The bride is the star (or at least the co-star) of every wedding, which is why there is so much focus on bridal gowns. But other members of the wedding party are important, too. So, what's new in bridesmaid dresses? We think there are two answers: Wear-ability and affordability. Hopefully, brides-to-be were already considering their girlfriends wallets and closets. (You were, right?) But the current economy makes it more important than ever.
Let's say you have your heart set on customized dresses in colors that match your wedding theme. Coco Myles has a Web site that will allow you to play around with various styles, colors and fabrics. All of the dresses are under $200.
The fact is, NO ONE wants to give up style to save a few bucks. Fortunately, some of the hottest styles can be found on sale and for less than you might expect if you're willing to do a little shopping around. Dessy is known for gorgeous styles and now has an affordable option called the Twist Wrap Dress that can be worn in several ways... for under $200
You don't HAVE to hunt the bridal companies or salons for the best options. Many of you have told us that you've found the perfect frocks for your bridesmaids at regular department stores. JCrew is becoming more and more popular with bridesmaids as they offer sensible dress options. This lovely bridesmaid's dress is being sold right now for $159:
(Top left photo courtesy of Coco Myles)