Credit: We Are The Parsons
Shopping for bridesmaids dresses nearly killed me, you guys.
Well, okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. But still, that was some hard work!
I wasn’t too worried about getting the girls something they would wear again (which is a noble goal, but one I feel is difficult to hit even with the best intentions), but I had a particular vision in mind. The obvious choice would have been to select a simple black dress and move on, but I wanted more. I wanted them to have some SPARKLE!
With this vision in mind, I took to the Internet. I Googled … and Googled … and Googled … and pinned … and pinned … and pinned. I started with all of my usual suspects: department stores, ModCloth, David’s Bridal, etc. I found a lot of pretty things (Adrianna Papell is my girl crush, people!), but I had a hard time aligning all of the most important factors. I have three bridesmaids, ranging in age from 25 to 33, ranging in height from 4’11 to 5’6, and with three unique body types in a wide range of sizes. They all wanted to keep the price under $150 before alterations, and I wanted something a little special and sparkly, black or gray, and preferably long.
That is apparently a tall order! Everything I clicked on was either too expensive, not available in the sizes I needed, or not appropriate for a variety of body types. I did consider getting coordinated dresses in different styles so each could choose something that flattered them best, but the response from the girls was that they saw that as too much work! No help there.
Back to the Internet I went. I stalked the Pinterest page of every wedding blog I knew, not particularly for the dresses they pinned, but just for other stores to try. And what makes the process harder is that there are so many shady websites out there that I’ve read horror stories about. It seemed like every dress I clicked on came from a questionable looking site and shipped from China, which was definitely not something I felt comfortable with.
My obsessive googling took me down several different search term paths, until I eventually landed at Frock and Frill. It was there that I found this lovely little number:
I knew immediately that I’d found the one. It isn’t long, like I wanted initially, but it checked so many of the other boxes, and I was swayed by all that pretty detail! We were a little hesitant to order from all the way across the pond – and NO ONE was fond of converting their US size to UK sizes! – but I verified that the site was legit and that the brand is carried at some major stores, so we placed the order.
And now, we wait. Shipping has been fairly fast, but we got held up at customs. Word to the wise: packages over $300 get inspected, and you may owe additional taxes. We’re so excited for them to get here! It’s been a little scary ordering something sight unseen, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get them, they’ll be gorgeous, and that they’ll fit reasonably well.
And, if they don’t, well, at least I left enough time to start the Googling process all over again!