September 23, 2010

Pretty in Prints

Although prints have been steadily sneaking into the bridesmaid color palette, brides have been slow to catch on. After all, doing a garden party print for seven bridesmaids like Project Runway designer Jesse LeNoir is probably too daring for most of us!

Lori Barbely Photography

But for those of you who are willing to dip your toes in the print pool, mixing and matching prints with solids is a great way to add a unique look to your wedding and use more than bouquets to pump in some extra color. For example, Landa Designs has chiffon dresses in an Azalea print, and you can pick up on the black or the pink for solid pairings.

Landa Designs MB424, MB427, MB428

We've mentioned Alfred Sung's Damask prints before, and Dessy's Silk Shantung dresses come in La Vie En Rose, which is featured on our current homepage. One of our brides paired that print with solid Amethyst color dresses for her upcoming October wedding, which we think is a very subtle and classy combination. It also shows that prints don't have to be found in only the typical outdoor or country club environment.

Look for more prints in all different fabrics to be added in the coming weeks. Just click on our new "Prints" category in "Shop by Color" on our left navigation column to stay in the loop on what's available!

September 15, 2010

Accessories in Full Bloom

Even though summer is coming to an end, Joielle is blooming with exciting new accessories. We've added some hair combs and earrings that vary from the earthy to the dramatic, and we hope you like them as much as we do!

Hair flowers and feathers continue to dominate in all shapes and sizes for brides who want a softer romantic look, a vintage feel, or the natural flora match to an outdoor ceremony. For those of you putting careful thought in having a "green-friendly" wedding, we love that some of these new hair combs also come with a small pin attached so that you can easily use them to accent everyday accessories like a belt or handbag, or simply rewear them as a pin.

September 3, 2010

Giving Mom More Options

At Joielle, we carry a line of "Mother of the Bride" dresses, also referred to as Social Occasion dresses, which are traditionally more appropriate for older women.

Landa Designs S215, S258, S284, S291

Mothers are increasingly fashion-conscious and dressing "younger" than previous generations. I am always tickled when I see a mother-daughter pairing at the mall wearing clothes that could have come from the same wardrobe. It's nice that we are moving away from dowdy clothes of the past and putting more effort into options that can be trendy but still age-appropriate.

We see it reflected in our customers as well, with quite a few mothers ordering a dress from one of our bridesmaid lines. Sara, a mother of the groom, recently shared this wedding photo with us from her son's August wedding. She is wearing Alfred Sung's stylish Dupioni Ruffle Neckline Dress, Style D461, in Daisy dupioni, and told us that she got plenty of compliments on the dress. We think she looks fabulous!

We'd also like to remind our customers that colors shown on our site are not necessarily exactly what they look like in person. This is in part because computer monitors vary, but it is also affected by indoor or outdoor lighting. For instance, Sara's dress color Daisy is actually an extremely bright yellow, which we have tried to portray on our website, but as you can see in the photo, it looks like a softer warm yellow outdoors. So we strongly encourage our shoppers to buy swatches if they have not yet seen the colors in person to make sure there are no surprises. Since these dresses are made to order, the manufacturers do not allow returns or exchanges, and we strive to do everything we can to make your purchase a well-informed one.
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