Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Say Yes to the Dress

Something old: Every last dress in your closet (in your case they’re more like ancient).
Something new: This summer’s wedding season and the stack of cheery little event invites mocking you from your desk top.
Something borrowed: Your outfits, if you don’t find some cute threads soon!
Something blue: You, after realizing that next party is right around the corner and you haven’t got a stitch to wear.

 

To help, we rounded up a handful of fantastic frocks from some of our favorite local designers—one for every type of wedding festivity. Allow us to play matchmaker.


Lei ChicThe Invite Says: Bridal Shower
Wear the: Blaine Ashley Maile Lane Dress
Sweet with a hint of sass, this playful tank dress pairs a bold floral print with decidedly feminine details, like a ruffled neckline and delicate spaghetti straps. Constructed from a floaty, lightweight polyester and outfitted with an elastic waistband, it’s sure to keep you looking cute and feeling comfy, long after the eleventh toaster oven’s been unwrapped.
Get It: Online at www.shopblaineashley.com




Lei ChicThe Invite Says: Bachelorette Party
Wear the: Fighting Eel Lux Dress
This sexy mini offers up a swingy a-line silhouette perfectly suited for kicking up your heels on the dance floor and partying the night away with the girls. Made from the ultra-soft rayon and spandex blend Fighting Eel is famous for, it flirtatiously grazes the mid-thigh, and features a deep scoop neck and a sporty racerback.
Get It: At the Fighting Eel online boutique. For more info, call 808.524.1472.


Lei ChicThe Invite Says: Rehearsal Dinner
Wear the: Wings Hawaii Shirred Sundress
Toast the happy couple in this simple yet chic little summer dress. Handmade on Maui from eco-friendly bamboo and organic cotton, it comes complete with shirring at the bust and straps that criss-cross sexily at the back. You even can have it custom printed with one of Wings Hawaii’s graphic designs. Throw on some stilettos and a shawl, and you’re good to go. 
Get It: At the Wings Hawaii Paia boutique, 71 Baldwin Ave., 808.579.3110, and at their online shop here.


Lei ChicThe Wedding Invite Says: Casual Attire
Wear the: Tamara Catz 337 Dress
Whether you’re celebrating at a backyard bash or a kicked-back beachside affair, this breezy strapless number is the ultimate snag. Done in a playful leopard print, it boasts a fitted jersey top and flattering empire waistline. Plus, its multi-layer skirt will let you to hit the dessert table a few extra times and still have room to spare.
Get It: At the Tamara Catz Maui boutique, 83 Hana Hwy., 808.579.9184, and the online shop here.



Lei ChicThe Wedding Invite Says: Cocktail Attire
Wear the: Roberta Oaks Millie Dress
Keep the cheers coming with this unbelievably cute frock. The sleek lycra bodice provides a dressier feel while the tiered cotton skirt and exposed back zipper keep the look fun and flirty. A bonus: its pretty filigree print is sure to turn heads—just the distraction you need to get that bouquet all to yourself.
Get It: At the Roberta Oaks boutique, 19 N. Pauahi St., Honolulu, 808.428.1214, and online here.


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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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