Post # 1
Okay, sorry if this has been asked a million times before, but when I searched for it, I only got answers from over a year ago.
I am just wondering if anyone has any pictures of their bridesmaids in a convertible dress/wrap? Also where did you get it from and did you like the material? I’m wanting to get a floor length dress. I’m just so worried about the fabrics!
I have thought about henkaa, as well as a few places on etsy, but it is so overwhelming! They all look the same, but I’m sure the fabric is very different. There are a few maxi dresses on etsy for about $50, which the henkaa ones are over $100. I need some personal experience from my bees to help me decide.
These are a few places on etsy I am looking into:
as well as Henkaa. Does anyone have an experience they would like to share with a fellow bee! Please tell me someone has tried a few of these etsy shops!
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
I just purchased from thedaintyard for mine! I ordered one first for myself and let me girls try it on since it’s sizes 2-16. They all loved it, I even offered to let them borrow mine instead of buying but they all want one. So no pictures yet but for the record they’re sizes 4, 8, 14 and I’m a size 12 and liked it on mine. I ordered the short Grape one. I’m not sure what the material is, I’m not great at identifying things like that. It has a nice shine to it though which I was really happy about and her dresses all come with the bandeu so you don’t have to order it separate which was awesome! Since it’s coming from Thailand it does take almost a month to arrive though, just FYI. 🙂
Post # 5
I have one, not for bridesmaid purpose, just fashion. I bought a black floor length one from Etsy seller Coraline Beatrix. The price was pretty steep for what arrived imho. I mean, it’s basically just 3 pieces of fabric serged together, which I personally don’t believe should cost THAT much. The fabric is thick, silky, and stretchy. Overall it’s nice, but as an A cup, I have a hell of a hard time trying to get it to stay up in the wrap styles I prefer. It’s just so much fabric for my body… I still don’t know how she got her models to keep them up. I wore mine to a wedding and was adjusting the thing all night so I wouldn’t flash anyone. I haven’t worn it much since.
Anyway, if you check her facebook, there’s a bunch of bridesmaids photos just to get an idea of the style. She also has ruffled skirts, high low, and short dresses.
Post # 6
I got one from my mom. She bought it without trying it on. Those things are soooooooo not forgiving. They’re a brilliant idea, but soooooooo unflattering, and really slippery. I have a hard time finding a way to do the neckline where it will stay in place without a million safety pins.
I’ve actually decided to do a chiffon version for my bridesmaids. It’s a bit more subtle and alot more flattering. Unfortunately they’re hard to find so I’ve had to have jasmine’s make them. They’ve done one so far, and its absolutely stunning. I love them!
HHere’s the original (I outlined the straps/panels because they blend into the skirt so much its hard to see!)
And this is my bridesmaids done by jasmine’s bridal shop.
Post # 7
My maids purchased theirs from Coralie Beatrix on Etsy. We chose her after a lot of research and ordering several fabric swatches from other vendors. Her fabric was the most high quality (IMO). It was thick, silky, with a slight sheen and some stretch. She was also much more affordable than Henkaa which we also looked at. We ordered it in Azimuth Navy and so far all my girls love it. We did order the bandeaus though because they’re very low cut. The seller was prompt and courteous and everything arrived on time in a cute little lingerie-type bag. Here’s a pic of my MOH in hers. Sorry for the poor quality!
Post # 8
Mine were made by Biby of Orchidea Boutique. They were ggorgeous, made of Italian Lycra, so not alot of sheen but the dresses looked thick and nice, even though they were actually pretty light. I also ordered a tube top with them, for my ladies that didn’t feel the straps were secure enough. The dresses and tops were really affordable, they came out to be 104 dollars each after shipping (I ordered 4). The only issue was shipping, the vendor has a policy of sending bulk items express, but sent my order regular. I ordered them in July, and by September they still hadn’t arrived. I had to argue with her to remake and resend the dresses express, promising to of course send the original dresses back. I got the remade dresses ok, and didn’t get the originals until AFTER my wedding. I really wish she and I hadn’t have gotten into it, I want a dress for myself lol. As long as you specify to mail things express you won’t have issues.
Post # 9
@fuzzyslipper: I have been stressing out over bridesmaid dresses for WEEKS! I finally came across the convertible dress and I’m in love. It’s a beach wedding so I wanted something simple, but nice and I definitely wanted something they can wear again. There is never a good time we can all get together to go dress shopping, so this seemed the best route. After doing tons of research online, I’ve decided I will be getting mine from thedaintyard. I am going to get the maxi length….and I’ll probably purchase one for me too 🙂
Post # 10
@fuzzyslipper: Can I get honest for a second? I know everyone loves the convertible wrap dress because your maids can be individual but still look the same, but… as a bridesmaid that just wore this kind of dress for a wedding a couple weeks ago (mine was from Dessy)… it was one of the most annoying/uncomfortable dresses I’ve ever worn.There are probably 3 styles that accomadate a normal bra and possible 3 more were you can wear a strapless bra. The rest of the styles can only be accomplished with backless and strapless bras, and if any of your maids have larger busts, strapless/backless is a pain for more than a couple hours. We all had to have clothing tape strapped to our bodies in order to avoid boob slips and you could still see my strapless bra half the time so I had to safety pin it like WHOA and it… was a nightmare. Not to mention that you have to be basically an origami master for many of the styles in order to tie them, so it took us a LONG time to get dressed the day of the wedding. Because of all that, I wouldn’t believe the lie that this dress will be one that you can wear over and over again. I can pretty much guarentee that I will never wear that dress again, and probably most of the other bridesmaids won’t either.
So, basically the long and the short of it is: get them if you really want to, but be warned that they might be hated. Also, they will take a lot longer to put on the day of your wedding – the bride was basically having to dress us when we should have been worried about her.
Post # 11
@LadyWhiskey: Yeah, I have asked my maids about what they thought of it, and they all seemed to like it. I think I might order one for all of us to try on because they might change their mind once we see how hard it is to tie. Do you think having a matching bandeau under it would have changed your experience any?
@djenah79: I’m also really thinking about getting the maxi length from thedaintyard.
@MrsRight: I haven’t seen Coralie Beatrix before, but I will definitely check it out! Did you find them to be very flattering?
@dv3849: I never even thought about Jasmines for bridesmaids dresses! I might look into that option as well! How much did you end up spending for the dresses?
Post # 12
We went with Henkaa. My bridesmaids loved ’em. They come in floor length too.
This is how ours turned out:
Post # 13
@dv3849: What a beautiful idea even for a bridal gown!
Post # 14
I bought one for personal use and regret it. I can’t seem to figure out how to wrap it securely and also stay covered up. If I can cover up my front, my entire back is exposed, and vice versa. I think it requires someone with more talent than I.
So if anyone wants to buy my eggplant short dress they are welcome to :)!
Post # 16
I tried one of these on in a store in the stretch jersey material and I would neeeeever ask my bridesmaids to wear them. Just for reference, I’m a size 0, 33-25-34…as obnoxious as it sounds, I have nothing to hide.
…Except when I put on this dress! First of all, there are really no ways to tie it so that it’s conservative in the front AND conservative in the back. Except for the matronly way with the sleeves. Because of that, it was pretty much impossible for me to wear a bra. Which meant nipples everywhere, but mostly nipples closer to my bellybutton than I prefer. The level of “security” that I got was comparable to a toga that I tied for a freshman year frat party. I would be full of safety pins and double sided tape if I was asked to wear this as a bridesmaid. And your grandma would probably still see sideboob or buttcrack or something.
The material is really unforgiving. Panty lines, bits of fat that I didn’t know I had…yeah, it was all out there.
And yeah, the saleslady tried to talk to me about that modesty tube top, but that was my mom’s solution to every shirt I owned in junior high. It’s not really a flattering neckline. It just looks like a coverup.
Anyways, I always see pictures of bridesmaids in these things and think they look great. Maybe they discovered some secret that I missed out on. But I would much rather have a regular dress any day.