Its time for another installment in our Hayley Paige saga. We’ve taken a detailed look at 3 Blush by Hayley Paige gowns and we are still waiting for our last one, Kingston, to come in. Today, we have Dakota, our second to last gown and the second gown featuring Marrakesh Beading.
The other gown in our inventory to feature Marrakesh is West. As you can see there are many obvious differences such as silhouette, straps and amount of Marrakesh. But one that is not so obvious is the difference in lining colors. West’s lining is Cashmere and Dakota’s is Nude.
Dakota is from the most recent season of Blush by Hayley Paige. It has the very sought after demure skirt paired with a very princess-y bodice.
For Utah brides, this dress is an excellent option if you need a modest gown. We can very easily order the Marrakesh beading and make the bodice modest without losing the integrity of the design and without having it look like piecework.
Silhouette: Ball Gown
Waistline: Natural – it actually falls just below the natural waist but not low enough to be a “corset” waist.
Straps: Cap Sleeves
Fabric: Marrakesh beaded bodice and tulle skirt
Sparkle Factor: 4/5
The Marrakesh Beading is very obvious and the only way for it to be more sparkly is if it covered the whole gown.
Boho Factor: 1/5
This gown reaches clearly to the “princess” side of the spectrum. There is a little bit of a Boho vibe from the lace and relaxed silhouette of the ballgown but that’s about it.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this gown. Now that it’s here… it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I think it is such a fresh and flawless design from Miss Hayley Paige. What are your thoughts?
Before I dive in can we all just take a second to admit that Halo is the best name for a gown EVER. Its ridiculously adorable. Okay, thanks.
Halo is the second arrival from Blush by Hayley Paige.
I will admit, I was against ordering this gown at first. I wanted a different one. But now that it is here, I am happily eating crow because it is so painfully perfect. My absolute favorite part is the back. I’m a sucker for a pretty back on a gown. If you think it’s gorgeous in the pictures, you have to see it in person.
Silhouette: Ball Gown
Design: Lace bodice, tiered tulle skirt with horse hair trim
The guipure lace on the bodice is light but a bit chunky which is a nice contrast to the soft tulle skirt.
The skirt is made of several layers of tulle which gives it body without adding weight or bulk making the gown very ethereal and easy to manage.
Neckline: Scalloped v-neck
A beautiful twist on a standard v-neck a scalloped neckline is much more whimsical.
Back: Low open back with strap detail
Color: Ivory with nude underlay (also available in solid ivory)
Shine Level: 0
The draw for Halo is the cut and finish of the fabric, not added beading or
Boho Level: 3
Hayley Paige is known for her exquisite ball gowns. Halo is no exception. It will fit perfectly in many settings both indoor and outdoor. It is very much a warm weather gown but if you love the design, you could customize it by adding sleeves and it would work just as well.
We are so excited to have these Blush by Hayley Paige gowns trickling in! They are simply gorgeous and make beautiful additions to our carefully picked selection of gowns.
When you start looking for a wedding dress there are many factors to consider. When you sit down with a stylist, one of the first questions she will ask you is what silhouette you want. Obviously you don’t have to have made a decision on a specific silhouette but it helps to have an idea of your preference and what will give you the look you want.
If you do a google search to help you research silhouettes, you will likely find a whole host of info-graphics depicting what silhouette to wear or not to wear based off you body type. To be honest, those graphics are useless: very few people actually fall into those narrow categories and even fewer share the opinions of the people who designed the graphics.
So, rather than tell you what you should wear, I’m going to tell you what each silhouette does for your overall look and let you decide if its what you want.
Gown: Tara Keely pic: via Instagram
A true ballgown is fitted on top with a heavily flared skirt. The waist is fitted and can fall anywhere from the rib cage to the low hip.
Defines the waist where the gown changes from fitted to voluminous.
Mask the hip/lower stomach area – which is sometimes desirable if your hip area is larger than you would like.
“Cuts” the bride in half – especially with a waistline near the ribs. By separating the bodice from the skirt a bride tends to look more proportional. If there is a great deal of poof, a shorter bride’s frame may become overwhelmed.
A larger skirt helps to balance out a top-heavy frame. This works well if you have broad shoulders or a large bust.
Characterized by a fitted bodice and tapered skirt, A line is a nearly universally flattering silhouette. Waistlines are most often found at the rib cage (natural or empire).
Softly flared skirt hides a larger hip area and the stomach
Balances out a slightly top heavy frame without the drama of a ballgown
Defines a waist where the bodice meets the skirt
Easy angles of the dress give the body a well proportioned look
Gives the illusion of height
Easiest silhouette to move in
Column gowns are aptly named. Defined by a straight cut, similar to a column. They can be tightly fitted to the hip or can fall straight from the waist line. Waist lines are on the rib cage (empire or natural).
Creates the illusion of height
Works well if you have an hourglass silhouette as it shows off a naturally proportional silhouette
Softly defined waist
Creates the illusion of a well proportioned body
Fit to Flare
Fitted down to the low hip or high thigh and breaks into a soft or dramatic flare. This silhouette is often confused with trumpet but Fit to Flares hit much higher on the leg and don’t restrict movement.
Shows off the waist, hips and upper part of your butt
Flares above- and therefore hides- the biggest part of the thigh
Shows off a flat stomach or an hourglass figure
Trumpet gowns are named because the flare of the skirt is like the spout of a trumpet: soft and round. The flare should hit just above the knees on a true trumpet gown.
Shows off the waist, hips, butt and thighs
Depending on the fabric can be quite restricting
Draws attention to the hips and stomach
Not as dramatic as a mermaid
Will make a large bust or broad shoulders look larger
Fitted through the entire length of the body until the knees or just below. It then flares quite dramatically, giving the illusion of a mermaid’s fins.
Most restricting silhouette
Makes a short frame seem even shorter
Draws attention to every curve
Makes a big bust or wide shoulders seem larger
In the most recent seasons, it has become increasingly difficult to find “true” mermaid silhouettes. The flares have been moving higher as most brides want to have free range of movement. The biggest difference has become the volume of flare on the skirt. Mermaids are considerably bigger.
That is the long and the short of it. The breakdown of all major bridal silhouettes. Any questions? Comments? Emotional outbursts?
If I can give you one piece of advice on top of all of this information: If you aren’t sure about a silhouette…. just try it on. More often than not, brides are happily surprised.