Our Favourite Things Under $100

We delve into our collections and talk about some of our favourite items under $100 - perfect for the big-day or a special occasion!

Wow, it's December. That rolled around quickly! 

While we grin and bear our way through the rainy season here in Vancouver, we look to little things to make us warm and fuzzy inside. Things like eggnog (how can people not love it?!), Christmas cookies, mulled wine, and affordable gifts are just a few of our favourite things! 

Here at She Wore Flowers we strive to have wonderful indie-made products that span not only the style genres, but across all budgets, too. The holidays, as we all know, can be a very expensive time so we've gathered some of our favourite products under $100 for you here! You'll soon be on your way to being a pro gift-giving goddess.

The Flower & Pearl Hair Comb Set by SWF Designer January Rose Bridal is super versatile and can be used at the front of the head as pictured, or at the back on top of an up do. It's a delicate piece that can complete your bridal look or even be worn to a special wintery occasion (think that New Years party maybe?). 

Or maybe you're looking for the perfect bit of loungewear to relax in on that honeymoon or vacation during these chilly winter months? You may have heard that SWF Designer, Angellure, creates AMAZING wedding dresses, but did you know that she also makes gorgeously sultry, slinky robes? These beauties are perfect for the wedding morning as you're getting ready, the wedding night, the honeymoon, or just lounging around at home.  The Black Cathatrina Robe is just one of many!

If you're after something that can be worn again and again, our tulle skirts by Garderobe can do the trick. The shortest lengths start under $100. Available in multiple colors and lengths, these pretty skirts can be used as bridesmaid outfits, can be made in ivory as a wedding dress skirt, and can even be worn for any special occasion or day that you're feeling a little extra. 

When we stumbled upon the gorgeous collection by polish designer Decolove Atelier, we immediately fell in love with their jewelry and accessory creations, like the beautiful Ailinon Earrings! Super transitional, these earrings can be worn throughout the seasons and really dress up an outfit. 

Or maybe you're after something a little lacey? Check out the Brigette Off Shoulder Bodysuit by SWF Designer, Jordan de Ruiter!

Speaking of pretty lacey things, Desirex also makes some gorgeous bra and underwear sets! The detailing on these pieces is truly beautiful. 

When it comes to gift giving though, we all know one type of product tends to always be a winner, and that's jewelry. SWF's curated collection of handmade jewelry spans from gorgeous heirloom pieces, to more affordable designs that work perfectly as affordable gifts! Speaking of which, Jacqueline Nicole Jewelry has some gorgeous items that fit the bill, like this Adjustable Gold Slider Bracelet.

If you're on the hunt for the perfect bridal garter, you can look no further than the newest designer to our marketplace, One Fancy Day! Their intricately designed garter sets, like the Jasmine Bridal Garter Set below, are really something special and extremely affordable. 

We know we mentioned Decolove Atelier before, but we also think the gorgeous Bellial Magic Tiara would be perfect for that eclectic or astrology loving bride, or hey, even a New Years Eve party! 

Can we also just take a moment to say how insanely adorable these Berry Pearl Earrings are by Elibre? They're handmade in their studio in Italy!

And lastly, just because we're longing for the weather to get sunny again, we're throwing in one of our favourite floral accessories, the gorgeous Silk Organza Flower Hairpins by January Rose Bridal. These beautiful flowers are really versatile in the fact they can be pinned under a veil (check out the listing for images) or worn on their own as shown below. Perfect for your maids, a night out, or the big day!

What Wedding Dress Shape Should You Choose?

We destroy the age old myths of who 
can wear what on their wedding day.

3D lace wedding dress is just one of many wedding dresses from our collection at She Wore Flowers. This lace low back wedding dress is perfect for all bridal styles, from vintage to luxe.
Flower Child Dress, SWF Designer Amelia

What if I told you that you could wear whatever shape you wanted? That there were no rules?

Before starting She Wore Flowers I was in the bridal industry for about four years, most of this time was spent managing bridal boutiques in the UK and helping hundreds of brides find their dream gowns as a bridal consultant. When I first entered the industry, there were these 'rules' people talked about that at first as a young 20-something, I didn't question. "Plus size girls can't wear mermaids." "Skinny girls should only wear column dresses because they're the only ones that can pull that shape off." Alright, I thought. I guess that's the way it is. Well, this was about seven years ago, and the world was just starting to enter this eff-your-beauty-standards attitude and eventually I realized that those so-called "rules" were put in place by society's distorted views of beauty and, well, ahem..they were complete BS.

This beautiful sheer open back lace wedding dress is one of many wedding dresses from She Wore Flowers, the only bridal marketplace that is devoted to showcasing indie designers. This gown has beautiful lace detail and has a soft mermaid silhouette and long sheer sleeves.
June Dress, SWF Designer Angellure

So what shape is best for you?

Now, listen here darling. There is a perfect shape for you. Some shapes will be better for you than others. But not for the reasons you think or that you've been told. You see, you've maybe been told that you can't wear a mermaid because your hips are too big. Well, maybe a mermaid dress isn't for you. But not because of your awesome hips (screw the haters). A mermaid dress isn't for you if you don't want to showcase them. See? There's the difference. If you love your hips, then a mermaid silhouette is absolutely a contender.
The best way to choose your ideal dress silhouette, is knowing what you love about your body/want to showcase, and what you don't love so much/don't want to showcase. In an ideal fantasy world we all love every single aspect of ourselves, but unfortunately we've been told that we should all look a certain way so everyone has their own inner judgements and is their own worst critic. No matter how irrational our friends/significant others tell us these insecurites are, they exist. For me, it's my legs. Hate em! Others tell me I'm crazy but they've always been my thing. It's an unfortunate reality but these insecurites exist, for everyone (you're not alone).
It's my goal that by the end of this post you have a better idea as to the shape you should go for, or at least have a better understanding of what each shape does. So here's what you do next.
Think about the part of your body that you love and want to show off. Maybe its your waist, maybe it's your boobs, your bum, etc. Then, think about that part of your body that you're not a fan of showing off. And look, although I agree with your friends and family that you're being silly and every inch of you is perfect, your wedding is NOT the day that you should start conquering that fear. You should feel 100% comfortable inside and out on your big day, so choose a dress that's going to highlight what you want it to. For instance, I would probably want to roll up and die if I decided to conquer my "I hate my legs" fear on my wedding day and wear a short tea-length dress. I'd be constantly thinking about it and that's not what this day is about. You need to be comfortable in what you're wearing.
So what shapes excentuate what parts? Great question! I've broken down the list below of the main wedding dress shapes and from there you'll be well on your way to choosing the perfect gown for you. You can also click each one to shop that shape on SWF!
This beautiful a-line wedding dress has a full tulle skirt and floral embroidered bodice. It is one of many affordable wedding dresses from She Wore Flowers.
Rose Embroidered Wedding Dress by SWF Designer, Jordan de Ruiter

 - This style is widely called the "universal match". A-line dresses typically consist of a fitted bodice that stops at the natural waist (typically the smallest part of your torso), and then flare out from there. They flatter most people, it's just whether or not you like this style. The shape is perfect if you're wanting to showcase your narrowest point, and want to avoid anything clinging to your bum/hips. You don't need to love ballgowns to choose an A-Line either, as they really vary in volume. Some are still very lightweight and free-flowing. They're pretty easy to move around in as your legs can move unhindered and aren't constricted by a dress that's fitted to your hips. Of course ballgowns (still part of the A-Line silhouette family) consist of a huge skirt, which makes mobility more difficult so keep that in mind.
This sexy open back wedding dress has a floaty skirt and long sheer sleeves. It's perfect as a destination wedding dress. It's one of many affordable wedding dresses from She Wore Flowers.
Sagdiana Wedding Dress by SWF Designer, Angellure

Mermaid/Trumpet/Fit & Flare - This shape is perfect for you brides out there who want to either showcase your curves, or create an illusion of having bigger curves. They hug the torso all the way down to your legs and then flare out at various levels, ranging from mid thigh down to the knee. The flare can also vary in volume and be less, or more dramatic - just depends on your preference. The lower the flare and more volumous, typically the less mobile you'll feel. The higher the flare (say around mid thigh), your knees are still free to bend and move so you'll have an easier time dancing your beautifully accentuated bum off all night! This goes without saying that if your bum/curves are not what you want to showcase, then this shape is probably not the best for you.
This stunning crochet lace wedding dress is one of many wedding dresses from She Wore Flowers. This wedding gown has spaghetti straps and a slit in the skirt.
Avalon Wedding Dress by SWF Designer, Francis Bridal

 - The column silhouette is basically exactly what it says. The dress does not have a point in which it adds structure or is fitted (typically these gowns are non-structured and are not boned). The dress falls to the floor in a column shape whilst hugging your body naturally, and depending on its material (ie. lace, silk, etc) will show off your body in a more subtle way (there's no dramatic flares or anything). These gowns are notoriously non-fussy can be very understated, allowing them to be accompanied by a wide variety of accessories due to their versatility. They're super manageable and are the most destination-wedding friendly due to their light weight nature and suitcase-packability (is that a word?). When I was a bridal consultant, I had many a bride fall in love with a column or sheath dress but worry about the dress showing their "imperfections", because FYI these dresses will cling. Well, as I said, you're being silly, but if you really love the gown, there's plenty of shapewear options out there specifically dedicated to the bridal industry to wear under dresses like this. Just make sure the shapewear lays smooth on the skin and preferably is a little high waisted, this will avoid lines under the gown. You can read this post I wrote about choosing the right underwear for your wedding dress.
One more thing I MUST tell you, is that I cannot count how many times a bride I was helping tried on a dress of a particular style (ie. a mermaid dress) and hated it. Before suggesting she rule out the style completely, I would get her to try on one more that was slightly different (ie. flared out either higher or lower than the previous one), and she would end up falling head over heels in love with it. So keep that in mind! Just because you may hate one dress of a certain style, try on at least one more that's slightly different and see if it's still the case. Still hate it? Then rule out that silhouette.
Within each of these shapes/silhouettes there is of course further customization of necklines, back detailing, sleeves, etc. I do think it's important for a bride-to-be to go try on gowns in a variety of shapes to really get an idea as to what she loves. Don't stress about finding the one. Once you nail down your silhouette, I promise you that it gets easier from there, and if you're having a hard time finding that perfect dress for you, SWF has a variety of dresses within each category (they're also super affordable)!
So remember, don't let someone tell you what you should and shouldn't wear. Think about what you want to show off, and then choose the silhouette accordingly!

PS. You can shop quality, affordable wedding dresses by shape from She Wore Flowers! 

Meet The Founder of She Wore Flowers

So you've visited our marketplace brimming with gorgeous designs by trusted indie designers. Now meet the mind behind it.

Ashley Miran, Founder of She Wore Flowers

Where did the idea for SWF come from?

It's a question I get asked a lot, and I hope that some other small town girl can find even just a little shred of inspiration and courage to take risks and follow those bigger, more daunting dreams. 

Small Town Roots

Some people want to know the long story, and some the the short one. I'll try to find the middle ground for you here! Ever since I can remember, I wanted to create something big when I grew up. I was raised by two loving parents in a very small town (we're talking 1500 people) in the north-central part of British Columbia, Canada. I was always surrounded by nature, travel, long winters, warm summers, a big family, and sports. As a teenage tomboy on the soccer, track, and volleyball teams, the bridal industry is probably the last place anyone who knew me back then would have imagined I'd end up. 

Ashley as a bridal consultant in 2012. Taking her job VERY seriously.

Finding that niche.

Coming from a small town in the 90's and early 00's, it was never conveyed to me that a career within a creative sector or tech was something that could sustain a living. I was to find my place within business or healthcare (I also thought by the time I was 27 I'd be married with two kids. Oh how times have changed). When I was six and my teacher asked what I wanted to do, I replied with "a marine biologist". Then it was an Olympic skater. Then graduation and adulthood loomed, and big aspirations became too scary and unsafe. Our small high school offered very little in terms of elective classes, so it wasn't like there was even the opportunity for us kids to try out different, "unique" subjects. Needless to say, I graduated high school at 17 years old without a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life. I studied an entry level business program in college which would at least allow me to attain a junior position out of school while I figured my life out, and I did just that by joining the banking world. Well that was...not fun for me. "What do you love?" My parents would ask my twenty year old self. My brain still told me that I had to either choose business or healthcare so I replied, "Umm...sports?" 

This answer led me to study Registered Massage Therapy and subsequently work for myself (yay!) but ultimately was killer on my hands and joints (boo!) and question whether I actually loved it enough to be okay with the fact I'd probably get arthritis by the time I was 30. Love it? I didn't really even like it that much. I yearned to be creative. So at 23 I decided I would quit my RMT job and take the leap. Sure, I'd basically make no money for a long time if I was actually going to pursue this "creativity pull" on my being, but it wasn't about money for me anymore. I wanted something I loved to spend 40+ hours a week doing. So, I enrolled in an interior design course and began to blog, and long story short-ish, my decisions took me on a whirlwind of changes over the years following, which would see me move across the world (twice), enter the bridal industry, and ultimately lead me to creating the very website you're visiting now, She Wore Flowers. 

Although I'm Canadian, I lived in the UK (mostly in London) for almost six years. I've known from about the age of twenty one that I ultimately wanted to work for myself, but I also knew I needed a great idea. A unique idea. And in this day and age, niche, good ideas are hard to come by. Throughout my twenties I bounced around between different side hustles and would put loads of energy into these hobbies for a few months before I'd realize that the idea, in my mind, wasn't the one and would move onto the next. While doing this somewhat erratic soul searching I had "day jobs" to pay my bills in London (just barely) which would change over time from being a bridal consultant, managing bridal shops, managing the operations of a publishing company, an interior design studio, and even randomly getting into HR. In May of 2017 I moved back to British Columbia with my other half, Timothy, and one night as I was cozy under the duvet about to drift off, the idea just hit me like a sack of bricks. Most of my most exciting ideas seem to come to me when I'm on the brink of falling asleep, and this one was no different. 

An epiphany in the night.

I had received a reputation among my friends and family as some sort of bridal guru due to my experience in the wedding industry and I'd noticed for years that shopping online for great bridal products was really difficult. I had also noticed, as a previous online seller, that the current marketplaces out there seemed to be letting their quality control slip, which really frustrated me. My listings were always lost among tens of thousands of others, many of which were either of poor quality, or made by sellers that were hard to verify as legitimate. I had never paired these two realizations together though. Just like that, the idea had fluttered into my half-conscious head. I actually had to groggily grab my phone off the side table and jot it down into my notes app so that I'd remember it in the morning. A wedding marketplace, with only quality sellers, with only beautifully made items, and only gorgeous photography showcasing it. 

Over the next few months I began the initial planning stages and research. It took about six months for me to really nail the idea down. It was hard. I actually completely wrote off the idea for five months because it was overwhelming and I didn't think I could do it. How could I afford to do this? I had a full time job. We'd just moved to Vancouver and moving is expensive. It's too much for me to be able to accomplish this. I can't. Would anyone see the potential in this that I did? I set it aside.
In the spring of 2018 the idea was nagging at me again, telling me not to give up on it. So, I gave in to my conscience and quit what I promised myself was my last ever "day job". I started contacting bridal designers. I'd pitch them my concept. I was so scared they'd email me back and be like, "this is a crappy idea". But they didn't. They valued it. They saw it how I saw it. The feedback was overwhelming and solidified my path. It was my motivation to continue, and I carried on, I built it from the ground up with the novice web design experience I had, and it started to come together. I've met people who are really excited by SWF, and I've also met a few who just don't believe in me or the concept. I've learned that there will be lots of people who try to cast doubt along the way, but it doesn't mean I should take it personally or give up on it, so I won't. And here we are. And here you are. And I'm so thankful that you're here. 

I hope that you love the collections that we've searched high and low to curate. The designers behind each brand live their own passion each day by creating the gorgeous items that fill She Wore Flowers, and our numbers are growing! Thank you for taking the time to read this and be a part of our journey, and I hope that you'll stick around with us as we continue to grow and revolutionize the way the world shops bridal. 

xx Ashley 

On an even more personal note, I enjoy spending time with my other half Tim and our three dogs, Bear, Bella, and Rue. I love travelling and wandering historic European cities, being outdoors, drinking lots of coffee, and spending time in old British pubs. 

You can follow my personal Instagram account here! ....and my dogs' account here...yes, I'm that person.

Ashley routinely updates her Editor's Choice Collection on SWF, a small curated list comprised of some of the wonderful items that have caught her eye lately.