By Vennette Lailani Seprado
A bride’s wedding trousseau includes everything from her intimate apparel to her actual wedding gown and one of the easiest garments to procure is the dressing robe, which typically just comes in one silhouette with only a variation in length and fabric selection. Unlike undergarments which shape the body according to the cut of the dress, dressing robes provide a modest and stylish cover up for brides and their bridesmaids during the pre-wedding preparations which include sitting down for hair and makeup as well as posing for pictorials.
Back in the day when options were limited, brides would just purchase their robes at lingerie boutiques, department stores, or have their seamstresses customize it for them. Nowadays, with a newly revitalized local wedding market – an influx of artisans and entrepreneurs are carving a niche in the wedding industry by having all bases covered. A good number of local designers have ventured into customizing dressing robes by elevating their designs through fabrics, trims, and embellishments utilizing the power of social media and convenient online shopping and delivery to market their goods.
Heading the pack is the multi-faceted designer Happy Andrada, who recently launched her limited edition bridal robes in exquisite lace and sweeping silks some with a nod to the Japanese kimono with obi-like belts secured with crystal brooches.
Launched in 2012, La Tercera is the country’s first and premier brand for custom boudoir bridal wear that has an impressive celebrity clientele, which continues to grow. The likes of local personalities such as Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, beauty maven Cristalle Belo-Pitt, and recently-wed Martine Cajucom-Ho have all worn La Tercera’s custom-made robes in soft hues, light chiffons, and delicate Chantilly lace.
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Highly coveted global brand Natori, which was established by Filipino-American designer Josie Natori, continues to offer world-class designs. Known for her elegant lingerie and sleepwear line, she has robes of printed silks, sensual lace, and burnt velvets.
La Rosa Novia, Covers & Curves and Lisse are just some of the notable local online brands that offer personalized dressing gowns, loungewear, kimonos, and robes providing brides with more options and channels of acquisition.
Brides aim to look like queens on their big day. They need to feel like queens by donning something beautiful, luxurious and in style before walking down the aisle. Silky, lacy, or sheer – there is no shortage of designs out there to make the bride feel special in the very last thing they would have to take off before they start their new life.