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

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.

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Christina Uticone