Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Revisited

Remember my previous post on bridesmaids’ dresses? The one where I played the part of the gracious bride who left the dress decisions up to the girls? Well, I kind of went back on that a teeny bit. OK, maybe more than a teeny bit, but I’m still being flexible!

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Dessy Twist Wrap Dress / Image via Dessy.com

I thought once I gave my ladies the freedom to go ahead and choose their own dresses, the decision would be out of my hands. But BMs Coco and Gemini (made up names for sure) still wanted further instructions. “What kind of dresses? What fabric, what colors?” I soon realized that the cut and style of the dress was probably more important to the girls than the fabric or color. So, much to my delight, I introduced the Dessy Twist Wrap Dress into the discussion. Oh, how I love this dress. It can be wrapped to form a multitude of styles from strapless to sleeves. Dessy has even added a helpful “how to wear” section on their website, which details how to make the different styles. Um, yes!

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Style examples / Image via Bridesmaids.com / Dress by Dessy

Since all of the ladies have different body types and heights, I thought this would be the best option for everyone. However, I wasn’t too sure about the fabric: jersey matte. In my experience, jersey fabric has come across as cheap looking and not really appropriate for formal events. So I called up a few stores to see if they had the dress in stock. I had the hardest time tracking this elusive dress down. I literally called over ten stores, and everyone said they didn’t have it but could order it for me at a price and that I could sell it back if I didn’t like it. I wasn’t too keen on this idea, so I started looking around for different options. But, as luck would have it, I found a store that had the dress in stock, just around the corner from my office! Was this fate? I’d like to think so! So BM Coco and I went to check it out. I was so happy that they even had it in our color! Here are the photos from her fabulous photo shoot:

All photos are personal unless noted otherwise.

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We had a ton of fun learning how to wrap the dress. I think with no knowledge going into it, we did a decent job. But we’ll definitely need to look at a few videos before the big day. Coco’s favorite style was the second one pictured above. The saleslady who helped us informed us that the dresses tend to run big. She was right—the dress BM Coco is wearing is a small, and she still had plenty of room. We only tried a few of the styles before we both agreed that this was the dress. With the Twist Wrap Dress, everyone can still look unique, but also look uniform with the same shade of red and fabric. So there you have it!

Did anyone else have a change of heart regarding bridesmaids’ dresses?

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Mrs. Warbler

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Wedding Date:
April 2012

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    MrsCarnival 2847 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:35 am

    I think this is a great idea! I am doing something similar where I chose designer, color, and fabric and then let the girls choose from about 15 different styles:) Everyone’s happy!

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    gentel, Guest @ 11:41 am

    I am using this dress too, for pretty much the same reason as you! I’m buying mine from an Etsy seller though, the long dress is only $99.

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    futuremrscpt 953 posts, Busy bee @ 11:48 am

    Oh my gosh, I want one for myself :-) ha ha, I will have to check out the site!

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    Marissa, Guest @ 11:52 am

    I am using this dress as well. I love the versitility. My girls are all different shapes and sizes so I love th idea that the top can be flattering to any type. I personally love jersey knit! So comfortable. I had a really tough time tracking these dresses down!

    I love the color you picked! Sounds like it was a fun day of trying on and nice to see real girls in the dress!

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    tinylittlebird 1743 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:03 pm

    I’ve always loved these dresses, but my one issue with them is the difficulty that larger chested girls have with finding a style to cover a regular bra.

    For me, being larger on top, I feel most comfortable in a regular bra, followed by a strapless bra, with the stick on bras or going braless coming in dead last.

    I personally like the brands of wrap dresses that offer tube tops to go under the dresses, so that if you want a wrap style that requires a more open back, you can still wear a strapless bra.

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    Jenni, Guest @ 12:18 pm

    I’m wearing this as a bridesmaid dress for a friend’s wedding, but, like an earlier commenter, we’re getting ours on etsy.com — for $89!! (The seller is named Dalina.)

    I was concerned about the bra issue, but on youtube there are a bunch of videos with instructions to tie the dress. I think the styles shown by Monif C are more useful for people who want to wear a bra than some of the other options!

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    Jenni, Guest @ 12:18 pm

    I’m wearing this as a bridesmaid dress for a friend’s wedding, but, like an earlier commenter, we’re getting ours on etsy.com — for $89!! (The seller is named Dalina.)

    I was concerned about the bra issue, but on youtube there are a bunch of videos with instructions to tie the dress. I think the styles shown by Monif C are more useful for people who want to wear a bra than some of the other options!

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    Jenni, Guest @ 12:18 pm

    I’m wearing this as a bridesmaid dress for a friend’s wedding, but, like an earlier commenter, we’re getting ours on etsy.com — for $89!! (The seller is named Dalina.)

    I was concerned about the bra issue, but on youtube there are a bunch of videos with instructions to tie the dress. I think the styles shown by Monif C are more useful for people who want to wear a bra than some of the other options!

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    bebefly 1753 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:27 pm

    and sigh. you probably should have checked out etsy first.

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    bebefly 1753 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:28 pm

    and sigh. you probably should have checked out etsy first.

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    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:43 pm

    Fabulous! So you ended up liking the jersey, I presume? :)

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:57 pm

    I love the Dessy Wrap dress, perfect balance for letting the ladies ‘pick their own’ but also having continuity. Good choice!

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    warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 1:33 pm

    @tinylittlebird: That was a concern we had too. Fortunately Dessy offers the bandeau tops!
    @Miss Ladyfingers: Yes! Suprisngly ALL of the girls liked it too!

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    cannon 513 posts, Busy bee @ 1:38 pm

    Really cool! I’ve never seen one of these in action before.

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    joyous0529 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:38 pm

    I am also going with the wrap dress for my girls!! :) I found them watching My Fair wedding, he of coarse used two birds bridesmaids but for those budget friendly brides I’ve found them at Target, $30, w/ limited colors but perfect for an evenining out & Victoria secret, $79, with a nice butterfly cut at the bottom to dress it up a little

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:50 pm

    Like Cannon, I’ve never seen these in action before and I’m glad I get to see more! These are such a great idea.

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    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 am

    I love that wrap dress! I’ve spent literally hours (total) watching the youtube videos with all the different ways to wrap it. I’m excited to see what unique wrap styles your ladies come up with!

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