Post # 1
I need some help accessorizing this J.Crew dress, because I’m pretty underwhelmed!
BACKGROUND INFO: I posted a week or so ago about an amazing deal I found on J.Crew. My bridesmaids bought each of their dresses for $54.00, marked down from $250.00. We were so excited! The dresses were delivered on Wednesday, so I tried each dress on. The Louisa, with straps, is for the 3 bridesmaids. My Maid/Matron of Honor is planning on choosing either the Taryn (strapless) or the Louisa. I’m keeping the extra for myself, for a graduation party.
So, long story short is that I feel like the dress with straps needs some serious accessories, because it looks sort of dull. It’s also slightly too big in the strap area. Here are both of the dresses on me.
Warning: I am pasty white! 🙂
Dress 1: Louisa (bridesmaid dress)
Dress 2: possible Maid/Matron of Honor dress
So, how would you spruce these dresses up?
Post # 3
@FutureMrsHarris2014: Were they J. Crew or J. Crew factory? I’m underwhelmed as well, which is usually only the case when it’s a factory product instead, but maybe they just need to be pressed and better fitted.
Post # 4
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If you can, I’d get them altered & add a cute beaded sash and necklace. Usually I’d just suggest one or the other but these dresses, although lovely, are pretty much a plan canvas!
Post # 5
Are they too big for her? They look too big 🙁
Post # 6
@nativedesires: It’s actually me in the pictures, but yes, they are definitely too big!!! Alterations will have to be done. I’d also like to shorten the length, to be just above the knee. I don’t like things right at the knee!
Post # 7
@frommisstomrs.: Ahhh, good point. They are regular J.Crew, I think!
Post # 8
@atreyu547: My mom suggested a beaded sash too! The only thing I am concerned about with that is that I’m also wearing a beaded sash with my gown. I’m not sure if it would be too much, or not?
Post # 9
@FutureMrsHarris2014: I actually think the strapless dress is quite pretty, and I am someone who really does not like strapless, short dresses. I think this one is so pretty because of the fuller, soft flow of the skirt.
If the dress with straps fits your bridesmaids similar to the manner in which it fits you, the girls should definitely have some alterations to address the excess fabric under the arms and the extra fullness at the waist.
As for the sprucing up, you could accomplish that with chunky (but still somewhat subtle in terms of color) statement necklaces or contrasting sashes.
ETA: I thought about beaded sashes as well, but I did not suggest them, because I am concerned that they could compete with your look. That’s why I also am recommending that any chunky statement jewelry be subtle in color, so as not to pop too much and take anything away from your presentation.
Post # 10
I think they look fine; they just need to be pressed or steamed to get rid of the wrinkles and fit each Bridesmaid or Best Man properly. As others have suggested, I think with appropriate accesories, like a statement necklace or earrings, they will look great. Don’t stress about it.
Post # 11
I think if you altered it it would look a lot better. Maybe instead of a beaded sash a plain white/off white belt?