Picking a Bridesmaids’ Dress: We Picked One!

Once upon a time, I narrowed the choices for bridesmaids’ dresses down to two, a convertible Jenny Yoo and a lacy ModCloth.


ModCloth’s When the Night Comes dress in blue


Jenny Yoo’s Kenzie (I was actually interested in the Keira, but this is the correct color.)

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.


The Lace-Yoke Dress from Anthropologie

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?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:57 am

    That’s super cute! We also bought non-bridesmaid dresses, though ours were more formal. I find that you get a much better price and for some reason, fewer alterations are required. My sister wore hers off-the-rack, and my friend only had to get her dress hemmed.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:01 pm

    I loooove that Anthro dress! Your MOH is right, Modcloth dresses run so short. I’m 5″8 and every Modcloth dress I’ve ordered has barely covered my booty.

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    mholden 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:07 pm

    I just ordered the When The Night Comes dress in red for my reception dress! I got it 25% off yesterday during Cyber Monday.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 1:06 pm

    I love the Anthro dress too! And I’m with Wallaby on the Modcloth dresses: as a 5’11” girl, I gave up shopping there a while ago (even though they’re SO adorable!)

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    lovelyduckie 756 posts, Busy bee @ 1:07 pm

    I tried on the Lace-Yoke dress and LOVED IT! But my MOH wasn’t keen on it at all :( so I compromised and we went with something else that happened to be cheaper and also VERY lovely. I was also adamant about buying a dress that was “off the rack” as opposed to a place that specializes in bridesmaids dresses. I feel you get more quality for your money. We got our dresses from Ruche which does have a Bridesmaid section, but that section functions the same as the rest of the store and the quality was great. They looked much better in person than on the web site.

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    Oh, I’m glad you loved it! Yay!

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    GreenGarnet 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:50 pm

    The dress you picked is perfect! When I first saw it come out on the website, I thought it would be a great bridesmaid’s dress but I need a different color. I’m glad to know another bride is putting it to good use!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:11 pm

    I love your choice! The color is so beautiful!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:37 pm

    @Mrs. Treasure: yup, it seems silly that for most clothes we don’t tailor it, that all of a sudden bridesmaid dresses come in and don’t fit well and need tailoring, ugh

    @Mrs. Wallaby: @RapunzelRapunzel: tall people =P I get made fun of all the time for being 5’2″ but I will say, it does mean I can wear cute dresses without flashing everyone! (i’m glad there’s *one* perk to being short)

    @mholden: I saw that sale and I had soo much difficulty not to spend too much money.

    @lovelyduckie: I’m sorry your moh didn’t like it =( though ruche has a really great selection of dresses as well. I was very, very tempted by many, many dresses on their website.

    @kbiceling: you have great suggestions! =)

    @GreenGarnet: it is a really great dress, I hope it comes out in different colors so I can snatch one without being weird

    @Mrs. Pony: the color is absolutely stunning. I didn’t think I wanted a tealish blue, but I am eating my words because it seems to be exactly what I wanted

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:34 am

    As a big fan of Anthropologie, I have to say you made an awesome choice! Plus, I would totally wear that dress again and again after the wedding. I can’t wait to see how all your girls look together on your big day!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 11:31 am

    you had me at anthropologie. I think you did a fantastic job on the bm dress option.

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