Have you ever gone through your parents wedding album and laughed at the styles, way back then? Or, flipped through a high school annual to realize that the clothes you wore, and thought were so hot, are subject to peals of laughter?
I can tell you that I have seen my share of ugly bridesmaids dresses! I know someone who has been a bridesmaid seventeen times, and she can tell you that very few of those dresses were a flattering style, or a pretty color. I found this image at Three Times a Bridesmaid. This 80’s style dress didn’t look much better on the actual bridesmaids!
It’s easy to find dresses like these. You can probably look in your closet and bring out two or three. I don’t know what comes over brides! These normally very chic and hip, fashion conscious divas, lose all sense of reason and style when it comes to selecting the formal wear for their attendants. This isn’t always true, of course, but even if they choose a great color, the style isn’t flattering to all body types. The moans, the groans, the rolling of eyes that I have heard and seen from these young ladies, is sad. To add insult to injury, they are asked to pay some outrageous price for a dress they will wear only once…begrudgingly.
Brides, forget about choosing a dress that they can “wear again”. It isn’t going to happen! Do, however, be conscientious of their pocket books. Young brides have lots of young friends. They all get married around the same time. It gets expensive to be in a lot of weddings! By the time your attendant buys the dress, shoes, travels, and buys you a gift, they are into your wedding by several hundred dollars. More than likely, they have just started a new job, new marriage, or had a baby. They do not have a lot of discretionary income. Keep that in mind.
Oops, I started chasing a rabbit there. Back on topic, I started looking for dresses in current catalogs. Don’t get me wrong, I would have a hard time choosing from all of the truly amazing gowns available. I did find a few that I felt will be viewed in a few years as “What was she thinking?” dresses. Granted it all comes down to personal taste, but here are my choices for ugly NEW dresses:
This poor bride looks like the crochet needle is stuck in her back! Much like Scarlett O’Hara, when she made the dress from the green drapes, this designer obviously grabbed the tablecloth!
Ahhh, the blousson! I’m sorry, I know this is a trendy style, but it won’t be around for long. Once again, I believe that this was once the window treatment in a little girl’s room. At least it doesn’t have a big butt-bow, and the shoes are cute.
Don’t embarrass yourself and your guests by overexposing yourself.
Who let this poor girl out of the house, or dressing room for that matter, looking like this? Why didn’t her mother, or friend, or bridal consultant tell her this would not be good for her? Now, her wedding picture is all over the Internet. I doubt that is what she wanted.
When you go to select dresses, take one or two people with you, whose opinions you trust. It can save you time and money, and your attendants a whole lot of sleep.
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