• Gatto Nero

    No new ground broken here, but these are all lovely, and very Carolina.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly, and some have sleeves! Classy!

      • decormaven

        So happy to see sleeve options. Not everyone wants a strapless gown, no matter how many Pinterest pins to the contrary.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Never did find a dress I liked that was anything but strapless when I got married. Such a shame.

          • decormaven

            That is a shame. Not getting all hearts and flower-y about it, but that’s one day a person should wear exactly what suits her/him, not what the populace/industry dictates.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I did love my dress, but if I’d had more options, I would have chosen a slightly different style. That said, I was also not the type to go to every store in town and scour the racks. Two or three stores, aaaand done.

          • Krysta

            You and me both! I was just not that invested in what the dress was going to be to look for very look or spend very much.

          • Kitten Mittons

            *high 5*

            As long as it looked beautiful, and I liked it, then I was happy. $400. And you know where it is right now? In a box, in my mom’s basement. I am too friggin cheap to spend too much on a dress I won’t wear again.

          • suzq

            I wore my mom’s dress from 1959. Cap sleeves. Tailored to fit for $150. Boom.

          • Janet B

            Unfortunately, I wore my mom’s dress from 1960 in 1967. It was a lovely simple dress, that I would have loved to have worn for my wedding.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Love it! If I could have fit in my mom’s dress, I would have done that in a heartbeat. She was pretty tiny, though….

          • kimmeister

            Mine was $99 on the discontinued rack . . . where it probably was due to NOT being strapless. The alterations cost $200 but it was still a good deal.

          • Sarah

            I’m in the market right now. I will NOT be sleeveless. I’m pretty sure I’ve found it, but I haven’t been to one store :) That’s what the interwebs are for!

          • sleepycat

            try looking a PR winner Leanne Marshall, I think she has some one with sleeves

          • Sarah

            Thanks for the tip. I’m actually ordering mine from a site that will custom make your dress overseas on the REALLY cheap, because my budget is next-to-nonexistent.

          • The Versatile Chef

            That’s why I ended up making my own. Plus, I was too cheap to spends thousands of dollars on a dress I was only going to wear for a few hours.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Ditto Ditto.

            If we renew our vows, you can help me make my perfect dress :)

          • The Versatile Chef

            If my hubby and I renew our vows, I’m wearing the same damn dress. 😀

            (I might have to drop a couple pounds)

        • tallgirl1204

          I particularly like the tank-y dress with the small peplum and just a little frou-frou on it. Almost casual, but very elegant, and it would flatter a variety of figures. One could have sleeves added to it easily enough…

        • MasterandServant

          yes! When I was looking for dresses it was PAINFUL trying to find a non strapless dress. And I paid a pretty penny for the one I liked, too

      • yulaffin

        Yay for sleeves!

      • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

        My thoughts exactly – hurrah for sleeves!

  • ScarlettHarlot

    These are all romantic without being too fussy or princess-y. I love the entire collection. I really like the variety in sleeve and strap options, too. It’s practical and accommodating to a wide range of tastes.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    Very pretty. Some good options if you aren’t a 21 year old supermodel.

  • NMMagpie

    That shoulder detail in the next to last image is unfortunate but other than that, nice.

    • Miss Ruth

      I completely concur. I wondered they were…orcas? Yin and yang symbols? Birds on a branch?

    • marlie

      And that model looks SO unhappy to be in that dress, too.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      Ooh yes – I missed that!

  • Glam Dixie

    While I don’t love a lot of these, I do love that sleeves are making a comeback.

  • Danielle

    *grabby hands*

  • MilaXX

    Mostly “meh” about these. The only one that sort of grabs me is #7

  • Jacob Bowen

    Now I can plan my sister’s fictional wedding for the rest of the day! The earrings in the third picture are RIDICULOUS!

    • Kitten Mittons

      Uber ridiculous.

      Which dress would you pick for her?

      • Jacob Bowen

        I think she and I would both agree on 7….I know her style pretty well (I’m usually shopping assistant) and I think the cut would flatter her figure while still giving the support she needs up-top.

        • Kitten Mittons

          I like that one quite a bit. Beautiful silhouette, and I like the neckline.

  • Myra Amler

    They are ok. Guess it is nearly impossible to be innovative in bridal. I do like number 3 the best.

  • marlie

    Pretty, classy, and elegant. I like!

  • Anna

    Pretty. I like the first one and I love the idea of the third last one. My quibbles being the plunge (don’t have a problem with plunging necklines per se, but on me it would look pretty vulgar as is), the thick, drop waistband and the way the skirt gathers. But I love the thicker straps, the bodice and the detail.

  • MannahattaMamma

    so pretty but not meringue-y. yay.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    These are perfectly acceptable Main Line, meh dresses where the bride wants to look “pretty, but not interesting” in the newspaper announcement. “And the bride wore Carolina Herrera…”

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      For the money you would have to lay out for a Carolina Herrera wedding dress I think you deserve more than pretty but not interesting.

  • bessann28

    They are mature, in a good way.

  • Imasewsure

    First thought… oh no, not bridal season again… second thought.. oh yes I like critiquing bridal… these are pretty…. good solid collection with no dogs

  • unbornfawn

    I love the Kate Middleton influence on some of these. Sleeves! Too many strapless and plunging necklines for my taste. As standard bridal dresses go. They are fine.

  • Sarah

    All very nice except I can’t with the bust ruffle/lace on #9. That never looks good on a dress, to me.

    • marlie

      The skirt is really, really pretty, and the bodice is totally ruined by that ruffle.

  • PeggyOC

    Chains should never be on wedding dresses. It’s just way too weird and fraught with unpleasant symbolism.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      50 Shades of ACK!!!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Glad to see some gowns with sleeves for once. When will the strapless wedding dress trend finally take a dirt nap?

  • Sophie

    I rather like number 3. They all are very pretty (except the second to last one) but rather uninteresting. I’d love to see some colour.

  • demidaemon

    Pretty standard.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    Ah, the love starved Red Carpet.

  • MoHub

    Hooray for sleeves and straps! Not so much for v-necks cut down to the waist.

  • boweryboy

    Nothing earth shattering, groundbreaking, or distressingly trendy. Just pretty and fairly simple (as far as fashion goes) wedding gowns. I would have like to see a few dresses that veered away from the traditional virginal white, but in any case Herrera really knows how to do femininity.


    Somehow I think chains on wedding dresses give the wrong message.

  • PastryGoddess

    Sleeves AND Straps. Praise ye the lord!

    Also, the Herrera Bride will be the chicest bitch on the block

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    Sleeves! Straps! Wonderful!

  • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

    Dresses are as bland as the choice of models.

  • Raspberry2012

    I really love the first one, and that’s about it. The rest are just pretty, but not earth-shattering. Nice to see sleeves and straps again, I’m so tired of the strapless wedding gown trend!

  • Dagney

    Well, that was mailed in on Economy post.

  • Aidan B

    I’d better wash all these out of my brain before I start dress shopping! These are just too gorgeous.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    Wow, not a single dress here I would wear if it were gifted to me, and certainly not to my wedding. All dirty whites and lace lazily employed.

  • Qitkat

    I see the bridal industry has calmed down a bit, except for the sternum baring one which will send many a grandmother into clutching her pearls, these are mostly pretty but forgettable while allowing that some women really do like to cover their shoulders and avoid strapless. Not a standout in the bunch, but worthy in a twentieth century “vintage” way. Initially I didn’t even notice the chains, but that is an unfortunate metaphor modern brides would certainly wish to avoid.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I like. It’s a pleasure to see some bridal gowns with sleeves and less emphasis on the Tits McGee school of bridal design.

  • suzq

    “The bride wore Carolina Herrer……….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

  • crash1212

    Nice to see so many lovely non-strapless options. I’m so over the strapless bridal gown.

  • formerlyAnon

    Lovely, classic, no more than mild variety but wearable variety.

    There are three of these I’d love for a bridal gown, and those plus another 4 or so that I’d have made up in color for red carpets and call my gala red carpet gowns done AND done for a season . . . if I were someone who needed gala red carpet gowns, or a bridal gown, for that matter.

  • shopgirl716

    Well, hello sleeves, I’ve missed you terribly.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    pretty, but as a more generously endowed lady – where does the bra go??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

    My favorite is the second.

  • quiltrx

    Nothing really new or exciting in the shapes or major design elements, unfortunately.
    However, I do appreciate and enjoy the variety and ‘unusualness’ of the laces/appliques on many of these.

  • yllas

    That pitiful model in the first picture! Looks like some starving trafficked 13 year old smuggled from Old Country. Kind of spoils the beauty of the gown.

  • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

    So only white women get married in CH?