This isn't specifically a style blog (Lord knows I am not on the up and up on style and fashion), yet somehow, my second viewed post to date is my bridesmaid nude heel style board. Since it was so fun to make, I thought couldn't resist the opportunity to make a style board for bridesmaid dresses. I already bought my dress (scroll to the bottom if you want to see it), but before I did, I scoured the internet to find some inspiration.
When I planned my wedding a few years ago (we'll be celebrating our two year anniversary in July!), I was opposed to the new trend of bridesmaids choosing their own dresses in complimentary colors. My bridesmaids wore the exact same dresses in the exact same color. Since then, I've really started to admire the more eclectic approach (with the help of some amazing examples on Pinterest) and if I had to do it all over again, I probably would have chosen to go the less matchy-matchy route. (Oh, how different my wedding would have been if we had Pinterest back then!)
My future sister-in-law is planning a beautiful slightly western, slightly rustic, very cute wedding with burlap, lace and neutral tones as the inspiration. She's having the bridesmaids choose their own apparel within the theme (which is a smart call with 12 bridesmaids of various shapes, sizes, and skin tones). Some of the guidelines for the dresses: knee-length, with straps or sleeves, non-shiny materials (linen, cotton, lace, chiffon) and light pink, off-white, or nude/neutral colors. The dress will be paired with nude heels (see my bridesmaid shoe style board) for the ceremony and cowboy boots for the reception.
When I was looking for my bridesmaid dress, I added a few additional requirements of my own: I wanted to find one for under $100 and I wanted it to be something I would wear again. I scoured the internet and realized that I was going back time and time again to three stores that had large varieties of dresses that met all the specifications: Shabby Apple, Nordstrom, and ModCloth. Here are my top picks from each:
Shabby Apple: Shabby Apple seems to be the best kept secret on the internet. It has so many beautiful dresses that are classic, classy, fairly modest, and usually very reasonably priced. (They also have gorgeous swimsuits, maternity dresses, and little girls dresses.)
1. Confidential $98 2. The Mad Hatter $88 3. Malt Shop $86 4. Freshwater Pearl $82 5. Sunset Boulevard $84
Nordstrom: When I think of Nordstrom, I think of high quality, classy clothing, but I also think high prices. I was pleasantly surprised by these dresses (and their great prices).
1. Lush Crochet Sleeve Blouson Dress $48 2. Donna Morgan Satin & Pleated Chiffon Dress $99.90 3. Frenchi Layered Lace Faux Wrap Dress $48 4. Fire Shift Lace Dress $48 5. Fire Lace Tank Dress $48 6. Fire Knotted Open Back Lace Dress $48
ModCloth: Like Shabby Apple, ModCloth is another new discovery of mine. I can't spend more than a minute or two on its site without finding at least 50 items I absolutely love! Don't be put off by the fact that many of their clothes seem to be hipster (I love the style, just don't think I can really pull it off!), there are clothes for everyone on there, including come great vintage inspired frocks.
1. Pinch Me I'm Dreaming Dress $84.99 2. Coming Up Rosettes Dress $59.99 3. Under the Pavilion Dress $59.99 4. The Heirloom Dress $84.99 5. Drizzled Dreams Dress in Ivory $54.99 6. Snow Place Like Home Dress $47.99
If you are curious as to what dress I ended up with, here it is:
I found it in the second store I looked. It fit all my requirements and I think it looks even better on me with some curves than on the stick thin model (if I do say so myself!).
Which dresses are your favorite? What did/will your bridesmaids wear at your wedding?
If you already had your wedding is there anything you would change if you were to do it over again?