Post # 17
I’ve had such good luck with both Ann Taylor and JCrew. They are way better quality than most of the bridal brands, and on sale will cost half the price. Another bonus is that since they come in normal sizes, people can usually buy off the rack and don’t need alterations, which your bridesmaids will appreciate! I’m in a wedding in June, and the bride picked simple dresses from JCrew and found some great/interesting sashes on Etsy to jazz them up. The dresses are all the same style, but each sash is slightly different to add some flare. They look awesome (and unique) on!
Post # 18
I bought a dress from Modcloth for my friend’s wedding… that I discovered was a Donan Morgan bridesmaid style only when it arrived! i received plenty of compliments on it… which makes me think it fits your description!
Post # 20
omg i totally felt the same way when bm dress shopping. EVERYTHING either looked the same or was super ugly!!
that lazaro bm dress MsBark posted was actually the only one we liked but it was too expensive.
i really wanted a lace look but there was none to be found! so i ended up getting dresses from ASOS and making the girls sashes. it was so much cheaper and better than buying Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.
and i dont know what jenny yoo is doing because her dresses look like all the others!
everything is a satin or chiffon nightmare!
after my wedding however i did start to see more lace bm dresses. i’m guessing bm dresses are at least 2 seasons behind normal fashion.
i definitely suggest taking a look at ASOS, they have a huge selection. i also looked at express and even forever21.
Post # 21
@TroubadourTango: I’m going to throw it out there – stop trying to find a long gown they can wear again. Other than my prom and my wedding I have never worn a long dress to anything. Unless you are in a circle where super formal events are the norm, I don’t think you’re going to find a long bridemaid dress that they will actually wear again (without spending a ton of money).
There are lots of nice dresses out there, we went short for ours – they’re mori lee, affairs. I’m pretty happy with the quality for the price (they’reapx $165 Canadian each) (the top are the ones we went with, the bottom are alfred sung)
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Post # 23
That’s a fair point. I do realize they may not have as many opportunities to wear a long gown again, but I would like to have long gowns in the wedding. My biggest gripe with the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I’ve seen is that they seem to be poorly constructed with cheap fabrics. I’ve seen evening gowns in the $200-300 price range that look much nicer than similarly priced Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. The only problem with evening gowns is the decreased color selection and likelihood of embellishment/other designs on the dress.
Post # 24
My girls ordered theirs from Simply Dresses.com. It’s more of a prom dress website (technically) but they had a wide selection of styles, lengths, colors, etc. Not to mention their prices were lower than you would find in a boutique.
Our dresses were a deep plum color, although in some pictures they look darker. They were a good quality and shipping was free. Only issue we had is they were a little too long, but I guess that’s more fixable than being too short!
Post # 25
@TroubadourTango: check out Alfred Angelo. Reasonably priced. My girls loved their dresses and since they all picked the same style (i gave them the choice of any style), they were talking about how they would need to make sure they didn’t wear the same dress to the same event after my wedding.
I almost wanted to order one of my own.
dresses ranged from $79 – $189
Post # 26
I actually found mine at Macy’s. It was meant to be an evening dress and actually came in the right color for my wedding – emerald green – a hard color to find even if it was the Pantone color of the year. I lucked out!
However, I would try Bella Bridesmaids. They have locations in most major cities and have a wide selection of many designers and colors. I’ve heard many good things. That was my next stop, but I just happened upon that Macy’s site before booking an appointment.
Post # 27
Unless beautiful dresses materialize in the next 6-8 months, I’m going with custom made on Etsy. I also have the challenge of finding something falttering and age appropriate for ages 10-30. I really need a universal, classic, conservative but not frumpy dress
Post # 28
Which Etsy shops are you looking at? There are some nice options, but a lot of the shops are in China. They may be perfectly legit, but it makes me a little nervous…
Post # 29
Those dresses are lovely! I’ll have to take a look.
Post # 30
Thanks so much for the suggestion – I’ll be sure to take a look!
Emerald green is one of my color options, too! How lucky are you to have found them at a department store!?!