The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
moviehole.net

So what passes for a bridesmaid dress these days? I only got married two years ago, but it took me about five minutes of online shopping to know that I wanted to pick the color and leave the rest up to the bridesmaids. I went with black, since I was having an evening wedding (outdoor ceremony, sit-down reception inside) and that was that. Tall, short, skinny-minnie or curvy-girlie--it didn't matter because each girl could pick out what she liked, what she could afford, and what she felt most beautiful in. I also chose black in case any of the girls couldn't afford a new dress but still wanted to be in the wedding; everyone has an LBD, or knows someone they can borrow one from.

I've been thinking about weddings a lot lately; it's that time of year, after all. And after writing 10 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping I got thinking about the bridesmaid dresses I've worn over the years, which led to a leisurely stroll around the Internet in search of hideous bridesmaid's dresses. Guess what? No shortage of those.

The Dated Dress

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
heartlessdoll.com

Some bridesmaids dresses are ugly just because they are old and out of fashion, right? I suppose that is true to some degree. But were these dresses ever really considered "beautiful"?

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Weddingzilla

Ditto for these. If the cut weren't unflattering enough, the color is painful and the fabric just looks itchy.

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All I can say about this bride is that she must have hated her bridesmaids. If you want to get the full effect of this photo I have to send you to the Bless Your Heart, Virgina blog where I found it. Worth it!

I'm so curious about both the dress selection and the decision to pose the women directly in front of a curtain which almost exactly matches the pattern of their dresses. I mean--why? And--why, again? Bridesmaids' dresses are tricky enough without bringing a patterned fabric and window dressings into the mix.

 

Just Ugly, No Excuses

Then there are the modern brides who pick dresses for inexplicable reasons. For example:

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
weddingobsession.com

I would love to know the thought process here. Did it go something like: "Finally! Something in a super-shiny, metallic dark purple! I thought I'd never find it!"

And then there are just the brides you know are mean. Like this one:

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
tackyweddings.wordpress.com

I'm not convinced this is really a photo from a wedding, but it's from a website called "Tacky Weddings" and the Internet is always, always accurate so I am going with it.

And finally, I found this next photo--almost as teeny-tiny as the bridesmaid's dresses themselves, but I couldn't very well leave out such gorgeous examples of wedding finery.

The Bridesmaid Dress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
aweddingandabarbie.blogspot.com

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