Oh, Twobirds, How I Love Thee…

Every single one of my bridesmaids has to travel to our wedding and incur the hefty costs associated with the trip. Because of this, I was determined to purchase their bridesmaid’s dresses for them! Of course, with six girls, this meant I’d have to keep costs down.

A few months back, I was dress shopping with PF (one of my b-maids!) for her wedding, and I tried on the Twobirds dress. This dress is beautiful. Classy, flattering, gorgeous. Also, over my price limit. I loved how every girl could wear it in the style that suited their personality best.


I tried to let this dress go and began my search by emailing bridesmaids CH and AT for their advice (though my brother is my MOH, he doesn’t really enjoy dresses… or online shopping… or shopping at all for that matter). I kept my searching within a few parameters: around $150 or less, available online or at a national chain bridal store, and yellow or brown dresses only.

After a few hours of online research I found some promising ensembles in the colors and price range I wanted.

Mama Pencils liked this one from David’s Bridal:


This was also an option from DB:


So was this one, a popular one from all time fave J. Crew:


Or this:


Bridesmaid AT returned the favor and found this option from Dillard’s:


I sent out an email to the bridesmaids and asked for their thoughts. There was no clear favorite, and I was beginning to worry we’d never find the right one. I hadn’t given up hope on the Twobirds dress—it just felt perfect!—when I was gchatting with bridesmaid CH and PF one Friday night (lame, I know).

I shared my dilemma with them both, and both went to work searching for a more perfect option. Within five minutes, CH returned with the most fabulous, amazing, cost effective alternate to the Twobirds dress! If only I had been smart enough to be specific with these brilliant women from the beginning!

The dress CH found was the answer. It’s convertible, jersey cotton, chocolate brown, and 99 bucks! Within 48 hours, I ordered 6 in the chocolate brown for my girls and blackberry for me (honeymoon dress!)

Where did we find the perfect dress? Victoria’s Secret! Here’s the dress in a couple of different styles and colors, all found here:

I am really happy with our decision and I can’t wait to see my gals rock this dress in May!

How did you find your bridesmaids’ dresses? Did you find an alternate for a too-expensive item for your wedding? What was it?


Mrs. Pencils

Washington DC/Frederick, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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    Gerbera Daisy 29 posts, Newbee @ 2:18 pm

    i really liked the dresses in the first picture. i didnt kno there was a dress that can be so versatile.

    actually for my bridesmaid dresses, i wanted each of my BMs to be comfortable and feel beautiful with what they are wearing that day. so i asked them to picked their own style but staying within the shade of dark pinks. nothing to purple or blue or red.

    david’s bridal has a wide variety of styles. but i’m hesitant to shop or even browse through their actual store from the horror stories i’ve heard from other brides.

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    peachesandtulips 408 posts, Helper bee @ 2:20 pm

    I love convertible dresses and I love V.S. – you can usually find hot & inexpensive clothing there, especially summer/vacation/honeymoon outfits!

    Good choice!

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    Miss Biner 1101 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:21 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea!!!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:25 pm

    Good find! I saw those on their site the other day and thought of Twobirds… I actually like the VS colors better. :)

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:26 pm

    i can’t believe your found your perfect option at a good deal! your bridesmaids are going to look fantastic!

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    Ms. Library 464 posts, Helper bee @ 2:28 pm

    The backs of those dresses are so cool! I’m a little too busty for those (we want people to look at the bride and the flowers, not my boobs), but they are going to look hot on your bridesmaids!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:37 pm

    @Gerbera Daisy: eep! I haven’t heard too many DB horror stories- I’m sorry you have!
    @peachesandtulips: agreed! thank you!
    @Miss Biner: I know! it’s awesome!
    @Miss Spaniel: me too! I actually like the lack of sheen in VS- it’s dressy but not :)
    @Miss Pug: haha, I agree! thanks!
    @Ms. Library:I think they will too! they’re actually not too bad for busty women- some of my b-maids are well endowed- and they actually have a good amount of material to support. also, there are bandeau’s that match that we can buy!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:37 pm

    Cool! I can’t wait to see how your girls decide to wear them!

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    Cole B 1367 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:53 pm

    That’s great! As I was reading the story I was like “I think I saw one at VS” glad you were able to get what you wanted for a cheaper price!

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 3:03 pm

    I’ve been looking at the convertible dress as well. FOREVER. Two Birds is beautiful but SO expensive. Please let me know how you like the VS one and the quality and if the convertible is easily “used”.
    I also like the Dessy one, Etsy has a couple of really affordable options as well. But VS is def the cheapest one.
    You know how in some of the styles the bottom hem points in two parts? Is that how the fabric is cut or just the way the dress is worn? I’m not too fond of that part of the VS dress…

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 3:05 pm

    P.S. Totally should buy myself one regardless for the HM.
    P.P.S. Please post the dress on a real girl! =))))

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:05 pm

    I sooo wanted to go this route, but was steered away when I heard of how difficult it was to tie the convertible dresses..I still love them in theory though!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 pm

    @Mrs. Mouse: me either! what I’m most excited about!
    @Cole B: haha yay! great minds…
    @Gerbera: the quality is actually really good. I tried it a number of different ways and I did many styles all by myself- the day of,we’ll be able to help each other. It is cut so that the sides are a bit longer…but so are the two birds dress and it’s not noticeable in a bad way- it simply gives it a good flow :) It isn’t highly obvious unless you lean against a poll with your back arched, like in the pic lol. I have some real photos of me in my dress on my personal computer and I’ll upload some on the board when I can. I’ll be at a bee happy hour tonight, so it might not be tonight, but it will def occur by tomorrow :) hope this helps!
    @bluebutterfly: oh no! I actually did some testing and it wasn’t all that hard for me….I hope my girls agree :)

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    ALu731 35 posts, Newbee @ 3:30 pm

    I had a really hard time deciding on BM dresses, we ended up going with the two JCrew dresses you posted pics of!! I signed up for their emails and we got both styles for under $150!! I wondered if those Twobird dresses really looked nice in person- sounds like they do! I think the VS dresses are a great option and they look really comfortable and I love the idea of each girl showing her own personality!! Good choice!

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    BVsmurfette 37 posts, Newbee @ 3:36 pm

    I love these but also have some of the same concerns re: tying it. Pencils – do the dresses come with instructions? i need them!

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    Guacamole 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:39 pm

    I love Two Birds! They really are so expensive! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the VS dresses when they arrive! Do your BMs have big boobies? Haha I know thats a weird question. I am worried that this might end up being a problem for my bridesmaids if I go with a dress like this!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:40 pm

    @ALu731: I am glad you agree- I love the weight of the material and construction, even given the lower price!
    @BVsmurfette: oh for sure! I couldn’t have done the styles without instructions!

    I’ll post pics on the boards asap I promise all- they really are great dresses! I can’t wait to show you :)

  18. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:43 pm

    @Guacamole: haha, not a weird question! two of my girls have a larger bust, but neither have tried on their dress yet- I’ll let you know as soon as they do!

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    Liz, Guest @ 3:50 pm

    I too loved two birds bm dresses but again they are way too expensive. I found a similar dress on etsy from isadora clothing for only $116! My girls who are well endowed all tryed on a sample and loved them. I highly recommend looking into etsy shop.

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:53 pm

    Wow Pencils! What a great option to have the same color but different style dresses. And what a fantastic price! Plus after the wedding the girls can continue to wear the dress in a variety of styles – man, your BM dresses rock!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:39 pm

    That’s awesome – I can’t wait to see what they look like on your girls!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:56 pm

    @Liz: good advice! thanks Liz- I hope some fellow brides are able to look!
    @Miss Guinea Pig: that’s exactly my hope :)
    @amanda.lynn: me tooooo!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:16 pm

    I love VS dresses too (especially since I used to work there)! Couldn’t help but order myself a few earlier this week during their semi annual sale!

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    Lynn, Guest @ 8:25 pm

    Miss Pencil, I had the Butter by Nadia version of the dress (also pricey, but I got it in my perfect wedding color) and it was such a GREAT choice to have a convertible dress! With nine bridesmaids who are all different size and shapes and sense of modesty, it was great to have so many choices! Each girl ROCKED their own version. An extra plus was when our wedding day was 30 degrees colder than was predicted and some of the girls changed their dresses to provide them more coverage! This jersey version is awesome and I think I might get one too!!!!

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    Meghan, Guest @ 8:32 pm

    I loved a Lula Kate dress, but at $250 it was just not affordable for half of the girls. I spent a couple of weeks scouring department stores and other retailers without finding anything. I’d originally been looking at dresses on J Crew but most of them seemed to fall within the $150-$200 price range too. I checked back a few weeks ago and found the perfect dress for only $100–and it wasn’t even the sale price. Cotton embossed Lorelei in classic navy–perfect! We might accent it with a grey sash, but we have time to play around with that too.

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    missmandi 65 posts, Worker bee @ 10:21 pm

    AH! We got these dresses too! In blackberry! And I am so so so in love with them and completely kicking myself for not ordering some from Sears when they were selling them (for $40!)
    My BMs are actually complaining because they want to wear the dresses now! …it’s like music to a bride’s ears :)

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    Annette, Guest @ 11:06 pm

    If you or any of your bridesmaids have VERY BASIC knowledge of sewing, you can create this dress FAST AND EASY. Google “rostitchery convertible dress” and the first result that pops up is a picture tutorial how to create this dress:

    There is also a craftster forum of dozens of girls who’ve made the dress and posted pics (for easy access click the “Show images only” tab above the topic headline to only see pics):

    I made one myself – it’s black and has a “handkerchief” bottom – u know a square skirt instead of circle ^_^

    Hope this helps!

  28. mspencils Member
    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:12 pm

    @Miss Cola: haha, yay! So many fun colors, i totally get why you got more than 1 :)
    @Lynn: oh that makes me so happy to hear! thanks Lynn!!!
    @Meghan: that’s awesome!! great find!
    @missmandi: that’s great! I got it in blackberry for my ‘moon!

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    Annette, Guest @ 11:14 pm

    Oh also to add to my post – Im amazed at what some of these companies are charging – my dress cost me about $10 to make and places are charging upwards of $200?? My goodness….

  30. cheeseburger Member
    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:47 pm

    I have seen this dress, and I always thought it would be a great bridesmaid dress! Congrats on ending the search, they’re going to look great!

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    MrsWoohoo 656 posts, Busy bee @ 12:40 am

    How versatile! Can’t wait to hear your review of the dresses.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:44 am

    i’m looking forward to seeing your bms in their dresses!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:36 am

    Psh, g-chatting is NEVER lame! It’s not like you’re not talking to people, just through a different media!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 3:46 am

    That’s totally awesome that you found those dresses. I too, love twobirds, but they’re so spensive!!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:50 pm

    Cool dresses and a great price! :)

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 10:04 pm

    halfway through the post i thought of the VS one and was going to suggest it! haha great minds think alike!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:45 pm

    Love those TwoBirds dresses, and that is soooo amazing that you found the VS lookalikes! I really want to take a look at this for the HM too!!!! 😉

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:00 pm

    I had the same problem with Twobirds! And I still can’t put them out of my head – though the Victoria’s secret one looks like a good option! I also found a template to make one by myself … I may attempt it this summer to see what I can do!

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