Lets talk bridesmaid dresses for a second.
I’ll preface this by saying I don’t want my beautiful bridesmaids to be wearing something that doesn’t suit them.
Some of you may have seen my Instagram story last Friday night. I was rather enjoying myself as I searched the internet for a bridesmaid dress that would suit all 5 of my bridesmaids. Yes 5 is a lot but the more, the merrier, I say!
What I discovered when searching was:
1) If you use the word bridesmaid in your Google search you get the typical, long, chiffon, boring dress popping up all over the place.
2) Using Prom, formal, or cocktail in the search will get you NOWHERE!
3) 5 bridesmaids mean 5 different body types.
4) 1 dress is unlikely to suit all 5 bodies.
SO what do you do? I honestly have searched heaven and earth for 1 type of dress that will suit all the girls. I’m beginning to think that if I want the girls to look their best then this 1 dress suits all approach is not going to work.
So then I looked through a couple of Australian labels such as Shona Joy and Zimmermann for dresses in the same colour but different styles. Now this could work! I haven’t ruled it out completely because we did have some success when trying these brands on. However, both brands were unforgiving in the chest area.
So then I thought, well… I do quite like the mismatched look. For those of you who aren’t following- the mismatched look is when bridesmaids choose a dress/ outfit that suits them best and fits within the colour scheme. This I like because all the girls can wear the shade of colour that suits the best. Right? Or is this wrong because who knows how many ways dark green can be interpreted?
So then I got a hot tip from a fellow bride- pick a print or colour that you like from a particular label and let the girls choose whatever outfit from that collection in the choses colour/print. Genius! What I particularly loved about this tip was that the bride said that if the bridesmaids can pick whatever they want within the scheme then they will genuinely get a second wear out of it!!! DING DONG that’s amazing! Thanks girl!
I’m not going to tell you which route my groovy tribe has gone but it IS one of the ideas I’ve already mentioned.
Where does a rural bride shop for such a dress?
My favourite places to search/ shop for bridesmaid dresses (keeping in mind I don’t want typical) are:
- Mary and Me in Dubbo, NSW. Sal is always super accommodating and can rustle up anything to suit your needs. And, BONUS, for all really rural gals, they have online shopping. Just search Mary and Me in Google and something will pop up.
- The Other Shop in Tamworth, NSW. Seriously can tell you how good the collection of Australian labels are here. The Other Shop also has an online store, but if you can why not pay the store a visit in person. Good vibes I tell you, good vibes.
- One Fell Swoop- found online at Coco and Lola. One Fell Swoop is a Western Australian label that make stunning silk/ satin/ I don’t know fabric drooping dresses. I’m terrible at describing so just Google it, you’ll get what I mean. They have a lovely romantic feel about them. Little bit pricey but worth every cent.
If you have any hot bridesmaid dress/ outfit tips please send me an email, PM on Facebook, DM on Instagram or comment on this story so fellow brides can see.
Love TRB xxx