Thursday September 1 2011.


As you probably gathered from my post earlier this week I completely melted at the sight of Sofia Coppola’s seemingly effortless wedding.  So this week’s Thursday Threads had to feature that American institution of laidback chic which has recently become available to us Brits via the wonders of the web so you too can be a J. Crew bride.  

J. Crew has been noted as Michelle Obama’s favourite high street store probably because of its ability to fashion wardrobe essentials such as the t-shirt, sweater, blazer etc into luxury items; a look I would describe as the lovechild of Gap and Whistles.

J Crew bride style

Only last year J Crew launched its first bridal collection, bringing a dose of classic femininity on a (relative) budget to young brides.  As you can see above the collection gave archetypal bridal gown shapes a modern twist with ruffled details and patterned fabrics.

The Wedding Collections have proved so popular that Bijou Brides in the UK, Canada and Japan will now be able to shop the looks from the comfort of their own homes.  Shipping to the UK carries a flat rate of just £9.95 via DHL Express so expect to wait 1 to 2 weeks for your items and note that as per the states, tax will be added at the checkout.  Here are some of my favourites from their Fall/Winter collection of wedding dresses which feature a variety of Grecian accents and more importantly a some great gowns for under £1000. 

j crew principessa
Principessa Gown £925.80
j crew sinclair
Sinclair Gown £628.06
j crew lorabelle
Lorabelle Gown £1488.73
j crew waterfall
Waterfall Gown £2233.49



j crew bride

Georgina Gown £2047.00
































































And here is a real J Crew bride, the beautiful Lydia who used a slim black belt and short pearl necklace to give her J Crew gown a 1950’s Liz Taylor/ Jackie Kennedy vibe.

real j crew bride

Here’s my Bijou style edit to show you how to achieve the J Crew bride laidback look.  The key is to keep accessories simple yet young and the wedding day casual with unfussy floral arrangements and favours.

J Crew bride style


J.Crew Layered Tulle Paget Gown £3254.20

Peach Blossom Glass Jars (set of 6) £18

Topshop Valerina Velvet Ballet Pumps £18

Whistles Heart Charm Earrings £15

Merles Kitchen Festival Shortbread £2.70

Confetti Distressed Wooden Union Jack Bunting £12.99


Head on over to J. Crew to start shopping the entire wedding collection which includes Veils, Groom’s Tailoring and Bridesmaids dresses: