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Ann Taylor Makes Finding The Perfect Bridesmaid Dress A Breeze

12 Comments 02 May 2012

One of the best parts of getting married, aside from finding the man of your dreams, yadda, yadda, yadda. has to be the privilege of playing dress up with real-life dolls, otherwise known as your sisters or friends. By this, of course, I mean choosing a dress, makeup, shoes, and hairstyles for your wedding attendants who probably wouldn’t agree to be your fashion guinea pig on a normal day, but on your day they are forced to grin and bear it.

In my case, my two Maids of Honor and one Matron of Honor (I couldn’t bear for them not to be of equal standing), also known as my sisters and soon-to-be sister-in-law, totally lucked out. Not only do I have a self-proclaimed awesome sense of style, but I also like clean, classic looks that will hopefully give my 3 favorite girls in the whole wide world a great dress that they can wear over and over again.

Which is why, when Ann Taylor offered to dress all three of the MOH’s for our wedding, all four of us squealed with excitement. I may have even danced a little bit. Ok, a lot.

I don’t think I’ve shared our color palette for the wedding here yet – it’s called “French Riviera”. To reflect this, we decided to go with navy dresses for the women, and either navy suits or navy ties for the men. Then, I had the absolutely amazingly fun task of sifting through all of the Ann Taylor Bridesmaid Dresses to decide what styles I loved the most. I settled on 3 very different favorites, all in Navy. We will either choose one of each dress for each girl, or everyone will wear the same dress, but I feel like we can’t decide until everyone tries them on.

Here are the three bridesmaid dresses that Ann Taylor is sending the ladies so that we can choose a favorite:


Dress #1: Ann Taylor Silk Dupioni Scoop Neck Bridesmaid Dress


I personally love dupioni silk and when I saw this dress I instantly fell in love with its classic silhouette. Classy, and feminine, this dress has a self-tie chiffon sash, a hidden side zipper and, bonus, even has pockets at the seams. Perfect to carry a lip gloss and some powder, and maybe even a small camera for the reception.







Dress #2: Ann Taylor Silk Georgette V-Neck Bridesmaid Dress


My sister Danielle put it perfectly when she said that this dress has a grecian goddess type feel to it which is really romantic. I love the shirred, fitted bodice with the soft, ethereal skirt. This dress is completely different from the first, and I love them both equally.







Dress #3: Ann Taylor Silk Taffeta Strapless Tea Length Bridesmaid Dress


This might be my favorite dress out of the 3. Like the first dress, it also has nice deep pockets – if my MOH’s can’t find something to fill them with I’m sure I’ll have a few requests of my own (tissue? blotting papers? lipstick?). I’m in love with the fitted bodice and full skirt, plus the strapless neckline would look amazing on all three women.





So there you have it – I have a major decision to make here but I want to wait until all three women try them on because I think that will make a difference – so I’m trying not to get attached to one in particular. I’ll be sure to keep you posted but in the meantime please let me know – which one is your favorite?

Disclosure: Ann Taylor is sending all three of my MOH’s dresses to wear in the wedding, but no additional compensation was received for this post. I’m a huge fan of Ann Taylor and am thrilled that they want to be a part of my wedding day. All opinions are 100% my own, but you already know that – I wouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect on the big day, anyway!



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  1. sweetnana says:

    My fav is #1, but I like the “simplicity look”. #3 is my second choice, but as with everyone else, it does resemble more of a Bridesmade Dress than the other two. All three are great and I am sure everyone will look fabulous in any of them. I am so excited!

  2. Lauren says:

    All three are fantastic and we are going to have a ball trying them on! You are so great for choosing navy as well because it is so flexible and flattering!

    Initially #1 was my favorite because the skirt seemed more subdued but, the sash on #3 is ADORABLE and the flare is so FUN! I like them ALL! Can’t wait to see what you decide after our fashion show.

    • Erika says:

      I can’t wait to see them all either! Oddly enough Danielle loves #2, I can totally see Dawn rocking #3, and if you love #1 – well we might have it all worked out anyway! :)

      I can’t wait to see them on either! Yay!

  3. Lauren Bush says:

    I like all of them, but I agree that #3 looks most like a bridesmaid’s dress. Number 2 is really pretty and soft, but it reminds me of something you could find anywhere.

    So bummed to be missing out on your big day :( It truly breaks my heart that we won’t be able to attend…the first family wedding I will have missed. PLEASE takes lots and lots and lots of pictures. And maybe someone can blog live from your wedding…just a thought!! Love you all and can’t wait until I can officially call you family! :D

  4. Sylvia Walter says:

    I really love them all,three great picks, but Most of all #3. It looks like a bride’s maid dress, yet has elegant lines, and can work any any dressy event. It’s a winner, in my eyes. Love it!

    • Erika says:

      Thank you – it seems most people like #3! We will see how they look on, but I’ll confess it’s my favorite, too!

  5. Dawn says:

    Just got mega excited about this all over again! :)

    • Erika says:

      Hurray! Me too! I think you will look phenomenal in all of them – it will be so hard to pick! Love you!

  6. Amy says:

    I really like the third- I think it is the most classic of the three options. I also think it would look perfect on me…. :) So excited for you, sweetie! xoxo

    • Erika says:

      Aww thanks Amy! I was just telling Morgan last night that I wish you guys lived closer – I think the guys would get along, and the kids. You and I – no brainer!

      And yes, you’ll look stunning in the third! xoxo


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