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
- Bridal Reflections
Tel: NYC: 212-764-3040, Carle Place: 516-742-7788, Massapequa: 516-795-2222 ; www.bridalreflections.com
Bridal Reflections has assisted brides-to-be for over 40 years. Three beautifully appointed salons in Fifth Avenue NYC, Carle Place/Westbury and Massapequa on LI. Offering designer wedding, bridesmaid, and evening wear dresses, veils and accessories.
- Jenny Yoo Collection
139 West 35th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-645-0823 ; www.jennyyoo.com
Redefining Brides + Bridesmaids. Our philosophy is to present you with a collection of gowns and bridesmaid dresses incorporating rich and luxurious fabrics paying great attention to detail creating an elegant, feminine, and refined look for your special day.
- Lotus Bridal
1822 Avenue U Brooklyn, NY 11229 ; Tel: 718-332-4385 ; www.lotusbridal.com
Premier New York bridal salon in Brooklyn with exceptional service, featuring an amazing selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories. Designers include Allure, Maggie Sottero, Enzoani, Jim Hjelm, Lazaro and Essense of Australia.
- twobirds Bridesmaid
166 Mercer Street, PH 6B New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-633-1384 ; www.twobirdsBridesmaid.com
twobirds Bridesmaid marries a bride's vision with her maids' happiness. ONE dress, TWO sizes with over 15 ways to wrap flattering women of all shapes/sizes and wear it again after the wedding. No alterations needed.