This review is based on my two wears of the Audrina Lace Dress by Joanie. One for my wedding day in Greece and the second for our wedding reception when we got back to the UK!
It was the perfect dress. 🙂
I’ve got a whole blog about how I searched for my perfect wedding dress and narrowed down my favourites, so I won’t bore you by repeating all of that again here. I want to review the dress for what it is in this blog – the quality, functionality and overall look and feel, for those of you who may be considering it, or any other Joanie dress, for a special occasion such as your wedding.
First of all, let me say that this dress was a STEAL. It’s no secret that conventional/mainstream wedding dresses in bridal stores retail at around £950.00 plus, so when I got engaged and knew that I wanted a vintage reproduction dress, I was delighted to find that they were actually much, much more affordable than that.
Not priced at too much more than their regular lines of clothing, vintage reproduction sites, such as Joanie, Lady V London, Lindy Bop etc. all offer great dresses for blushing retro brides. I got my wedding dress from Joanie, which was £45.00 full price, although I very happily paid £27.50 in their post-Christmas sale. It was so affordable, that I actually bought the dress in a size 10 and 12, so I knew I’d have one that fit and then could just sell the other one on after my big day.
I’m not a newbie to Joanie, who I’ve placed countless orders with, so when I spotted my ideal dress (lace, sleeves, subtle sweetheart style neckline and tea length), I didn’t hesitate. I’ve never had any issue with customer service or quality of items I’ve ordered, but I was still surprised when the dress arrived.
Taking it out of the packaging, I immediately noticed how soft the lace was. It felt amazing quality. Putting the dress on, the silky lining with the soft and delicate lace sleeves made it feel very special and luxurious. This is the dress, I thought! It was feminine and perfect.
The tea length is very flattering and 1950’s, as are the sleeves. It came with a white satin sash although I swapped this out for royal blue one, to tie my colour theme together. The length is great if you have some cute shoes to show off, or, in my case, some super sparkly flats that needed to be seen. The sash emphasises your waist and creates such a feminine shape. Twirling around in front of the mirror, I felt like a vintage princess. It’s definitely a wedding dress, but it’s different. For someone who loves the retro look and the 1950’s and 60’s especially, it was perfect. It’s quirky, fun yet very stylish and sophisticated. Joanie have really got the balance right between creating something retro that doesn’t look out of place in 2018.
In terms of the sizing, I wore the size 10 which had room to spare, so if you’re in between sizes, you definitely won’t need the larger of the two.
I love the shape of the back of the dress too, despite being conscious of my back due to acne. Obviously I didn’t see it much myself on the day, but in photos I keep catching myself thinking “the shape of the back is a really nice detail!” Despite having back acne, the lace and eyelash detailing is so pretty that I needn’t have worried. It takes any focus from skin imperfections away.
It has also been quite easy to look after, as with me needing to wear it twice, I was able to hand wash it (although the label does say it can go on a cool machine wash) and get some small stains from food out the material fairly easily. It also air dries fairly quickly and doesn’t need an iron. It’s practical and not high maintenance at all. It also folds up very small, so you won’t need a large storage box for putting it away, or, in my case, it didn’t take up much room in my suitcase to Greece at all!
You get in and out of the dress with a subtle zip on the back, which was easy peasy. I loved that it didn’t need to go over my head as I’d have been petrified of getting make up on it! And the zip wasn’t visible in photos either.
I wore the dress with a white strapless bra as I didn’t want any bra straps to be showing under the lace, and there’s no padding built in to the dress for support, so you need a bra with it. The whole dress is made from 100% polyester.
The only thing I’m regretting slightly is not buying this dress in the other colours! Joanie also released it in a red and black, which I wish I’d have bought while they were still available.
The dress was really easy to wear for a spring/summer wedding, keeping me cool and airy and comfortable, and it was fun to dance in!
This dress in a few sizes is still available from Joanie, so if you’re tempted to try it out, I’d definitely go for it. After all, when mainstream wedding dresses cost thousands of pounds, what have you got to lose?
Joanie covers UK sizes 8-22 and ships internationally, offering a free and easy returns service.
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