Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN Edition

This is a play in three acts about my BHLDN bridesmaids’ dress obsession.

Act 1: Falling in love with BHLDN dresses

When I started thinking about BM dresses, BHLDN was at the top of my list. Sadly, many dresses they carry are quite pricey. Most dresses were eliminated due to my decision to keep the cost of the dress at $200 or less. Nevertheless, there were two serious contenders in colors that I loved:

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Savoy Dress in navy ($220)

{Collage by me, images via BHLDN}

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Beribboned Dress in powder blue ($200)

{Collage by me, images via BHLDN}

There are other colors too, FYI:

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Savoy Dress in raspberry, biscuit, and plum

{Collage by me, images via BHLDN 1, 2, 3}

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Beribboned Dress in sunshine, ivory, berry, and pewter

{collage by me, images via BHLDN 1, 2, 3, 4}

Act 2: Trying to find more information

All these photos are gorgeous, but several of the comments on BHLDN pointed out that the colors looked different in real life. I therefore made sure to save all shots that I could find of these dresses. I discovered some photos on wedding blogs…and when BLDN uploaded a BM photo album on Facebook I jumped up and down:

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{photo by Cooper Carras via Snippet & Ink}

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The color is definitely slightly off in this photo.

{photo by Ash Images via BHLDN on Facebook}

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In pewter

{photo by Ashley Garmon via Style Me Pretty}

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The bow detail… <3

{photo by Ashley Garmon via Style Me Pretty}

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{photo by Nancy Da Costa of Mango Studios via Ruffled}

Act 3: Ordering trial dresses

I didn’t want to ask my BMs to (possibly) order a dress that none of us had ever seen in person, so I placed an order after Christmas to check them out myself and report back to my BMs. Everything arrived quickly and was neatly packaged, and returns were smoothly handled.*

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BHLDN’s box—all neatly wrapped and stickered

{personal photo}

Please excuse the not-so-flattering photos of me and the straight-out-of-the-box wrinkles…

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Beribboned Dress in pewter

{personal photos}

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Closeup of the tag…how cute is that!??

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Detail of the lining

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My evaluation of the Beribboned Dress sounds something like this…

  • overall flattering cut
  • good quality
  • works with normal bra
  • cute details, even in unexpected places
  • extra straps for hanging on a hanger
  • CON: slightly baggy on my left boob (probably easy to get fixed)
  • CON: the hem is intricate, which makes shortening the dress a bad idea

Now on to the next one…

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Savoy Dress in navy

{personal photos}

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Ribbon detail

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Button detail—le sigh

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Extra button!

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My evaluation of the Savoy Dress sounds something like this…

  • flattering cut
  • super great material, feels nice to touch, flows well
  • semi-see-through top (good for hiding skin imperfections… :D )
  • works kind of with a bra (I’m wearing a flesh-colored one in the photo), but best probably w/o
  • BUT: no straps to hang it up for storage

I liked both dresses and would have loved to keep both of them for myself, regardless of my BMs’ final dress decision. However, money doesn’t grow on trees like it does in The Sims. I wish it did. Nonetheless, I did manage to convince my mom to go 50/50 on one of them with me. And as you know, my finalist was the Savoy Dress, which I wore at my German wedding. Le sigh. :)

Does anyone else obsess about BHLDN?

*This post was originally written shortly after my first BHLDN order arrived and before my shoe quest turned into an adventure. All in all, I still think that BHLDN promptly ships things and promptly handles returns…it’s just that some customers are rough on products and BHLDN doesn’t check returned shoes closely enough. :(

BLOGGER

Mrs. Bracelet

Location:
Frankfurt, Germany/Rapid City, SD
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:55 am

    I’ve loved the Beribboned dress since I laid eyes on it, its just perfectly feminine, but I’ve never been able to justify the high cost since I don’t have a good place to wear it :)

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    miss-t-rex 688 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    I love all these dresses! I defiantly think you picked the right one however. :)

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    Mrs. Aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:15 am

    The Savoy dress is one of my all time faves. I plan on getting one for myself at some point! I ruled it out for my girls based on bra concerns and price, and then ruled out picking a dress for them all together! But if I could have magically had them all in any dress it would have been that one!

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    Mrs. Castle 1190 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:16 am

    Those dresses are so adorable! I kind of want one for myself…

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:22 am

    I have a huge crush on anything BHLDN! It’s nice to see the dresses on a real person.

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:06 pm

    Thay’re so pretty!

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    Brie, Guest @ 3:11 pm

    I was just over at BHLDN and the savoy dresses are on sale for $120 right now!

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    priyathescientist 1513 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:02 pm

    BHLDN dresses are beautiful. *Le sigh*

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    Aren, Guest @ 7:28 pm

    Pretty dresses and i want to share an online store with you:www.21shoppers.com.I ordered taffeta cut away neckline bridesmaid dresses from 21shoppers.Just have a look!

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    Miss Fairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 3:03 am

    Oooh, I love the bow!! (Haha, it’s the little details that count!)

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 pm

    I’m also obsessed with BHLDN… I like to frequent their site to see what’s new (and on sale)! They even have really cool decorative pieces like intricate floral backdrops! The blue savoy dress is beautiful!!! It looked perfect on you with your BHLDN shoes!!!

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