Post # 1
I need some advice. I have 3 bridesmaids. and their bodies couldnt be any different. One is super tall and thin as a rail. another is more average with bigger hips and the last is shorter and a little bit bigger. They are all beautiful in different ways but I want to find a purple bridesmaid dress that would fit them all. I want to know what kind of dress style compliments any size?
Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
Me too! I’m having the same issue. BUT I’ve found a solution. We’re doing convertible dresses. I’m actually making them for a fraction of the current retail cost.
Because they’re convertible, you can make sleeves, a halter top, a strappless dress, or your own creation by twisting and tieing the straps. SUPER cool and flatter ALL shapes and sizes of girls.
I’m making ours out of cotton jersey I’m purchasing online. That’s 4 bridesmaids dresses AND an after-ceremony dress for me for under $200 total. (These go for $150-$400 retail!) The pattern to make these is SUPER easy – it’s literally only sewing three straight lines. If you can’t sew, have a friend or family member make one. Or find someone through Craigslist or a local seamstress. Or you could buy one already made – whatever is easier on your budget and time limit!
YouTube videos of different ways to wear this – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+wrap+convertible+dress&search_type=&aq=f
Here’s a retail provider of these dresses – http://butterbynadia.com/wrap.html
Here’s the sewing tutorial I used – http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html
Post # 4
It’s really hard to say without having them try dresses on. I would think that a simple a-line looks good on most people, but that might not be true. I think the best thing to do would be to go with them or ask them to go try on dresses, or ask them what kinds of dresses that they currently own do they feel look good on them/what they feel most comfortable in. That might give you a starting point.
I feel ya on the difficulty of finding a dress to flatter different body types! I have four bms, one is 6 ft tall and stick thin, one is 5’8 and small on top, bigger on the bottom; one is 5’6″ and curvy, and the other is 5’4″ and has a large chest and is curvy as well. It was harder finding their dresses than finding mine!
Post # 5
If you want everyone to wear the same dress, I found that trumpet styles are a good one. If not you can always let them choose their own.
Post # 6
My bridesmaids are having their dresses made by a local dress maker. It is so much cheaper because there are zero alterations! If you can’t find anything in the stores, I’d recommend this!
Post # 7
I think dresses that have an empire waist where the rest of the dress just lays and flows over the tummy is great. This style looks great on tall/ thin girls just as it does on the gals that are a little bigger.
I would stay away from dresses that are fitted or narrow; as well as dresses that are “boxy” looking.
Here is an example of the dresses my girls wore and they ranged in height and sizes (4 up to a 18) and each one of them loved this dress!
Post # 9
Here is a site that may help you. I was going to get these for my girls, but I have decided to make their gowns myself instead.
This site offers choices that you can mix and match for any body type. They are very reasonable and will send you swatches of fabric at no charge. If you call them, make sure you leave a message and they will call you right back. I tried calling them and didn’t leave a message and then I read all of their reviews and one of the reveiwers said that they called back right away after they left a message. I tried it and they really do.
Post # 10
A-line dresses are very flattering for everyone.
Post # 11
I picked a color and a designer and let my Bridesmaid or Best Man pick whatever dress they wanted. This way they all will look amazing but still matching
Post # 12
Get them together and let them try stuff on. It’s a terrible idea to get your heart set on a particular dress only to find out that it looks terrible in real life on all those different body types. If you can’t all get together, then send them all to their local David’s bridal to try stuff on. You don’t have to get the dresses from there, but then each one could report back to you which styles worked/didn’t work for them, and that would give you more guidance.
Post # 13
I agree with jwinnings – I’d recommend having them try on a-line silhouettes. 🙂 Probably your best bet…
Post # 14
I agree…A-lines, with a V-neck maybe. You could also consider picking the color and length and letting them choose the style.
Post # 15
My BM’s chose this dress and it looks great on all of them. My 16 year old sister is tall and thin with no hips/butt. Have them try it on. It is from Davids Bridal
Also, the dress is shown here in purple. http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/12/19/its-time-bridal-shoot-part-two-the-ladies-and-a-gent/