Friday, January 31, 2014

Q&A: Robin Youell of White Satin Bridal on Gown Trends

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ChicagoStyle Weddings caught up with one of White Satin Bridal's co-owners, Robin Youell to hear all the details on the top trends for the coming months. Check out what she had to say in our Q&A:


CSW: Just to get us started, will you please tell me a little about White Satin Bridal? 
RY: Established in 2004, White Satin Bridal is the realization of a dream between two friends with relevant experience in the fashion and beauty industries. With our desire to create a boutique style atmosphere that can deliver the special attention that was hard to come by at large chain stores while staying at a moderate price point, White Satin Bridal was born. Today it serves the discerning client that, at the same time, appreciates a staff of personal attendants with a genuine interest in their needs, concerns, and wedding day dreams.

White Satin Bridal has also dedicated a portion of its fashion gallery to special occasion wear including prom, gala, and holiday gowns and accessories. Serving women of all ages, the gallery provides an inviting setting in which to shop for all of life’s most memorable celebrations.

CSW: What is one of the hottest new styles coming this year? 
RY: One of the most emerging trends this season is the illusion neckline. We also have been seeing beautiful shades of blush and champagne gracing the runway highlighting the vintage style that is in so much demand. Dramatic backs had a huge presence on the recent runways.

CSW: How can a bride determine which shape will look best on her body type?
RY: Seeing is believing. I encourage all of my brides to try on a variety of silhouettes and necklines to see what is most flattering. You may be surprised when something you didn't think would work looks fantastic!

CSW: What are your top two favorite dresses right now?
RY: Mori Lee style 5101 in ombre - The rich layers of organza in the ombre colors are so unique and on-trend for this season. And Blue by Enzoani style Dakota - The lace on this gown is just stunning. Both of these gowns are very versatile and could be worn for most venues and themes. A beaded belt would be a perfect accessory with either gown to dress it up for an evening or more formal affair.


Mori Lee Style 5101 in Ombre
Dakota from Blue by Enzoani


CSW: What is the most common look brides are going for with their dresses currently?
RY: Thanks to Pinterest, the “rustic wedding” is still the most popular theme for weddings. Bridal gowns that lend themselves to that theme tend to be lace or very simple with interesting texture as opposed to beading.

CSW: What are some tips you have for brides shopping for the first time?
RY: I’m sure everyone has told you that “you will know when it’s the one.” That isn’t always true. You may find two or three gowns that you love equally and have a tough decision to make. If you never have “the moment”, that doesn’t mean you haven’t found your dress. My best advice for those of you who think you have found “the one” is to stop shopping. You may confuse yourself if you continue looking. If you are comparing every dress to one you have in mind, I think you’ve found it!

CSW: What is your number one piece of advice for newly-engaged couples who are beginning to plan their wedding?
RY: I saw this quote on Pinterest and thought it was the best advice for any engaged couple: “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love, everything will be perfect.”



Thank you so much to Robin Youell, co-owner of White Satin Bridal for her fabulous input on what's trending in bridal! For more information about White Satin Bridal or to schedule an appointment, call 815-609-0031.

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