Post # 1
Hi Bees! Hoping to get some opinions/thoughts on infinity dresses as bridesmaids dresses. I’m having a formal evening wedding, not quite black tie since the guys won’t be in tuxedos but very elegant.
I don’t want my bridesmaids to spend a lot of money (Lulus.com sells them for $68- which is SUPER reasonable IMO!) and I’d prefer to choose something they can wear again. I don’t mind if they wear different styles as long as the dresses are all floor length and the same color. One of my bridesmaid suggested infinity dresses since they are fairly well priced, easy to customize and versatile.
Do you think infinity dresses are sophisticated enough for a wedding? Do they look nice in person? Did anyone have their bridesmaids wear them or did any of you wear them?
The dresses will actually be either dove grey or blush pink but I think this photo captures the essence of what it would look like…
This topic was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by lanvin19.
Post # 2
I got one off etsy for a wedding party I am in. I honestly would have preferred to pay more money for another dress but its the brides day. I am really struggling to find a way where it looks nice and doesnt show every part of my body (I actually feel naked).
Post # 3
lanvin19: I feel like these types of dresses really only look good on certain body types. Girls with larger chests… meh. I don’t think you can wear any sort of supportive comfortable bra with them.
Post # 4
I have been able to re-use one as a bridesmaid in two weddings. The formality of the look will depend on the type of fabric. Using a dress that has a shimmery look as opposed to a jersey knit will enhance their classy-style. They can be difficult for some people to style. I would recommend finding someone who has worn one before, and either learning or having a bridesmaid play with it to explore the options. When shops give you the option for a bandeau, I would take them up on it, as they can allow for more coverage and feeling secure in the dress. Make sure to ask the shop about the length of the sash pieces, as the length will determine the versatility of the dress. Good luck!
Post # 5
I agree in that these only work on certain body types (if the girls are all supermodel types like in this pic. Not knocking by the way, I ain’t a supermodel either!). Larger chested gals may have a hard time being confident given that we need to have some strap support, and I know these dresses tend to show EVERY lump and bump, especially in lighter colors.
My friend had one of these just for funsies in navy, but she has a very slender figure and is small chested.
I would pass and go for something simple and structured, unless you have the chance to let them all try on before buying.
Post # 6
lanvin19: I wore the Henkaa convertible dress as a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding and I loved it. That said, I’m pretty thin and have a fairly small chest (32C). The two other bridesmaids were bigger on top than me and they both wore the bandeaus that you can buy with the dresses – so basically they were both able to wear a strapless bra with the dress. If you’re not wearing the bandeau then the only type of bra you can wear is a stick-on one as the dresses are backless pretty much no matter what way you wear them. I wore a stick on bra – even with a small chest I wouldn’t go braless as the material is totally flimsy, jersey style and it just wouldn’t have been secure or comfortable – it could also look indecent in chilly weather!!!
You also need to have your BMs practice at home with the type of style they want to try – rocking up the morning of the wedding with no idea how to tie or twist the dress will definitely result in tears! Those online videos make it seem a lot easier than it actually is 🙂
Post # 7
I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding a couple years ago and we tried them. There were 4 of us and we were all thin but VERY different heights. They just looked awkward on us (and we all felt pretty uncomfortable in them, almost too naked) and the bride decided against it.
Post # 7
Peaceoutboyscout: This was my exact problem. I had to wear one as a bridesmaid and at the time I was a D cup and it was impossible to find a good supportive bra to wear underneath (without spending over $100) and there was no way I could go without one. I felt uncomfortable all night.
Post # 8
Have never worn one, but hope I never have to. Judging from the pictures, you need to be slim and small chested to pull it off and I am neither. And even though the various styles look very nice from the front, they are all pretty much backless. So, good in theory but not so much in practice.
Post # 9
I love these dresses and have 3, one came from Victoria’s Secret. I have a long one, a shorter one, and one that has the skirt ruched so it’s a bit sexier.
Post # 10
I wore a Henkaa infinity dress in a wedding two years ago and I LOVED it. I was so comfortable and the material was so pretty. Granted, I am small chested, so I didn’t have to worry about support for the girls.
That said, I had two of my bridesmaids try them when shopping because I really wanted to use them for my wedding, but they looked terrible on them! We tied them a bunch of different ways and it just didn’t work. I was disappointed, but ultimately glad that I didn’t just settle on them because I had a positive experience with one.
Post # 11
lanvin19: I had my bridesmaids wearing this style of dresses. They were the Twobirds Bridesmiads Dresses. I had bridesmaids who were all different heights and sizes, and they all looked fantastic in it. In terms of bra support, I had the girls buy the matching bandeaus, which allowed the ladies to wear strapless bras, or strapless Spanx undergarments. I had rave reviews about the dresses from everyone, and am happy to report that the bridesmaids have all worn the dress again for various other functions.
They all wore the same colour and length (ballgown length, navy blue). All of the girls had different styles for the ceremony, and for the reception. It looked great! We practiced the wrapping ahead of time. They all helped each other changed their look, and it really turned out great!
In terms of formal enough, the Twobirds dresses are made of a very heavy material (but not so heavy that they couldn’t breathe on a sunny, hot day in mid-July!) which allows it to sit nicely and flow beautifully on all body types. I think that’s what helps it look formal. We looked at the Henkaa dresses that are the same idea, but we didn’t like the fabric of it, and how it flowed on the girls. I’m so glad we did not go with the Henkaa dresses, and even more happier that we went with the Twobirds Bridesmaids Dresses instead!!!!
Post # 12
You know your bridal party but honestly these dresses don’t work for most body types…like PPs said, they don’t work for chesty girls & any styles that cover a bra make you look like a line backer (if you have a large chest). I would rather pay more & have a dress that actually looks good to paying less & being super self conscious & ultimately not looking great!
Post # 13
Not sure if you just want to go for the style of the convertible dresses or just want your girls to be able to mix it up a little bit but in an easy and classy way, but a suggestion… I was recently a bridesmaid and we could get literally whatever dress we wanted. I wanted to go for a convertible style, but was worried about the coverage/bra issue as PPs mentioned above, and also was worried about the material. (I definitely habe some lumps and bumps and the material of those convertible-type dresses is usually a no-go for me.) I was able to find something similar though:
Not sure if any of the colors match what you’re looking for, but might be worth a shot to take a peek. The price was really good (although I did get the shorter version as it was a day wedding), I ordered offline instead of having to go into a store, and their return policy sounds really simple (although I didn’t end up having to return mine). The fabric is super classy and really comfortable as well. And the best part is, even though the sleeves are convertible, the bandeau top already exists as part of the dress, so no coverage issues and you don’t have to buy a bandeau separately. Oh and I found a coupon code online so I ended up getting $20 off and I think free shipping so it was pretty much a no-brainer.
Post # 14
I have one. It is jersey knit material, so not really that formal honestly. They will be hard to wear for large chested women. Also, the bra is a big issue, you pretty much need a backless, strapless bra (and even then I’m pretty sure some styles you need to be braless!). They look nice from the front (all the different styles) but almost all of them require a backless bra (or no bra). And as for going braless, they can be very thin (material wise) and um..show everything. Some do have little matching tube tops in the same color that you can get for additional coverage to help with the bra issue. You would want that.