We didn’t think today’s preowned wedding dresses had anything in common until we looked at the same side by side and noticed that there was a theme. All but one feature flattering sweetheart necklines, and they all have a fuller element to the skirt plus one stand-out detail (like an abundance of ruffles, beading or a floral flower). Of course, there’s another thing that they share, and that’s that we love each of them.
1. La Sposa Lauria, $600/originally $1,400
There’s a lightness to this flowy dress that pairs so well with outdoor weddings (take a peek at the current owner’s island wedding to confirm). Even better, where some Grecian-inspired gowns can leave you looking heavier, the Lauria somehow still flatters. You’ll have to take a trip to the island to pick it up, but when has a mini-vacation ever been a bad thing?
2. Le Ann Belter Mathia, $2,250/originally $4,000
If you leave a mermaid shape with a sweetheart neckline but are sick of all the lace versions, this is a great alternative that has more of a modern touch. The whole thing is made of duponi silk, and the covered buttons at the back will photograph way better than any zipper (though you’ll have to sew couple back on and replace a couple too).
3. Watters 6075B, $1,575/originally $2,912
A less stuffy take on the ballgown, and swishy and full in all the right ways. The owner had the train removed for her wedding, and while we usually think a train adds impact, in this case we think it was the right choice for the casual feel of the gown. If you’d like a veil, the owner is happy to include hers.
4. Paloma Blanca 4116, $1,200/original price not listed
Ruffles! Ruffles! Ruffles! Okay, so you kind of have to love ruffles to love this dress, but if you do, it’s pretty darn charming. Don’t believe us? Click on over to the listing and check it out on the bride. There’s a romantic and couture feel to it (especially the back view) and we think pairing with a colored sash, like the silver sash the owner is offering with it, gives it a nice pop of color.
5. White by Vera Wang, $600/originally $1,248
How do you go wrong with Vera? You don’t. Especially when you have a chance to get a new 2012 dress at a preowned price and still be able to wear it for your summer wedding, which you can do with this one as the bride is getting married this month. The corset-style top is sexy without being scandalous and the tulle and wraparound flower detail keep things sweet.
One note: As with anything for sale online, it’s important to buy smart. Use a trusted online money service to pay for your dress (PayPal and Escrow.com are good options) or meet the bride in person—with a friend.