By Bari Cener
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish rite of passage celebrated by the entire family, and that means attire for the day extends past the guest of honor. Each and every family has its own style, and the clothing should reflect it. While the Bat Mitzvah dress or Bar Mitzvah button-down is the star of the fashion show, parents and siblings deserve to shine in their own special clothes.
This year, we highlight the dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories worn by our Bar or Bat Mitzvah families. Some toasted the occasion in gowns and glitz, while others chose to stay casual with denim and football jerseys. Whatever the dress code, these families looked stunning while celebrating their Bar or Bat Mitzvah!
THE NEEDLEMAN FAMILY
Julia’s Favorite Fashion Moment: “Finally seeing everything all put together—the dress, the makeup, the shoes, and the hair.”
The Parentals: Mom Ann wore a black and silver cocktail dress by Betsy & Adam, and accessorized with silver sandals while Dad David wore a Brooks Brothers suit
Fashion Statement: Bat Mitzvah girl Julia wore an aqua Terani
Couture party dress with a sweetheart neckline, a crystal-
embellished bodice, and a tulle bottom
DATE OF SIMCHA: March 19, 2016, PARTY VENUE: Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ, DRESS CODE: Party Attire, SPECIAL ACCESSORY: A diamond necklace given to Julia by her aunt and uncle marked the occasion.
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Photo credit: At Home Studios
AMANDA & RYAN CARESS
Twinning: Amanda sparkled in a long beaded
and sequin Tiffany blue Jovani dress from Party
Girl in Tenafly, New Jersey, while Ryan wore a
crisp, black DKNY silk suit from Lubin’s, which
was accented with a silver pocket square and
worn over a white shirt and silver tie
The Parentals: Mom Tammy rocked a black
organza dress with a rhinestone beaded neckline
from Marina Rinaldi, paired with black, raw
silk stilettos embellished with crystals and a
Swarovski crystal clutch. Dad Jeffery wore a
Hickey Freeman suit and a purple seven fold tie
Costume Change: After the candle lighting,
Amanda changed to a silver-beaded cocktail
dress by LEXIE from Party Girl and Sarah Jessica
Parker rhinestone stilettos for the father-daughter
dance. After the dance, she changed into high heel Nike sneakers that were blinged-out with rhinestones
DATE OF SIMCHA: December 5, 2015; PARTY VENUE: Edison Ballroom, NYC; DRESS CODE: Party Chic; MATCHY MATCHY: Tammy and Amanda had matching diamond necklaces, but Mom got to wear hers with diamond dropped earrings!; HAIR & MAKEUP: The NYC-based, on-demand Glam Squad coiffed and painted Amanda and Tammy at the Edison Ballroom.
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Photo credit: H&H Photographers
Fashion Statement: Max wore a white dinner jacket from Esquire in Merrick, New York, and
patent leather converse high tops that kept him
comfortably stylish for the party. Dad Steven wore his own white jacket to complement his son’s
Hot Mama!: Max’s mom Beth wore a mermaidcut,
steel-gray gown with a platinum-lace overlay,
custom-made for her by Runway Couture
Bellmore, New York.
Sibling Love: Eight-year-old Sadie looked
stunning in a custom pink princess dress from
Designing Dreams and custom-blinged Converse
from One Small Step in Woodbury, New
York. Her favorite accessory? A rhinestone tiara to dress up her tresses
DATE OF SIMCHA: December 5, 2015; PARTY VENUE: Temple Avodah, Oceanside, NY; DRESS CODE: Saturday Night Formal; COSTUME CHANGE: Max and Steven switched things up by wearing black tuxedo jackets at the cocktail hour and white dinner jackets for the party.
Photo credit: White Light Photography & Video
Favorite Accessories: Stefen added LED Laces to his Lebrons…he loved the glow. Nothing is better than wearing accessories that you love!”
Dress Code: Jerseys, Jeans and Jewels
Designing Women: Sister Jaidyn, 11-years old,
wore a white Dallas Cowboy Jersey and had
it redesigned into a dress by Robin at Designs
On You in Port Jefferson Station, New York, and
white wedge DooBallo sneakers embellished
with crystals. Mom Heather wore a Dallas Cowboy Jersey redesigned into halter, paired with
McGuire Jeans from Bloomingdales and blue
suede Dallas Cowboy wedge shoes. Father Knows Best: Dad Scott suited up in a
Dallas Cowboy Vintage Throwback Aikman
Jersey, AG Jeans from Bloomingdales, and Nike
Lebron “What if” Dallas Cowboy sneakers. All
Dallas Cowboy gear were purchased at the AT&T
Stadium in Dallas, Texas
Football Fashion: Stefen sported a custom name and number “Throwback” Jersey Dallas Cowboy Jersey for the cocktail hour, and then changed into a current Dallas Cowboy jersey with the number 13. Both jerseys were worn with Lucky Brand Jeans, and Nike Lebron “What if” Dallas Cowboy sneakers
DATE OF SIMCHA: SuperBowl Sunday, Feb 7, 2016, PARTY VENUE: The Carlyle at The Omni, Uniondale, NY
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Photo credit: Simon Elliot Events
Triple the Fun: When your mom owns a dress rental company, Charlotte’s Closet, an outfit change is easy!
Favorite Moment Getting Dressed: “My mom helping me into my ball gown, which meant the cocktail hour was over and it was time to party!”
Charlotte started in two different dresses by Blush: for the service, she
looked elegant in a white embroidered dress
She changed into an embellished strapless
dress for the cocktail hour
She danced the night away in a blue ball gown designed by
Mommy Couture: Mom Jen wore a fitted Stella
McCartney from Bergdorf Goodman.
For the Boys: Dad Eric and brother Dylan wore
Michael Kors suits purchased at Nordstrom
DATE OF SIMCHA: September 26, 2015; PARTY VENUE: Haute Durvo, Roslyn, NY; DRESS CODE: Party Chic; FAVORITE ACCESSORY Studded Converse sneakers that allowed Charlotte to dance all night!; CELEBRITY FASHION INSPIRATION: Selena Gomez
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This story is from our 2016-2017 Mitzvah Market Magazine. If you would like to request a free copy, click here.