Mother-of-the-Bride Trends for 2016

While her wedding day may be one of the most important days in a bride’s life, it is also a very special time for her mother. And as mother of the bride, moms want a dress that will

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make them look and feel just as special as their daughters.

Gone are the days of boring, understated dresses or suits for the mother of the bride (MOB); today’s trends include dresses with exquisite details, sophisticated silhouettes, and figure-flattering styles. Here are some of the MOB trends that are hot this season:

Lace

Lace isn’t just for the bride anymore. New styles for the MOB include dresses with lace overlays that add a touch of romance but still look sophisticated. And lace doesn’t have to be just white or cream—lace in vibrant colors like royal blue or fuchsia make the patterns of the dress really stand out.

Pastels

Spring into style with pastels! The newest color trends on the bridal runways were shades of pale pinks, mint greens, seafoam blues and pale yellows. Pastels are a beautiful alternative to basic black, especially for a spring wedding.

Neutrals

Neutral shades of champagne, beige, or taupe look elegant and up-to-date and come in various styles and lengths. If you do choose to go with a neutral shade, be sure to try on the dress before buying to see if the shade complements your skin tone. It may take a few tries in different hues to find the right shade for your coloring.

Bateau Necklines

Bateau necklines or “boatneck” style can be very flattering, balancing out the figure. The cut elongates the neck and shows off an elegant collarbone.

Cap Sleeves

If mom doesn’t want to bare all with a sleeveless dress, cap sleeves offer the best of both worlds. They offer some coverage but are a nice alternative to long sleeves, especially for a summer wedding. Cap sleeves on a dress create a look that is elegant and classy.

Sheer Sleeves

Yet another alternative for the MOB who doesn’t want to bare her arms and shoulders is this new trend—dresses with long, sheer sleeves. Sheer sleeves create the illusion of bare arms while still letting the MOB feel covered. These are a great choice for fall or winter weddings.

A-line Skirts

For MOBs that want a shorter, flouncy look, A-line styles are extremely figure-flattering. A fuller skirt hides a multitude of figure flaws and is especially flattering for pear-shaped figures.

 

 

Stylish Southern Soirees – 2013 NC Debutante Season

What to look for in a debutante dress?

In the South, there’s a kind of dress shopping that outshines the search for the perfect prom dress: It’s the deb dress, that illustrious white gown that is the epitome of grace and class. Shopping for this dress is tricky, but not impossible. Especially when you know what you should be looking for.

2013 North Carolina Debutante SeasonDebutante balls, or “coming out” parties, began as a young lady’s introduction to society, originally announcing that the young woman was now eligible to marry. The young men that attended were traditionally upper class and part of the young lady’s parents’ approved pool of eligible bachelors.

These days, preteen girls and boys are sent to dancing classes called “cotillion,” to prepare them for the deb ball that comes between ages of 16-19. In both cases, appropriate attire is not only recommended, but expected. White ball gowns and satin or kid gloves are the standard ensemble for young ladies and black tie dress for the young men.

While the mere mention of a white ball gown might suggest wedding dress, the fact is: it can be. Debutante dresses run the gamut from family heirlooms, to custom-made gowns, to off-the-rack ensembles. Don’t let the latter fool you, though. Those off-the-rack dresses, or as we like call them, ready-to-wear-couture gowns, are a more than suitable alternative.

While you’ll want to check with your local organization about dress specifics, traditionally speaking, the gown should be full, classic cut with a slight sleeve, and floor-length. White kid gloves are the perfect pairing for sleeved-gowns, but sleeveless should certainly be accompanied by white elbow-length gloves.

At Nitsa’s, we not only have an excellent selection of gowns and gloves to fit your body type and the occasion, we also have knowledgeable sales associates there to assist you in your search. From pulling dresses to getting you the like-a-glove fit, our Winston-Salem and Charlotte shops are your perfect fit.

Prom Dress Trends for 2013

What are the Hottest Prom Dresses of 2013?

2013 Prom Dress FashionEvery spring brings with it a promise beyond better weather: that the year’s style trends will be better than the year before. This year proves no different, especially when it comes to prom styles. We have more than a few to choose from here at Nitsa’s, and our knowledgeable staff is up-to-date on the latest trends. Stop by and let us help you find the perfect dress to complement your unique style. But first, take a look at what’s trending for 2013:

Ombré: It’s not just a hairstyle. This season, pump up the wow factor without all-over sequins or off-the-wall prints, and opt for a dress with not-so-subtle shade variations. It’s a great way to update the traditional longer-style prom dress. Ombré is also a great option for elongating shorter torsos as the gradient draws the eyes down.

Short and Sweet: Short styles are in the hot seat this year, but short doesn’t mean any less sexy. Add drama by choosing a dress with all-over sequins and long sleeves, or go girly-girl with a soft pink solid dress with sweet cap sleeves. Peplum is a great add-on for girls looking to add curves.

Cut It Out: More often than not, showing just a little skin is sexier than showing a lot. Capitalize on this maxim with the season’s trendy cutout style. Pair with a high mesh or lace neckline to continue the less-is-more illusion, and you’ll have one of the most subtle sexy looks around.

The Long and the Short of it: Can’t decide between the traditional long gown, and the season’s lean toward shorter styles? Now you don’t have to: The high-low (short in front, long in back) or illusion (short dresses with a long sheer overlay) options give you the best of both worlds while keeping you perfectly on-trend.