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With the phrase "grab them by the pussy" reverberating since the presidential election (unfortunately) and new and disgusting details of the Weinstein scandal surfacing by the day, it is hard to keep anxieties at bay. It's difficult to watch the news or scroll through Twitter when just the words "rape" and "molest" …

Weddings: Shopping for the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress


My best friend and bride-to-be Jessica was kind enough to drive out from D.C. (as she often does) so we could meet up in Frederick, MD. I'm a maid of honor at her upcoming wedding this summer, and we were eager to have me try on bridesmaid dresses so we could see what they look like on. We met downtown Frederick at the TLC Bridal Boutique Inc. It's a gorgeous little bridal shop that offers impeccable one-on-one assistance. We had such a lovely time. Those are my goofy girls in the picture below.


Let's face it, we went in knowing I probably wasn't going to purchase directly from the boutique. I'm on a budget; if I were to pick a designer dress from there, it will be bought from a discount bridal website. I really needed to stay under the $200.00 mark. We knew we wanted to go for the long pleated chiffon look that is so trendy this year, but I'm so glad I tried them on in the boutique. Slight design differences in the pleating made all the difference on some gowns. An extra bit of advice - side zippers are NOT meant for curvy girls!


This one was pretty, but I'm just not a fan of the high empire waist, and I want to be able to wear a necklace, which doesn't go with this type of dress. Though Jess thought she might want to have her bridesmaids in similar yet not identical dresses, so I tried on a million so she could see which ones she really liked before she gave the other bridesmaids the available options. This is the Bill Levkoff #779 gown.


This Bill Levkoff gown #741 was our favorite, though definitely not in this color (and minus my five pound food baby...this was in between Thanksgiving and Christmas). Our dresses will be in navy. This criss-cross pleating over the bodice is a huge trend in bridesmaid dresses this season, and gone are the days of the shiny taffeta and silk gowns. It's all about the soft pleated chiffon. There are some excellent options on Amazon well under $100, though unfortunately none in dark navy.


This Bill Levkoff gown was another favorite, mostly because it made my waste look smaller and my bust look bigger. Now that's a win-win if I ever saw one. It did however have a weird sash thing down one side that I really didn't like, and it was too straight on the bottom. After searching through hundreds of similar dresses online, I finally found one with the side-swept pleating that has a skirt I love as well. Unless I change my mind for the millionth time, I'm going to go with this Mori Lee chiffon gown (pictured below).


The only thing left to figure out is whether to wear my hair up or down. Decisions, decisions.


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  1. Lovely dresses, babe! I love Bill Levkoff- he actually designed the dresses my bridesmaids wore, too! :)

    -Ashley
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  2. love dark navy dresses!:) they're so chic and sophisticated! you look gorgeous!♥

    www.Lorietta.cz

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  3. I've been in a wedding party once. We wore suits, with ties and vests in the groom's Scottish clan colours.

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    1. Nothing better than a man in a suit, though I imagine they're not very comfortable.

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