Wedding Dress Styles

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by admin

One of the most difficult decisions brides have to make during wedding planning is what they want to wear on a day when all eyes will be on them. Should you opt for the crystal beaded lace or the delicate chiffon? Would you rather look like a sexy siren in a fitted mermaid cut or like the belle of the ball in organza? It’s not easy to narrow down the thousands of wedding dress options to that one perfect dress that fits all your needs. That’s why the trend has recently become not to limit yourself to just one dress, but buy two instead. So if you’re trying to choose between two dresses, we’d like to encourage you to think in pairs because, much like a marriage, two really is just better than one. Here are four reasons why.

1. For comfort. Wedding dresses that are dazzling during the ceremony aren’t always functional during the reception. That’s why many brides are now choosing a shorter dress for the reception. Style 6733 from Mori Lee’s Voyage collection allows you to work the room during cocktail hour, without limiting your mobility.
2. To create an impact. If there ever was a day in your life when you should be the center of attention, it’s your wedding day. And nothing creates a greater buzz than wearing not just one wedding dress stunner, but two. Recreate the impact you made when you walked down the aisle when you walk into your reception with this crystal beaded lace cocktail dress and its removable tulle overskirt.
3. If your wedding ceremony takes place at a different venue than your reception. When selecting your wedding dress, it’s always important to keep your location in mind. If you’re getting married on the beach, but your reception is in a ballroom, each location has its own unique ambiance – and your dress should blend well with the setting. Having two dresses ensures a seamless transition, and Style 6707 could be the perfect fit for the party.
4. To keep white … white. There’s nothing more beautiful than the contrast of a white or ivory dress against the lush, green backdrop of trees on a quiet lake, or a garden with roses in full bloom. But there’s nothing worse than an expensive white or ivory wedding dress getting ruined in a matter of hours from it dragging on the ground behind you. Keep white looking bright by transitioning to a short wedding dress for your reception, like this floral organza dress, with its matching satin tie sash and flower.

Red Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Posted on January 12th, 2014 by admin

Red – the color of passion – makes a bold statement as a choice for a Prom dress. Whether you want it sleek and sexy or voluminous, a red dress is for a girl who steals the scene and wants all eyes on her. Make sure to pack a lipstick that can stand up to one of these dresses:

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91004 is a stunning one shoulder dress with rouched silky taffeta composing the bodice. The dress itself ends mid-thigh in the front, with an enveloping train of pick-up ruffles that fall behind the dress, making it appear to be a ball gown from the back. The waist, mini-skirt, and strap are embellished with silver beading. If you love showing off your legs, but want the drama of a long dress – this one is for you!

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91034 may appear simple in design – a strapless sweetheart neckline with an empire beaded waist with a flowing skirt, but the sizzling red chiffon fabric is anything but simple! The waist beading is three bands of rhinestones, each with a slight chevron pattern, pointing up toward the middle of the sweetheart. This dress will flow around you as you walk with a skirt that skims your curves. Add a big bracelet, dangling earrings, and your favorite heels and you are ready to head to the limo.

 

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91070 is a red Prom dress that screams drama. The dress is strapless taffeta, available in red or blue, with a deep sweetheart neckline that is entirely encrusted in beading. There is a corset back and a ruffle along the slit of the left side of the dress. On the front and back of the dress, the mid-section has added beading.

Are you excited to wear a red Prom dress to your Prom?

Perfect Wedding 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!

Metallic Prom Dresses: Part I – Sequin Prom Dresses

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by admin

Metallic prom dresses are very hot right now and Mori Lee has some gorgeous dresses for you to choose from. If your heart is set on a floor length sequin prom dress, we suggest looking at Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91131, this one shoulder prom gown mixes gathered charmeuse fabric (for a look like molten gold) with all over sequins, front and back. This dress also features two cut outs on the same side as the shoulder strap and a high side slit and is available in a gold or magenta berry color.

If you are looking for a long sequin dress with all of the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood red carpet, check out Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91085. This strapless gown is entirely covered in sequins and has a mini train for a dramatic effect. If that much sparkle isn’t enough, the sweetheart neckline is adorned with eye-catching crystals. This stunning dress is available in gold, sexy silver, and a deep metallic violet.

Some girls just want to dance during the whole party and don’t want to worry about a train getting stepped on. If you are a dancing diva, consider Mori Lee’s Sticks and Stones Style 9151 or Sticks and Stones Style 9167. Style 9151 is a strapless super-short sequin prom dress option that is available in all over silver or gold sequins. The dress features a jewel-encrusted neckline and hem. As an added bonus, the back is a sexy corset. Style 9167 is a strapless super-short sequin prom dress option that is available in gold sequins with a band of silver beading beneath the bust and silver detail following the curve of the sweetheart neckline. This style is also available in a bright fuchsia, also with silver accents.

These are four of our favorite sequin dresses. Are you planning on wearing metallics for prom? We would love to hear from you!

P.S. The two short sequin dresses could double as fantastic New Years dresses.

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.

Selecting a Stylish Prom Dress: Golden Globe Inspiration

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

As you were watching the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarding Golden Globes in Los Angeles on January 16, 2011, it may have crossed your mind that “those are some great dresses the actresses are wearing!” We think so, too.

Wouldn’t it be great to look that amazing at your prom? That’s why we watched the Golden Globes for the hottest trends to share so you could create some similar looks on your big night.

This year’s Golden Globes saw a lot of interesting new trends. There were floral dresses, lots of fitted bodices and skirts, luscious colors, beautiful cool neutrals and one standout red dress that knocked our socks off. Mori Lee can help you make any of these trends your own.

For instance, although Leighton Meester and Michelle Williams each wore floral dresses, they interpreted the trend differently. Meester’s dress was very covered up with long gathered sleeves; Williams’ dress was styled like a child’s sundress and very “light” in feel. Both looked beautiful.

You can see our interpretation of this floral trend in Paparazzi Style 8701 :, which has floral tulle with beading and three dimensional flowers in Lavender/Purple, White/Cerise or Black/Purple.

Many of the most gorgeous Golden Globe dresses were strapless, fitted through the upper torso and all the way to the mid-thigh or knee, like Paparazzi Style 8702 http://www.morilee.com/prom/paparazzi/8702. It’s form-fitting on the top with ruffles and flare on the bottom.

There was also a lot of emphasis on cool neutrals, worn by two beautiful actresses: Scarlett Johansson in a blush colored dress and Anne Hathaway in a bronze design. We think Flaunt Style 8804 http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8804 is a bronze beaded halter charmeuse elegant enough for Scarlett. Flaunt Style 8810 http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8810 is a beaded strapped dress with ruching in the front that would look great for cooler skin tones.

But probably the standout dress of the evening was a daring number worn by January Jones. It was a dress designed with lengths of fringe “strategically placed”. Flaunt Style 8808 ">http://www.morilee.com/prom/flaunt/8808 is a red charmeuse dress with beading, keyhole neckline, and side cutouts that is every bit as “standout amazing” as the Mad Men star’s dress.]

Whatever your style, you can look award-winning in a prom dress by Mori Lee, check out our full Paparazzi and Flaunt lines for even more inspiration for your big night.

Something Borrowed…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin

We all know the bridal verse about what a bride should carry to her wedding:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

It’s easy for your mom or another relative to offer you something old for your wedding day. And any bride’s favorite new thing is her dress. But what about your “something borrowed”?

The verse’s tradition is best honored by borrowing something from a happily married relative or friend. Ideally, it should be something that the lender wore at her own wedding.

You can start by thinking what you’d like to borrow. Then consider who you’d like to include as you participate in this tradition. Then, carefully consider when will be the best time and place to approach the potential lender about the item in question.

Make sure to use the word “borrow” to let them know that you are asking them to participate in this sweetly sentimental custom, as well as the fact that you’ll give the item back after the big day.

Still no ideas? Consider the possibility of accessorizing.

Perhaps one of your relatives has a special piece of jewelry that you’ve always admired. It never hurts to inquire whether she’d lend it to you for the day. “Can I borrow those pearl earrings?” Or “would you mind if I borrowed your veil?”

No appropriately accessorized relatives? Cast your net a little wider. Does your best friend have an adorable little bag? What about an elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law? If you want to step across the gender divide, your grandfather might have a handkerchief, Bible or book of poetry to lend.

Or think really big about “borrowing” the home of your parents (or his?) to host the wedding or reception.

Whatever you borrow, make sure that you give it back with a suitable thank you memento before the end of the reception. You don’t want to take the chance of losing it or trying to keep track of what you borrowed while you and your new spouse are jetting off to start your new life together.

Something Blue

Posted on January 18th, 2011 by admin

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…”

Something blue is one of the most famous lines of the well-known saying. And while modern brides may equate “blue” with feeling down as in “single girls’ blues,” historically blue is a bridal color.

In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. And in Christian symbolism, the Virgin Mary has often been dressed in blue with the result that the color is equated with demureness and purity. As late as the mid-19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in another saying, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

We can establish the value of the color in the saying, but a bride’s choice on what specific blue item to bring into her ensemble is a very personal choice.

Many brides opt for one of two very simple answers: the flowers or the garter. In the case of the flowers, one great choice is hydrangeas because they are both extremely stylish as well as naturally blue, but any blue flower will do.

As for the blue garter craze, nobody knows who launched that tradition, but often without any planning at all, a close friend or loved one will buy a spectacularly beautiful lacy blue garter and present it to the bride as special gift.

Other options, blue toenail polish, lingerie with touches of blue, or beautiful blue Austrian crystal or sapphire jewelry.

Another option is a special handmade touch on the dress itself. You can either do it yourself or have this taken care of by a friend or hired seamstress, but sometimes, a bride will embroider his and her initials and the wedding date in blue thread inside the dress. If you want to pick this option, make sure to order your dress early enough to give you time to finish the project.

Any of these ideas for adding blue to the big day translate into a lovely, old-fashioned statement of sentimentality that is entirely befitting of a modern girl entering the beautiful traditional state of marriage.

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.