Choosing bridesmaids dresses can be a daunting task for most brides. You don’t want to disappoint your leading ladies, and it can be tricky catering to different looks and body types. So what makes the perfect bridesmaids dress?
1. It’s not always a bridesmaid’s dress. That’s right. One of the number one BM complaints is that they almost never re-wear a bridesmaids dress. Usually this is because they just look, well, bridesmaid-ish (if that were a word). Some of the best BM dresses aren’t meant for bridesmaids… they are just simple yet stunning, ready-t0-wear dresses from your favorite designer. weather you are having your girls in matching frocks, or just sticking to a colour scheme, choosing non-traditional options makes it more probable that your BM’s will get future wear out of their dresses, and they will thank you later.
2. The empire strikes back. It may sound cliche, but it’s a proven fact. Empire waistlines fit every body type, and will look flattering on pretty much anyone. Weather you have big boobs and a tight butt, or a flat chest and a J-Lo booty, an empire waist will work. You want your girls to look and feel their best on your special day, and this style is a slam dunk.
3. One word – Maxi. I have seen many bridesmaids pull off cocktail dresses, but it’s not a sure thing. A lot of women don’t love their legs, and short dresses also lead to questions like, pantyhose or no pantyhose? Maxi dresses are elongating and elegant, and again, more flattering for various body-types. when in doubt, max-out.
4. Location location location. yes, location is everything. and an important consideration when choosing your BM’s ensemble. Is your ceremony taking place indoors our outdoors? What will the climate be like? For instance, consider a beach wedding. You will want a dress that will still look elegant blowing in the wind, in this case, a flowy silk chiffon does the trick.
5. Cost. Let’s face it, you don’t want to bankrupt your besties. Being a bridesmaid can be expensive enough, between the engagement party, the bridal shower, the bachelorette, and the wedding gift. SO, you don’t want your girls stressing over paying for a dress that they might literally only wear once. Try to keep y0ur budget realistic. Some brides will even give their BM’s the dress as a bridal party gift, or subsidize it (if it’s a pricey one). Also keep in mind alterations. Choosing a dress that is likely to fit everyone (see #2 above), means they are less likely to spend additional dough on getting it to fit properly. There’s always something to say for keeping it simple. The fancier the neckline or straps or cut, the less likely it will fit everyone.
Well there you have it. If you are looking for non-bridal-boutique options in the Toronto area, be sure to check out Yonge street dress haven Poor Little Rich Girl (where you will find the dress shown here, among many other fabulous options that suit critera 1 through 5).
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