Local Bridal Shop Experts Wish More Brides Would Try These Dress Styles


You’ve set the date and picked a venue, and now the hunt is on for the perfect gown. How do you find the right one for you? Local bridal boutique experts divulge their most popular gowns and styles they wish more local brides would try.

Tina Minshall, general manager; Bridal and Formal, Reading Bridal District

Photograph Courtesy of Ovidiu Hrubaru

Tulle A-line dresses, this like Charlene Lynette gown by Maggie Sottero. Minshall recommends experimenting with skirt fabrics to create texture.


Photograph Courtesy of Badgley Mischka Bride

Cecilia by Badgley Mischka, a trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline. “There is something to be said about a beautiful, simple fabric with clean lines,” says Minshall.

Kelly Hill, owner; Lace Bridal, Reading Bridal District

Photograph Courtesy of Paloma Blanca

Traditional yet modern, Style 4715 by Paloma Blanca is “incredibly popular,” says Hill. “The back of the gown is…sexy with the beaded straps and open back.”


Photograph Courtesy of Berta

Brides are intrigued by the sexy slit and plunging neckline of Bella from Muse by Berta, says Hill. “It’s everywhere on Pinterest,” she says.

Claire Canter, owner; Mansion Hill Bridal, Newport

Photograph Courtesy of Sophia Tolli

A traditional fit-and-flare lace gown, Layla by Sophia Tolli Australia is an enduring style with lace A-lines and an illusion bodice with subtle contrast color.


Photograph by Aaron M. Conway, Hair and Makeup by Wallis Doyle, Model Courtesy of New View Management Group

The cap-sleeve Adair by Kelly Faetanini is not as conservative as it looks, says Canter. “It really shows off the neck and chest in a nice way and makes a really big statement.”

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