(Closed) I need help with what the bridesmaids fabric should look like?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


I can see what you are getting at. Using a satin kind of fabric wouldn’t work well…but a 100% cotton blend may look a little unbalanced with your dress.

Maybe if you used a cotton fabric that is used in more formal wear? Voile is a type that still looks very casual, but not so casual that there would be a style difference between yourself (LOVE the lace you chose, BTW). The source I read from suggested it for outdoor weddings because it is both casual and breathable:


This page has some great examples of materials commonly used for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and how it looks finished. 

I looked around to see how easily fabric like this is found, and found some cool prints:




And there are so many more than just these three!

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Post # 5
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’ll be fine! I’m also having the bridesmaids dresses made, and the seamstress suggested cotton to me, since it’s an outdoor wedding. My dresses will have a slightly 50s feel to them, as well, so they’ll end up looking like nice sundresses. You’re allowed to be much fancier than the bridesmaids =)

A friend of mine got married last summer, and her girls were in floral patterned cotton dresses.


Post # 6
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

Stick with your gut! I think that all will look perfect together!!! In fact google image “floral bridesmaid dresses” and you will get tonnes of pictures of exactly what you are describing. Most of hte brides int hose pictures are in lace dresses as well.

I would attach some pics here but for some reason my uploader thing isn’t working.



Post # 8
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I think a floral cotton voile would be perfect.  It will have a nicer drape than the heavier cotton fabric you’ve been looking at, and look more dressy without looking fancy, if that makes sense.

Something like this:

Or this:

Or this:

would be darling.  Voile is semi-sheer, so you would need an opaque lining, but your mom should know all about that.

If the final effect isn’t rich enough when you get their dresses next to your dress, a satin ribbon sash would go really nicely on that dress style, so you could add something like that for a little more texture at the last minute without too much trouble.

Post # 9
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@niiaba:  You’re welcome!!! The bows would definitely look amazing! And etsy IS the best!

Post # 13
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

It seems to me that the cotton will be fine if you get something that’s a bit heavier weight so that the pleats lay nicely. Something closer to what you would get in a business casual type dress from Ann Taylor or Banana instead of just something from Target etc. I don’t know a ton about fabrics, so I might be totally off base, but that’s at least my first impression. 

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