Black Velvet or Satin Bridemaid Dresses

posted 2 months ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Which Dress Style?
    Black Velvet : (43 votes)
    96 %
    Black Satin Slip : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    44 posts
    • Wedding: July 2016

    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
    6309 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    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
    23 posts
    • 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
    362 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    3103 posts
    Sugar bee

    Do you hate your bridesmaids?

    Post # 10
    40 posts
    • Wedding: August 2019

    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
    148 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    3103 posts
    Sugar bee

    cq123 :  you’ve picked the two most universally unflattering fabrics that exist. And you want them to freeze or roast. 

    Post # 14
    4486 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    2411 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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!

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