Wedding Fashion

Bridesmaids Dresses For Every Age

How to find the right dress in your 20s, 30s and 40s

Think that you can’t wear a bridesmaid dress again? Or, that you have to spend a fortune on a frock? Think again! FLARE debunks three myths about bridesmaid fashion to show you how to look chic on the cheap and totally unique.


Myth #1: You can’t wear a bridesmaid dress again

On mannequins (left to right):

Thread silk “Madison” mini dress in fuchsia, $580 and “Shiloh” gown in indigo, $635.

Laura Jayne Bridal gold and crystal headbands, $110 each.

Lee Angel vintage rhinestone necklace, $100.

Jimmy Choo gold strappy heels, $675. Holt Renfrew.

Blue Tux shoes gold heels, $130.

On Model: Look 1 – Fuchsia dress
Nevada sunglasses, $19.99. Sears.

Only leather jacket, $75. Style Exchange.

Le Chateau faux leather hobo bag, $59.95. Le Chateau stores.

Jimmy Choo studded fringe heels, $1,550. Holt Renfrew.

On Model: Look 2 – Indigo gown

Le Chateau earrings, $22. Le Chateau stores.

Danier leather clutch, $49. Danier stores.

Urban Behaviour bangles, $10.80 each. Urban Behaviour stores.

Modern Vintage tie-up sandals, $275. Holt Renfrew.

Myth #2: Each dress has to be identical

On mannequins (left to right):

Thread duchess satin “Dakota” skirt in carbon, $310. Cardigan, model’s own and Monique Lhuillier silk lace camisole, $2,200. Banana Republic leather clutch, $95. Banana Republic stores.

Dessy floral jacquard spaghetti strap dress (style 2757) in silver, $235.

Simple Silhouettes silk shantung polka dot dress in pewter, $420 and cotton belt, $50.

Lela Rose crinkle chiffon rosette halter dress in taupe, $385.

After Six satin and tulle wrap dress (style 6503) in platinum, $205.

Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection pearl necklaces by Miriam Haskell, $550-$1,200 and Lucite clutch, $650.

Blue Tux embellished sandals, $130.

Vintage cotton Lily of the Valley keepsake bouquet, price upon request.

Blue Tux “Hannah” sandal in pewter, $130.

Myth #3: Bridesmaid dresses are expensive

On mannequins (left to right):

After Six taffeta dress (style 6530) in black, $195. Chapeau de Gateau flower brooch, $36.

Dessy jersey gown (style 2746) in midnight, $295.

Jenny Yoo eastern silk shantung “Phoebe” dress in casper blue, 1-2 $415, 3-6 $370, 7+ $350.

Alfred Sung duchess satin dress (style D419) in midnight, $175. Chapeau de Gateau flower brooch, $36.

Alfred Sung georgette dress (style D404) in concord, $120.

Aldo earrings, $15. Aldo Accessories.

Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection pearl necklaces by Miriam Haskell, $550-$1,200.

White Toronto gold and semi-precious stone necklaces, $50 each.

Full Circle gold clutch, $85. 866-240-2808.

Unless indicated all looks are available at White Toronto, 19 Hazelton Ave., 416-849-9196.

Bridesmaid Fashion – Filmed and Edited by JULIAN LIURETTE – Produced by AYA MCMILLAN – June 2009