  Champagne but still holds on to the soft “milky” quality. Nude is the darkest and is meant to look like tanned skin.  We showcased the first photo in a post here , by Elaya Vaughn,the second gown is one our favorite Tara Keely gowns, and of course Lazaro brings up the rear with his dazzling piece that we took up to Park City.

Adventurous Colors

These are gowns that are anything but ordinary! From black, to lavender, to gold and grey, and the now trendy blue! These colors will really make a bride stand apart from the crowd without looking like she is going to the prom!

My current favorite is our beautiful Star by Kelly Faetenini! Grey and blue are hot colors for bridal right now, so if you’re a bride with a bold side come and try on our Star! The other gowns showcased in this post are also by Kelly Faetenini and Sareh Nouri  who are a part of our exclusive collection.

Hopefully this helped break down the confusing world of bridal fabric colors. Don’t forget to check back with us for more info to help your bridal experience! If you want to make an appointment to try on some gorgeous gowns of all colors call us or make an appointment online!

Loves!

Stacie & Becca