Nicole Miller Fall 2013 Bridal Collection

Posted on October 19, 2012

Nicole sez:

“I am inspired by the different types of brides—and weddings—I have been seeing lately. I designed dresses for each type, including the traditional bride, the modern bride, the feminine bride, the boho bride—each dress speaks to a different style, while keeping true to the Nicole Miller bridal aesthetic.”

We, of course, are responding quite well to a lot of it, because we’ve made it pretty clear that our tastes in bridal tend to run away from the poufy and more toward the idea that a bride should take her personal style and blow it up to mega-elegant when it comes time to pick her gown, rather than immediately go for the princess stuff.

It’s all very simple – in comparison to most bridal collections – and really, you could argue that many of them are only “bridal” because they’re labeled so, but we actually like that.

But again; we are not, nor will we ever be, brides, which is why we love turning the floor over to y’all, because there are so very many ladykittens in our comments section. Let’s hear it.

Opinionated boykittens are also welcome, of course.




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  • VicksieDo

    Number 5 and the last one are in my style wheelhouse. These are all pretty cute.

  • I agree they’re very pretty, but you can also already get them all at David’s Bridal. I LOVE that cake, though.

    • j_anson

      Yeah, I does kind of feel like a collection of “what if we took all our bridesmaid styles and made them white?” They’re pretty enough, though, and I do like that they’re at least trying to do something other than the princess look.

    • Aurumgirl

       Also true:  the difference between David’s Bridal and the most expensive dress designer going is now negligible.  Maybe that’s progress in the bridal world. 

      •  The differences are simply those that aren’t that apparent in photographs.  It isn’t so much a question of design or elaborateness, but of the quality of materials and detailing.

        • tereliz

          Exactly. You can’t get a dupioni silk dress at David’s.

    • miagain

      That’s exactly what I thought…. none of them seem extraordinary, but all are attractive.

  • jilly_d

    If I got married again, #13 would be on my body so fast, it would make your head spin.

    • MilaXX

       I had that marked as one of the ones I liked.

  • Maria Rosenfire

    A couple of these are venturing dangerously close to prom dress category, but overall I like them. They’re sassy. And I adore the one with the crinkly skirt and the embellishments.

  • Araina23

    Far too simple.

    •  Really? That’s what I like about them. Far better than the ones with a lot of frou-frou fluff, for my taste.

      Guess that’s why there are so many different designers, no?

    • If you are looking for something “not simple” then Nicole Miller is not the label for you. Lol Her bridal designs never have much fuss or design elements. I model bridal gowns and I can tell you, they may not be all “blinged out” but they fit amazingly well and make you feel sexy.

  • These are all lovely for after the wedding.  But for the wedding itself?  They seem a little casual to me.

    • MilaXX

       If you go for that sort of thing, I could see these as reception dresses.

      • “Reception dresses”!  That’s the phrase I was looking for.

        • MilaXX

          Yeah the dress you change into to get your party on.

        •  The 3rd dress is identical to the dress I wore to my wedding reception 20 years ago.  My wedding dress was stiff, and I let my mother pick it out.  I wanted to party at my reception, and that dress gave me the attitude to do so  :~)

    • These (the long ones at least) are all dresses my brides would love!  I get brides who like sleeker and more modern dresses. I love this collection!

    • I think they’d be just the thing for a casual or a beach wedding.

    • CozyCat

      You can dress them up for the ceremony, though.  Chic little white hat with a veil and gloves, which get discarded when the party starts.
      I can really see these dresses appealing to women who don’t feel comfortable in the whole princess thing.  Or those who, while happy to be getting married, are turned off by the over-the-top “my special day” idea we’ve been sold.

    • kschwarting

      I dunno, I got married outside in rural Oregon, and these would have been perfect.  It all depends on the type of wedding.

  • I love the collection. I am ready to wear #5 the minute someone pops the question.

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s nice to see something that offers a real alternative to the foofiness of most of the other collections. The tailored looks will be flattering to a lot of women. I like to see a wedding dress that is really a dress and not “bride costume.” Most weddings are not really that formal. These seem personal and appropriate.

    • OMG ‘bride costume’ – thank you for finally putting a name to that dreaded aesthetic I’ve been trying to avoid!

  • anne.landre

    Lovely, simple and elegant. How refreshing to see real variety, modeled by women who don’t look as though they are being marched to the guillotine.

  • Oh, well, that’s much more like it. Elegant, pretty, not stupidly poufy, and hey! Look! Smiling bride-models! Looking and acting like brides!

    I don’t love all of them, but I love the overall collection and the ideas behind it. Much more thoughtful than the “more lace, more pouf, more, more, more!” school. 

  • I think I just like these because the model looks happy instead of suicidal.

  • oatmealpie

    These are so classy and elegant. When I was shopping for a wedding dress last year, they were all very thick and heavy. The saleslady told me they had to be that way. I suspected she was wrong, and Nicole here has just confirmed it.

  • These look a bit limp to me, emphasized by the series of very similar-looking body-hugging trumpet gowns after the middle. I think I may prefer seeing runway shots of the dresses.

  • alyce1213

    All of the short dresses are too short, I dislike all the strapless, and the rest are alright but nothing I’d get married in.
    Based on hr statement, I was hoping to see something a little more interesting and luxe.  They look inexpensive.

    • Yeah, that was how I felt. These all look really generic. But I guess since I have a quirky style, that’s not really going to translate. I feel like what I mostly see is dresses for women for no breasts. 

    • MilaXX

       Agreed. I could go for 11 & 16 but not at her price point

  • Zippypie

    Simple and elegant.  Though there are ones I really don’t care for (peplum, anyone?), the clean lines and lack of poof make these really lovely.  Who needs a big dramatic toilet topper?!

  • Ali

    Boring and trite. I really don’t see much differences in styles at all. So many of these designers are a real disappointment, which is a shame because there are some really great, fashion-conscious designers out there. These last few shows have just been insipid.

  • THERE ARE MULTIPLE SHORT OPTIONS! Hooray hooray hooray hooray!

    • #15 (short one w/ the lace top/sleeves) is so fantastic. 

    • 3boysful

       Yes, REALLY short.  Don’t bend over to kiss the flower girl.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m a fan of low-key weddings, so I like that many of these look like regular dresses. 

    • TieDye64

      Me, too. I much prefer the more low-key affairs. They just suit my personality.

  • I just feel a little blah toward all this, but if I had to pick, I’d pick that flappery number (8) to be what I wore at the reception, and then it’s a tossup for the ceremony between 9, 13, and 16. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Not a loser in the bunch. Personal favorites are number nine and sixteen. Feminine, but not so much frippery that they would look ridiculous when altered to fit my dramatic curves. She really accomplished what she set out to do, representing a range of brides in a very appealing, wearable fashion. I love the photos with the cake, but the model looks a little young to sell these dresses. Like she got into Mom’s closet and tried on her old dress for a game of what-if. Maybe that was the intent?

  • Athenrein

    Meh. But if I ever have a wedding I’m wearing purple, so I’m really not the target audience here. I like the idea of a short wedding dress, but none of them look like wedding dresses. I think they’re all a bit too short. 5 is the only one I like.

  • MilaXX

    I hate ballgown/princess looks so many of these are right up my alley. I almost like number 6, 2 feels like a older bride or 2nd wedding look. I really like  11 & 16 despite not being a fan of lace. I think most of the short ones would work, except that 1rst one is too short and the last one feels bridesmaid-y.
    It’s odd that so many of the other designer over-styled the dresses with bug neck pieces and crazy head wear, and these feel almost under styled.

    • MissAmynae

      Yes! Several 2nd wedding, older bride, simple “JP” ceremonies, destination/beachy wedding, and reception dresses!

      I love these– I had my A-line princessy moment already, and these would be so much fun for a vow renewal, or big anniversary party!

      • My wedding dress was very similar (and much cheaper) to #6, but I would like the shorter ones for a renewal ceremony.

  • I would totally get married again in that 3rd dress! I don’t like big princess dresses, so I love this collection.

  • AlexisPayne

    I really love #9, I love how modern and sweet these dresses are.

  • Trisha26

    None of these, in my opinion, are bridal gowns, except “maybe” the 6th one down. A bridal gown doesn’t have to be poofy, long, or overly embellished, but it does have to be special. These are “white dresses.”

  • Nicholas

    They’re incredibly gorgeous, but none seem bridal. Make them a different colour and you’ve got the perfect bridesmaid dresses, though.

  • Anathema_Device

    I like that none of these are totally ridiculous looking. I know that sounds weird, but when you look at some of these other bridal collections, they go way too far over the top for me.

  • I am so thrilled to see dresses that aren’t all strapless! There are dresses here that are fit for every different body type. I love it.

  • margaret meyers

    Love all the LWDs!  Sometimes it’s a marriage, not a wedding!

  • kimmeister

    Hands-down the best collection of the ones that have been featured here recently.  I just think some of the necklines are a little too plunging.

    •  I thought of it as the Brides Hate Bras collection.

  • Imasewsure

    Like these for someone who doesn’t want to wear a costume on their wedding day (I think many brides do but that’s not my taste). Nothing earthshattering but they might look more distinctive and richer in person. Pretty enough and mostly better than the recent bridal frippery we have been sampling lately

  • #8 would be perfect to renew my vows in.

  • ChelseaNH

    One side of my brain says they’re mostly too simple, while another side of my brain scolds that not every wedding has to be a Princess for a Day pageant.  So what it comes down to is, I’m happy to see some variety.

  • I like that there is more variety than one usually sees in a bridal collection.  AND OMG MORE THAN ONE OPTION FOR THE BRIDE WHO DOESN’T WANT STRAPLESS.   It’s a wedding miracle, fellow fawns.

  • I was *this close* to getting a Nicole Miller dress for my wedding but opted for a more formal lace gown.   I think if I do a vow renewal once I hit ten years, I’d pick something like these.  Fun, pretty, but not “princess bride.”  Once you’ve been married for a few years, you have an appreciation for how the princess thing is such a fantasy, even in a good marriage.

  • gabbilevy

    I think 11, 13 and 14 are all lovely and chic, without deviating too far from ‘bridal’. (Some of those short cocktail dresses look just like short cocktail dresses that happen to be white, but hey, there are definitely weddings where that works.) I’m not sure I picture *myself* wearing them as a bride, but I have a hard time picturing myself doing the whole walk down the aisle, couple’s first dance thing. 

  • meh to be honest. I’m not one for meringues for wedding dresses but these are kind of boring and most of them I feel like I’d spend the day adjusting worried I was exposing myself if I moved too much.

  • Must have number three for completely non bridal reasons. Totally looking into/buying it.

  • SewingSiren

    Oh damn , now I want a piece of cake.

  • Buffy

    Ever so much better than Vera’s.  This is like bridal for grownups.  The only thing I dislike is all the plunging necklines, not everyone wants to show so much cleavage.  But that may just be me.

    • Bridal for grownups, that’s perfect.  Not into showing lots of cleavage either, but I love the collection overall.

  • I don’t like short wedding dresses.  The bride should look like a bride, not a guest or like she’s going to the office.  But mostly, they’re beautiful, except the wrinkled Empire waist one.  That’s wonky.

  • Something about all of these dresses makes them look standard and boring. I feel you can do a wedding dress without going the princess route but these dresses just look like regular gowns dyed white.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Eh. I hate the princess look but these are boring.

  • adnama79

    Like the concept but would like to see the same ideas rendered more… more.  More special.

    My sister bought a white sundress at Anthropologie for her wedding.  She looked adorable.  She spent $200.  That’s what this feels like  – just some white dresses.  Nice, and certainly options I would’ve considered, but then again, I got married in a rust-colored floral sundress that belonged to my aunt the year I was born, so…  I would never have considered paying what these must cost to get what they are delivering.

    If I’d purchased a wedding dress, I would have wanted to take the white sundress to 11.  These are mostly hovering around a 7.

  • quiltrx

    I kind of love the ones with the Deco-ish details, particularly #10 is my fave.

    • Anathema_Device

       I agree on that one. In fact, dresses 10-13 or 14 (lost count) are the standouts for me. Unless a bride is having a simple civil ceremony and a party, then many of the shorter dresses are fab.

  • All designs are lovely.  There’s something here for every real life body type.

  • Stubenville

    These are great for the woman who doesn’t want to look like yet another poofy princess. But I have to snark that my dear departed Mother had a tennis outfit in the 1960’s which looked a lot like that last dress…

  • Since the bridal salon I model for carries a lot of Nicole Miller, I know I will be trying one of these on soon and I cannot wait! Her gowns always fit me like a glove.

  • nannypoo

    Except for the skating costume and the wrinkly one I like these a lot. It’s nice to see a bridal collection that isn’t a bunch of strapless gowns with big skirts.

  • Corazon Nunez

    Love these!!!!!

  • throwslikeagirl

    Hope the fabrics are more luxe than many appear here. Some of them look cheap, and I’m sure they aren’t. 

  • KittenBritches

    I wish at least one of them had been red.  I’ve been to enough weddings where the bride was averse to white, and where the bride or groom’s culture allowed for a red wedding dress, that I think it would be appropriate for some designers to have a few choices in red.

    • Cat

      Agreed! I’m getting married in red next month and I had to have my dress made because I could find nothing suitable that wasn’t white/off-white. :/

  • NCDFan

    I like most of these but I noticed that there was one set of cap sleeves otherwise they were all sleeveless. Maybe I’m too out of date, but I like sleeves.

    • l_c_ann

      Sleeves: some arms need them, some churches require them. Some drafty older churches in cold weather make them necessary.

  • Mariam Nael

    i like them a lot, but i think it’s a bit TOO Simple for brides 

  • Kris Zwack

    I still wonder why white? If/when I get non-state witch married, I am not wearing white. I don’t know if I’ll be wearing a dress or a custom tailored men’s suit (yeah, I’m one of those), but dear gods on sticks, it will NOT be white. I am not a virgin, a swan, or a cake. Why white? 

    • Anathema_Device

       What I’ve heard is that Queen Victoria started the white trend, and it didn’t really have anything to do with virginity, but rather with luxury/excess. A woman used to get married in her best dress. Most women’s best dresses were not white. So, to have a white dress that you would never wear again was a luxury allotted to the privileged. Then it became a trend…and here we are a century and a half+ later with this being the norm.

  • DCSheehan

    I’m now craving cake.

  • YES. LOVE it.  Simple, classy, easy to accessorize without looking like magpie bait.

    The one thing I don’t love is the super plungey neckline use.  A little collar bone / cleave is what keeps some of these dresses from being too stuffy, but at this level, I’d be seriously worried about nuptial nipslips.

  • Kate Lorenz

    Excruciatingly bland.  12 and 13 have something for me, but the rest of them are basic and underdesigned.

  • thecitysleeps

    I wouldn’t go for the short skirts for a wedding gown myself,  but I do love some of the gowns.  I love simple and am on the side of the wedding gown being just a beautiful simple dress. I especially love no. 6 and 13.

  • FancyPhilly

    It is so subtle, but it is clearly being marketed to one of the newest bridal trends: changing your dress for your reception. I honestly don’t know how I feel about the wedding industry tacking on a new trend that puts pressure on brides to spend more money, but it certainly doesn’t surprise me.

    As far as the dresses, pretty, fine, nothing to get all riled up about.

  • I’d be happy to wear 8 or 10 at my wedding. Most of these are too plain for my taste though. If you rendered them in another color/print, they would be suitable for a number of occasions. That first one just screams ‘gallery opening’ to me (or like something you would wear in a tampon commercial to prove that you don’t fear leakage…)

  • I like them, but I wish there was a little bit of colour. At least they don’t scream  I’M A MOTHERFUCKING BRIDE.

  • Chic and clean.  I love these.

  • decormaven

    I’d like to see these in a variation of hue. Minor quibble- perhaps some switch-up in the footwear between the different looks. These clean designs will appeal to those who run from the frou-frou. 

  • ri_dic

    Egads. I think they are awful. I’m not a traditional bridal wear person, but these are cheesy.

  • I like princessy pretty fluffy frou frou dresses! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to wear something close to a princess/fairytale/old hollywood glamourous dress without looking like a crazy person, and I’m damn well going to take it! These dresses are nice but they do nothing for me. Dye them another colour and you can almost wear them to the office, at least the shorter ones. 

  • MasterandServant

    Love these. When I got married 2 years ago, I wish there had been more simple options! Paid a pretty penny to opt out of frouf.

  • annrr

    They all seem casual beachy destination wedding to me. I like the crinkly one and the last one. And kinds of standard, not very couture. 

  • kschwarting

    I really like the shorter ones–I had a miserable time finding an elegant but not floor-length dress for my wedding.  And damn it, now I want cake.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Man, they’re really pushing this whole ‘reception dress’ thing, aren’t they? I mean, not that I blame them; why not sell two dresses to someone who was only going to buy one? But I thought the justification of a reception dress was that the wedding gown was so complicated, uncomfortable, or unwieldy that it was impractical to wear it all day. None of the wedding gowns here seem to fit that bill. 

  • Kathy Schrenk

    Yay for them  not all being strapless, but would a sleeve kill ya?

  • I don’t mind the simplicity of the dresses, but the shorter ones somehow just don’t do it for me. Looks too much cocktail dress gone white for my taste.

  • **shrug** It just looks like a collection of white dresses.  And are there really that many woman out there that wish to bare their breastbones during a wedding?

  • megohd

    My good friend wore Nicole Miller for her wedding several years ago. It was $600. Not sure if it was a bridal gown or bridesmaid—the dress she tried on in the store was red, but she ordered one in off-white. Gorgeous, simple, and reasonably priced, for a wedding dress. 

    If I were more petite I’d totally go this route. These are all beautiful and NORMAL!

  • Dagney

    These are almost like templates. The wildest of brides could take the simplest one and spin it up with her own unique flair. Overall, they are elegant and grown up, not borrowed out of a cartoon playbook, and I appreciate the absence of the wadded toilet paper frippery.

  • anotherkate

    I really wish these bridal collections were photographed on a different colored backdrop. It’s hard to see detail when it’s white-on-white, designers!

  • patticake1601

    Very pretty and just my style. I got married in a very simple pale, pale pink suit. I’m not a girly girly….obviously LOL

  • Derek_anny

    Personal Rule 42, oldest in the book:  If you’re trying for formalish but I can see your knees, I’ll think you’re underdressed for your wedding.  A white dress almost automatically makes it formalish.  There are different rules for a casual wedding.

  • I really like the tops of quite a lot of these, however I don’t like the long vagina curtains that come down from the waists on them. 🙁

  • Aurumgirl

    I can’t look at any more bridal collections.  All of them, without exception, feature dresses that would all have to be significantly altered in order to create sleeves and structure up top so that a person would actually be comfortable living in that dress for what amounts to be several long, activity packed hours. The dresses are pretty basic:  strapless and long or short; sleeveless, and long or short.  Every collection.  For years.  It’s got the be the least taxing design work in fashion besides T shirts.

  • Delmekia Flannigan

    They are all beautifully designed and look comfortable to wear. I would have worn a number of them at my wedding although as a “reception dress”.

  • I liked the fact that they weren’t all frou frou and that there were choices for the woman who doesn’t want to wear strapless.  I love the crinkled skirt dress as well as numbers 7 and 8.  These would look great on a curvier woman.

  • crash1212

    I usually abhor bridal collections but this one is a breath of fresh air. While there is a shocking lack of sleeves, at least there were straps and I really loved the shorter offerings. Not froufy at all – which is a good thing. I especially loved #3 and #5.

  • velomango

    I rarely get to say this about a collection – I love almost all of them. The long, sleek and simple ones are similar to my own gown (though I doubt any of these cost $600 at a sample shop).

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  • Lisa Kramp

    Why is it now verboten to have long sleeves on wedding gowns? Some couples do get married in the northern hemisphere in the winter months, fergawdsakes! That said, I do like the simplicity of this collection, although a couple of the short gowns look like cheerleader dresses to me.

  • this is the only bridal collection so far that hasn’t bored me to tears.  thanks.

  • unbornfawn

    I like that there is variation in this collection. Although overall these dresses are way too simple. Most of these don’t look like wedding dresses. I know, I know, we’ve been complaining about too much fussiness, this collection goes too far in the other direction, this looks like a collection of cocktail and evening dresses. Many of these are very pretty, one or two of the short ones I might wear to city hall.  And I feel the need complain about trying to see white dresses with such a light background. If there is any beading or lace it is hard to tell.

  • Hallelujah for fewer strapless bridal dresses in the world!  They’re really cute.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Well I agree with the thought that it’s nice to see things that are attractive and appropriate to wear when you don’t want to look like something out of a Disney movie – but geez, it would be nice to see dresses made for women with tits.  And also, I beg and beg and beg for some sleeves for chrissakes.   I know I have had my sunday gin and tonic, so perhaps I slur my words.  But honestly.  

  • plinkiedoodle

    I love all the short ones.  The floor length ones…enh

  • Number five seems to be a favorite around here; and it’s mine as well.  Gorgeous.

  • Puckndc


  • They are simple and pretty. A nice change from the land of the poofy-princess gowns.

  • Jessi03

    I love these.  So happy to see such a range of styles and lengths!

  • These are so much better than the cupcake/princess dresses.  Love all the cocktail dresses!!

  • MarissaLG

    Just because a dress is white, does that make it bridal? I don’t know but all of these dresses are beautiful- whether or not most women would buy one for their special day. 

  • kolokOlchik

    Oh yes, gorgeous!  I am responding to quite a few of these looks.

  • librarygrrl64

    Where are the sleeves?????? Grrr. I had hoped La Middleton would be a good influence on wedding gowns. :-/

  • I really want some of that cake now. Is it just me, or do a lot of white column dresses end up looking like fancy nightgowns?

  • Pterodactyl111

    I like how some of them are just standing next to a cake. “I am a bride. This is a wedding. This is a wedding cake.”

  • loverungay

    Sorry…not bridal.  The short dresses look like resort wear and the long dresses like nightgowns.