It’s wedding season, which means it’s also bridesmaid season.
In recent years, brides have tried to ease their friends’ insecurities and stresses by letting them choose the style of the dress. A popular option is to head over to J.Crew and let your bridesmaids pick any dress silhouette, as long as it’s a certain color and fabric.
This seems like a fair way to do it. But a friend of mine, who is a bridesmaid in one of these “J.Crew weddings,” is still stumped. “Do you have any idea which one will look the best?” she asked me. Of course, she means, on her.
So I asked bridal fashion expert Jacqueline Courtney, founder of wedding dress resale site Nearly Newlywed, for some ideas. Click through to see which J.Crew bridesmaid dress will look best on your body.
Earlier this week, Brides announced that former executive editor Keija Minor had been promoted to Editor in Chief, making her the first ever black EIC in Condé Nast’s history.
Despite being only six days into her new, headline-making position and probably very busy, Minor was nice enough to chat with us about her exciting new role, the reactions she’s gotten, her thoughts on diversity in publishing as a whole and her plans for Brides. Read on for our interview.
When Joanna Coles left Marie Claire to take over the reins at Cosmo, she started a round of editorial musical chairs. Anne Fulenwider subsequently left Brides to take Coles’ vacated Marie Claire job, which left Brides without anyone at the helm–until now. Keija Minor has just been named Brides‘ new Editor-in-Chief, and shockingly, Minor will be the very first African-American to ever head up any of the 18 titles at Conde Nast.
Well, that was fast.
Just hours after announcing that current EIC Joanna Coles would be moving to Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire has named her replacement.
Anne Fulenwider, who has been editor-in-chief of Brides since October 2011, will take the reins at Marie Claire. This is not the first time Fulenwider has worked with the Marie Claire team; prior to her role as EIC of Brides, Fulenwider worked for two years under Coles as executive editor of the mag.
Who doesn’t love a summertime wedding? The food, the booze, the overall merriment that goes with celebrating holy matrimony… But the dress codes that come along with all those summer wedding invitations aren’t always so clear. ‘Black Tie Optional’? Isn’t masculine neckwear technically always an option? And ‘Informal’–does that mean your go-to skinny-jeans-and-blazer combo is ok? Well, not exactly.
On our quest to decode these oft-mystifying wedding dress codes, we spoke to three experts in the field of bridal etiquette: Rachel Leonard, the Fashion Director at Brides magazine; Kate Berry, the Style Director at Martha Stewart Weddings; and Sharon Naylor, the author of over 35 wedding books, including The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette and The Bride’s Diplomacy Guide. Their helpful advice covers everything from proper accessories to appropriate hairstyles, and the ultimate wedding don’ts.
Let’s face it: No one wants to look out of place at an event, particularly when said event will result in photographs that will potentially be decking people’s walls and Facebooks for generations and Timelines to come. Follow our expert guide to decoding wedding dress codes and you’ll be perfectly wedding-guest dressed in no time, flat.
Coachella Happened: Coachella kicked off last weekend (and wraps this weekend), and we promise to stop talking about it soon. From what the celebs wore, to what real people wore, to the trends we hope will fade faster than your tan we covered it all. It’s all in good fun – you know we love you! (But seriously, no more crochet.)
YouTube Makeup Gurus: We’ve all been there: we’ve spotted that perfect cat eye or been desperate to cover up that zit and wondered, “How can I do this?” Luckily, we live in the age of YouTube, where beauty gurus share their knowledge with just a click of a button. Here are 10 of the best tutorials.
Best Tressed Style Bloggers: Though these seven ladies are known better for their clothes than their locks, we think it’s all part of the same stylish parcel. We had to know how these bloggers style their enviable hair.
Finally, NYC’s Answer to Colette: Fashion fans dream of boutiques like Colette in Paris and Corso Como in Milan, so obviously we’re thrilled about FiveStory, NYC’s latest boutique that seeks to fill that niche. The best part? The brain behind the luxury boutique is 26-year old Claire Distenfeld–check out our interview with her.
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress will never die. The McQueen gown has spawned a bajillion copies, one of which made its way onto the August cover of Brides and is modeled by a brunette clearly intended to be a Kate lookalike. The $5,000 dress is Legends by Romona Keveza and is silk-shantung and taffeta with Chantilly lace sleeves,
a blatant knock-off of the royal gown (UPDATE: the Romona Keveza gown was actually designed well before the Royal Wedding. The design was part of Keveza’s “Royal Collection,” shown at Bridal Fashion Week in April 2011, and inspired by what Keveza would design for Kate Middleton–turns out she was spot on.)
Inside, they talk about “new ideas” from the royal wedding; namely, long sleeves and veils. I don’t know about you, but I feel this is getting a little ridiculous.