What Are the Latest Bridal Trends for 2016?

2016 Bridal Trends

From lace to pale pinks to bridal separates, the 2016 spring runways were full of trendy details that many modern brides will love. And Nitsa’s was recently featured in Southern What are the latest bridal trends for 2016?Bride and Groom magazine in a spread on some of these new styles. Here is what’s new this season in wedding gowns.

Luxurious Lace, Front to Back

Lace is no longer reserved for the traditional bride. Today, bridal design houses are offering a wide array of lace patterns from delicate to daring. But the best part is that the lace no longer stops at the bustline—the details reserved for the décolletage, sleeves, and most importantly, the backs have become the pinnacle of the design. You can find these new lace creations from designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Anna Maier—all available at Nitsa’s

Convertible Dresses and Overskirts

One of the hottest trends right now is a bridal dress that serves as two-in-one. A ceremony train gives the illusion of a ballgown but can be removed to reveal a modern fitted reception dress! Romance meets allure with chic and sheer overskirts this season from designers Amsale and Anna Maier.

Bridal Separates

Mix and match bodice and skirt to create a bridal look that fits your style with new bridal separates. Crop tops paired with long skirts were all the rage on the bridal runway for spring—these combinations let the bride show off just a sliver of skin on her wedding day for a look that’s modern and comfortable. Another trend in separates is the two-piece bridal suit; it pairs trousers and jackets for a more casual wedding look. 

A Bateau Neckline

A bateau neckline can be a flattering fit on many body types and is a classic, sophisticated style. Dresses with bateau necklines can balance out the body and create an hourglass shape for a sexy, beautiful fit. 

The Dipped V-Neckline

Not quite as risqué as a plunging neckline but not as innocent as a sweetheart neckline, the dipped V-neckline adds just the right touch of drama to a dress.

Blush-Colored Dresses

A barely-there touch of color in shades of pale pink and rose are a pretty alternative to classic white. Also popular this spring are subtle tones of taupe, nude, and silver.

See all of the newest designs, and find your perfect wedding dress at Nitsa’s!

Making the Most of Bridal Trunk Shows

Bridal trunk shows can be a great way to find your perfect wedding dress. Sometimes, you might even get to meet the designer and get a great deal on a gown.What to expect at a trunk show

What are trunk shows and how can you make the most of them? Read on for answers to all your questions.

What is a bridal trunk show?

Bridal trunk shows are special events when the wedding dress designer (or a representative from the company) visits a bridal boutique to showcase his or her new line of wedding gowns. Brides-to-be schedule appointments to try on dresses and meet with the designer.

Why do boutiques have trunk shows?

Most bridal salons only carry a few dresses from a select group of designers. Trunk shows allow customers the opportunity to see and try on dresses they wouldn’t normally be able to find at that store. If you find your perfect dress during a designer trunk show, you can see if the store carries it, or oftentimes you can place a special order for the dress through the store.

What are the benefits to the brides-to-be?

Brides benefit because they will have the opportunity to talk to the designer to discuss his or her gowns and what styles may work best for their body type. They will also be able to take advantage of show specials which, many times, are a percentage off the dress or an accessory purchase.

What are the benefits to designers?

Bridal designers benefit because they get to see brides try on their dresses and hear their feedback.  This is a great opportunity for them to learn directly from the customer what they may be doing right or wrong.

When Are They Held?

Many bridal salons hold trunk shows year-round, but the vast majority of them occur January through April. The shows usually last from one to four days, and appointments book up quickly. Call early or book online! 

How Do I Prepare for Trunk Show Day?

First make sure you request your appointment by calling the store or scheduling online. An appointment will ensure that the store knows you are coming, and they can plan to give you the best service possible. Be prepared to buy. Trunk show specials can only be offered while the designer is in the store. Bring only a couple of trusted friends or family members with you. Too many guests will spoil your experience, but not having your trusted friends with you may make you uncomfortable with making this important decision. Bring a shoe with the heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. Most of all, plan to have a wonderful, fun, and exciting experience!

Plan to attend Nitsa’s next bridal trunk show with designer Marisa Baratelli on Feb. 4-8, 2016, in our Winston-Salem store or Feb. 10-13, in our Charlotte store.

Call 336-725-1999 to make an appointment for our Winston-Salem trunk show, or call 704-940-1999 to schedule an appointment for our Charlotte trunk show.

 

Nitsa’s to be Exclusive N.C. Vendor for Sareh Nouri Wedding Gowns

Nitsa’s is proud to announce that we will be the exclusive vendor in North Carolina for Sareh Nouri bridal gowns in both our Winston-Salem and Charlotte stores.

Sareh Nouri is a Persian-American fashion designer known for couture wedding gowns and bridal sashes.

Nouri’s search for her own wedding dress in 2009 is what set her down the path to create her own line. As her wedding day approached, Nouri grew more and more frustrated that she could not find “the one” (a wedding dress that was all at once sophisticated and traditional, ethereal and elegant). In desperation, she decided to design her own gown.

Fortunately Nouri, a native of Iran and a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in graphic design, had the background to support such a daring gamble. Nouri understood how to work with patterns and layouts based on her extremely successful work in utilizing traditional Persian art. Her work on numerous commercial and nonprofit advertising campaigns has been profiled in a number of magazines and books. With this accomplished background, Nouri was not only able to design a nice dress but also to create the dress of her dreams.

Shortly thereafter, the Sareh Nouri line began to take shape following her stints working with a high-end bridal salon, modeling bridal gowns, collaborating with couture dressmakers, and consulting one-on-one with brides-to-be. It is that experience that has laid the foundation for the Sareh Nouri couture line.

Nouri’s creations are not only romantic and feminine but timeless and sophisticated as well. Incorporating the finest in imported French lace and Italian silk, Nouri works closely with her team of highly trained dressmakers and patternmakers on these couture creations. Each design is a handmade production fusing the idea of traditional silhouettes with ethereal whimsical details so light and elegant that they are ideal for today’s modern bride.

Today, the Sareh Nouri collection of gowns and sashes can be found in bridal boutiques around the globe. Her gowns have been featured on top television shows, such as TLC’s Brides of Beverly Hills, the “Cake Smash” episode of Cake Boss, and have been seen on E! News with Giuliana Rancic.

Her creations have been worn by key influencers such as former “American Idol,” Diana DeGarmo, and Miss America, Caressa Cameron. Nouri’s designs have also been photographed for top bridal publications and have been featured in People Magazine, US Weekly MagazineGrace Ormonde Wedding StyleWashingtonian MagazineWeddings Unveiled, and Brides Magazine.

Visit Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem or Charlotte to see the Sareh Nouri 2016 collection.

 

8 Things to Do Right Away Now That You’re Engaged

So you’re engaged… now what?

If you’re one of the millions of ladies who were surprised with a proposal during the holidays, you are probably still basking in the glow of being a new bride-to-be. But there are a few things you should do soon after you become engaged and before you get into the minutiae 8 things to do now that you're engaged.of wedding planning.

Here are eight things you should take care of right away:

  1. Call your closest family and friends. Share your exciting news with both sets of parents and immediate family (siblings, grandparents) first, and then call your closest friends. Give the courtesy of a call before sharing it on Facebook or other social media.
  2. Get your ring sized. If you’re lucky, your fiancé got your ring properly sized before popping the question, but more than likely, it’s a little too big or too tight. Get it resized ASAP so you can show off your stunning sparkler to everyone without the risk of it falling off and getting lost. Most jewelers can resize your ring in a few hours, or at most, a few days.
  3. Get your ring insured. It’s crucial to insure your new ring. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, you can usually add the ring to your existing policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can do so, so call your insurance broker to see what is required. If you don’t already have an existing policy, it may be cheaper to buy a policy and add your ring to it.
  4. Set a date. The first thing your friends and family will ask you after they’ve “Ooohed” and “Aaahed” over your new bling is “When is the wedding?” Even if you cannot set a specific date this early, at least have a time frame decided upon, such as “early 2017” or “later this fall.” This will satisfy people’s curiosity and give you some direction as you begin making plans.
  5. Get social. Set up a wedding blog or Facebook page to keep everyone in the loop of your wedding news. You can share photos of your new ring and of you and your fiancé to get started. Be as creative and as detailed as you want, giving information about a date or time frame and location (at least the city, not necessarily the venue yet). Only invite friends and family you KNOW you will invite to the wedding to be a part of the Facebook page or blog—you can add more people later on when you have a finalized guest list and also add more wedding details like hotel information, maps, location info, menu, etc., as you get them.
  6. Get a wedding planner. Not a person (not yet) but a planning book. There are lots of planners available that will help you keep all your wedding planning details organized. Or you can also get a smart phone app if you prefer.
  7. Ask your parents for their ideal guest lists. Ask your parents and your fiancé’s parents for their ideal guest list—a list of friends and family they would invite if there were no limits. Ask them to organize the list into tiers of “must invite” and so on to make it easier to cut the guest list later on. Once you get this list, you will have a preliminary idea of how many guests will be at the wedding; that number will dictate many other decisions you will make—from venue to invitations to number of tables needed.
  8. Take some couple time. Take some special time now for just the two of you. Once you start getting involved in all of the wedding planning, parties, showers and celebrations, there won’t be many “just the two of you” moments. Make an effort to NOT talk about wedding planning, and just spend time enjoying each other and celebrating this very special time in your lives.

Congratulations!

 

 

 

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A Holiday Gift List from Nitsa’s

When it comes to the holidays, Nitsa’s is all about fashion and fun. Come in and explore our magical emporium, where you can find the perfect gift for every FashioNitsa on your list! Here is what’s selling like hotcakes this season: 

Tech Accessories

They’re practical and pretty! Accessories for your smartphone don’t have to be utilitarian plastic affairs; Nitsa’s has retractable ear buds, WiFi speakers, and wallet-sized recharging accessories in styles that are beautiful, chic, and whimsical. From modern bold patterns to subtle floral prints, we’ve got the styles that fit your life. Why be boring?

Luxurious Candles

Nitsa’s is proud to carry the ultimate in home luxury: mildly scented candles from Voluspa. Voluspa’s beautifully fragranced candles burn cleanly, thanks to their creamy coconut wax blend. A staple among the Hollywood elite, Voluspa candles are perfect for the FashioNitsa’s who deserved a little pampering.

Fun Fur

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than the fun fur accessories at Nitsa’s. Fur key chains are the perfect ornament to clip onto your purse or briefcase to add a dash of flair and personality. And our fur knit scarves are all the rage this season—from Soho in London to SoHo in Manhattan.

Say Yes to the Dress

For the perfect party attire, come browse Nitsa’s selection of designer cocktail dresses and eveningwear. Whether you prefer Herve Leger’s bold, body-con style or Chiara Boni’s perfectly proportioned timeless looks, Nitsa’s will always dress you perfectly from head to toe.

From our family to yours, Nitsa’s wishes you a wonderful holiday and the happiest of new years.

Dressing for Holiday Parties in 2015

Parties, parties, parties! ‘Tis the season for holiday occasions, whether they’re family dinners, black-tie affairs, or office celebrations. But what does the FashioNitsa wear for all these events? Unless it’s an ugly sweater party, she does not pull out the Rudolph-and-Frosty-bedecked knitwear. Read on for our favorite looks this holiday season.What are the best looks for the holiday party season?

Look #1: Office Holiday Party

Company parties can be very risky, and not just from a fashion perspective. The trick is to be celebratory but still professional, both in terms of behavior and in terms of dress. Since many holiday parties start right after work, you can find a great solution with Nitsa’s specialty day-into-night outfits and dresses. To transition seamlessly from work into the evening event, bring some bling to amp up your work outfit. Shine, which is always popular at the holidays, is especially strong this year. Try shoes, a bag, or a scarf embellished with glitter to keep your look professional but still fun.

Look #2: Festive Casual

Get-togethers with family and friends are rarely formal affairs, but the holidays call for some sense of occasion and fun. Nitsa’s recommendation: start with a pair of our on-trend jeans, and build the rest of your outfit around this casual base. Jewel tones are often flattering around the face and are especially hot this season. Metallics give a real sense of occasion, as do a pair of glam shoes or a jeweled clutch.

Look #3: Formal or Black Tie

Whether it’s a winter wedding or a glittering New Year’s Eve party, a formal party is the time to pull out all the stops. If you’re feeling daring, you can go full-length and unleash your inner diva, or go for slightly less formality with the perfect cocktail dress. This season, icy pastels are dominating the runways, but if that doesn’t suit your skin tone, you can always go deep with beautiful jewel tones. This time of year, emerald and ruby are especially popular, but not together!

A Very Merry Wedding!

The holiday season is a time to celebrate; why not make it extra-special and celebrate your wedding? If you’re planning a wedding for this December, here are some ways to How to host a winter or holiday weddingmake it shine.

Holiday Idea #1: Let There Be Light

For thousands of years, the short days and long, dark nights of December have prompted people to light candles to keep the dark at bay. Still today, we put lights on our Christmas trees, light candles for Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and light a Yule log in the fireplace. Why not honor this ancient solstice tradition and decorate with a candle motif for your holiday wedding? Candles create a soft, yet dramatic effect, and everyone looks lovely by candlelight. 

Holiday Idea #2: Jewel-toned Dresses and Accents

Nitsa’s loves jewel-toned dresses for winter weddings, and we’ve got you covered this season with beautiful looks from Monique Lhuillier, Marisa Baratelli, Badgley Mischka, and more. Choose from sapphire, emerald, amethyst, and ruby dresses; choose one color, or mix them for a jewelry-box full of beautiful gems. 

Holiday Idea #3: Sparkle and Shine

The holidays are everyone’s favorite time to glitz it up. Go for a Snow Queen theme, with all white and silver creating a winter wonderland. On-trend wedding dresses this season feature regal silver embroidery or delicate, starry spangles; with silver and white accents everywhere, you can transform your wedding into an ice palace banquet.

Holiday Idea #4: Naturally Green

It you’re looking for a more natural style, look no further than the nearest woods. The holidays’ natural greenery gives your wedding a rustic, old-fashioned feel. Choose different varieties of evergreens, like pine, fir, and spruce to give a sense of texture and slight variations in color. Add pine cones and acorns to complete the look, or consider some holly; its bright berries are a bright and unmistakable sign of winter.

 

 

 

Wearable Technology and Fashion Tech Accessories

Have you ever seen a picture of the first digital watch/calculator combination? It was huge, bulky, and black, and it sat on the wrist like Darth Vader’s favorite ornament. Wearable technology has come a long way since the 1980s—with beautiful jewelry and accessories masking an array of useful tools. During the intervening decades, the miniaturization of computers has enabled a boom in wearable technology; a 2014 Global Web Index report found that fully 71 percent of Millennials (people aged 16 to 24) were interested in wearable technology. From activity trackers to Bluetooth headsets to fully-functioning computers, this trend seems like it’s here to stay.

The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has driven an increase in attractive accessories for them. It seems that bracelets and earrings may be optional, but smartwatches and earbuds are not. People’s insistence on accessing their technology at all times has naturally led to a desire to look better doing it; Apple’s white earbuds are fine for jogging, for instance, but they don’t exactly make your officewear pop. And who wants a boring phone case when this two-by-four-inch rectangle provides a perfect blank canvas for self-expression?

At Nitsa’s, we proudly offer products from Triple C, a leader in fashionable wearable technology. Triple C was founded in 2005 with a line of stylish accessories, but they saw the growing trend of wearable technology and switched their focus in 2010. Through their own product line and private-label partnerships with such fashion brands as Kate Spade and Coach, Triple C’s tech accessories make a statement. Be a part of the future with Nitsa’s and Triple C!

It’s a Tracksuit… It’s Business Casual… It’s Athleisure!

Once dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan fad, athleisure clothing is now called “the trend that won’t die” by the fashion press. Athleisure—a word that combines athletics and leisure —refers to athletic clothing that can be worn in non-athletic settings. Signs of the athleisure trend have dominated the runways for the past several seasons, from cashmere hoodies to Chanel sneakers, and entire clothing lines are now devoted to this fast-growing market.

One reason for athleisure’s rise in popularity is recent technological gains in the textile industry. Many fabrics can now stretch in some places and drape in others, creating a more sophisticated, polished look. Others conform to the wearer’s curves for a body-conscious style. Many of Nitsa’s newest lines, like those from Lyssé and Herve Leger, use these athletic fabrics to create their signature styles. 

Another reason for the continued popularity of athleisure clothes is our national preoccupation with fitness. Increasingly, physical fitness is seen as a whole lifestyle choice, not just a weekend hobby, and people want their clothes to show their commitment to health. With many athleisure choices, a wearer can easily step outside the office for a brisk walk during lunch and then return to her desk without bringing a change of clothes.

Finally, with their focus on function along with form, athleisure clothes tend to be far more comfortable and practical than traditional casual wear. Stretchable material offers more comfort and flexibility, whether people are sitting at a desk or circulating at a party. Come into Nitsa’s to be a part of the athleisure revolution!

How to Tie Your Scarves!

Why Scarves Are a Must-Have in Your Wardrobe!

The leaves are starting to turn, and the mercury is dropping; now is the time to find your how to tie your favorite scarvesperfect scarf!  

Scarves this season feature rich colors and bold designs. The infinity scarf is still popular, and can now be found in a variety of styles from athletic to elegant. Long, thin scarves can help to elongate your body and add a touch of style. Large silk squares, à la Hermès, remain classic, while art-print silks offer a modern take on the look. As the weather gets even colder, look for scarves to get larger and cozier: think pashmina-style capes. Some designers are even offering blanket-scarves!

Here are some ways we have seen scarves on the runways this fall:

The L: With a long scarf, wrap one half around your neck and leave it hanging down the back, while the other end hangs down the front.

The Cowgirl: Fold a medium-sized square scarf in half on the diagonal. Let the wide end of the triangle cover your throat, and wrap the two ends around the back of your neck and back to the front. Tie loosely. 

The Lovebite: Fold a small square scarf into a tube shape and tie (not too tightly) around your neck with the ends on the side. It’s très Francais!

The Belt: With a long silk scarf, pull it through the belt loops in your jeans and make it a belt. It’s a great way to showcase an art print! 

The Classic: To show off a large silk square, fold it in half on the diagonal and arrange it over your shoulders with the widest part of the triangle lying across your back. It’s a beautiful and confident way to show off one of the seasons hottest accessories!