Post # 1
(Anthropologie dress – do I go for it?)
I asked this very talented young designer (she’s 16 but SO amazing!!) to make the dresses for my maids, as all four of them have widely varying body types and tastes. This way, I could have the crisp, vintage vibe I wanted and they could pick from one of five designs that “go together” but aren’t matching.
Here is a profile about her and her designs: http://lvcmag.com/DesignerList.aspx?ArticleID=653
I believe she has ordered materials (I paid a $50 deposit per dress already). She just measured one of my maids, who happened to be in town.
Allthough the dress designs are extremely cute, this whole process scares me. I’m paranoid and neurotic in general and have been doing this all long distance so I’m worried about what the dresses will look like in person, and am having trouble picturing the fabrics I picked. I’m worried that the dresses will end looking unprofessional or messy (not because she’s proven to be unprofessional but because I just worry about these things); will cause hassles for everyone; will turn out not at all how i had pictured; end up getting finished too late; etc. The designer’s not a tailor and am worried about the fit for some of my long-distance maids.
SO I just saw the most perfect bridesmaid dress ever on Anthropologie! It’s the perfect shade of yellow! (With the fabrics my designer ordered, the yellow isn’t quite what I had hoped for so I had to settle.) And the price is about the same as the dress the girls are currently having made.
Downsides: Disappointing a very amazing young designer. The dresses are partially white which might freak out the fam. They might look too much like my wedding dress in shape.
Upsides: We can order them and get them NOW, and the maids can get them altered if they don’t fit. The price is right. I know and trust the Anthropologie product already.
Here’s me in my dress. (JA 8465)
I would post my designer’s designs, but I feel like they’re her intellectual property so don’t want to share.They’ll be canary shantung with nude chiffon elements.
Post # 3
I voted for your original new designer DRESS!!! The Anthro dress is a little to stark white for the amazing dress you’ll be wearing! 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with CDubyaToCJay – The stark white of the Anthro dress is too much alongside your gorgeous JA gown. Stick with the original designer dresses!
Post # 5
I love the idea of orginal dresses for your BMs. Though buying the Anthro dress would be easier, it might not fit all your BMs well since they are varied body types. I say stick with your designer! The link you posted really do seem to flow with the vintage vibe.
Post # 6
Thanks for the reassurance, all! You’re surely right – the original designs will be awesome.
I think my other worry is whether my bridesmaids will like their dresses. With the Anthro dress, I totally feel like they would all wear it again, but with these dresses, I worry that they’ll go immediately to the back of the closet. They’re VERY very yellow all over, which is not a favorite color for everyone. Also, they’re so vintage-awesome that they could appear costumey if we’re not careful!
Post # 7
I feel like sometimes Anthro dresses look very different ON than when you see them online, so probably each of your girls would have to try it on to see if it fit well.
But, I love the idea of a unique dress, a different but similar dress for each girl and the support you’re giving to a budding designer. And, your dress is amazing!
Post # 8
The Anthro dress is cute, but it doesn’t look very weddingy, AND white/bright yellow is really going to clash with the ivory/coffee color your dress has going on.
Give the kid a chance. Maybe have her go ahead and make one, then look it over and see what you think. If you don’t like it, you’ll still have a chance to figure another plan out.
Post # 9
Okay, y’all have reassured me. I am def. okay with the designer’s dresses now!
Post # 10
agreed, go with the designer 🙂
Post # 11
go with your designer! love your dress btw