Look what the breeze blew in: a flock of delicate dresses that pack well, travel well, and look swell. We weigh your options.
Dress Weight: 1.35 pounds
A long, fluid slip of a dress, this silk satin cowl neck gown with an organza skirt of bias ruffles moves like a dream. Pair it with striking faux-crystal drop earrings that sway as dramatically as the dress. Gown (Style 718), Jenny Lee. Earrings, Francoise Montague for Jennifer Miller, 212-734-8199. Ring, Varna.
Dress Weight: 0.6 pounds
With its high neckline, mini length, and scalloped edges, this dress feels tres 1960s yet totally au courant. The ornate openwork rosettes and stone-embroidered bib make further embellishments -- other than the oversize pearl studs -- completely superfluous. Dress (6e615/38a), by Oscar de la Renta, from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778. Earclips, Verdura. Ring, Ritani.
Dress Weight: 2 pounds
Tulle plays the starring role in this diaphanous column gown. An exaggerated bow of horsehair netting at the waist and a wispy train in the back impart a fairy-tale feel, while peridot-and-diamond-drop earrings complement the pale sage underneath the tulle. Gown (Bridal Look #4), Vera Wang. "Mechanique" earrings, Judy Geib + a.
Dress Weight: 2.5 pounds
How about a dollop of irresistible froth and fluff with your wedding gown? That's what you'll get when you slip on this meringue of a dress, with its downy empire bodice and swingy A-line skirt. Vintage diamond earrings round out the look. "Obelisco" gown, Manuel Mota, pronovias.us. Earrings, Kwiat.
Dress Weight: 2.8 pounds
A necklace this eye-catching (three varieties of pearls in one piece!) needs a dress that can hold its own -- and this elegant strapless with asymmetrical sash, ruched bodice, and pleated skirt does just that. Gown, by Anne Barge, from Kleinfeld. Necklace, Bulgari. Ring, De Beers.
Dress Weight: 1.5 pounds
Lilly Pulitzer is the queen of resort wear, which makes this darling metallic-jacquard knee-length shift, with beading at neckline and hem, a natural choice for your destination wedding. A tulle headband doubles as a veil. "Sophia" dress, Lilly Pulitzer. "Tilda" headband, Justine M Couture.
Dress Weight: 0.7 pounds
Hello, birdie. A fair-feathered dress that will have your groom whistling at first sight, it has two long bands of silk attached to the bodice that can be wrapped however you like. Turn it into a halter, a strapless, or even a one-shouldered wonder. "Helena" gown, Morgane Le Fay. Ring, Martin Katz.
Dress Weight: 1.2 pounds
Nothing feels extraneous on this one-shouldered silk chiffon gown. A tidy band of embroidery at the waist offsets the diamond jewelry. "The Loft" gown, by Lela Rose, at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, 212-319-6778. Ring, Cartier. Earrings, Mauboussin. Umbrella, Janus et Cie, Janus et Cie.
Dress Weight: 4.15 pounds
Here's a dress that has all the shape and elegance of a classic gown, but little of its unwieldy girth. Below the floral guipure lace bodice is the sweep of a generous A-line skirt. Accessorize with fresh orchids in the hair -- and a "just married" smile to match. "Harlow" gown, Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston.
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