Help me to find a dress like this!
May 22, 2011 3:01 PM   Subscribe

dress filter: looking for dresses similar to this for outdoor wedding.

I'm getting married at the end of this summer and it is to be a small, casual, outdoor ceremony. So I'm not looking for any heavy long "wedding" dresses that will cost me a fortune. I liked this dress minus the sash because it is breezy, vintage-like, delicate, lace-and-tulle-y and NOT strapless (I don't feel comfortable in strapless dresses) and still under $150....but it may look a bit too casual for the wedding (or my mother would say so). So dear MeFites, any recommendations for white/off-white dresses that are not strapless with an element of lace/tulle? Or any recommendations for where to look for such?
posted by perkinite to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
These are a little more formal and traditional than the dress you linked, but they are customizable. Also, I initially wanted something very casual for my wedding, and ended up wanting something fabulous.

You can get a custom dress made for you for less than the cost of many ready made dresses. I am a huge fan of Kimera in Brooklyn. Yvonne, the designer, makes beautiful vintage inspired dresses, and you can choose the styling, details, fabric etc. Her web site only shows a small fraction of the possible designs, but it gives you a general feel of her style.

My sister in law got a beautiful dress from Aria and it wasn't very expensive at all.
posted by ladypants at 3:09 PM on May 22, 2011

Maybe this? I'm a huge fan of this store. and Congrats!
posted by getmetoSF at 3:14 PM on May 22, 2011

Definitely on the pricey side (more like regular wedding gown $), but maybe the kind of aesthetic you're looking for?

BHLDN. I think they're owned by Anthropologie.
posted by pourtant at 3:21 PM on May 22, 2011

Not delicate looking like the one you linked to but these two have sort of a sixties vibe:

Lily Pulitzer white lace

Laundry dress

More at Zappos.

This has a vintage vibe. JCrew has many other white dresses, including pretty wedding dresses.

Waltz Away

On Cloud Nine Divine

I love looking for clothes on the internet. I might be back with another answer. I agree with your mom. You should go as dressy and elegant as the venue with allow. Wear something that is beautiful and that you absolutely love. Do not settle! Congratulations!
posted by Fairchild at 3:23 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

BCBG has a whole selection of really cute little white dresses. I almost went for an eyelet one before deciding to go long.

Also, check out Shopbop's white dress selection - also lots of very cute options with this season's fresh eyelet and summer lace looks.
posted by sestaaak at 3:28 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Just this morning I was drooling over this dress. Also casual, but not as casual.

And this other one from the same site is similar.
posted by DestinationUnknown at 3:29 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

A few more suggestions. And three more.
posted by raztaj at 3:36 PM on May 22, 2011

I would go straight to Etsy! Here are a few different styles I found in like 10 minutes, all below $200 (some WELL below that):

Tank top style (not strapless, but minimal strappage)
All lace
Lace bodice (lots of really pretty, well-priced stuff at this shop!)
Gauzy lacy accenting
Some tulle

I just browsed women's clothing, didn't type in "wedding" at all! "Wedding" dresses will skew more expensive, but there's a lot that's not labeled as wedding dresses that I could imagine fitting your criteria.
posted by so_gracefully at 4:04 PM on May 22, 2011

Free People usually has some nice lacy dresses at or below your price point. A lot of their stuff is hippy chic, but some of it is very pretty. If you have a store near you, take a look.
posted by wondermouse at 4:12 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

I think I know what you're looking for but most of the previous suggestions seem to not meet your ideal price of $150 maximum. Also it's a type of look you're going for tends to cost more than it actually looks like from my brief research.

I have a feeling that you'll like most of the looks from this store free people

Here are few of my suggestions

free people option 1

free people option 2

free people option 3
posted by Kimchee.Noodles. at 4:13 PM on May 22, 2011

Lands' End Canvas Eyelet Shift Dress (dodgy reviews -- needs to be taken in, I suspect -- and limited sizes left in white, but throwing it out just in case)

(Re. Etsy -- beware of mass-made-in-China dresses; see for example)
posted by kmennie at 4:13 PM on May 22, 2011

Just realized that wondermouse beat me to it!
posted by Kimchee.Noodles. at 4:13 PM on May 22, 2011

Response by poster: oh wow, thank you for all the suggestions. Please keep them coming! I'll have to sit down and go through them one by one later :)

pourtant, I did look through BHLDN dresses and they're lovely indeed. They're a bit pricey but I might try their bridesmaid dresses.

kmennie, thanks for the link. Etsy is awesome but Regretsy is awesomer!
posted by perkinite at 4:23 PM on May 22, 2011

I think I've seen a perfect dress for you. But it's at H&M, which doesn't have an online catalog - not an extensive one, at least. It's a white net/tulle dress, tea length (but flowy, not poufy) with embroidery/lace/minimal beads on the bodice and parts of the skirt. It's amazing. I think it's around $70. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had anywhere to wear it.

If you are anywhere near an H&M I would go look immediately. It's from their spring catalog and they've just introduced their summer line so they'll be clearing that stuff out soon.
posted by ohsnapdragon at 6:53 PM on May 22, 2011

I just found this lovely dress at Anthropologie. It seems to have a similar feeling to your original dress, though it's slightly different. It's $198.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:03 PM on May 22, 2011

Ah, drat! I'm sorry, I just noticed the not-strapless caveat. I have added simple spaghetti straps to a sleeveless dress from Anthropologie before - it worked well. I don't think adding sleeves would work on this dress, though it would be nice with a cardigan that matches the flowers.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:05 PM on May 22, 2011

I love this Canopy Lookout dress from Anthropologie.

J. Crew has a lot of nice ones. Like this and this.

Darn it! I already decided to make my dress for my own backyard wedding (after buying two on clearance from J. Crew), but now I want some of these!
posted by apricot at 8:20 PM on May 22, 2011

just ran across this by accident (forgive if already posted, enjoy the lulzy styling w/black undergarments...)
posted by kmennie at 9:48 PM on May 22, 2011

Sorry - late to the party on this. This isn't white but it is very pale, and the tea length gives it a more "special occasion" vibe than a shorter dress.

And this one is gorgeous, too. They're both just a little over the $150 mark, but hey - it's your wedding!!

Congratulations on your nuptials!
posted by anemone at 11:53 AM on May 23, 2011

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