What Jewish girl wouldn’t want to mark her transition from childhood to adulthood in style? Make that two styles — the trend now is for young women to opt for the wedding treatment and have two dresses for the bat mitzvah: one for the ceremony and one for the party.
Luckily, there’s no need to blow your budget on two designer dresses. Instead, use a rental service such as Rent the Runway, co-founded by Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman — both Jewish — through which you can rent an extra-special designer dress (or two) for your daughter at less than $75 per frock. Now it’s time to count your blessings — and your savings. Mazel tov!
1. For the ceremony, try something like the ICE BLUE MEREDITH DRESS ($60/retails for $395) from Shoshanna, a line of clothing by L.A.-educated fashion designer Shoshanna Gruss. This knee-length sheath dress has cap sleeves, a light-blue lace overlay and a slight V-neck with scalloped edge — delicate, feminine, flattering and modest. ” target=”_blank”>renttherunway.com
3. Top off the look with a piece of stare-worthy statement jewelry such as the COLOR WHEEL PENDANT ($34) from UncommonGoods. Made in the California-based Yellow Owl Workshop by artist Christine Schmidt, the 1-inch enamel pendant dangles from a 22-karat gold chain. ” target=”_blank”>americanapparel.net