this is a somewhat embarrassing confession: I have been shopping for the perfect white dress for our engagement party for over a month. I started with plenty of time so I ordered from nordstrom.com but things started to get real when none of my options were working out and the clock was ticking. one dress was adorable, but too frilly. I'm keeping it for a shower somewhere down the line. the next option was way too expensive (but I did it anyway) and it fit terribly... somewhere between a mexican fiesta meets bridal marshmellow.
white dresses show a myriad of potential concerns: wrinkled fabric, food/drink mishaps, colored undergarments, and more. it goes without saying to make sure you've got the right foundations going on underneath. check out spanx.com if you don't know what I'm referring to. even though I'd pick black over white for apparel eight days a week, let's just say I now have a lot of experience in of-the-moment white dresses. here are my top picks, by sleeve length, starting with long sleeves, to short sleeves, and tank style.