Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center
I am thinking of putting my 2 Bridesmaids, My Sister (MOH) and my FI’s Sister (his Best Man) in convertable wrap dresses since they all have different body types and style. There are a bunch of sellers on Etsy that have really nice ones for under $100 each. I really think this will be the way to go.
What has been your experience in using convertable wrap dresses? Do you have pictures? Who did you get them from? Did your girls like them?
I was just looking at those, for my Maid/Matron of Honor (my bridal party is her and my brother, so only one dress is needed). I feel like it might be more rewearable after the wedding, and a nice blank canvas to add accessories to if she wants. But I definitely want to talk to her about it! I saw that Nordstrom has a few convertable styles, so I might try to get her to go try some on soon.
I actually had the girls at my wedding wear them. A seller on Etsy made them from t-shirt material. But because the color was such a deep purple they looked a little dressier. One bridesmaid went braless, the other two wore strapless bras. It helps is somebody else ties they dress as they can get it tighter than tying yourself.
My sister had convertable dresses for her wedding in July. They worked out well & she really loved them. We had sticky booby cup things to wear underneath of the dress that worked out well for everyone except for me (I was nursing my 5 month old at the time)
I think these dresses are great, but they can end up a little casual looking, since they are made with jersey. It really depends the look you’re going for with your BP! 🙂
I made my own convertible/infinity dress, and avoided the whole inappropriate-bra-showing bit by making a matching tube top. I wore the dress to my friend’s wedding (I was a reader) and ended up switching my style a couple of times during the night…it was fun!
Here’s my dress:
Infinity dresses are just a skirt with 2 really long pieces of fabric attached.
ETA: Sorry these pictures are so huge and of sub-par quality! Why does WB make it seem like you can rescale them when posting, when you can’t?! Argh.
I was thinking of doing them for my bridesmaids, so I bought one for myself, to try it. I have yet to actually wear it someplace, although I’ve put it on a million times trying the different ties.
As a larger person, I’m just not feeling the convertible dress for my body type. There’s very few styles that you can wear a regular bra under, and those look like the fabric is just wrapped around and around for coverages and its not like a regular dress top that would look like it meant to be that way. Not sure if I’m explaining it right or not. I also found it a little hard to get the draping and wrapping to look nice and not bulky and uneven.
I bought the bandeau top thinking that would help, but I still had problems of coverage and wrapping and liking the look on myself
If your bridesmaids can wear strapless and/or low back bras then the styles look better. The ties look better and more dress-like. Even the styles with straps generally have open backs, though.
Seeing some of the photos on this thread, though, maybe I’ll have to try it again for myself and see if I can’t get it to look as good!
@Jennlee: I wanted them for my BMs but I was worried the fabric was too light for the larger ones. I have one Bridesmaid or Best Man that is a sz 16 and another that is an 18 and I didnt know how it would look on them. What do you think from your experience so far?
@gelaine22: I’m a size 20 or 22 (hopefully 16 by wedding!). The fabric on mine (from henkaa) is light, but not chiffon-y. It is more slick and stretches but does fall pretty nice for the draped parts. I do think if you wrap it over lumpy areas of the body, that you see those lumpy areas rather than hide them, or unlike a more structured dress that can sort of mould the body rather than mould to the body.
I just don’t know. So far I haven’t felt comfortable in it myself, so I don’t think I’ll go for it for my BMs (sizes are about 8, 16, and 26). Still, I have seen some photos that look promising, and if you go on YouTube, there is a lady who makes convertable dresses for larger ladies and she has some videos out there on tying them where she makes them look pretty good. This is a link to that lady’s channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/monifc
@Sapphire-Dreamer: I was in a wedding in September where we all wore these and we LOVED them!
My only suggestion Sapph, is that you think about the length. There were some girls whose dresses came to JUST below the knees and we were wearing flats. It was so hard to find a wrap- style that avoided this and our legs ended up looking a bit like tree trunks. ( I am sure I am the only one that noticed.. but I was self concious)But I guess that is the same for all dresses!
@DomesticDiva: Thanks for showing how they lay out. I am having a lady make my wedding gown and I am sure she can whip this kind of dress up in no time flat. I am thinking of buying one and seeing how they all work. I am hoping I can have it in time to have my BMs over for a good hangout session