Post # 1
My bridesmaids are all picking their own dresses (all long) from Alfred Angelo. The company recently put out their new line for the year. My original plan was satin dresses, then I changed it to chiffon thinking my maids would have an easier time feeling flattered in chiffon rather than non-forgiving satin. But now AA put out the new line and there are a TON of satin choices and barely any chiffon choices. Also the new satin choices look much more forgiving than what they had available last year!
Also, I’m considering how the color eggplant/grape looks on the different fabrics. I found some pictures from eBay of dresses for sale in each, and although they are totally NOT the dresses we’d choose, it atleast gives me a real-life version of the color on the fabrics.
Downfalls with Satin: wrinkles easier, shows imperfections/underwear lines easier depending on what htey wear underneath (if they go without spanx…which I never would! but you never know)
Upside of Satin: Matches the fabric on my dress. Colors look richer.
Downfalls of Chiffon: Not as many options for bridesmaids to choose from from the Alfred Angelo line. Colors look a little “dusty”.
Upside of Chiffon: More forgiving fabric for bridesmaids to feel more comfortable.
I am not a huge fan of letting them choose their own fabric AND their own dress style, as I think that will make it really hodge-podge looking and the colors will be so different. However, I’d CONSIDER it! 🙂
PS…I’m asking all of you for your opinion because I’ve bothered the crap out of my girls for the past months, going back and forth between chiffon and satin! Only two of them say they prefer chiffon. The other 4 say they’ll do whatever I want.
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Post # 3
Personally I like the way the satin photographs better if that helps any!
Post # 4
I agree that the color looks richer in satin, but I’d go with chiffon since it’s more flattering/forgiving and seems less bridesmaidy.
Post # 6
I went through the same thing and we ended up picking satin. It looks nicer in photographs, and feels nicer too. It gets so washed out looking, like the dresses are old
Post # 7
I think the Satin is beautiful but its not the most forgiving nor flaterring on all body types, if that is a concern for your girls. I started looking at Satin only dresses, but then hated the look on my Maid/Matron of Honor who is a beautiful and just so happens to be +size. Tried the Chiffon and it laid nicely against her! I was sold! I also found that the colors in the Chiffon material seemed “Flat” so I am opt’ing for a more vivid color! Since I was going for grey! Best of Luck!!! =)
**ADDED** Oh and I totally agree on sticking to ONE fabric! I too thought about my dress material but, all in all, it shouldnt matter, you should stand out the most!!
Post # 8
i normally prefer chiffon, but not in this color. definitely the satin!
Post # 9
I think the satin looks more elegant. Also, the chiffon looks a bit “washed out” and may not appear as nice in photos.
Post # 10
According to the poll so far, it’s almost 50/50!! Need some more votes!
Post # 11
I like the chiffon, that’s what I’m using for mine.. Also depending on when the wedding is the chiffon would probably be a lot cooler.
Post # 12
Judging off photographs, and my experience trying on Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid dresses- I would go with the satin… good luck!
Post # 13
Can you ask them to look online and tell you which dresses they think they might like (even though they may feel different in person). This way you could see if they are leaning more towards styles that come in satin or chiffon.
Post # 14
I did eggplant/dark purple dresses, and I wasn’t a big fan of the Alfred Angelo chiffon colors. The satin looks much better and richer, but I always knew I’d go with the more forgiving and less bridesmaidy chiffon fabric. So AA was out of the running and I ended up going with Belsoie dresses. Their chiffon color was brighter and had a shimmer to it – the dresses photographed beautifully!! Can you look at other designers? I compared a lot – they all are so different.
Post # 15
Some of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are silk taffeta, and in my opinion look a lot better on all sorts of body types than satin. But that short satin one looks beautiful in the pictures.
Post # 16
I looked at Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dresses today in the store! First off, goodluck finding a dress… this is so hard! Geez.
I do agree with you that I like the satin fabric because it makes the color pop. In your particular color I like the satin. However, I’m choosing fucshia and although I would prefer satin, the chiffon looks great as well (so we’re going with a chiffon style).
I think it just depends on what you like. I honestly think the chiffon is better because it’s more flowy! But that is better for a summer wedding (like mine). So I really can’t decide. Haha, sorry.