Wedding season is upon us and for some that means dress shopping. For bridesmaids, finding the ideal dress is essential to a bride’s vision of her big day. The dress must be the right shade, matching the bride’s selected color scheme, proper style and a flattering fit. Not to mention, a bridesmaid dress should not be over the top – because the bride is the star. Bridesmaids have many duties and are expected to be available, so comfort is a necessity. Don’t forget to bring along your wedding-day heels to ensure the dress length is accurate.
Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1726 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20007
“Carine’s Bridal Atelier highlights the artistry of design in bridal fashion, and showcases the personality of individual designers as it comes out in their gowns. Carine’s offers an unparalleled wedding gown expertise and tailors bridal fashion to a body type, personality and destination,” said Katie Thornhill, PR Director at Carine’s. Monique Lhuillier is the select bridesmaid dress designer at Carine’s. Her classic designs are fashion forward. While the average Lhuillier dress costs around $350, the flirty styles can absolutely be worn on other occasions. Thornhill says the new trend shies away from a bridesmaid uniform. “We have seen a lot more of mixing and matching silhouettes, as well as colors. For example, all of the bridesmaids are wearing different dresses but in the same style or all of the bridesmaids are in the same color, but different styles. We think it’s a pretty cute trend and it makes it easier for your bridesmaids because not everyone can wear the same style of dress.”
1901B Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Fabluous Frocks is a high-end, luxe bridal consignment shop with new-to-order bridesmaid dresses and accessories by Sara Gabriel and Meg Jewelry. “We carry Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier bridesmaids collections. Jenny Yoo tends to be more laid-back and preppy in terms of style (very comparable in style and price to JCrew, although Jenny Yoo’s construction and fabrics tend to be higher quality), while Monique Lhuillier tends to be more appropriate for formal affairs,” said owner Linda Stedman. The average price point is $200 to $500 and standard dress delivery is 12 to 15 weeks, however rush orders are available upon request at an additional cost. To prepare for the upcoming summer weddings, Fabulous Frocks is stocking up on neutral colors, like gray and champagne, and jewel tones like eggplant. Schedule an appointment online today for easy planning.
Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique
106 N. Lee St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
There are six bridesmaid dress collections at Hannelore’s of Old Town Alexandria. The boutique is large enough so that the entire bridal party can shop together comfortably and make a fun-filled day out of it. Hannelore’s provides an on-site seamstress for all clients. A special note to remember while shopping – a 10-percent discount is offered for those with a bride and party of three or more. Call or email today to schedule an appointment with a talented consultant.
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1523 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Hitched is a standout, full-service bridal boutique with an exceptional bridesmaid dress selection called Hitched Maids. A new retail concept for DC, Hitched Maids opened in 2010 and is exclusively designed for bridesmaids. “At Hitched Maids, we carry four different bridesmaids lines – Amsale, Jenny Yoo, Anna Elyse and Lela Rose. We think these lines represent a great mix of options for our brides to choose from,” said owners Julia Lichtman and Carin Rosenberg Levine. Lichtman and Levine started Hitched while planning their own weddings and noticing a shortage of creativity in the DC bridal market. “At Hitched Maids, neutrals and shades of grey have been very popular over the last nine months – especially blush and champagne,” said Lichtman and Levin. The owners explained that chiffon fabrics continue to be very popular, as they offer a romantic and whimsical look that complements a neutral color palette. Dresses range in price from $220 to $330 and function on a custom order basis.
3237 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
To meet the demand of its diverse clientele, Wedding Creations carries 10 bridesmaids dress designers: Watters & Watters, WTOO, Dessy, Bill Levkoff, After Six, Cynthia Rowley, Alfred Sung, Belsoie, B2 and Lela Rose. Dresses range from $140 to $500. Wedding Creations is a family-run business, opened by Ed and Gerri Solomon over three decades ago on a side street in Georgetown. The boutique was among the first to feature bridesmaid dress rental services. Recent bridesmaid dress trends are in tune with regular fashion, “We have seen bright pops of color this season as well as more textured fabrics. Lace is also making a big comeback,” said Hope Solomon.
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