White dress definitely out for wedding 4

July 04, 1996|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

After three divorces, my 40-year-old daughter says she's about to get married again. This time he is "the man of her dreams," and she's "determined to make it work."

She says he is so much in love he wants her to wear a traditional white gown. I am totally against it. In fact, I've threatened to stay home the day of the wedding unless she changes her mind. Am I simply too old-fashioned?

I agree with you. A traditional gown for a fourth wedding is in highly questionable taste. She needs to try a new approach. Some of the most memorable brides wear completely unconventional gowns.

Or if she wants something more classic, here's advice from Donatella Girombelli of the Italian house of Genny: "Suggest to your daughter an alternate color such as ivory, lilac or melon. Not only will it be more suitable, but more practical because she can wear it after the wedding. For the actual outfit consider a knee-length shift dress with a matching short coat. In a rich fabric like silk shantung it will look luxurious, elegant and most appropriate.

"As for a veil, forget it. She should choose a flower headpiece or a hat."

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Pub Date: 7/04/96

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