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Back in Black

This fall, Jenny Craig’s most adorable spokesperson, Valerie Bertinelli, will be heading to the altar for the second time to wed her boyfriend, Tom Vitale, a businessman with whom she has been involved since 2004.  The pair plans to wed in Italy with only one witness in an intimate, private ceremony.  Bertinelli has told People magazine that she will “be wearing black” in contrast to the white confection that she wore to her 1981 wedding to Eddie Van Halen.

Bertinelli in her first wedding dress, image courtesy of strangecosmos.com

As a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, I am also a huge fan of the classic little black dress (like the ones she so often donned on and off the big screen).  So, hearing that Ms. Bertinelli was in the market for a little black dress of her own, I took it upon myself to choose a few pieces that I think will suit her well.  I decided to pick out some dresses from the Jim Hjelm Occasions collection since the pieces are sweet, fun, and all short in length, so as to flatter the petite 5’2″ figure of Bertinelli.

This simple, strapless look will accentuate Bertinelli's trim figure with a sweet bow detail at the waistline -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Ruffles add a flirty, feminine detail to this flattering, empire waist dress -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

A lace bolero jacket adds formal yet girly flair to a simple strapless a-line look -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

This style would be my choice if I were to get married in a little black dress. However, with Bertinelli's figure, I would lean towards the other more form-fitting pieces that will better showcase her figure -- courtesy of jlmcouture.com

Jim Hjelm Occasions pieces generally start at $250 and tend to hover around the $300 mark.  For a cheaper solution for bridesmaids, I suggest Wtoo Bridesmaids collection by Watters.  Pieces start around $180.  The look shown below can be purchased for $192 at bestbridalprices.com.

This piece is a great alternative to the Jim Hjelm pieces. The dress comes in at the waistline and includes plenty of figure-flattering tucks -- courtesy of bestbridalprices.com

These pieces are not only great options for Valerie Bertinelli’s wedding attire, they are also perfect for the bride who wishes to outfit her bridesmaids in black  — be it for a black & white themed wedding or just because black truly does look great on everyone!