Bride-Tested, Mother Approved Gowns

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by admin

Your daughter or son has finally found their perfect match. Now, all you have to do is find the perfect gown to wear to the wedding. But with all of the options out there, from colors and cuts to length and style, this decision may seem just as overwhelming as planning the wedding itself. So how do you find a dress that will make you look glamorous, without going over-the-top? Follow these five tips to have guests gushing, “Is that the bride’s sister? She’s gorgeous.”

• Play up your best assets. If you often get compliments on your toned arms, choose a dress that’s sleeveless, such as this black stretch mesh dress. On the other-hand, downplay other areas of your body you may not want to be as exposed. If you aren’t as comfortable showing off leg, for example, choose a floor-length gown. The best accessory any woman can wear is confidence so choose a dress that makes you feel that way.
• Choose a dress that’s age appropriate. While you want to look young and vibrant (who doesn’t?), you don’t want to look like you went shopping in the junior’s department. So choose one asset you want to show off, and make sure you have enough coverage everywhere else.
• Don’t be afraid of color, but use it wisely. Avoid loud colors, such as red or hot pink, and go for something more subtle yet stunning, like deep eggplant or silver. A gown with a little sparkle can also add a touch of glamour to your ensemble, but avoid head-to-toe sequins. Even if the wedding is in December, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree ornament.
• Follow wedding blogs for MOB/MOG trends. These can help you get a gauge of what you like and what you don’t before heading out to the stores, and they can also help you choose a dress that’s up-to-date with the times. The Knot’s Blog is a good place to start. One rule every Mother of the Bride should strongly adhere to: No shoulder pads. Your shoulders are fine just where they are. We promise.
• Ask the bride and the other mother for input. If the bride wants you to be a part of the wedding processional, she may also want you to dress in their wedding colors. If the bride doesn’t have a preference, talk to the other mom and ask what she planned to wear as a courtesy. But remember, MOBs always get first choice.

Ready to start your search? Check out our Squidoo post, “Sleek, Stylish Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses.”

Bridesmaid Dress Trends: Think Outside the Rack

Posted on February 13th, 2013 by admin

While a wedding is all about the bride (and maybe the groom, too), when it’s your turn to stand at the altar, you’ll also be sharing the spotlight with a handful of your very favorite ladies. These are the girls that knew you when you had braces in high school, and were kind enough to destroy all photographic evidence. They’re also the girls who celebrated your victories and mourned your losses with you. So when they stand by you once again on your wedding day, you also want them to look – and feel – like the beautiful women they are. But how can you choose one bridesmaid’s dress style that will flatter all of them? Easy, don’t choose just one. We’ll give you the lowdown on why many brides are now mixing it up – from different cuts to different colors – for a trendy new take on the traditional matching bridesmaid’s dress.

Individualized Style
More often than not, your bridesmaids are likely going to be very different shapes and sizes, from voluptuous to pencil thin. And, of course, they also each have their own unique personality. Choose a different bridesmaid’s dress for each girl that flatters both their body type and their unique style. Give the fun and flirty girl a dress with ruffles, like this black, strapless bridesmaid dress. Find a conservative, knee-length A-line dress for your conservative friend who enjoys art galleries and independent films. If you do go this route though, make sure there is at least one aspect of the dresses that is consistent throughout, whether it’s matching accessories or matching colors. You want some form of uniformity to make sure they still look like they’re an important part of the party – not just another guest at the wedding.

Playing With Color
Another trend that brides are falling in love with is choosing bridesmaids’ dresses in colors that are complementary to one another, but not the same. If your wedding ceremony is being held on the beach, play with different shades of blue, neutral and gray, such as this chiffon bridesmaid dress. If you’re getting married in a garden, consider pale pinks and creams. You can even take it one step further and use the same base color, but assign slightly different shades to each girl. So if you decide to go with purple, the bridesmaid standing farthest away from you would wear the darkest shade of purple, like plum or violet, and each bridesmaid next to her would wear a slightly lighter shade of purple than the girl before her, leading up to you – the bride – in white.

No matter what bridesmaid’s dress you choose, make sure to pick a day to get together with all of your girls to try them on before making your final decision. While, ultimately, the decision is yours to make, it’s always nice to let the other girls weigh in on their top picks and ideas as well. Then maybe when it’s their turn – they’ll return the favor.

Knowing your personal style when choosing the perfect dress

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by admin

Choosing the perfect dress for a special event can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging especially if you have a specific look in mind. Whether you are looking for a simple cocktail dress for a party, your prom dress, your wedding dress, or a social occasion dress, it is important to stay true to what looks best on you. Considering your body type and complexion is key when choosing a gown- more so than going for something that is simply “in style”. When figuring out what look best suits you, think about the following:

Color:

Just because the dress looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will go perfectly with your complexion and hair color. If you have fair skin and bright red hair, a ruby red colored dress may not be the best choice. Similarly for olive skinned complexions, avoiding certain shades of green would be a good idea as well. Make sure the color makes your complexion and eyes pop rather than make you look washed out. Sharing the shopping experience with a close friend or family member whose opinion you could trust is always helpful in the selection process.

Style and Cut:

Choosing the right style and cut that’s flattering for your figure is just as important, if not more important, than finding the right color. Showcasing your best assets is key in finding your perfect dress. Do you have great legs? Show them off! Choosing a shorter cocktail dress such as our Affairs style 178 may be a great option for you. On the same token, if you are more concerned about hiding problem areas, such as your waist or hips, you may want to look at an A-line style gown that flatters your bottom half. A line silhouette’s such as styles 1803, 643, and 91002 are all good examples of styles that look flattering on virtually any body type. They cinch in the waist and cover up the hip area.

Accessories:

When choosing your special dress, you’ll also need to think about how you are going to accessorize. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry should complement the color and style gown you decide on. Usually, more neutral colors or metallics look good with anything. If you’re going for shoes and a clutch that match exactly, you may want to consider having the items dyed to match. When picking out jewelry also keep things in mind like the gown’s neckline, length, and how you will be wearing your hair. For example, if your gown is a halter neckline, wearing a necklace may be a little much. In this case, opting for a bold earring rather than a necklace would be the way to go. If your gown is floor length, selecting a shoe that is heavily embellished may not be the best idea as it could catch on the hemline. Go for a simpler shoe instead. It’s these small details and accessories that add the final touch to your overall look.

Time:

Give yourself time! Don’t wait until a week before your event to start shopping, In many cases, the gown will have to be custom ordered which will usually take several weeks. Don’t settle for less just because you didn’t give yourself enough time to shop. You should look your best and choose a gown you love!

Making a fashion statement doesn’t mean you have to follow the current trends. It’s about looking fabulous and feeling confident wearing something that flatters your best features. Hopefully these basic tips will help you the next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect dress!

Counterfeit Wedding Dress Woes

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by admin

A Mori Lee wedding gown is a one-of-a-kind original, made with a careful eye toward quality and overall aesthetic. Not only are there counterfeit wedding dresses being sold online, but copyrighted images from the Mori Lee site are being used without our consent to falsely imply that the dresses purchased from these sites would look, feel, or be of similar quality to our originals. This is not true. To help protect brides, we have compiled a list of currently identified sites that have been noted as selling a counterfeit wedding dress of one or more of Mori Lee’s designs.

Please view the list here:

Online Sellers of Counterfeit Mori Lee Wedding Gowns

Don’t be tempted by the promises of these sites. We understand that the economic times are turning many brides to carefully look at their options, but be warned that these sites are not trustworthy. Good Morning America even did a segment specifically on the options available to brides to save money. They ordered from a sampling of online sites (one wedding gown and two bridesmaid dresses) and found all to be lacking, sometimes horrifically so (an unfinished wedding gown with pins holding it together).

The six minute segment from Good Morning America can be viewed here:

Say Yes to the Dress! Tips and Tricks to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Dress

You can search for your local authorized Mori Lee retailer here:

Mori Lee Retailers

You can view a schedule of trunk shows here:

Mori Lee Wedding Gown Trunk Shows

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a…Cocktail Dress?

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by admin

It used to be a joke that bridesmaids dresses had to be unattractive in order to help downplay the bride’s friends in favor of the bride’s beauty. But nowadays, most brides want their besties to feel great, stylish, and beautiful, too. Here at Mori Lee we design all our bridesmaid dresses to be stunning in there own right and useful dresses that can be reused long after the wedding.

For instance, Style 293 : is a stylish halter that’s sure to be a summer hit. Maxi dresses returned to the fashion scene during the summer of 2010 and halters are classic. Choose this dress in a bright shade and expect maximum fashion impact into the future.

Style 282 http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/282

is a one-shouldered dress perfect for both afternoon and evening weddings. The asymmetrical styling and longer length put any bridesmaid in step for the wedding and perhaps a future evening out at the symphony or theater.

One of the most versatile dresses in our line is Style 386 http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/386, which, after the wedding, would be great for date apparel, a girls night out, or a formal business engagement.

Because every bride and wedding are different, we offer a lot of unique styles and moods. Style 940 , for instance, shown on the page in black and white, is so elegant that we wouldn’t be surprised to see it go anywhere from a black tie prom to a White House State Dinner, if you get invited!

Have a party planned at a fancy restaurant? The understated elegance that event would require can be found in Style 297. http://www.morilee.com/bridesmaids/bridesmaids/297

So whether you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress your ladies can re-use or just a beautiful formal dress for yourself, check out our flexible, stylish bridesmaid dresses that can go the distance.

Wedding Color Schemes: How to Pick the Right Color Combination for Your Big Day

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by admin

One of the biggest wedding planning decisions you face may be choosing the color scheme. It’s a decision that has to be made before a lot of the others like bridesmaids dresses, flowers and other selections can be made. At Mori Lee, we’ve got a few tips on how to do that.

First off, what’s your favorite color? The colors used in a wedding should reflect the bride’s taste and they’ll be something you remember all of your life as you look at the photos and mementos of the start of your lives together. Carefully consider your favorite color and imagine your wedding taking shape around it.

  • Is a specific color important to you, or would you prefer to base your wedding around a seasonal color? It’s entirely up to you, but sometimes seasonal colors are helpful in making the wedding seem attuned to events around you. Choosing seasonal colors can also be more cost effective, particularly in terms of floral arrangements.
  • Once you’ve chosen a main color, you may want a second color to use in accents or other areas. What is helpful here is to know about complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that, when mixed together, make grey. The colors are opposites, like yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue, and black and white. If you look around, these are color schemes that are frequently put together because they can be extremely pleasing to the eye. But “eyeballing” the exact complementary color to go with your favorite shade of turquoise can be difficult.

So here’s a tip that will make it very easy for you: check out Sherwin-Williams website (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/) and you’ll find a color generator link (http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/paint_colors/paint_color_palette/) that helps find complementary colors. Once you’ve chosen your favorite color, the rest is easy. The tool takes all the guess work out of it for you. While you’re on the website, take a good look at that color-generator link because you can also see how the colors look together in a room and the mood they create. The colors you choose will help you set the mood of your wedding celebration. To carry the color through into your dress, Mori Lee offers color-accented dresses, like Style 2176, which is a dazzling halter empire-style gown available in 28 different colors.

  • You can also go monochromatic, which would be different shades and variations on the same color or analogous, which means the colors lie together on the color wheel, such as blue, blue-green and green.
  • And don’t forget to take the flowers into consideration. If you love a particular flower, you may want to choose colors found in those flowers, in nature. That would an “organic decision” in more ways than one.

Color is an important part of your wedding dress and decor decisions. It’s also one of the first big decisions you’ll face. Mori Lee is happy to help you along the way by offering the best array of beautiful dresses in classic styles and colors that you’ll be happy to look back on in the years to come.