Flowergirl Dresses

Finding the perfect style for your little showstopper!

This was a big, huge week at Flair! Our owners, Stacey and Zak, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Devan Taylor. Needless to say, she’s already Flair’s little princess and we’re all madly in love with her! So, seeing as how we have lovely little girls on the brain, today’s blog is dedicated to the princesses of the wedding world; flowergirls! As fun as the girls are themselves, shopping for their dresses, on the other hand, can be somewhat stressful. From finding something to match, to choosing the right size, more goes into it than you’d think! Here are some tips to make shopping for your little girl fun and smooth:

Not sure what you're looking for? Flair's designers have tons of variety and something for everyone!

Not sure what you’re looking for? Flair’s designers have tons of variety and something for everyone!

1) Don’t wait too long to shop – You might think such a small dress would be quick to make, but most of our flowergirl dresses take almost as long to produce as their bridesmaid counterparts! So, you want to start thinking about ordering them around the same time as the bridesmaids’ dresses.
2) Allow for growth spurts – Just like with bridesmaids’ dresses, we take measurements of the little ones and then compare them to the designer’s size chart to choose the right size. Unlike with the adult dresses, though, we often recommend ordering a size up from what she is measuring now, in case of a growth spurt. If she doesn’t grow, you can always take the dress in or choose to leave it a little loose. Flowergirl dresses don’t need to be as snugly fit, and she may even be a little more comfortable with some extra room to breathe.
3) Be color correct – Traditionally, if the bride’s gown is white, then the flowergirl’s dress is also white, if the gown is ivory than so is the flowergirl’s, and so on. These days, though, flowergirl dresses don’t have to be just in the ivory/white family. There are tons of options if you’re looking for something a little outside of the box! If you want a piece of her dress (usually the sash) to perfectly match the bridesmaids’ dresses, though, then be sure to order some extra material at the same time you order the adult dresses, to ensure a matching dyelot. Some of our designers can even make the sash for you, so be sure to ask us if you’re interested!

Whatever you decide, be sure to give your little one the opportunity to try on her dress well in advance of the big day. Comfort is key with kids, so doing a little troubleshooting prior to the big day can ensure that she looks and feels great for her big walk down the aisle!

Wedding Gown Care

Must Do’s BEFORE you put on your dream dress

If there’s one thing we know for sure it’s how important wedding gowns are to their brides. I mean duh, right? You save for them, dream about them, work out to look your best in them, and say your vows in them. It’s safe to say that it’s one of the most (if not the most) important articles of clothing you’ll ever buy. That’s probably why when most brides pick up their wedding gown, they hold it as if it’s a carton of eggs. While your gown is definitely tougher than that, we totally get it; you want to keep your beauty safe and in perfect condition until your big day! We know the last thing you want to do is blemish it right before you head down the aisle, so on the morning of the wedding, be sure that you do all of this prior to stepping in it:

We get it - if your gown is THIS pretty, you do whatever it takes to protect it! See these beauties at our Tara Keely trunk show April 15-17 :)

We get it – if your gown is THIS pretty, you do whatever it takes to protect it! See these beauties at our Tara Keely trunk show April 15-17 :)

Freshen up – Basically, anything that needs to be done in the bathroom should be finished before you get in your gown. Think about brushing/flossing, makeup/hair touching up, and yes, especially that thing that the bathroom was made for!
Hydrate and snack – We know you’ll be super busy the morning of your wedding, but you don’t want to be hit by a blood sugar crash as you’re saying your vows, so make time for a light lunch. If you combine that with a glass or two of jitter busting champagne, we certainly won’t judge
Steam and stain check – Pro tip – invest in a steamer! They’re not crazy expensive, and trust us, it’ll come in handy way beyond your wedding day! Either way, be sure to give your gown a quick once over for any stains or wrinkles you may not have caught earlier.
Get your Namaste on – Your wedding will involve a ton of standing and posing, so do yourself a favor and get some stretching in the morning of. It will help you relax and focus before the (fun) madness begins!

Tell us – are there any other must do’s on your wedding morning checklist?

Tara Keely Bridal

See what this amazing designer has in store for you this Spring!

Spring, we love ya. After every winter, we can always count on you to bring us budding flowers, (slightly) warmer temperatures, chirping birds, and more. Your game is re-birth and all things new, and we’re diggin’ it. That’s why we jam packed our Spring with tons of trunk shows. Sticking with the “new” trend, this Spring we’re beyond pumped to show all of our Flair friends what’s fresh and current in the bridal world. Up next, we have Tara Keely! Brides, Tara Keely is going to be your new BFF. She’s all about finding the perfect mix of sex appeal and elegance, which, let’s face it, is pretty much every bride’s dream! Here’s what you can expect from her brand new 2016 collection:

Go for the gold – Tara Keely used this STUNNING Ivory and Gold lace on a couple of her new 2016 gowns, and the result is pure, opulent beauty!

Seriously, that gold lace is the perfect pop of shine!

Seriously, that gold lace is the perfect pop of shine!

Give ‘em the hot shoulder – Only 1 dress in TK’s new collection covers the shoulders, so prepare for plenty of pretty décolletage and gorge over the shoulder photos. Swoon!

Style TK2600, we're kinda obsessed with you. Modest sleeves with that rocking decolletage - swoon city!

Style TK2600, we’re kinda obsessed with you. Modest sleeves with that rocking decolletage – swoon city!

Just a hint of lace – In the past, it seemed like bridal gowns either came covered in lace or without any at all. Tara Keely is here for all of the brides looking for something in the middle. A bunch of her stunning new styles feature lace accents mixed with other materials, for the bride who wants it all!

We're liking this "lace light!"

We’re liking this “lace light!”

Waists on waists on waists – Literally every gown in Tara Keely’s new collection hits the waist at that perfect, narrow spot that we all want to show off. Yeah, she’s got your back (and waist). Bonus: a bunch even come with a built in belt; an easy way to add some bling to your bridal look!

See what we mean? Tiny waist alert!

See what we mean? Tiny waist alert!

Want to see for yourself? Give us a ring to book your spot for this can’t miss bridal fashion event!

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Wedding Tiaras

A modern take on the classic look!

On her wedding day, every bride should feel like a princess. Don’t lift a finger, have everyone fawn all over you, get dressed up…yeah, princesses and brides totally have the life! They have alot of fun things in common in the wardrobe department, too; a grand dress, perfectly styled hair, and killer shoes, to name a few. However, one classic princess accessory has gone somewhat by the wayside in the bridal world in recent years. Tiaras used to be the ultimate in special occasion wear but somewhere along the way I think brides started to find them a little, well…dated and over the top. Lucky for all of the wanna-be princesses out there, though, today there are tons of fresh, modern ways for brides to rock this look:
1) Flower crowns – I know, we’re getting dangerously close to these being over-done, but they’re just so darn pretty that we couldn’t leave them off of the list! They’re the perfect casual counterpart to the typical gilded style.
2) A lace headband – Alot of what makes most tiara styles a little “much” is their over the top sparkle. It can be a little heavy-handed, especially for a more laid back bride/wedding. Swap in lace in place of some crystals, though, and you automatically turn down the volume and create a more mellow, current look.
3) Fascinators – From one princess look to another! Fascinators are a chic, cool way to update the tiara look, and add a touch of Kate Middleton to your bridal style!

When in doubt, check out Elizabeth Bower’s crown collection! Every piece is GORGE, so you can’t go wrong! All of these beauties are sure to wow and will make any hairstyle wedding ready!

The Titania crown totally has "modern princess" written all over it!

The Titania crown totally has “modern princess” written all over it!

Elizabeth Bower's Budding Cap is the perfect blend of chic fascinator and traditional tiara!

Elizabeth Bower’s Budding Cap is the perfect blend of chic fascinator and traditional tiara!

Gowns that Give

Amy Kuschel’s Philanthropic Program

Speaking from experience, I know how easy it can be to forget about the rest of the world when planning your wedding. It takes up all of your free time, and dominates most of your conversations. I, for example, totally forgot about my parent’s anniversary in the midst of my own planning haze. Face palm. I could have used a little reminder that while my wedding was certainly important, it was not the only important thing. Amy Kuschel has always done a great job of reminding brides of just that, with her “Gowns that Give” campaign. Talk about the best of both worlds! You get the gown of your dreams for your important day, while an equally important charity gets a portion of said gown’s profits. Look good, and do good; it’s a no-brainer! Here are some of the stunning styles that are a part of the program:

The Boston gown (a fave of ours, duh) benefits The Trevor Project

The Boston gown (a fave of ours, duh) benefits The Trevor Project

Chic Charleston benefits The Breast Cancer Fund

Chic Charleston benefits The Breast Cancer Fund

A portion of hottie Harlow's funds goes towards The Sierra Club

A portion of hottie Harlow’s funds goes towards The Sierra Club

Pretty Roxy (the dress, though the dog is cute too!) benefits The San Francisco SPCA

Pretty Roxy (the dress, though the dog is cute too!) benefits The San Francisco SPCA

Can’t wait to see these charitable cuties on our brides at our Amy Kuschel designer event this weekend!!

Amy Kuschel Bridal

Girls, get ready for some Disco and Deco deliciousness!

As any “Project Runway” addict like myself knows, every fashion collection needs to have a cohesive theme. It’s not enough to just make pretty pieces (although that’s a great start); for a collection to really be, well, a collection, all of the items need to make sense together. The designers we have at Flair do an amazing job at that, and we’re constantly amazed at their creativity and strong sense of personal style. While no two collections are alike, at the same time they always possess that signature look that each designer has become known for. One collection that we really love this year is “Deco to Disco” by Amy Kuschel. Let’s face it, since “The Great Gatsby” all of us girls have had a bit of an obsession with fashion from the past, and Amy has tapped right into that! The great thing, though, is that she has also managed to make this collection look totally fresh and modern. With chic, minimal shapes, lush fabrics, and perfectly proportioned embellishments, all of the dresses in this collection are fun, flirty, and full of style! Check out a few of our faves below and then give us a ring to see them in person at our “Deco to Disco” designer event next weekend!

Oh hello, hottie Harlow!

Oh hello, hottie Harlow!

Hey Boston dress, we love you because of a) your name, duh b) your good looks and c) your charity! A portion of the proceeds of this gown goes towards an LGBT charity!

Hey Boston dress, we love you because of a) your name, duh b) your good looks and c) your charity! A portion of the proceeds of this gown goes towards an LGBT charity!

Garbo, you're gorgeous!!

Garbo, you’re gorgeous!!

Say hello to Harlem! Isn't she chic and sleek!

Say hello to Harlem! Isn’t she chic and sleek!

We think Daisy Buchanan would approve of and love the Charleston gown!

We think Daisy Buchanan would approve of and love the Charleston gown!

Hayley Paige Bridal

A Trend Report

On the heels of New York Fashion week, we have trends on the brain. Watching the collections walk the runway is basically like having someone say “Hint hint, this is what you should be wearing.” It’s perfect; you get to look at pretty clothes, spot celebrities in the front row, and stay on top of your fashion game all at the same time. The bridal world is no different; each collection gives brides a heads up on what is fresh and new in wedding wear. Seeing as how our Hayley Paige trunk show coincides with NYFW, we figured now was the perfect time for a HP trend report. Here’s what to look out for:

Florals – Hayley Paige is definitely known for her sparkle. I don’t think she has ever met bling she didn’t like, and you get to reap the benefit with her shining, stunning styles! In her latest collections, though, we’ve seen a major increase in another pretty detail – flowers! Whether it’s via embroidery, appliqués, or lace, florals have popped up more and more in her recent work, and we’re loving it!

Left: Enchanting Chantelle Right: Radiant Remmington

Left: Enchanting Chantelle Right: Radiant Remmington

Darker tones – Hayley’s got your back; she knows that white is not an easy color to wear, so she always fills her collections with plenty of hue options. Choices range from the still traditional ivory tones to the more modern blushes and blues. There’s truly something for everyone!

Oh pretty Nicoletta, we're obsessed with you!

Oh pretty Nicoletta, we’re obsessed with you!

See ya strapless – Straps have made a major comeback in the past few years, and Hayley Paige’s collections are no exception. I think a big part of what we love about strapless is the subtle sex appeal, so HP always makes sure to pop some va va voom in other areas of her strapped designs, in the form of illusion details, low backs, and more!

Left: Marvelous Mona Right: Beautiful Behati

Left: Marvelous Mona Right: Beautiful Behati

A-line – In recent years, it seems like brides have been into the extremes when it comes to silhouettes. We saw tons of fitted mermaids, and plenty of voluminous ballgowns, but less options in the middle. Thankfully, Hayley Paige knows that brides like options, and she has provided them with beautiful a-line styles that are the perfect mix of flowy and fitted.

Left: Elegant Ellie Right: Pretty Portia

Left: Elegant Ellie Right: Pretty Portia

Finding the perfect wedding dress

How saying no can ultimately help you say yes to the dress!

I’m a total people pleaser; I’ve always had a difficult time saying no, especially to those that I love. In the past, if I ever did have to say no, I was always ready with a valid reason why. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve learned that saying no isn’t always such a bad thing. I don’t have to be all things to all people, and saying no every now and then is totally fine; no excuses or reasons necessary. You know who could stand to be reminded of that? Brides! In our line of work, we’re typically all about saying yes to the dress, but we’re here to tell you that there are also times when it’s totally acceptable to say no. Here’s when:

If the dress is over your budget – This is a given. Sure, it’s all fun and games in the store, but when you get home and have to break the news to your fiancé and re-budget everything, things may not seem so amusing.

Speaking of finding your perfect dress - we have a Hayley Paige Fall 2015 trunk show coming up...so we'll just leave this here ;)

Speaking of finding your perfect dress – we have a Hayley Paige Fall 2015 trunk show coming up…so we’ll just leave these photos here ;)

If your friends/family love the dress more than you do – It can be easy to get caught up in the ohh’s and ahh’s from your audience, but try and focus on your feelings above all else. If you’re not having the same strong reaction they are, it’s probably not the dress for you.

Would be hard to say no to this beauty!

Would be hard to say no to this beauty!

If the dress is perfect, BUT… – There are tons of gowns out there, so you don’t have to settle. If you find yourself thinking “This would totally be my dress if thing a, b, or c was different” then it’s likely not your gown. Keep looking, you’ll find one that you won’t want to change a thing!

Can't see a thing we'd change about this stunning style!

Can’t see a thing we’d change about this stunning style!

No, just no – Sometimes we can’t pinpoint it, but something is just telling us “this isn’t right.” Like I said above, you don’t always need a reason. If the gown looks great and is in budget, but it just isn’t clicking with you, then say no. Listen to your gut!

We always remind our brides that it’s OK to not like/say no to a dress. After all, every no gets you a little bit closer to the one that makes you say “Yes!” 🙂

Wedding Dress Accessories

How to make sure your bling and bridal gown are a match made in heaven!

When it comes to wedding planning, one thing leads to the next. You make your guest list which leads to finding the venue that accommodates it. Then, once you book said venue you can plan your décor. Checking one thing off of your to-do always seems to just add another. Luckily, though, most of this to-do list is fun! For example, once you choose your wedding gown, you can then think about accessorizing it! With the exception of those that have an heirloom piece they definitely want to incorporate, most brides choose their gown before their shoes, jewelry, headpieces, etc. The reason being is that, let’s face it; the dress is the most important part so you find that first and then work everything else around it. To ensure that all of your bridal style items work together, keep the following in mind:
1) Your dress neckline determines what jewelry you should wear: The basic rule of thumb is that the more covered the neckline the simpler you want to go with your jewelry. A strapless dress is obviously the easiest; add pretty much whatever you want! On the other hand, if you choose a one shoulder or boat neck, for example, you probably want to skip the necklace and stick to earrings and/or a bracelet. The same goes for your dress’ fabric; busier fabrics pair best with simpler jewelry that won’t fight with it. If you’re unsure what’s best, we always have jewelry on hand here to try with the gowns that you like!
2) Consider the color of your gown when choosing metals: Bright white gowns often pair better with silver tones, while off-white/cream mixes well with gold. For the bride looking for something a little different, rose gold tends to go well with either!

Now this is a bride (ok, model) that did it right! She skipped the necklace with her high neckline and opted for a sparly headband instead. Plus, it's gold tone totally goes with the off-white lace. Perfection!

Now this is a bride (ok, model) that did it right! She skipped the necklace with her high neckline and opted for a sparly headband instead. Plus, its gold tone totally goes with the off-white lace. Perfection!

3) Remember the style of your gown: We’re not talking the fit here, but rather the dress’ aesthetic. If you choose a vintage gown, for example, you probably shouldn’t pair that with a trendy, chunky necklace. At the same time, a sculptured, architectural, and modern gown wouldn’t really mesh well with a classic pearl necklace. This can be a tricky one to navigate, so again, we’re always here to help with style choices!
4) Last, and certainly not least, stay true to your personal style: Don’t let those around you talk you into an accessory that doesn’t feel like “you.” After all, while the dress won’t be easy to re-wear, the accessories definitely can be! Keep that in mind as you shop.

It’s a ton to absorb, so if you’re in need of some guidance, Flair is always here to help! We book half hour accessories appointments most days, and also have stylists standing by to chat at our online shop, Frills, that is chock full of beautiful, budget friendly baubles! Happy shopping 🙂

Custom Wedding Dresses

Made easy with Bluethread Bridal!

Those wedding dress shopping shows are a total guilty pleasure of mine. My friends and family are always shocked that I can work at Flair and then go home and basically watch my job on TV in my free time. The reason I can do it is because I feel like they’re two totally different worlds. Flair, thankfully, is pretty much drama free, and let’s face it, that’s the main reason we watch reality TV. One true thing that I do take away, and that all brides watching should take away from those shows, is that wedding dress shopping is HARD. As fun as it is, there is a ton of pressure to find just the right dress. One way to ensure that you get the perfect one is to be a part of the process, and custom design it yourself! Sounds difficult, and expensive, right? Wrong! Thankfully for all of the brides out there, there’s Bluethread Bridal; an affordable, custom gown designer. Ahead of our Bluethread trunk show this weekend, we wanted to use this blog to explain the process and let you know how easy it can be to design your dream dress! Here’s the 411:

If you prefer a ready made creation, Bluethread has plenty of those too. Isn't style S1001 a dream?!

If you prefer a ready made creation, Bluethread has plenty of those too. Isn’t style S1001 a dream?!

Step 1 – Head to their Design my Dress page to get started. There, you can play around with different fabrics, top styles, skirt silhouettes, sashes, beading, and more! As you select an option, you can see it reflected on their handy dandy bride form. Afterwards…
Step 2 – Once you find the design you love, it’s time to measure and order! That’s where Bluethread retailers like Flair come in. We’re happy to go over your design with you, help you try on similar silhouettes to be sure of your choice, and measure you in house. Then, when you’re completely happy and stress free, we can help you place your order. Then…
Step 3 – After your order is placed, Bluethread begins working on your mid-term fitting corset. It’s a corset made to your exact measurements, so that you can try it on before the dress is completed and ensure that the fit is comfortable and flattering. Once approved, your dress will be put into production. With their fitting corset and extensive quality control process, you end up with a perfectly fitted, perfectly styled couture creation!

Style S1004 is the epitome of a dreamy, classic ballgown!

Style S1004 is the epitome of a dreamy, classic ballgown!

Yup – it’s that easy to get an amazing fit and custom look! If you’re a little nervous about it, though, Bluethread also has tons of ready-made beauties to choose from (some of which we’ve sprinkled through this blog). Give us a ring with any questions or to set up an appointment to get started for yourself! See you soon, Bluethread brides 🙂

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