Q. Hi Jordan,
I am going to be in a wedding next January in Texas. Each bridesmaid is responsible for finding her own dress as long is it is a light/bright blue. She wants the dresses to be near our knees, and seeing as I am 5’10″ and fashion “backward” I was going to see if you could help me! Where would you suggest looking for a dress? I want something that is affordable (below $200 if possible).
A. Hey Michelle!
Happy to help. You can always check out the bridesmaids’ dress sections of major retailers like Ann Taylor and J.Crew – they have lots of options specifically geared towards taller bridesmaids, and the dresses come in tons of different colors. And lots of them aren’t bridesmaid-y at all – J. Crew in particular has beautiful options that I’m sure you’ll wear again. Since it’s a winter wedding, go for silver heels and jewelry, and remember a soft cream or white wrap (unless she has something specific in mind for your accessories).
One thing that you should consider: how traditional is the bride? If she’s fairly conservative, you’ll probably want to go for a simple cut with some coverage, like the first three looks, below. If she’s a bit more fashion-y, feel free to add embellishments (like ruffles) or go for something a little sexier or more modern (like the bottom row). In fact, if this is the case I’d highly recommend going for something incredible off of Rent the Runway (more info on the pros/cons here).