Post # 1
So this is the dress I chose for my bridesmaids. And it was on clearance on david’s bridal online!! It’s davids bridal F12256 in oasis/pool in case the pic doesn’t work.
However, by the time I turned around and got all the measurements for my maids,(the next day) They were not available anymore!! So now, I’m getting them sewn by a family friend-seamtress, which works out even better!!
Anyway, so this is my question: I waited too long to get married and now my ‘flower girl’ is 10 and has promoted herself to a bridesmaid…LOL
How can I make this dress look as similar as possible, yet age appropriate for her?
The seamstress suggested making it more A-line, not so ‘trumpet-y’ for her, but I’m not sure what to do about the top for the front. (and obviously the back wouldn’t be that low)
FYI her mother is by no means conservative AT ALL, so she wouldn’t care if it was left strapless, but I think it would have a hard time staying up, and she’s only 10!
For suggestions I’ve gotten, add thin straps, make it into a one-shoulder, add cap sleeves, make it a halter. What do you think??
This is how the front will look for the other bridesmaids (but no tail, and in the oasis/pool colour)
Post # 3
I think I halter or thin straps would be best.. I don’t think it would stay up if it was left strapless… she is 10 and I am assuming not very developed.
Also I think the back is too low for a 10year old…
Does she have to wear the same dress?
My opinion is that it looks really mature for a 10 year old.. maybe do a different style in the same colour?
Post # 4
Well, she really wants it to be as much like the ‘big girls’ as possible, and I think even the ‘big girls’ won’t make the back be THAT low. lol They unanimously voted that they want to be able to wear a bra under it, so it’s just the front that i was wondering about….I think maybe halter might be best since it doesn’t require attaching to the back???
Post # 5
I think a halter neck is a good idea. I was actualy a bridesmaid at around that age, and i remember being really dissapointed when my dress was completely different from the ‘big girls’s dresses’! Definitely try and make the dress the same colour, and with a halterneck, she can still have basically the same back. If your keeping the bow at the back, definitely give her one too! hope that gives you an incite. 🙂
Post # 6
Pretty dress but not appropriate for a 10 yr old at all. Her dress doesn’t have to match theirs but it should be age-appropriate. I would at the very least add cap sleeves. It’s unfortunate that the mother doesn’t care enough to protect her daughter’s modesty or well-being and is potentially setting her up (in other occasions as well) to fall prey to pedophiles, so someone has to step in and take over that role because she’s unwilling to. Unless the 10 yr old is 5’7, 110lbsm which hardly any are, then you (or her mother, whom it sounds like isn’t willing to pay for alterations to make the dress appropriate) will spend more on getting the dress altered properly to fit this small child than you will for the dress itself at the dress shop.
Edited to add: Here’s a few online stores with jr bridesmaid dresses that are much more age-appropriate and available in similar colors:
Post # 7
I agree with Ember…I don’t think the dress is age-appropriate for a 10 year old. As much as she wants to “look like the big girls” the truth is….she’s not a big girl. I think that an age-appropriate dress in the same color would work.
Post # 8
Thanks for the suggestions everyone 🙂
I’m having all the dresses sewn. So it’s not a matter of trying to alter a grown woman’s dress to try to fit a 10 year old. And hers will be A-line rather than trumpet.
Thanks for those links Ember78, I found this pic on there
She’s about the size of the girl on the right, and it’s funny that the girl in the pic is barefoot cuz we will all be barefoot on the beach too…LOL
But that’s the idea I’m going for: Pretty much the same dress for everyone, but they just added straps for the younger one.
Just for the sake of clearing her mother’s name: I didn’t mean to imply that she was unwilling to pay to alter the dress. They are being made from scratch so I can tell the seamstress to sew it however I want in the first place. I just meant that she wouldn’t have cared if I decided to leave it strapless because she is a bit clueless about age-appropriateness (if that’s a word)…. as she continually demonstrates thru her own style choices LOL
Post # 9
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I think either halter or thin straps would be great!
Post # 10
I agree that the dress is NOT age appropriate for a 10 year old. Even with cap sleeves, it’s still just too iffy. I know David’s sells junior bm dress, find one in the same color that you like an go with it.
Oh and FI’s daughter is going to be 10 at our wedding and she is going to be my jr bm and there is NO way on earth that we’d allow her to wear that dress. Even though you say the mom isn’t conserative, she may be concerned once she sees that dress.
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Post # 12
I would do halter with a 1 inch strap that goes from one shoulder, around her neck, and to the other shoulder.
I would definitely NOT do thin strap. I don’t think strapless or thin straps is age appropriate. But I also wouldn’t go as far as having cap sleeves.
I do like the idea of having it A-line instead of trunpet.
I was a junior bridsmaid at that age and my dress was custom made to look EXACTLY like the grown up girls. (It had thick straps, a-line, and 2 cut-outs on the back with a bow (it was 14 years ago… so a little out dated now but you get the idea.)
Post # 12
Chartreuse: Hi, do you by any chance still have the Oasis dress and would you be interested in selling? I have looked everywhere and can’t find a satin one for my 9 year old daughter!