Dressing up

Having just one bridesmaid (also my Maid of Honour) should make finding a dress for her easy work. I don’t know how on earth people go about finding a dress to fit and suit multiple girls. We started scanning the high street www.coast-stores.com www.monsoon.co.uk at the end of last summer, to no avail. We had a winter break but now that spring clothes are in the shops and spring/summer colours are creeping back onto the racks, the search from high to low continues.

List of requirements

Our list of requirements is growing, and you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a dress that has any sleeves!  Why is everything strapless?? All we want is capped sleeves, but even they seem to be extremely elusive. We’re looking for a pretty, summery colour, but all I’m seeing at the moment is bright, garish colours. The fabric is problematic as well. All the dresses that aren’t 100% synthetic (a no-no) appear to be 100% silk = crease-ville. She doesn’t want to look like she’s wearing a crumpled up tissue by lunchtime. Poor girl, she’s looked lovely in most of the dresses we’ve tried but it’s just the dress itself which just hasn’t quite manifested itself in its ideal form yet. My vintage dress also seems to be creating a small problem – a modern dress won’t ‘go’. The dresses we’ve tried are all either totally different from my dress and look really odd next to it, or they are too similar to it which means mine doesn’t stand out – aargh!

Shop ‘til we drop

Hopefully more and more to choose from will come into the shops over the next few months. Our next step is going to be an assault on the boutiques in Brighton’s laines, next month. Between us – MOB, MOH and me – we’re on a mission. I’m not much of a fan of shopping and like to avoid it when when at all possible, but basically, our trip cannot fail. We will not rest until this dress is found!

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Comments (6) | Permalink


  1. Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Have you looked at sewing patterns? Some do vintage styles and dressmaking is pretty easy as long as you iron and tack as you go. Good luck!

  2. Kirstine HUghes
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi there hun, I keep following your days on here! I love your updates. Your problem is a big one out there there are two things you can do one is buy a jacket -in the same as the dress and almost stich it on to the dress to make it one item! this is a great way of making it a vintage style! you could either get a bolero or a lace jacket depending on the style of the dress, if it has a little sweethear neck line it would work perfectly! AND you know no one else has that style! Or get one made you will be surprised it is not that expensive too do and you get what you want! Rather than what will just do!

    If I come across something I will post on here for you. Good luck K x

  3. donna jeacock
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    donna jeacock

    • Becky
      Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      thanks everyone! I will do some investigation and report back…
      B x

  4. Amy McLaren
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I feel your pain. When Mum and I were looking for bridesmaid dresses we did Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and The King’s Road in one day. This included Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges and Harrods. We got it done though. Regular snack stops help! Good luck X

  5. Carol Gallagher
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t you ask your mum to run up a dress for you Rebecca!!
    I would offer but she would make a much better job of it than I would. Happy Dress hunting! I am sure you will find something in Brighton.
    Lots of Love xx

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