We’ve all heard the line, “And the best part is, you can shorten it and wear it again.” We may even have believed this lie ourselves a time or two, causing us to leave unfortunate-looking dresses to hang indefinitely in the back of our closets. But we all know what will eventually happen to most bridesmaids’ dresses. They will make their inevitable journey to a donation center to live with the other castoff clothing, from outdated prom dresses to your dad’s old badly pleated pants. Fortunately, modern brides have more options than ever, when it comes to choosing bridesmaids dresses their friends will actually want to wear again. So if you want the girls you have chosen to stand by your side on the biggest day of your life to be beaming with pride, as well as happiness for you, consider these tips for selecting dresses they will look beautiful in, and really will want to wear again!
Let Them Choose the Shape, and You Choose the Color
Sure, brides have long been giving their girlfriends the chance to choose between a halter or sweetheart neckline. Unfortunately, they still often required their friends to wear otherwise unflattering dresses, or overly fussy (uncomfortable) fabrics, that would hardly inspire anyone to wear the gown more than once.
Fortunately, in recent years truly mismatched dresses have become popular, and these are often a godsend, especially for bridesmaids that are varied in their shapes and sizes. If you care about each of your closest friends and family members feeling beautiful, allow them to choose from a variety of fits. Just choose a single color, if you want to maintain a sense of uniformity. (You could also give your brides a color range, to choose from, such as various shades of jewel tones like emerald, plum, and navy blue, or various tones of a single color, like blush to brighter pinks.)
If you truly want your bridesmaids to feel comfortable, consider selecting short or tea-length dresses that actually could be worn to other semi-formal functions, sans any additional alterations. If you do want them to wear floor-length gowns, consider the shape and movement of the dress. Mermaid or form-fitting skirts in stiff fabrics are very impractical for repeat use, whereas chiffons and silks are more forgiving to various figures, and more likely to be worn to other weddings or formals in the future!
There are also some beautiful, wrinkle-resistant cotton materials perfect for spring and summer weddings and receptions. Lace is also a popular choice, as it can be dressed up or down, without feeling too fussy or stiff. Just try to steer away from taffeta, or any other material you have only ever seen in a bridal shop. This is usually your first clue that a dress will be bound to a lifetime hanging from thrift store racks after your wedding is done.