Bridesmaid Dresses Directory
This well-established house of bridal wear carries quasi-affordable names like Alvina Valenta, Badgley Mischka, and Jim Hjelm ($150 to $350). They also have their own in-house line. Alterations cost $75. By appointment only.anntaylor.com
The generally affordable line for bridesmaids proffers a great selection of polished looks at prices that won’t break the bank. The dresses ($189 to $229) are uniformly simple and come in hues like light green.calypso-celle.com
The five floors of Calypso Christiane Celle offer versatile apparel that bridesmaids can wear for years. Most pieces-including bustiers, balloon-sleeved Vista wrap tops ($150), Katia bustle skirts, and long wrap Julia ($295) dresses-can be special-ordered in silk; expect them in ten weeks.
If you want a vintage feel to your bridesmaids’ dresses, Ciarla Bride offers a simple-and lovely-solution: One dress with a cinch waist and a circle skirt that comes in five different necklines, seven color options, and six polka-dot prints.cliffordmichael.com
The focus at Clifford Michael is on giving customers (especially a mother-of-the-bride or -groom) a gown that really fits, whether it’s through a custom order or alterations. Elegant long gowns start at $2,500, and shorter dresses appropriate for bridesmaids start at $1,500. Appointments are recommended.
This small boutique has amassed more than 400 styles of dresses for bridesmaids alone. Frocks range from the familiar (Jim Hjelm, Watters & Watters) to the unusual (Siri) and cost $150 to $360. The knowledgeable staff likes to work one-on-one with clients, so they recommend calling ahead for an appointment.jcrew.com
Color schemes are easy to execute with the store’s tasteful options for bridesmaids. Current keepers include the vampy cotton-halter Lydia ($250) and the silk-taffeta Lorelei ($215), which sticks to simplicity with solid results.jennyyoo.com
Jenny Yoo’s creations are feminine (light layers of chiffon and silk charmeuse) and ultrabright (canary yellows and pomegranate reds). Styles are simple, like the Elizabeth, an A-line dress with a bateau neckline, and the Anastasia, a spaghetti-strap Empire-waist ball gown. From $290.kathlinargiro.com
Kathlin Argiro creates made-to-order dresses in fabrics like cotton sateen and faille, and in Lilly Pulitzer-esque color combos. Bridesmaids can choose from a range of silhouettes, and then pick a fabric and a "trim" to tie around the waist. From $200 to $300.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Camille La Vie
Palisades Center – 1611 Palisades Center Drive West Nyack, NY 10994 ; Tel: 845-727-7270 ; www.camillelavie.com
Camille La Vie & Group USA is a prime dress destination for prom, homecoming and all other occasions with other locations in Jersey Gardens, Secaucus and Franklin Mills Mall. Visit camillelavie.com.
- Designer Loft
226 West 37th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY ; Tel: 212-944-9013 ; www.designerloftnyc.com
Upscale atelier with over 15 bridal designers. Full service salon with alterations and custom build ups. Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaid and all bridal accessories. Unique and inspired selection.
- Lotus Bridal
1822 Avenue U Brooklyn, NY 11229 ; Tel: 718-332-4385 ; www.lotusbridal.com
This one-stop shop for brides has elegant designer gowns (from $800) and bridesmaid dresses (from $160), plus hair and makeup. Featured designers include Allure, Enzoani, Maggie Sottero and San Patrick, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro & Bari Jay.