Once upon a time, I narrowed the choices for bridesmaids’ dresses down to two, a convertible Jenny Yoo and a lacy ModCloth.
Even though both of the dresses were gorgeous in their own way, I had hesitations about both dresses. With the Jenny Yoo, I thought the color was what I wanted, but it was definitely one of the more expensive options. The ModCloth was also gorgeous and at a great price point, but my MOH thought it looked like an old grandmother’s tablecloth.
Next, to make it even more complicated, on one of the older bridesmaids’ dress posts I made, kbiceling suggested that I look at the Lace-Yoke Dress at Anthropologie, which was very much the dress I imagined in my head.
So of course, the best way to figure out what you want is to go try them on, and so that’s what I did.
So I went to this tiny boutique in Boston and tried on the Jenny Yoo dress. The color was definitely what I imagined it to be, and much closer to the photographed color than the color swatch led me to believe. The Turkish blue was exactly what I wanted, and I loved how it looked next to the peach and the pink.
The blue next to our other colors
I guess I was a little bit disappointed, however, at how the convertible dress looked when it was placed into the different configurations. I personally look the best when I have a horizontal line across the waist area. With the straps in place, you lose the horizontal band and, unfortunately, I don’t think it looks as good. Because straps are one of the main requirements from my girls, I felt it was probably not the right dress, sadly.
So hard to believe this is the same dress. Amazing what a flash will do to a dress.
The ModCloth dress was the next on the list. I really love the lace on the dress, especially on the hem line. It was, however, more of a vibrant cobalt blue and, while it was not exactly what I had in mind, I was trying not to be too picky.
My MOH hated it, though, and I could see her point (even if I think she’s crazy). ModCloth dresses often seem to run on the short side, and while that wouldn’t be a problem for me, it would have been more of a problem for normal sized people. It would ultimately be on the short side for her. Oh well, the dress found a permanent place in my wardrobe—I can’t complain too much.
Thus, I went to Anthropologie and tried on the Lace-Yoke Dress. I really think it’s the perfect dress for us.
I think it looks better than it did on the website for sure.
I’m a big fan of the color as well as the pockets(!!). It’s fairly well made and I think, as a bridesmaids’ dress goes, it’s very close to the ultimate goals: a dress that’s reasonably priced (for a bridesmaids’ dress), doesn’t scream bridesmaids’ dress (to increase rewearability), and looks cute.
Of course, there are probably a lot of people who also think it’s at a great price point for Anthropologie, so hopefully it won’t sell out before my girls all get one. I’ll relax a bit when they are all ordered and ready to go.
Did you ultimately go with a non bridesmaids’ dress option for your girls?
- Boston, MA
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- June 2013