Wedding Wednesday: Ann Taylor Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress & Other Reviews

Less than three months until our September wedding and I’m so excited and nervous at the same time! I haven’t done any wedding related blog posts then I’ve been using direct messaging on Instagram to share pictures and messages privately. Our wedding is out of state so we hired a local wedding planner for partial planning and day of coordination but I’ve also been using LeanKit to keep track of our wedding. If you’re familiar with agile and Kanban boards then you might want to give this tool a try.

Ann Taylor Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress, Bridal Ivory - 00P
Ann Taylor Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress

Size: 00P
Measurements: 32″ chest (I am a 30B/30A in Wacoal petites), 26″ measured at the beaded empire waist, 54″ total length. Note that I’m 5’2 1/4″ and the bottom hem brushes the floor without any shoes on so I’d say the petite length is better for someone that’s 5′ and under especially if you plan to wear heels.
Material: The shell is 63% rayon, 31% silk, 6% spandex. The lining is 100% polyester. Dry clean only.
Would recommend with reservations. I purchased this dress online over a year ago and it was my first wedding related purchase after being engaged. I thought I wanted something very simple and sleek and at the time I was pretty pleased with it until everyone I showed it to said that it was too simple. I have since found The Dress (purchased in ivory) and I couldn’t be happier!

The Ann Taylor wedding line only accepts returns by mail so I never got a chance to return this  wedding dress which also makes an excellent evening gown. I purchased it for 40% off but there’s luxury tax in Massachusetts so I paid around $500 for this dress.

Please refer to these pictures: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Picture #1: There is a little weight sewn in the middle of the outer layer of the cowl neck draping  (the inside of the cowl neck has a v-neck neckline).

Picture #2: The dress has one outer layer and two layers for the lining so it’s not see through.

Picture #3: This picture shows where most of my reservations in recommending this dress comes from – the bottom hem is supposed to be an invisible hem but on this dress you can still see the stitches. It’s not apparent unless you’re looking at it up close but I expected better workmanship for the price of this dress. Correction: The bottom hem is supposed to be an invisible/blind hem but on this dress you can still see the stitches because it looks like they basted the hem (in case you want to alter it is my guess). Refer back to picture #2.

Picture #4: The dress does look gorgeous in pictures and the fourth picture shows what the dress looks like during sunset where it looks more white and pearly than bridal ivory.

Ann Taylor Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress, Bridal Ivory
Mya Cowl Neck Wedding Dress – closeup

A few months ago I had a hair and makeup trial in New York City and I fell in love with this hair piece. Now I find myself looking for something similar to no avail. Note that this is no longer the hair style that I’m going. I’m hoping my little sister can make me a sash/belt for my dress and hair piece since she’s rather crafty.

Wedding hair piece
I’m always on the lookout for cute petite bras but pretty, sexy strapless bras for petite brides are even harder to come by especially here in the US. I bought this Marie Jo bra in 32A below but it was final sale and unfortunately the cups are too small for me. I also prefer something more padded and structured. Please see this listing for more details and email me if you’re interested in taking this bra off my hands. I ended up going with TLBC’s Sascha strapless bra in 34A with Annie’s help (see her review here).

Marie Jo - Daphne Strapless bra - 32A

Marie Jo - Daphne Strapless bra - 32A

Marie Jo - Daphne Strapless bra - 32A
Lastly, I found my wedding shoes a few weeks ago and sent them to my parents house since my dress is there as well while I get it hemmed by a local seamstress. Here I am breaking in the pair I purchased in pink satin. I went up half a size for comfort but they do run true to size. I originally wanted to hunt down this pair of Jimmy Choos that I had spotted on Poshmark but decided against it since I don’t need any more bridal accessories that can’t be returned.

Badgley Mischka Hannah - pink satin
Badgley Mischka Hannah – pink satin


  1. Jasmine Jasmine
    June 21, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    So pretty Jess, and can't wait to see you in The Dress. I love your pearl necklace, very dainty. Love it! Would you mind sharing where you got it. I'm always on the look for a style like this. Thanks!

  2. Jess L
    June 22, 2014 / 4:13 am

    Thanks Jasmine! I can see you email via Disqus so if you'd like I'd be happy to email you a picture of my dress from my first fitting. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The necklace was a present from my fiancรฉ a few years ago and it's from Tiffany. It's called the Tiffany Signature Pearl Pendant and I think my pearl is the smallest size option. The Ziegfeld Collection Pearl Pendant is another lovely alternative in a unique setting.

  3. Jess L
    June 22, 2014 / 4:15 am

    Thanks Lisa. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Jasmine Jasmine
    June 22, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    oh, please send me your pic, would love to see it ^_^Thanks for the info about the Tiffany necklace. When I read your reply I thought oh shoot! its Tiffany. And sure, price is a bit stiff and never goes on sale :(. I don't like sterling silver of the 2nd option, so determined to start saving for it from today lol

  5. Jess L
    June 23, 2014 / 1:57 am

    I'll share some pictures with you tomorrow if I don't send them tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚ You're welcome! It's worth if if you're like me and wear the same favorite pieces all the time (note that I take mine off at night and don't shower with it on). I got rid of most of my costume jewelry since I never wear them anymore plus accessorizing isn't my forte as you can tell. My good friend actually liked my necklace so much she asked for it as her wedding present from her MIL.

  6. Stylish Petite
    July 8, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    The AT dress is so pretty and you look so tall in it! I think you got a great price. Your wedding shoes are so darling – very vintage-esque and oh so pretty!

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