Post # 1
Initially, I was wanting to do black satin midi slip dresses and while I still love the look, I’m wondering if black velvet will better fit the black tie optional dress code and Halloween date better. Regardless of the style, I will be choosing 3-5 options for my girls to choose their favorite (I have 11 bridesmaids, so there will be 2-4 of the same in each style).
What are y’all’s thoughts?
Here are the slip dress options- the colors may look plum in some, but they’re all black:
Next to my dress:
Here are the velvet dress options:
These three are my favorite, but I’d want to pick 1-2 more.
Next to my dress:
Post # 3
The styles of the black velvet are so much more elegant than the slip dresses, hands down. Plus warmer, if it’s an October wedding in most USA places. And your bridesmaids will thank you for giving them a dress choice that they can wear a bra with–those slip dresses are for skinny people who don’t need bras! The velvets I love. I’d make one of your last picks another modest choice, like Number 7, for your bridesmaids who don’t want to put it all out there and can wear their regular support garments.
Post # 4
I think the black velvet looks far more black tie, and additionally, velvet is a hundred times easier to wear than satin. Satin will show every lump and bump, every panty line or bra line. Unlined satin slip dresses are a nightmare for almost everyone, IMO. The velvet will look better on more people, and if I were a bridesmaid, I would appreciate the velvet options so much more.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2020 - Carlisle PA
I don’t think unstructured satin would look great on normal people who have like, normal stomachs and butts and boobs. I don’t know how you’d wear a bra with any of those.
Post # 6
I’d go with the black velvet mainly because of what others said about it being forgiving, but I can distinctly remember when I was 10 and wore a long black velvet dress for Halloween when I went as a witch. So for that reason I kind of associate black velvet with Halloween haha.
Post # 7
Do you hate your bridesmaids?
Post # 9
TeacherBee323 : Lol I love that association! I really want to play up a witchy vibe, so that’s awesome!
Thanks everyone else! The bias cut is a lot more forgiving than it appears, but your concerns are still poignant. I was leaning 99% towards the velvet as I’m totally in love with it, but wanted to put my original vision to bed.
Post # 10
100% the velvet! I initially thought the satin dresses were those underdress linings you wear underneath a transparent dress.
Out of the velvet dresses, number 2 is my personal fave!
Post # 11
cq123 : I actually quite like the satin dresses and I was going to vote for number 3 but then I scrolled down and va va voom. Number 9 velvet dress 100%. It looks great with your dress as well. Love!
Post # 12
cq123 : you’ve picked the two most universally unflattering fabrics that exist. And you want them to freeze or roast.
Post # 13
zl27 : I hardly think anyone will be freezing or roasting and I don’t know what kind of velvet you’ve worn, but I’ve never found it to be unflattering.
Post # 14
cq123 : velvet dresses because satin can easily look cheap and it’s completely unforgiving if you don’t have a flawless figure. I’d pick a fabric that would be more likely to make my bridesmaids feel comfortable and look their best. Velvet all the way! The options you posted in velvet also look much more elegant than the satin shift dresses.
Post # 15
Between the 2, I prefer the velvet. The satin ones look more like lingerie to me, and I think would be too chilly for October (as well as too skimpy for a lot of body types to feel comfortable in). The velvet ones look more elegant.
I would recommend having a bunch of lint rollers on hand if you go with the velvet, though!