The One With All The LWDs

Everyone knows that (traditionally) brides wear white dresses on their wedding day. But what about those important events leading up to the big day? Sure, there’s no rule that you have to wear white, but let’s face it—it’s just what a lot of us do.

I don’t tend to wear white on a regular basis, maybe a few tops here and there, but definitely not white dresses. I just don’t find it particularly flattering on my vampire-like skin. This makes it all the more interesting that I feel compelled to wear white to my shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner. I’m going to be whited-out.

I recently went shopping for those three little white dresses. (Okay, actually, I’ve been looking online and in shops for months, but I didn’t want to buy any before I (hopefully) lost some weight, got closer, etc.) I found several I really liked from my favorite online boutique The Red Dress Boutique, but by the time I went to order them, they were all sold out! Such is the problem with the online boutiques. I looked on all the department stores’ websites, and one day last week I finally decided to *gasp* go to the mall.

Side bar: Isn’t it weird how we used to loooove going to the mall for hours, and now we’d much rather shop online for hours instead? No? Just me?

I went into my favorite store, Express, where 99% of my wardrobe is from, and the salesgirl immediately approached me asking what I was looking for. When I said a short, white dress, she of course asked what the occasion was, and when she found out it was for my wedding events, she went buckwild, ya’ll.

She showed me a few cute white dresses, and while I was trying them on, she asked where we were going on our honeymoon. When I told her the Dominican Republic, she got super excited and ran off. Ten minutes later, there were 13 bright pink, orange, blue and yellow dresses being flung over my door to try on for my honeymoon. Then, when I was looking at the jewelery, another salesgirl approached and said “Are you the one getting married?” and helped me choose some earrings. Miss Camera=Bridal VIP.

Anyway, the point is, I found a few dresses. As of today, I have lost 23 pounds on a low-carb diet. It is torture, but it works. Pros: I dropped two dress sizes! Cons: My engagement ring is too big. Everyone says they notice a big difference, but honestly I haven’t, and so I’m just not sure how these white dresses look on me. You know what that mean—the court of public opinion!

*Disclaimer: I don’t take selfies. I never have. So please excuse the awkward faces/poses/hand on the hip. All photos personal.

1. For my bridal shower

This little number is actually from Gap. I bought it a few months ago on sale for $30 as an impulse buy. It’s actually a little bit big, but with a belt you can’t really tell. I was thinking about wearing this to my bridal shower, but it could also work for my…

2. Bachelorette Party!

We are doing my bachelorette party the evening of my bridal shower day. My bridesmaids made tank tops, and we will be doing a bar crawl through Charlotte (can’t wait for that post, can ya?), but the night before we will be going out to dinner/celebrating a little bit. Obviously this called for another white dress. This one is from Express.

3. Rehearsal Dinner

Also from Express, this one is the fanciest, so it calls for the fanciest occasion! I can’t decide if this one is flattering or not. I was planning to jazz it up with this necklace:

Pearl and Metal Bauble Necklace from Express

So, what do you think? Do you like all these dresses or should I return one (or more) of them? Do you think they’re appropriate for the occasions, or would you move them around?


Mrs. Camera

Charlotte, NC/Charleston, SC
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    bigwhitedress 68 posts, Worker bee @ 5:21 am

    All three look great on you but the one for the rehearsal dinner is definitely my favorite. You look amazing in it!!

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    cakeyp 2562 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:24 am

    Oh yes – rehersal dinner dress is my fav, too!! I might pop into Express and check that one out, myself. :)

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:33 am


    I have tried to do this, but most dresses at the moment tend to be really short, and I have issues with my giant calves when wearing flats (I can’t wear heels).

    For my Hen, I’ve chosen a yellow and white maxi dress, which is ‘summer dress’ enough (I’ve been told to wear a summer dress) but bridal enough for me to stand out. It was so difficult to find one!!!

    You have done very well :)

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:33 am

    I have the same dress (#1) but I got it from Ross for about half the price! It’s awesome to see out in the wild. :)

    I like all three, though I think for jewelry you might want to do a pop of color instead of more white.

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    Meg, Guest @ 5:37 am

    The 3rd dress is the most flattering of all of them!! It’s hard to go wrong with a fit & flare style.

    All 3 of them look great on you, but the 3rd one is a stunner

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    js, Guest @ 5:50 am

    I think you that you are very brave to post pics on the Internet and let us critique you. The gap dress, in my opinion, is noticeably too large even with a belt. It bunches funny, which takes away from all the good work you have done with your weight. It’s only $30, so I would keep it. Try a colorful blazer to help cinch it and smooth things out
    instead. The bachelorette dress is my personal fave because it makes your top and bottom half look proportionate, gives you a tiny waist and a great hour glass shape. I would wear that ish everywhere! Jazz it up with some color- statement necklace or pop of color in the shoes. This would be a great place to incorporate some of your other wedding colors, maybe. The third dress smooshes the girls, but does nice things for your waist. If you do keep it, I suggest a shrug and bold necklace to balance out the poufy bottom. I’d keep all the dresses and rock them on your ‘moon. White dresses are perfect for tropical vacation. I’m not a fan of the necklace with any of the white dresses, but thats just my opinion. You’re a very pretty lady Miss Camera! You’ll look great no matter what!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 5:51 am

    you look great, girl!!! 😀

    I love the rehearsal dinner dress as well and agree about the “pop” of color in some jewelry/belt/shoes?

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:04 am

    So cute! I love your style!

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    missamysmiles, Guest @ 6:24 am

    They all look great! I LOVE the Gap one and the Rehearsal dinner ones. Also you look great in mirror selfies :)

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    Blondie2014 305 posts, Helper bee @ 7:06 am


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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 7:14 am

    Such cute dresses! I can’t wait until it’s time to shop for those for myself! Have you tried the first dress with a wider belt? I’ve recently lost about the same amount of weight as you, and I’ve found that the wider belts do a better job of showing off that my waist is smaller than the dress is.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:33 am

    Girl, you look awesome! I love the first one, because I’m partial to lace, but they’re all awesome. I can’t wait to shop for my LWD’s, because I’ve been scoping them out for like a year now… :)

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    anjanette.thomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:51 am

    I love the rehearsal dinner dress the best! All three are very cute and the necklace is super cute as well.

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    misssemi 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:23 am

    Yup – they all look great!

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    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 9:06 am

    @Miss Jackrabbit: ooooh I like that too!! I saw one online a while back that was yellow and white, but my inner bride compelled me to go all white :)

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    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 am

    @js: All great suggestions! I’m not so much brave as I am clueless haha! I haven’t tried a wider belt – I worry that would push out the love handles – but I’m going to try now! Thanks for all your input, I was thinking about getting some colorful jewelry as well :)

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    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 9:08 am

    @DaniLyn: All great suggestions! I’m not so much brave as I am clueless haha! I haven’t tried a wider belt – I worry that would push out the love handles – but I’m going to try now! Thanks for all your input, I was thinking about getting some colorful jewelry as well :)

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    lisaelanna 530 posts, Busy bee @ 9:11 am

    All the dresses look GREAT on you, but I think that the 2nd and 3rd ones are really similar. If it were me (ever frugal) I’d probably return one of those two and change them up for the different occasions with some statement jewelry and a belt – maybe something really bright for the bachelorette?

    Also, all of those dresses look appropriate and fun enough for your honeymoon – even if none of those flowy dresses worked out I’d say you already have a great start on your honeymoon wardrobe :)

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    Amy, Guest @ 10:38 am

    You look great in all of them! I can definitely see a big difference from your weight post.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:19 pm

    Um, excuse me while I sing Let’s go to the mAAAAALLLLLLL, to-daaaaay!
    That 3d dress gives you such a teeny waist! And nothing shows off a tan better than white, so a honeymoon repeat is definitely warranted 😉

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 3:59 pm

    You look amazing in all of the dresses, and I absolutely love the necklace from express. Might have to go find one of my own.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:38 pm

    These are all so cute, perfect for your pre-wedding events!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:44 pm

    YOU LOOK FABULOUS! Seriously, girlfriend.

    I’m super partial to number two but I think each item matches the event really well.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:00 am

    I love the bachelorette party dress! And yes, I would much rather shop online than go to an actual mall!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 pm

    Very cute dresses and that necklace is fabulous!! A pop of color for the bach party dress would be super fun (or even fun red heels)!

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