NSFW: Bridesmaid Style

As promised, here is the long awaited bridesmaid dress post. I think it’s a pretty fantastic dress in a great color and in a fabric that’s shiny, but not obnoxiously so. All the other bridesmaids will be in dress in the same color and fabric but in different styles from the same designer; they all have a slightly Mad Men-esque quality to them. Even better my sister (who is, FYI, an awesome, non-demanding bride) chose a style that we were all able to order online for half price. Same deal with the shoes.
Dress: Alfred Sung Collection for some sort of bridal line
My apologies for its wrinkled state — I refuse to iron it, only to travel with it in six weeks or so.


The shoes are still in flux — these are the current contenders. I LOVE them. My sister originally wanted bronze shoes but they proved unreasonably difficult to get in a style that was appropriately wedding-y. There’s now some uncertainty about whether nude is the way to go or not. I’m totally on Team Nude in this scenario (have at ‘er, A-Dubs). I’m also probably keeping these shoes whether they make the cut or not. ‘Cause, I mean, look at them. How awesome would they be with just about any outfit I could throw at them? They also sell them in a deep rich red patent and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted.


Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Any awful bridesmaid dresses in your past? I’ve been pretty lucky so far, I have to say.

15 thoughts on “NSFW: Bridesmaid Style

  1. Because I have ministry training, I always get to be the friend who does the reading, which is, in my mind the perfect job. Largely because you pick your own dress–and you can pick it from your closet if you want to! I think that the nude shoes are amazing on you–which surprises me. I generally have it in for nude shoes, since being of the brown people, I can't really wear them. And I have resentment. But those are so perfect on you, and with the oh so elegant dress, than I am overcoming my envy to join team "nude for you."

  2. Yet another wedding related team we're both on. Though I prefer the one with cheetos to the one with nude shoes — no matter how much I love the nude shoes, they're no fake cheese "food" like things. Also, the shoes didn't come with mojitos. I agree the Jessica Simpson shoe line is totally and improbably good. I got a pair of wedges from her line a little while back that I haven't had a chance to wear yet and they're pretty awesome. Also, I demand pictures of this dress.

  3. You know, in many ways, this is not super surprising… You'll have to do an after-the-fact post! The Alfred Sung stuff is really nice — and he's a Canadian designer I believe — and simple rather than over the top. My other sister is wearing a gorgeous one should number and the other dresses are all really lovely.

  4. The other dresses are much simpler so the ruffled collar will stand out nicely (I'm the maid of honor). I agree that the simplicity of the dress makes the collar both stand out and not look over the top.

  5. I agree, the unwearability goes with the territory. I don't suspect I'll get much use out of this one either — despite its general loveliness — but that's mostly because I don't have many reasons to look this dressy.Also, you've offered a very compelling argument for these shoes!

  6. That sounds like an experience! I've only been an official bridesmaid once before and the dress was fine — though the wedding itself was in.sane. And not in an awesome way. I also did a reading at A-Dub's wedding where she let all concerned pick out whatever dress they wanted. So that was actually awesome.

  7. Sign me up for Team Nude (that's what SHE said). Seriously, those shoes are great on their own, they don't pull focus from the excellent upper half of the dress, and your legs look six miles long in 'em. Plus I have a secret (and improbable) love for the Jessica Simpson line. My worst bridesmaid dress came to be known as The Chesterfield, because that's what the patterned fabric reminded me of and that's what the cut made me look like. I once wore it to a Halloween party; I covered myself in zombie makeup and went as a Dead Bridesmaid. The friend who'd invited me along wore glitter makeup and wings. I overheard more than one person referring to us as "the Chesterfield and the butterfly." That's how bad.

  8. I LOVE this dress! it looks fantastic on you! And what's crazy is that it's not too far off from my bridesmaid dress for a wedding this summer. I'd totally do a post on it, but it's at my parents' house now, since the wedding is in Ohio (I was worried it'd get lost or damaged in the shuffle of moving). I like the shoes, and think they'd look awesome with just about anything. What about silver? I think that's what I'm going to wear with my dress (the bride totally doesn't care, which is nice, yet sort of annoying).And random story about Alfred Sung dresses… When I was about 13 or 14, my cousin was getting married, so my mom had picked up some bridal magazines to help her out. I leafed through and picked out my ideal wedding and bridesmaid dresses – Alfred Sung! And I still totally stand by those picks.

  9. what a great choice of dress- the ruffled collar makes it special, but it still has a nice restrained cut. and your shoes are perfect!!My sister's wedding dress in 1998 was a pretty and perfectly simple Alfred Sung dress- back when ALL wedding dresses were giant and pouffy!

  10. I love this! And I love the shoes. That's one of the prettiest bridesmaid outfits I've ever seen. I was once in a wedding where I was asked to wear a doozy of a dress, but it was changed last minute, thank goodness…

  11. I haven't been forced into ugly bridesmaid dresses (at least, not since the 80's), just ones that are unwearable afterward — although I guess that goes with the territory. I vote YAY on the shoes. They look great on you, are elegantly understated, the bow details make them decidedly non-frumpy, and they're totally wearable for everyday stuff once the wedding is over. Love 'em!

  12. I've only been a bridesmaid once, but the dress was an experience.Because two of the three bridesmaids lived very far away (me in thestates, my friend in Ontario) for the B.C. wedding, the bride had her sister try on the different dresses to decide on a style. The only problem was that the sister was very slim and they style they chose looked lovely on her, but made me look like the madame in a house of ill repute. It was a lovely dress, but there was waaaaaay too much boobage to be going on in the house of the Lord.

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