(Closed) Another Bridesmaid Dresses question…sorry

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
2175 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Honestly, I don’t think I would ever wear a bridesmaid dress again. At least not a typical dress that is designed as a bridesmaid dress, anyways, from a wedding/bridesmaid dress retailer. If you really want dresses to be worn again, look at JCrew/ Ann Taylor, or even a dept. store such as Macy’s, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, etc. But it all depends on your color scheme. If you want a basic color like black or red, you can probably find a dress like that at a dept. store. If your colors are something less basic, the dept. store is going to be a tough route to go. 

Here is my opinion. Your bridesmaids are not the ones picking out this dress. So chances are, even if they like the dress as a bridesmaid dress, it is not likely that they will want to wear it again. They didn’t get to pick the color or style, so the chance of them liking it enough to wear again is slim to none. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, but in my opinion, its the case more often than not. Both times I’ve been a bridesmaid, I liked the dresses (once I was allowed to pick it out myself), but the colors were just not me (apple red & green). I would never buy myself a dress in either of those colors. So, although I didn’t mind wearing the dress for a friend, I doubt I’ll ever wear those dresses again. If i were you, I’d focus on finding a nice dress that your girls are comfortable in and can afford, rather than something they might wear again. I’d rather buy a bridesmaid dress that is $100 that I like but would never wear again than spend $150 on a dress I might consider wearing in the future. In other words, choose affordability over re-wearability. 

Post # 4
6390 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Forever 21 has a great selection of dresses that I’m looking through, but they’re all cocktail length. If you’re ok with that, they’re really cutea

Post # 5
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I initially chose a full-length, spaghetti strap, navy blue dress.  One of my BM’s immediate response – “OOOOO!  I need a dress like that for military balls!  That’d be awesome!”

Know your BMs.  Know what events they are likely to go to.  Are they military wives?  Are they young adults?  Young professional?  Could it realistically pass as a cocktail dress?  Would it work at a black tie affair?  (All my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are dark colors, formal, could be shortened into a cocktail dress…)

Post # 6
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re looking for specific designers/companies, I’d recommend Siri, Aria, or Corinne Moore. They all have a lot of dresses in silk shantung, cotton, etc…which to me makes it infinitely more re-useable than typical satin.

If you want to go a different route, in addition to the stores someone mentioned above, check out BCBG because they always have a wide variety of dresses each season.

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