By Andrew Lisa , a freelance fashion writer. He covers formal wear and wedding attire.
Picking out bridesmaids garb isn’t like the regular trip to go shopping for women’s dresses. The ultimate battle between elegant and wearable, a bridesmaid dress can exude class and style without crushing the bank accounts of the bride’s favorite girls. Everyone from your mom to the wedding officiant will have an opinion on the best dress, but before you decide, consider these options. All of them are affordable, all of them are beautiful and all of them are certainly not once-and-done throwaways.
Your bridesmaids don’t have to cringe when thinking about what they’re going to spend on a dress – affordable can be elegant!
George Women’s Elbow Sleeve Solid Wrap
With comfort being the name of the game, the George Women’s Elbow Sleeve Solid Wrap Dress could easily pass for something out of a high-end department store. With an accent tie that adds both shape and style, its A-line style can be worn all day during the big day, and then remain practical long after the marriage ceremony. With a scoop neck, short sleeves and rouching on the neck line, this will be the ultimate LBD long after the wedding.
Sexy Strapless Sweetheart
The Sexy Strapless Sweetheart soft-pleated layered chiffon dress is also an A-line style, but is sleeveless with a back zipper. With a natural waist and petal embellishments, this gem comes with a short/mini hemline. It’s available in a full spectrum of colors, from blushing pink to champagne to brown to dark navy. Like the George, it will stay in your rotation long after the wedding ceremony.
The Dessy Little Twist
A bit pricier than the previous entries, the Little Twist Dress by the Dessy Group can be worn in an almost limitless number of ways – it can even convert into a skirt! Thirty-seven inches from shoulder to hem, the Little Twist is a polyester/spandex blend that can be hand washed. Its core function is versatility, so long after the wedding you’ll wear it over and over without ever wearing it the same way twice.
If you’re going for floor-length elegance for under $100, look no further than this sheath/column strapless/brush train chiffon bridesmaid dress. With an empire waist, cascading ruffles, side draping, beading and a lace-up back, your only risk will be showing up the bride or distracting the wedding officiant. When the wedding is over, you can dust this beauty off for a cocktail party or any event that calls for upscale formality.
Bridesmaids don’t have to break the bank to be beautiful.
Whether you pick a single purpose, two-in-one or even a four-in-one dress, you don’t have to break the bank to be a beautiful bridesmaid. A marriage ceremony is serious and solemn, but bridesmaids don’t have to be stuffy and formal and they don’t have to spend a fortune to epitomize fashion.
Posted on weddingchaplain.ca on Sept 4, 2014