Making Decisions Is Awesome

After weeks of indecision and frustration (summarized here), I decided to narrow down the dress search for my awesome sisters upon Sister A’s request. I thought she would want to pick her own dress, but it turns out she was perfectly happy being given a dress to wear—she’s not much of a shopper! I wanted to make sure I had options for Sister E, though.

Remember, my dress is the J.Crew Sophia in ivory silk chiffon. I wanted something to match the simple style and flowy fabric—simplest way to do that is to buy the bridesmaids’ dresses from J.Crew as well. These dresses can run on the expensive side (for college students especially), but they’re simple and classy and the important thing is to look for a good deal.

In about 10 minutes I scanned the J.Crew website and came up with four of their bridesmaids’ dress options that fit what I was looking for. Remember that the only stipulations originally were that they needed to be knee length and not strapless (conservative family reasons), and I preferred them to be in a shade of the wedding colors (which included anything coral, light green, light blue, lavender, yellow…or even gray).

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Images via J.Crew / The J.Crew Mirabelle, Sinclair, Louisa, and Heidi

Unfortunately, these dresses were still $250 or more. I found some great deals on eBay and other dress-resale sites that made me think this could actually work—and then I found the sale section of the J.Crew site.

First of all, I’m never buying anything full price from J.Crew again.

Second, I found the J.Crew Macie.

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Image via J.Crew / The J.Crew Macie

Note: I linked to the petite listing because the regular size listing is now sold out. At the time, it was a $250 dress down to $70. That’s even cheaper than I found it on resale sites online.

Now, while I absolutely loved the coral color that was available when we bought the dresses at the beginning of January…it just wasn’t what my sisters wanted to wear. And you know what? That’s OK! Sister A happened to love the color gallery green, which was available in her size, so she bought it on the spot.

Sister E wasn’t the biggest fan of the Macie, but she did love one of the options I had mentioned from the beginning—the Louisa, which was also on sale in the color gallery green. Choosing an “off” color like gallery green turned out to be a great decision, even though I would have been fine if Sister E had chosen a coordinating color (at the time there was a blue and a very pretty yellow on sale).

So here’s what our final choices turned out to be. On the left is the Macie, on sale for $70—Sister A’s dress. On the right is the Louisa, on sale for $130—Sister E’s dress—which was a little more than she wanted to spend, but my parents graciously bought both of the dresses for my sisters as a gift to them.

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Images via J.Crew

This is going to force a slight adjustment in color—I’m basically going to replace the seafoam green in my original inspiration with this more of a kelly green. It’s really not going to affect much. The bouquets (I promise I’m eventually going to blog about these!) are coral, light blue, and light yellow, all colors that will work great with kelly green. I hadn’t really purchased anything else in green except the guys’ ties. When the dresses come, I’ll see if the ties work with them. If not, I only paid $12, so I’ll go out on the lookout for something else!

My sisters have pretty different personalities, so I’m really excited to see how they make these dresses their own. I’m fully expecting a belt, an arm of bracelets, and a side braid from Sister E—and I know she’ll rock it!

I know a lot of you have worn J.Crew bridesmaids’ dresses—tell me about it! Any suggestions for my sisters? What do you think about the shift in colors? Any one else have to change your vision slightly midway through planning?

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:06 am

    I’m glad you were able to find dresses that worked for both sisters, but it makes me sad for you that you have to change your colors! I think the lighter green ties would be fine with the dresses, but I know how I feel about my colors and I’d be sad if someone chose a red dress instead of pink or orange!

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:24 am

    I feel like we’re twins…My BMs. had the same issues trying to pick out dresses (even though I was happy with whatever in the world they picked out, they didn’t like each other’s mismatched dresses). They ended up all finding J. Crew dresses on sale – those same dresses! They probably shopped the same sale as your sisters. When J. Crew stuff goes on sale, it’s cheapppp. You’re so right – I’ve never shopped J. Crew full-price items since!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:31 am

    I love the J Crew bridesmaid dresses! They were out of my bridesmaids’ budgets, but I think I may scan ebay so I can get one for an upcoming wedding or two. Only thing is, I should probably make sure I’m not accidentally picking out the same dress as the bridesmaids!

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:33 am

    I totally thought I’d have my BMs either in bright cobalt blue, or in gray or black with bright cobalt shoes…but then when we went shopping we found that we all liked how navy looked in person better so we just went with it! Luckily I didn’t have a strict color scheme (the entire wedding was all different shades of blue), so it changed nothing at all :)

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:45 am

    Although not for conservative family reasons, I also wanted straps for my girls. I think it simply spares you anxiety that any body part my attempt an untoward escape.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:02 am

    Those dresses are so pretty! Kelly green is my favorite color, so I fully approve. :-)

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:06 am

    Oh I’m so happy this worked!

    I still have zero idea what my BMs will wear and I’m hoping it’ll all just sort of fall into place!

    LOVE the colour – absolutely beautiful.

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    Kefloydfreak, Guest @ 8:54 am

    I LOVE the color! Hopefully thats the color my bridesmaids will also be wearing :)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:21 am

    @Blonde17Jess: I was a little sad, but at this point (after three months of unsuccessful shopping) I was kind of just oh you like this dress and it fits you? Awesome! Buy it! Haha.

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Your bridesmaids looked amazing! I loved the light sage color of some of their dresses… I think it was mostly sold out by the time they decided on dresses but this is a pretty green too :)

    @anemonie: Oh definitely check eBay. You can’t always get dresses under $100, but you can almost always get $100-$150 off the J.Crew price, sometimes still with tags. But if you’re willing to check around and wait and be flexible with colors and styles, you can get great deals!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:27 am

    @BookishBelle: That’s so nice to be able to change so easily like that! I’m lucky because I had bought some things in coral, but not much in green :) I’m interested to see if the shades work together!

    @Mrs. Bracelet: I come from a traditional church family and especially since my sisters are younger my parents wanted them to wear straps… and it wasn’t a huge deal for me either way so it wasn’t worth fighting them over it! I think comfort-wise it’s nice to have straps because like you said, you don’t have to worry about it ;)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:29 am

    @Mrs. Treasure: Woohoo thanks! I love the color too :) it worked out well!

    @Miss Jackrabbit: We had SO much frustration! But in the end it was so simple and once the choice was made it was made and I haven’t thought about it since. Makes me happy! I know it will work out for you — my suggestion is just to start early.

    @Kefloydfreak: Do you have a spring wedding? I know you can wear green year-round but I think it’s especially nice for spring or summer! (Ours is late spring.)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:23 am

    I love this shade of green and you can never go wrong with Jcrew dresses!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:49 am

    I LOVE this color! I think it’s going to really ‘pop’ with the lighter tones you’ve described. I cannot wait for your pictures. :)

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 12:39 pm

    I love the color and the dresses! I wore a J Crew dress in a wedding last year and I love that I can still wear it for other things now! In fact, I am wearing it for my bridal shower in a few weeks! We also had a shift in color. I originally was going to do coral and peacock (a shade of blue offered through David’s Bridal) but I found that peacock was VERY hard to find in anything that wasn’t sold by David’s Bridal so I had to rethink. Ultimately, I ended up going with navy and I am SO glad that I did because it looks beautiful with coral and also since our wedding is fairly formal it formalizes it more. The other blue made it “springy” and “fun” which is an awesome theme but we are going for more “formal” and “romantic” and the navy did just that!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:37 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: That’s the best thing—they came right away and were true to size! No worries about it.

    @StephK527: I can’t wait to see everything come together! I can’t believe it’s getting so close already…

    @Brooklyn55: Have you checked out Miss Mongoose’s peacock-themed wedding? She’s rocking it! Navy and coral also looks awesome together and it’s formal without being stuffy. You’ve got the formal & romantic wedding while I’ve got the springy & fun wedding it sounds like ;)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:33 pm

    I really like the lines in both dresses, they look flowy and fresh, and I don’t think the color difference is that noticeable, a lot of people wouldn’t tell one color from the other.

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    H, Guest @ 4:09 pm

    I got 3 dresses for my hard to fit petite bridesmaids on super sale at J. Crew ($70 Sophia in silk tricotine). Looking forward to seeing how it turns out in April!

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:34 am

    I love the sale section of JCrew. Also the JCrew outlet is another great option.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:21 pm

    Many bees talk about J Crew sales, but I always forget about them. I have just pulled up the website now thanks to this entry!

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