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Help! Which Bridesmaid Dresses Do I Choose?

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses By Style

By Adrian Leighton It's a classic challenge for brides to find pretty bridesmaid dresses that your girls all agree on, and that fit within your budget! While there are no steadfast rules, there are a few guidelines that can help any bride find dresses that will look fantastic on the day! The purpose of this blog is to make it easier to choose the right dresses to suit everyone!

Know Your Styles Of Bridesmaid Dresses

Do you know all of the different styles of bridesmaid dresses? Thought not! A good starting point is learning which styles are which and who they will suit:

A-Line or Princess Dresses

These dresses are good options, especially if you have bridesmaids with differing body shapes. That's because this style flatters every size, as they offer a defined waistline and a skirt that doesn't hug hips and butt too closely. Let's look at an example of an A-line bridesmaid dress below:   Ruched V Neck Back Sash Bridesmaid Dress, Style Code: 10450, US$84.00 Ruched V Neck Back Sash Bridesmaid Dress, Style Code: 10450, US$84.00   And here's a princess bridesmaid dress:   Sweep/ Brush Train Ruffles Spaghetti Straps Princess Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 01960, US$79.00 Sweep/ Brush Train Ruffles Spaghetti Straps Princess Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 01960, US$79.00

Empire Dresses

This is also a 'go to' style for most maids. It's particularly friendly for shorter girls, as most empire dresses are all about vertical lines, which as you know, help the wearer look taller. The looser waist is also very forgiving and comfy for tummies! Let's take a look at one here:   Strapless Empire Chiffon Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02803, US$104.00 Strapless Empire Chiffon Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02803, US$104.00

Ball Gown Style

Ball gowns are a great choice for very traditional, formal weddings. It's a classic styles, and will look best on groups of girls who are all fairly similar in shape. Be warned, the full skirt can swamp shorter girls. Below you can see this style:   Ruffles Grays Sleeveless Satin Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02887, US$109.00 Ruffles Grays Sleeveless Satin Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02887, US$109.00

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are a good pick for slimmer shapes, and are also one of the most forgiving styles for taller maids. They hug the body, and will look elegant and nice as long as they're not highlighting any problem areas. They're usually very different to wedding dresses, so they're good for making the bride stand out! Take a look at this style here:   Floor-length Ruffles Sweetheart Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02924, US$69.00 Floor-length Ruffles Sweetheart Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02924, US$69.00 If you do have a group of bridesmaids who differ in shape, but you don't want to be constrained by one style of dress, why not dress them in different styles suited to their shapes, but in the same color? Don't forget that OuterInner bridesmaid dresses are available in a huge range of colors to suit your wedding, and we offer standard size US 2 to 28, or 'made-to-measure' dresses :-)   PS. Don't forget to enter our very simple 'Pin To Win' contest where YOU can win your dream OuterInner dress, or a runner's up prize of a $50 voucher to use on your next purchase with us! Just click on the image below for instructions, but if you can pin a few pictures then you could be a winner! Contest ends November 19th 2012. Good luck!
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Wedding Solutions: Bridesmaid Dresses Fit For Any Figures!

Bridesmaid Dresses That Suit Any Figure

By Adrian Leighton
Bridesmaids will be different shapes and sizes
Your bridesmaids probably aren't all the same shape, size or even age! So this makes choosing bridesmaid dresses difficult at times as it's hard to say which style could suit all of the girls. In fact there are a few options open to you that will help you to avoid bridesmaid size related issues, so lets have a look:

Do All Purpose Bridesmaid Dresses Even Exist? A-line Could Be It!

Wouldn't it be great to be able to choose bridesmaid dresses that suit your girls no matter their shape? This may actually be possible if you choose A-line bridesmaid dresses. A-line dresses are probably the closest you're going to get to the 'all purpose' dress, as they pinch in at the waist and flare out over tummies and hips (like a capital A). Here's a typical A-line bridesmaid dress:
Ruffles A-line Sleeveless Pinks Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02808, US$79.00 Ruffles A-line Sleeveless Pinks Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02808, US$79.00  

Dark Colors Are Always Flattering

Everyone knows that black is flattering, right? Of course black bridesmaid dresses probably aren't a great choice for a wedding, but there are lots of other dark colors like purple, or dark blues that will have a similar slimmin effect. Here is a darker bridesmaid dress that is still appropriate for a wedding:
Square Sleeveless A-line Ruffles Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02711, US$84.00 Square Sleeveless A-line Ruffles Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 02711, US$84.00  

Straps Could Be A Great Help

There's a modern trend that bridesmaid dresses need to be strapless to be stylish. Perhaps this thinking comes from the idea that straps are somehow old-fashioned or frumpy. But for bigger girls wider straps or capped sleeves will be a great look and help them feel more confident with the aditional support and coverage that they provide. They also look good as you can see with this dress:
Floor-length Capped Square A-line Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 00191, US$79.00 Floor-length Capped Square A-line Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 00191, US$79.00  

Substantial Fabrics Provide Good Support & Coverage

Unless you have a model figure there's a good chance that you will appreciate your bridesmaid dress helping you out by giving you a good shape. Very light-weight fabrics like chiffon won't hide any problem areas and may hug them, but a thicker fabric like satin or tulle will keep a dresses' shape and therefore define your own silhouette better. A good example would be this satin dress:
Spaghetti Straps Empire Sashes/ Ribbons Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 01526, US$59.00 Spaghetti Straps Empire Sashes/ Ribbons Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dresses, Style Code: 01526, US$59.00  

Different Styles, But Same Colors?

If you can't find one particular style that suits each of the girls, you may be able to choose different styles but keep them all in one color. In this way you can choose bridesmaid dresses that suit each wearer's shape, but keep the overall effect given by one color.   here the bridesmaids are wearing different styles but the same color   What's your idea about bridesmaid dresses? Would you agree with these points or do you have any other tips? Let us know!
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I'm Getting Married, But Who Pays For The Bridesmaid Dress?

Who Pays For The Bridesmaid Dress?

who pays for the bridesmaid dress?
A question which can come up before weddings is who should pay for the bridesmaid dress. If you're the bride perhaps you feel that you should pay? Maybe you're a little concerned that you're asking your girls to buy a bridesmaid dress that they might not even like! What should you do in these situations and how can you handle your bridesmaids? First of all it's important to say that the normal etiquette is for each bridesmaid to pay for her own bridesmaid dress. If you choose to offer to pay for them all then that's fine, but your girls need to understand that they're responsible for their dresses. This is why they need to be informed early. If you encounter a bridesmaid who says that she doesn't want to pay it could be that she doesn't want to even attend the wedding anyway. In this case it's no great loss!

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Ways To Keep Everyone Happy With Their Bridesmaid Dress

keeping everyone happy may not be so easy
Bridesmaids are a lot more likely to be happy with paying for their bridesmaid dress if it fits the following criteria:
  • The bridesmaid dress is so cheap that it's not an inconvenience to buy it
 
  • It's a style that they love and really buy into, so the money's not a problem
   
  • You choose a style that can be re-worn as an occasions dress in the future
  To be honest the first and third options are the easiest 'sell' for your bridesmaids, as it gives them a genuine 'benefit' for their money. If the bridesmaid dress is so cheap, say less than US$60, most girls will have no problem with spending that to attend their friend's wedding. Luckily OuterInner.com have a selection of really cheap bridesmaid dresses that are under sixty bucks here! Hopefully you have a very tight-knit group of friends who will accept whichever style you choose because they want the best for you, their friend. In this case go ahead and choose the style you like! But the best option is to choose a bridesmaid dress that your girls will like to wear again and again; then it's a kind of gift, as well as being a dress that everyone will enjoy on your wedding day. To do this you need to take some time to choose styles that the girls like and then everyone can be satisfied, and if you're concerned about them having different body shapes that's fine too. You could choose different styles of bridesmaid dress in the same color which is an increasingly popular wedding option these days.

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What kind of bridesmaid dress did you choose for your wedding? Did your bridesmaids have any issues with them? What's your advice when it comes to choosing bridesmaid dresses? Let us know please.  
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Real OuterInner Customer Reviews: Stephany Mills' Bridesmaid Dresses

Real Customer Reviews: Stephany Mills' Bridesmaid Dresses

We need to thank Stephany Mills from Perth in Australia for sending us in a few lovely pictures of her OuterInner bridesmaid dresses! She ordered 6 bridesmaid dresses in 'champagne' color, and all of the girls look brilliant so we hope that you enjoy the pictures as much as we did!  

Here are the bridesmaid dresses that she chose:

A-line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses With Ruffle Details This pretty A-line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffles is one of our most popular bridesmaid dresses thanks to its light and breezy style. Style Code: 05701 US$84.00  

Stephany's pictures

You'll notice that Stephany's dresses have straps whereas this dress is strapless as standard on the site. This is because she requested that we add straps which is fine by us! So remember, if you ever need anything like small changes to a dress just ask us because more often than not we can do this for you!
A-line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffles
A-line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffles
A-line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffles

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