Leandra Medine, founder of fashion website the Man Repeller, was married in October 2012 to on-and-off boyfriend and financier Abie Cohen. Medine sported a characteristically unconventional (but still trendy) look for the big day: a tulle Marchesa wedding gown paired with a white leather biker jacket and flower crown (major Coachella vibes). The dress needed a bit of tailoring, in the form of tweaks that were done less than 72 hours before the ceremony—talk about clutch. In her latest piece, she gets super real about her dress of choice—and offers major style inspo and real-life advice for brides-to-be.
As it turns out, Medine had little responsibility when it came to wedding planning, her mother taking the reins and running with the title of planner. The fashionista's main objective: find the dress. And she did—two weeks before the wedding. Like any bride who had a time crunch when finding the dress, Medine, now married five years, reflects on what she might've worn had she had more time to bounce in and out of bridal shops. We totally get it.
The Man Repeller breaks down her dream wedding dresses by location, two of which are celebrated at a New York City hotel (where she actually married). Well, let's try it again! Look 1 is a Houghton wedding dress featuring a lace bodice and tiered skirt. Naturally, Medine pairs the dress with a pink Rachel Comey blazer. Look 2 for the NYC wedding? A Rosie Assoulin skirt with a "very plain white" tank, paired with an edgy biker jacket.
For Medine's real dream wedding, which would have been located in the backyard of a Hamptons home "among rolling hills and peonies and one long table decorated by tea lights," her look is light and airy. A white Viva Aviva skirt pairs with a loose-fitting Vita Kin blouse. There's no jacket perched atop this duo; instead, Medine finishes off this breezy, simple look with an ultracool pair of gladiator sandals.
So, brides, what's your do-over wedding dress?