(Closed) Non Bridesmaid Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 12 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
596 posts
Busy bee

i would check out nordstrom and macys.  they have great return and exchange policies so you won’t have to worry about getting stuck with a dress in the wrong size.

Post # 4
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

target.com has some cute dresses that are super cheap.  They have measurement guides for you to use to ensure that you get the right size.  Plus if you choose an A line dress its easier to get the right fit so long as you go on the bust measurements

Post # 5
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My  Maid/Matron of Honor (only bridesmaid) got hers from Ann Taylor and LOVED it.  I think the sizes were a bit off street size (I can’t remember if they were bigger or smaller) but it was a great dress, really good quality, and she got a great deal (I think about $50-70, as it went on sale).  She even got another in a different colour to wear for something else!

Post # 6
31 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

We got our bridesmaid dresses from J.Crew.  I selected the espresso color and let the ‘maids choose whatever style they wanted as long as it was espresso.  My wedding isn’t until May, but so far I’ve gotten a great response from the girls.  They were all very happy with the price (< $200), have said they are great quality, and will be able to wear them again.

Post # 7
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

My roommate will be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding in March.  She bought her dress from JCrew.  She said that she was glad because

a) It’s a cute little black dress

b) It flatters her figure

c) Not all the bridesmaids will have the same dress, but they’ll all have the same color and overall style.

I would encourage your BMs to try on a dress from whatever store you plan to order them through.  For example at Ann Taylor the sizes run small.  For some reason, the more expensive the clothes, the smaller the sizes run!

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We got ours from Mexx.  They were awesome!  They were black with a gray/silverish accent.

Post # 9
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We got some brown Calvin Klein dresses from Nordstrom during their 40% off sale; they cost less than $100 apiece. Definitely keep an eye on the department stores, as they’re going to be having tons of sales into the new year, I think.

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m hoping to do the same thing — in large part because I don’t think the dresses that come from the bridesmaid places have enough pizazz to fit with the wedding.  And they always look like bridesmaid dresses!  I’ve liked jenny yoo the best but am hoping to find something for less than $200.  Jcrew does have some nice things but I think there are a touch too simple, which I think they would be you for your theme, too.  Today I’m actually headed out to check out a few recommendations (Calypso, Reiss, and a funky boutique).  I have plenty of time, like you, so I’m not too worried yet.  Plus it’s fun to keep an eye out for cool new dresses!


Good luck!

Post # 11
2 posts

I got my bridesmaid dresses from Anthropologie and it’s currently still available – (Tawny Garden Dress).  I love the vintage look and detailing of it so much more than a typical "bridesmaid" dress.  My bridesmaids didn’t have any problems with sizing.

Post # 12
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I got mine at White House Black Market for around $70 a piece.  I don’t know if they have anything that will fit with your theme, but I highly recommend working with them.  They were super accomodating with exchanges for sizes and run pretty true to street size (maybe a little big even).  My girls love them and they are completely wearable for other events, unlike "real" bridesmaid dresses.

Post # 13
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love White House Black Market as well as J Crew.

My sis (matron of honor) will pick them out.  It’s gonna be the LBD.  Something they can wear again and look great in. 

I know what it feels like to experience the "27 dresses" phenomena and I can say that if I had to buy another brightly colored satin or taffeta frock I’d hurl.

Post # 14
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For your wedding theme I think Anthro might be your best best, but also check out places like Nordstrom since their return policy is so awesome and they have so many dresses.  From Anthro:

Waiting-For-Poems Sheath

Tawny Garden Dress

Fruit Moon Dress

Somewhere, Anywhere Dress

Cabbage Hill Dress

Calliope Dress

Would you prefer the dress to be a print or solid?  If so color ideas?…That would help us find stuff.  Also, a price you would like to stay around?


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