Romantically whimsical style exuding simple elegance suits the desire of modern bridesmaids wanting to enjoy the moment without the constraints of too much conventional formality. Contemporary dresses that are one step ahead of tradition summarizes the refreshing collection of WTOO bridesmaid dresses from the acclaimed Watters bridal house. The collection is perfect for mix and match bridesmaids to create an intriguing ensemble and convey a cohesive yet not uniform appearance, in keeping with the romantic wedding celebration of a free spirited bride.
Vantana Watters, the inspired and innovative lead designer and founder of Watters started her career more than 30 years ago by designing custom bridesmaid dresses that offered an alternative style to the big puffy sleeves and bows that were so prevalent at the time. She remained true to this concept when she created the WTOO line in 2009, a distinctive brand that focuses on the luxury side of bridesmaids at affordable prices. She considers one of her most important achievements is imbuing women with confidence through her designs with a perfect fit. Bridal specialist Madame Bridal is an authorized retailer of this collection which offers full-length and cocktail-length dresses in sizes ranging from 0 to 30W. The collection brims with ethereal romantic styles that reflect the spirit of the times and appeal to those that appreciate contemporary well made dresses in quality fabrics.
Vantana’s preferred fabric is chiffon as she believes bridesmaids can wear it for any occasion as it so flattering and forgiving. The collection is primarily fashioned in Inna chiffon, though Watters also widely uses bobbinet. Madame Bridal offers the opportunity for customers to purchase test swatches or extra material. Other favored fabrics are Amour lace and crystal chiffon, and Telosma sequin lace which is sometimes used on bodices. Chiffon is a lightweight, breathable fabric which flows fabulously and allows bridesmaids to stay cool and not worry about creases. Chiffon travels well to destination weddings and is equally suited to outdoor rustic weddings, beach weddings and indoor ceremonies.
The dominant silhouette throughout the collection is the ever popular and universally appealing A-line, though the collection also features fitted dresses and flirts with fit and flare. Long A-line skirts are often lightly layered and tend towards a slim silhouette. Above the knee A-line skirts offer a breezy alternative to the floor-length style and are versatile enough to be worn for many occasions including vacations. The cocktail-length fitted silhouettes evoke a chic image that is ideal for city living. The design of the shorter dresses mirrors the full-length, ideally suiting them to be worn side by side at the wedding.
Versatility is a key feature of the collection which marries into the mix and match ethos. The cohesive look can be achieved through matching similar style dresses with different necklines, fabrics, colors or lengths. Bridesmaids look individual yet chic when the basic tapestry of a cocktail-length lace dress is mixed and matched in style by the placement of a strapless dress next to one with cap sleeves. The same cohesive look is achieved when a full-length Inna chiffon gown is the tapestry for a one-shoulder look next to a halter neckline.
This cohesive yet individual look can also be attained by the choice of twist wrap convertible dresses, allowing a line up of bridesmaids to each select the same dress which can be styled in a variety of ways. Twist wrap straps can turn a strapless gown into one with an off-the-shoulder neckline or cap sleeves, or create a twisted halter or one-shoulder look. Similarly infinity straps can be twisted into alternate necklines or wrapped around the waistline and arranged over the back in a multitude of ways. Each woman can choose the style which best flatters her figure, while the overall line up is complementary and cutely pleasing. Twist wrap dresses are absolutely one of the best options for affordable choice, giving the bridesmaid one dress that can be fashioned into many looks for future wear. It is likely this type of versatile dress will have many outings beyond the wedding, with no one even suspecting the host of different looks are all derived from one single dress.
The array of colors offered by Watters WTOO suits every wedding theme, roving from chic neutral shades to bright colors and rich jewel hues. A bride may select one color scheme and give her bridesmaids the option to each model it in a variety of complementary shades. Pink may be portrayed through a combination of light pink, ice pink, cashmere and primrose, while a line up of violets may include lilac and Victorian. Off course each bridesmaid may be fitted in the same color and the choice on offer runs the spectrum, including mermaid, mink and mocha, and pearl, pewter, plum and peacock. There are elusive silvers and grays, competing for attention with cashmere, champagne and coral. A number of dresses are designed in two-tone color blocks that are enticing and romantic. Brides may pick their favorite color or choose one based on the season.
There are so many different styles to suit every figure, along with very similar styles with distinctive features. The neckline naturally draws the eye and there are many types, ensuring the bridesmaid is never spoilt for choice. V-necklines may be framed with a sheer overlay or soft flutter sleeves, or a sweetheart neckline adorned with a twisted overlay. One-shoulder dresses may have sweeping asymmetrical necklines or a single-ruffled straps extending into a semi-open back. There are ruffled V-necklines, strapless sweethearts with indented notches and sweethearts displayed to cleavage advantage on halter bodices.
Embellishments are kept to a discreet minimum as more focus is put into crafting exquisite features. The modern bridesmaid does not want to be weighed down with distracting adornments and this collection reflects the desire for clean feminine lines displayed with effortless ease. The attention to detail is shown in every ruched detail, distinctive neckline and soft gather. Bodices are supported with spaghetti straps, tapered straps, wide shoulder straps or sheer lace straps and styled with side gathers and asymmetrical ruching. Bridesmaids may draw attention to a slim waistline with inset bands and scalloped waistlines. There are sashes that tie with streamers and double faced satin bands that cinch waistlines. Some dresses feature empire waistbands above freely flowing long skirts that elongate the frame and conceal a less than trim waistline.
WTOO assures that as the bridesmaids take their place beside the bride their dresses look gorgeous from every angle. The backs feature whimsical details such as sheer keyhole overlays, touches of lace and lace covered buttons. Infinity straps can be twisted into different styles to suit day wear or evening, crisscrossing over the back or leaving the skin exposed.
Willowy full-length skirts may be styled with side gathers or feature asymmetrically cut overlays. Long fitted skirts showcases a slight flare above the hemline and long A-lines have billowing sheer overlays. Floor-length skirts are fashioned with delicate grace, looking equally at place during the ceremony and afterwards at the festivities. Full-length dresses have a timeless appeal making them suitable for many events that require evening wear. They have a delicate charm that is suited to beach weddings, countryside settings and hot climes.
In less than a decade the WTOO brand has become instantly recognizable as the choice of affordable bridesmaid dresses for women with a unique sense of their own very personal, feminine style. Their light hearted outlook is reflected in this striking collection of refreshingly contemporary dresses that eschew unnecessary adornments, appliques and bows. The collection has become beloved by free spirited brides that trust the Watters name to convey exactly the right impression on their wedding day. The mix and match versatile appeal of this delightfully romantic collection is exactly in tune with the modern trend of a stylish step away from tradition and assures the ultimate in gorgeous bridesmaids.