Dear ESB: Please help me find a party dress!

Categories   Wedding Fashion

Love it when East Side Bride goes shopping for us, don’t you? Here’s her suggestion for a perfect party dress:

Dear ESB,

My wedding is fast approaching (a month!) and I already have the dress (yeah!). Here’s a picture of what it looks like (it’s not the same dress, but looks super alike, although without the band in the middle, just more lace).

Now the wedding will be in hot hot middle of August in Maryland and we’ll have barbecue! And I want to party and dance dance dance. So, I need another cream dress (shorter length) but I’m not finding any!

Every one I see in white/cream is too weddingy. I want something that shows my shoulders (not necessarily strapless), is a little tight and not too long (I’m petite, 5’4”).

Any advice???


Budget: Under $500


This beaded silk-chiffon Alice + Olivia is a teence over your budget, but sooooo sexy!

And not too wedding-y at all.

You should be grateful I’m even recommending a SECOND DRESS, which I am generally against just on principle. But I shudder to think about the humidity in August in Maryland.

Top image via The Flashdance.

Social Love

Courtney From Cocroft & Delbridge on Jul 26, 2011

I absolutely adore how chic and fashion forward this dress is...such a great pick!

Jennifer on Jul 26, 2011

It's gorgeous and looks so light and airy... but would perhaps be a bit difficult for gals who are slightly more generous up top.

Rosaleen on Jul 26, 2011

That's a great find. I LOVE it! But just in cases, here's another Alice+Olivia suggestion that's a bit under your budget: And I was also against the two dress idea until I decided to get married outdoors in the Caribbean and fell in love with a long satin gown. I'll definitely be shopping for a lighter dress for the party!

Sarah on Jul 26, 2011

Is it just me, or does Alice + Olivia get better and better every season? This is totally gorgeous and would also look great with some black tights during the winter months!!

Tonia on Jul 26, 2011

PERFECT!!!!!!! You NEEDS to wear that dress and share photos with all of us! That is a stunner.

Whitney on Jul 26, 2011

Here's a nice one:

Molly on Jul 26, 2011

Love the Alice+Olivia dress that Rosaleen posted.

Rony on Jul 26, 2011

Nailed it.

Taylor {The Proposal Enthusiast} on Jul 26, 2011

Great find ESB! That is a perfect party dress!

Laura on Jul 26, 2011

I can see the model's underwear.

Ridgely's Radar on Jul 26, 2011

Love this! So pretty!

Ger on Jul 26, 2011

Good and nice

rachel m on Jul 26, 2011

i'm actually getting married in VA (i live in MD) in August, and am shuttering to think of how hot i'll be in my floor length satin dress... desperately trying not to think about a 2nd dress (i mean, you only get to wear your DRESS dress once!)....

Melissa on Jul 26, 2011

I'm feeling sequins. Also, I'd be scared to death my dad would see my nipples in that.

Michelle K on Jul 26, 2011

That is a hot dress but a little pricey. Rent the runway is the way to go if you haven't tried it.

Rosaleen on Jul 27, 2011

I just bought a dress I hope will work as my second dress. You might want to check it out. It's a bit long for what you wanted, but you can totally raise the hemline. I think it's sweet....let's hope it fits, 'cause I'm a bit large on top (which is why I could never wear the fabulous dress ESB suggested). Plus it's half off!

mel on Jul 27, 2011

Love love love that dress. The French Connection dress is pretty bad ass too...

Lizzie on Jul 27, 2011

Thanks ESB! I'm the petite dress who asked for advice. I agreed with everyone above the dress is awesome! But sadly, I can't wear it :( I'm indeed larger at the top than the model.... (I should have said that when I sent the e-mail! duh me). Anyhow, if anyone else has more recommendations, please send!!! Thanks :)

Corrie Anne on Jul 27, 2011

Ooh that dress is STUNNING!!

tallin on Aug 2, 2011

Lizzie, check out They have such great dresses right now--all in your price range! (i just wore this in black to a wedding on friday!) and in lace good luck!

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