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Charleston’s nuptial style scene is hot to trot this summer with debut collections, chic new spaces, and a few surprises

Images by (The Skinny Dip; left) Mary Beth Thomas & (LulaKate dress; right) Rachel Red Photography

August 1, 2017

Haute News

Charleston’s nuptial style scene is hot to trot this summer with debut collections, chic new spaces, and a few surprises


Grab your gals and get to The Skinny Dip: Charleston Edition (843/872-5610) for some serious shopping. Filled with local lines like Library by Lauren Lail and Charleston Candle Co. alongside national brands (Society Social, Southern Tide, etc.), the King Street stop is a treasure trove for honeymoon attire, newlywed nest décor, and gift ideas aplenty. Post-shopping spree, grab some frosé from Rudi’s Caffé e Vino, located on the second floor of the boutique, and sip it alfresco on the back porch (a bachelorette bash must).


The ladies at Church Street’s Fabulous Frocks (843/754-1855) are at it again!
In addition to their Garnish & Frill line of body suits, add-on bejeweled sleeves, toppers, sashes, and more, they are launching their own line of gowns. Ever Bride debuts this summer featuring classic silhouettes paired with jaw-dropping details—from lace overlays and plunging necklines to lovely low backs, delicate beading, and more.


Stock up on stylish accessories rife with local flavor at Daufuskie Island-based Spartina 449's new King Street storefront (843/974-4684). From colorful scarves and tassel key chains to water-resistant cotton-canvas bags like their Charleston Tote ($88-$98), the goods are ripe for attendant gifting.


Does anything say summer in the Holy City better than seersucker? We think not, and we are more than smitten with LulaKate's (843/805-7193) new line of flirty frocks and separates in the sensible (read: breathable) fabric. Available in a host of hues—blues, pinks, green, white, and more—and silhouettes, the looks (dresses are $158; skirts range from $98-$178) suit not just maids, but brides, as well—think ready-to-wear ensembles for your engagement soirées and bridal showers. Find the darling collection, which is made in the U.S. and designed by Charleston’s own Katherine McDonald, online only.


A PSA for all gown-hunting brides: Maddison Row (843/720-7979) has moved! Now on the corner of St. Philip and Cannon streets, the new space is clad in smart furnishings (hey there, ghost chairs) and bathed in natural light: a brilliant backdrop for you to play dress up in their A-list gowns from Lela Rose, Sareh Nouri, Monique Lhuillier, and on.


Need a zinger for your backyard rehearsal dinner, or a unifying accessory for your bachelorette weekend? In either case, local artist Scott Fitzgerald’s airbrush trucker hats (843/345-9590) fit the bill. Commission a set of custom caps ($25 each) or hire him to live-paint hats at your festivities ($100 per hour)—either way, you and your gang will end up with quirky, one-of-a-kind keepsakes.


Grooms, groomsmen, and wedding-goers alike will love the colorful (and comfy) fun delivered by a pair Charleston-edition Hot Sox (855/655-8137). Adorned with Rainbow Row, the Ravenel Bridge, and Palmetto trees, the socks, which are sold locally at Belk (843/884-2841), make for a perfectly practical souvenir from your Lowcountry wedding weekend ($6 for women’s socks; $12 for men’s).


2017-08-01 00:00:00