If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, we’re sure you’ve heard the bride weakly protest that you’ll definitely be wearing that overpriced, lilac taffeta number again and again, as she zips you into the least flattering garment you’ve ever willingly put onto your body. A bad dress pick can make even a supermodel feel more like a super-schlub. Not only that, it can be an ill-fitting guarantee that you won’t be swapping numbers with that cute groomsman. And what’s the point of going to a wedding as a single lady if there’s no chance of snogging a handsome stranger? Sigh.
But we’re not here to dwell on the past, it’s time to learn from your mistakes. The next time one of your besties flashes her new rock under your nose, be proactive. Even if you’re not sure you’re going to be picked to be a bridesmaid, you can do a solid for the other women of the world, by helping plant the seeds of good taste early on in the process.
Of course start by talking about what she’s going to wear. Will it be a traditional white formal gown, or will she go with more of a glamorous red carpet dress? Then again, maybe she’s an offbeat bride and will go with a vintage frock.
Many brides find the idea of dressing their friends overwhelming, which is why so many resort to traditional, yet seriously ugly, default dresses. After all, uniformly outfitting your nearest and dearest, who often come in assorted shapes and sizes, can be a daunting task. What looks great on your busty BFF, may look like a sack on your sylph-like sister. Faviana merchandiser, Beth Barnes says of the Faviana collection, “Faviana 6428 offers the best fit for any bridesmaid. It comes in a variety of colors perfect for any theme and is even available in shorter version for a less formal look.”
Ideally, the bride will be so overwhelmed that she just gives her court a color to stick to, but if she’s thinking you should all wear the same thing, another thing to do immediately is start a Pinterest wedding “mood board” for your bride. As a side note, you can add an “ugly weddings” section to laugh over. And while, no, it’s not kind to laugh at others, it’s better to laugh at the bride in the Philadelphia 76er’s wedding gown than be the maid of honor dressed in hockey jersey.