Post # 1
So my bridesmaids and I have finally got their look together, and i must say….. its different…. and I love it!
As i couldnt choose between all of my closest friends for being bridesmaids… i chose them all, and I am so glad that i did. Half of them are not girly girls either and literally live in jeans, shorts and t-shirts. For this reason I knew that they would not feel comfortable getting all dressed up in dresses that they would never in their lives wear again.
The choosing of thier complete outfit has been very much a collaborative one, and it has been thouroughly enjoyable and at times down right funny. We are all spread across australia, and yet it was still accomplished with ease and little stress. Love these girls!! Initially we were going to go with cute cullotte style shorts with a pleated waist and full circle legs (had a full circle skirt look). But, I was worried three of the girls who live in hot/humid regions of Australia would freeze their butts off.
So we went for pants! Yes you read right… my girls are going to wear pants and a cream top of their choice instead of the traditional bridesmaid dress!
As the ceremony and reception is going to be held out doors in a grassed garden, I wanted to keep the girls as comfy as they can be.. so they are wearing flat sandals. To keep in theme with the australiana/art deco/art noveau look
(and compliment my juliet cap veil) the girls are wearing head chains, and will also have faux fur boleros. anyway here is their look so far..
example of top
belt… still up in the air on this
example of sandals
feel free to share your girls look! would love to see!
Post # 2
wifey2be: Well, I think it’s safe to say their look will be unique.
Post # 3
wifey2be: I think it’s great that you’re not trying to force your friends to wear dresses or skirts, and pants can be a really cool alternative.
But I think the necklace and especially the belt are too much– the head chain is a nice nod to art deco but adding more to it seems to me like a lot of jewelry for women who live in t-shirts. Also I’m not sure about that bolero. The pants are fun but not my favorite, but my opinion isn’t what matters. Personally I believe the most important part of pictures is smiles, and those are bigger when people love what they’re wearing!
Post # 4
OP whilst I think pants could work in an Art Deco way, none of those items seem to go together. The bolero thing is at odds with the sandals and the belt and headgear just doesn’t work for me!
Post # 5
I love the pants, but I’d definitely drop the headgear, fur, and belt. That’s way too much stuff that don’t work well together
Post # 6
Not a cohesive look really, have you seen it all together on at least one of the girls? Sorry to sound like a downer.
Post # 7
Im struggling to see how this will look with the bloero.. I personally would leave tht out but I have it all in my head and cant wait to see pictures!
Post # 8
I’m just not sure that girls who normally living in jeans and tees will find this outfit any more comfortable than a dress? The shorts have a long chiffon dress like layer anyway, there is quite a lot of jewellery and accessories, a bolero etc? Part of me things a simple dress would be easier for them to cope with. What do the bm thinK? Maybe you could scale it back a bit to the pants, top and head piece?
As an aside I saw a wedding of a friend who got married in the Phillippines recently and his wife had her bridesmaids wear white shorts and floaty tops so I do think outfits other than dresses can look good, just not sure if this is the best choice…
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I think they’ll look so cute! I love that you guys were able to organize it all long distance!!!
Post # 10
Like I said, their look isnt for everyone and thats ok with us.
I think we will lose the belt, as I have never been sure of it. Those sandals are not ones the girls have chosen, but rather what it may look like. that is up to my girls, as I care more about what they like and will wear again after the wedding and not sit in the bottom of their cupboard because its not to their taste. I dont care if everything is not matchy matchy. I personally hate that look and it has never been one to conform to common and everyday mainstream fashion. We are not strictly trying to emulate an exact art deco look… but rather using some of its influences that we like from this period as a guide. On reflection, the whole thing seems to be taking on more of a festive bohemian/rustic/splash of art deco/art noveau like look and thats fine with me 🙂
Also the bolero’s are not going to be worn during the ceremony, but are for them when it gets cold at night as it is being held out doors in the open air.
I have also had to be very concious of budget, as most of my friends (and ourselves) are very stretched for money and under financial strain due to being single parents, single income families, recently separated, students, mortgages etc. So, I have tried to be as thoughtful as possible for them and not make them wear or pay for something which they cannot afford.
Post # 11
What about the other half of your friends that like to get dressed up? It seems that you’re only taking into consideration what the other half wants. I would suggest making two options, this and something more “girly-girl”.
Post # 12
I really like the idea of your girls wearing pants and being unique. I also really love the colors together. Here’s the thing though…this look has A LOT going on. Personally I would scale it back some to keep it cohesive and tasteful. I would do a solid blue pant, the cream shirt, sandals and the headpiece. I think adding everything else would be fussy and distracting. Sheer pants, a faux fur bolero, sandals, etc. has the potential of looking like a costume.
Post # 13
Except for the head chain i didn’t like any! If a bride wear these in her wedding, she will look funny. These are not the things to wear in wedding. For a bride wedding dress should be a gown only.
Post # 14
wifey2be: I rather like it! Differnt and comfortable. I thought the fur and sandles was an odd combo till you explained the fur is just for an evening warm up rather than part of the main look. I love the wide pants and light floaty top as a decco look. The headpeice is not for me as my frizzy mop would eat it! But over all I admire your strike out for something different and taking your bridesmaids preferences into opinion.
Post # 15
I like the pants, top, sandals and even head thing 🙂 not not the bolero, necklace and belt. But I do really like the pants!