By Daniela Degrassi
Reformation fashion may not be for the princess bride, but how many of you, dear vegan brides to be are into ball gown wedding dresses? I imagine you quite practical and minimalist, always watching out for the least environmental impactful choice. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s been established in the past few years that vegan fashion is no more associated with boho styles and has been developing in materials and designs to strongly compete with mainstream brands that are not ethically conscious. Trust me, vegan gals out there are definitely not going to renounce to being glamorous! That’s why Reformation fashion can definitely fit all the requirements, from the moment you walk down the aisle, to breezy, comfortable styles to enjoy during your honeymoon.
Reformation was one of the first sustainable labels that flourished during the onset of the Fashion Revolution movement. While their mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure, they put equal emphasis in their fabric sourcing and production, which is fully documented on their website. While there are so many meaningful aspects I’d love to share about their ethical business practices, this article is more focused about finding the right wedding attire, so, if you are interested in learning more, I welcome you to stop by their About pages to dig deeper in the company sustainable efforts. One thing I do need to specify: not all Reformation fabrics are animal friendly (they use silk and recycled cashmere in some of their designs) but a good percentage of their collections are vegan. Their product pages will state fabric content in the Fabric and Care info.
Back to wedding planning… Reformation wedding dresses are quite simple and minimalist. The plus, besides being so darn chic, is that they are such an easy wear that you will be able to rewear them again and again after the wedding… what bride wouldn’t want to have the chance to reuse the most important dress in her life? I speak from experience… when I got married I chose a simple cocktail dress that I was able to wear for many years after and every time I could not help think with a squeal of joy “gosh, I am wearing my wedding dress!”
Made of their lightweight, sustainably sourced viscose georgette, the Nikita is a midi length dress with a ruffle edged neckline, strap ties, and a trumpet skirt, fitted in the bodice with an easy fitting skirt. This dress comes in 6 different colors (including two floral designs), and if it’s not your cup of tea for tying the knot, it will definitely be a charming addition to your honeymoon wardrobe. Cost $248.
The chic Winslow is a v-neck, wrap dress with kimono sleeves and a relaxed fit throughout. The see through viscose fabric requires a mini skirt liner. The Winslow also comes in a variety of tones. The bridal options go from ivory, blush and champagne. The Winslow is bridesmaids friendly too with 6 more color choices including a lovely blue/white floral print. Cost $268
The Milan dress has a daring decollete and ample room to showcase your legs. Not your choice for a church wedding but it will definitely be a hit anywhere else. Made of Reformation light weight viscose, the Milan is fitted in the bodice with an easy fitting skirt. Comes in ivory and two darker colors and a floral print. Cost $428
The Peppermint is a floor length, wrap dress with a deep v neckline and removable shoulder ties. The fit is relaxed in the bodice with an easy flowy skirt. Made of Reformation vegan friendly viscose, it comes in 3 bridal friendly shades and a dark navy. Cost $388
The Verbena is an off-the-shoulder, floor length dress with a ruffle edged neckline and a center back zipper. Fitted in the bodice with an easy fitting skirt. In 6 color choices, the Verbena is made of a lightweight drapey crepe fabric with a dry hand feel – 53% viscose, 47% rayon. Cost $328
This is how far boho Reformation will go. The Imogen is a midi length dress with a deep v neckline, a center front tie and a lace trim detail at the waist and skirt. The Imogen is relaxed fitting throughout with a fitted waist. Made of Reformation signature viscose georgette it comes in ivory and black. Cost $278
The Poppy is a floor length dress with a cold shoulder, a sweetheart neckline and adjustable straps, fitted in the bodice with an easy fitting skirt. Available in 6 shades, the Poppy is made of a blend of viscose and rayon. Cost $388
The Butterfly is an off-the-shoulder, midi length dress with a sweetheart neckline and ruffle edged sleeves, slim fitting throughout with a slightly flared, trumpet skirt. Viscose made, this Spanish vibes dress comes in a variety of colors and a floral print. Cost $278
If you are not an online shopper (always best to at least try on your wedding dress once before the big day, right?), you can try to make it to one of Reformation Bridal Trunk Shows around the USA. And when you’re done bridal shopping, make sure you browse more of Reformation fashion to add a few easy wears for your honeymoon. Below some of my favorite, vegan friendly looks.
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.