Aug 29, 2012 11:15 AM
Amy writes: "I am in serious need of some help. I've been asked to be a part of the upcoming wedding of two of my dearest friends. The bride and groom are both extremely low key and are having their wedding at a beautiful campground in northern Ontario. There are three bridesmaids including myself and we've been told we have carte blanche when it comes to what we wear. I know one of the bridesmaids is wearing a black dress, but I'd like to steer clear of that. The wedding is taking place in late September, so it may be a bit on the chillier side and since it's taking place outdoors I'd prefer to wear flats. I'm a size 14, pear shaped and ideally would like to spend under $150.00. I've seen the magic you guys work with these requests so I'm very excited to see what you guys come up with. Thanks so much!"
Hey Amy! I hate bridal carte blanche. You'd think all that freedom would be liberating, but it can also veer towards paralyzing us with way too many options. I've taken your black-wearing bridesmaid friend as a starting point, aimed for looks with a little bit of sleeve, and picked a range of different ways to compliment that hue. I've also thrown in a couple options for flats, in case you're still in the market for shoes.
1. Oversize Satin-Sheen Dress ($50)
2. The Blue Easy Dress ($118)
3. Knee Length Satin Sleeve Bridesmaid Dress ($131)
4. DV by Dolce Vita Short Pleated Dress ($121)
5. Bari Jay Style 334 ($119)
6. Silver Metallic Pointed Toe Cut Out Flat ($51)
7. Blowfish Canute Flat ($37)
8. Gold Weave Pumps ($21)
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