Bridesmaids: You don't have to suffer anymore!
A friend asked me if I could offer some suggestions for her friend who is getting married this spring. I said yes of course, I love doing this! Influencing what a bride wears on her big day is an honour and very exciting. (The only thanks I need is a few glasses of good champagne and a seat at the midnight buffet.)
I've met the betrothed. Hailey has great natural style and is a dream to dress, tall and slim and no evidence that she once made a baby in that body. (I'm certain there are women who carry their baby in a waist pouch and simply unzip it off when it's ready to come out.) This is her second marriage and she's thinking of something a little less long, not necessarily white, that she can feel pretty wearing and have fun with. I asked if she was looking for something she could wear again in the future to which she replied, "Yes that would be nice...unless you mean a third wedding!" Er, no.
I already have a favourite and it's not a bridal style. I found a really gorgeous collection of Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses at David's Bridal that are a universe away from the "only because you're my friend/sister" variety, which do still haunt some bridal shops. It's tragic. I'm in love with this belted organza one-shouldered dress, the sculptural roses on the skirt nod to couture and I think it has the playfulness Hailey is looking for. It doesn't have the flowiness that a lot of brides look for in a second dress, but then again she's quite fashionable and wants something a bit unexpected without throwing away tradition altogether (no red leather, then). I can't wait to see what she thinks, I hope she loves it as much as I do.
If not, there's always hot pink ravioli: