4 Tips for Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

It was stressful enough to find the man and your own dress, but now it’s time to find their dresses! You know who I’m talking about: your childhood best friend, college roommates, sisters, soon-to-be sisters…your beautiful, unique bridesmaids! You want your bridesmaids to like the dresses, but you also want the dresses to fit the style of your wedding. Dress shopping can be a stressful process; we have some tips to help you find amazing dresses that your bridesmaids will love!

1. Give Them Something Practical and Re-Wearable

You may only use your wedding dress once, but your bridesmaids don’t want to fork out hundreds of dollars for a dress they won’t wear again! Keep their budgets in mind and try not to be too extravagant, even if the $1000 Little Bo Peep dress is the PERFECT look for your wedding; <$50 is generally a pretty safe amount. 

It’s cute, it’s <$50, and she can wear it on a date!

2. Embrace Differences!

No two women are the same and a one-size-fits all won’t cut it when it comes to bridesmaid dresses! Women come in all shapes, sizes, and skin tones, and thankfully so do dresses! You can embrace differences in one of two ways:

Option 1: Choose dresses that come in a wide variety of sizes and pick a color that complements each girl’s skin tone. Easier said than done; still, a lot of boutiques have great dresses in sizes for everyone!

Option 2: A fantastic option is mismatched bridesmaid dresses! This simplifies the dress buying process for everyone involved. Simply pick a color palette and let the bridesmaids choose their dresses (with your help and approval of course!) or choose one style of dress that comes in different colors (like this, this, or this). These options allow you to get the look you want for your wedding while allowing your bridesmaids to pick out dresses they love.

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3. Wedding Style

Keep the style of your wedding in mind. Whether your wedding is classic, rustic, chic, or romantic, your bridesmaid dresses need to fit in! Other things to keep in mind include the venue, time of year, and the potential weather you could encounter on that day. In short: no full length black dresses in the middle of June and no rose gold sequined dresses with a country rustic theme.

4. Enjoy Yourselves!

No matter what dresses you end up picking or where you get them from, enjoy it! Make a day of shopping with your bridesmaids – catch up over lunch, celebrate finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses over dessert, or order your dresses online and party at home. Happy bridesmaids, happy bride, right? These are your girls, take care of them!

Beautiful, flattering, affordable bridesmaid dresses really do exist! Here’s a few of our favorites!

5 Ways To Wear A Floral Top | Bella Ella Boutique

One of the keys to a perfect wardrobe addition is versatility. The most reached for items in any closet are those that can work for a casual lunch with friends when paired with white skinny jeans, but also dressed up to hit the town later in the evening with the right statement earrings. This season, one of of our top picks for one of these go-to items is our Serendipity Floral Top.

To demonstrate this piece’s versatility, we recently had the pleasure of collaborating with several fashion bloggers as part of a styling event. We challenged each of them to add their own personal touch to our Serendipity Floral Top for a variety of summer events. As you’ll see below, each of the bloggers incorporated their unique style to make the top perfect for just about any event this upcoming season — whether it be Sunday brunch with the girls or an outdoor concert for that band you’ve been dying to see.

My take on the blouse is for a day of shopping, so I made sure to choose a pair of flats that are easy to slip on and off. What is worse on a shopping day than shoes which are a pain to take on and off – plus flats are important if I’m going on a marathon shopping trip. As the blouse is light and flowy, I kept the rest of the look bright and included a bag that allows for hands free shopping.

-Lydia, Chic on the Cheap

This floral top is great for an outdoor concert because they are flowy and made with a breathable fabric that will keep you cool while dancing for hours. Pair it with some ripped jeans & wedges or shorts, headband and booties for a whimsical summer look!

-Ashlyn & Sarah, Savvy Soles

I styled this top for brunch with friends. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE the look of trousers? And add on top of that WHITE trousers?! Done. I’m dead. So for a pretty brunch outfit with friends I had to pair this adorable flared sleeve top with my favorite pair. The adorable sleeves on this top are subtle too so if you’re new to the trend, this is a perfect intro. It is SO light and comfortable.

-Jackie, Little J Style

With a 3 year old sometimes a date night is hard to come by so we take our date time whenever we can. This Bella Ella floral blouse is light and flowy for a warm spring afternoon but still covers my arms if it gets a little chilly in the evening. The color pairs perfectly with my washed out denim skirt and my gold mules to stay comfy while walking around.

-Delmy, Fashion Bananas

I love a top with character and this one makes me feel like dancing! The fun ruffled sleeves make it the perfect piece to take me from girl’s night dinner to dance party. Add in metallic pants, statement earrings, and a block heel (that won’t hurt my feet an hour in) and I’m set for a night out on the town with my best gals.

-Sarah, SG Style Me

What are some of your go to pieces for day to night summer style? Share with us in the comments below!