Preowned Wedding Dress Roundup 09/06/12

Our last preowned wedding dress roundup was entirely designer, and this week’s collection of gowns goes in a totally different direction: Custom dresses that get their attention from being unique (not from the name on their label).

1. Vintage Lace Dress, $350/original price not listed

This dress doesn’t just look vintage, it actually is vintage, and while the 70s feel isn’t for everyone, the long sleeves and high lace neckline create some great drama. Even with alterations to fit your frame, your budget will be nice and happy with this gown, and you won’t look like every other bride (especially if you take styling cues from the model!).

2. Vintage Inspired Lace Dress, $1,000/original price not listed

The champagne hue of this gown gives it plenty of romantic appeal, and we’re in love with many of the other elements too (the cross bodice, the sweetheart neckline, the delicate beading…). You could make it modern or take it vintage depending on your accessories, but if you choose the latter, we’re big fans of the fascinator the bride is also selling.

3. Raw Silk Dress, $1,000/originally $3,000

Most of the other gowns in today’s roundup feel vintage, but this one-of-a-kind gown has modern architectural elements like bunches of oversized silk flowers on the skirt and simple rouching throughout the torso. The two components make a nice balance between classic and fanciful.

4. Scarf Strap Dress, $1,000/original price not listed

A soft and simple gown with just a touch of beading at the waist, we might not have noticed this gown were it not for the scarf-style strap that adds instant interest. We love the idea of wearing it as one-strap (taking a page out of Romona Keveza’s book) and for a destination wedding.

5. Modern Lace Dress, $600/original price not listed

Strapless has become the standard for wedding dresses, and it always make us excited to see a different option done beautifully. This is the kind of classic gown you’ll never regret wearing, and it’s a price you won’t regret either. The fit is flattering, the straps are noticeable but still delicate, and the lace is just right.

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.

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