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#1 lwav8176

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    Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:18 AM

    Hi Ladies,

    I am having trouble finding the right dress for my oceanfront wedding next July. I was aiming for a classic, casual, steamlined look, but everything I see in the stores seems to be too formal or is chifon and flowy but makes me look like I am hiding something. I am looking for a something a little more slimfitting. I do like some dresses from the wtoo line, Sandals, and Nicole Miller. They are simple yet have some fun details. The catch is that I want to keep the cost below $1500.

    Also, I live in Toronto, so if there are any specific store suggestions that would be extra helpful!

    Any suggestions on other designers would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    #2 sjmacphe

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      Posted 12 November 2009 - 02:03 AM

      Hey there, not sure if you will like this designer - but your description sounds a lot like the style of the designer who makes my dress - Paloma Blanca (not, not all of the dresses are simple, lots have accents etc) but I think they are quite flattering on. Most are in the 1500-2000 range. You should check them out - they are based out of Toronto so I'm sure lots of stores carry their line(s). I think Maggie Sottero makes some beautiful dresses, most have lots of detail, but they don't ALL - you should just look at tons of styles. I think you need to try on a bunch, and then you will know what is the most flattering on you :)

      Good luck, let us know how it goes!

      #3 sjmacphe

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        Posted 12 November 2009 - 02:13 AM

        Have you also looked at JCrew's bridal selection - they are more fun/casual, but most I would say are pretty flowy/do not form to the body (depends on what styles you like), they might have some that you could work with! I don't know where you can find them to try on, I think you might have to order it - but they are quite reasonably priced. Good luck .

        PS - Have you tried on any Nicole Miller dresses, some of those are really gorgeous!

        #4 sweetiecat

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          Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:35 AM

          I second the JCrew suggestion! They have a good variety of dresses with good prices. I wore a bridesmaids dress from them this summer, and it was really well made (and had pockets!).

          #5 lwav8176

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            Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:28 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I think that I am also going to look into white/ivory bridesmaid dresses as an option.

            #6 *Meagan*

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              Posted 14 November 2009 - 03:51 AM

              Check out jcrew for sure! and maggie sottero she has dresses of all different styles! Good Luck. You will def. find the one!

              #7 Jennifer Davis

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                Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:12 PM

                J. Crew is a great idea. Nordstrom has a bridal section too with some nice dresses. Many of the Nicole Miller dresses are in your price point (My Nicole Miller was under $1,000).

                #8 bahiabride2010

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                  Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:59 PM

                  Hey There...I'm a bride in Toronto and had good luck finding inexpensive, well relatively of course, dresses at Bridal and Beyond in Mississauga. I found my dress there and they had a lot of choice for lighter more streamlined gowns appropriate for a DW in July, it's going to be HOT!

                  This is a link to my dress:

                  Zuri - by Maggie Sottero

                  #9 bahiabride2010

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                    Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:00 PM

                    Mine was $800!

                    #10 pinayflava

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                      Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:06 PM

                      oohh check out Maggie Sottero destination wedding dresses they have a great selection :)

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