DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it appropriate to wear a formal traditional wedding gown for the bride's second wedding?
GENTLE READER: Try and stop her. The white dress has now become the uniform of all brides, young and old, at however many weddings they have.
The strange part is that bridal white, launched by the youthful Queen Victoria, came from white being considered the color of youthful innocence. Today's brides are doing everything they can to subvert that meaning and make their dresses suggestive. Many use Queen Victoria's other fashion trend -- black, for forty years of mourning for her husband -- for their bridesmaids.
Miss Manners lacks the heart to go around spoiling their fun. But the previously married bride who has taste dresses beautifully for the occasion without donning that costume.