Found: Locally-Made Dresses Your Bridesmaids Won't Hate
Selecting bridesmaid dresses is Herculean task. Short of telling your attendants, "Wear whatever you want," you're unlikely to please all the 'maids all the time. And that's fair, when you consider that way too many bridesmaid dresses cost hundreds of dollars and look like they're one sparkle sash away from prom. But two San Francisco brands—Natalie Deayala and Kamparett—are making options that your bridesmaids actually could wear again.
Let's start with Natalie Deayala Collection. Natalie was frustrated with all the crinkle chiffon dresses she encountered while planning her own wedding, so she designed her 'maids' the cool-girl dresses that she wanted to see. Requests came flooding in after her wedding, inspiring Natalie to launch her own line.
Today, Deayala has over 30 dress styles, ranging from a breezy, high-low cap sleeve number to a dramatic, floor-grazing mock turtleneck gown. Most of her designs $250-$350 range, which is on par with traditional bridal boutique options. Plus, they're designed and manufactured right here in San Francisco.
Natalie's bridesmaid dresses can be made in any of the colors she offers—check out the color chart here, and she'll send you swatches via mail. Bridesmaid orders will ship eight to twelve weeks before the big day. If you're looking for gifts as well, she also makes lovely silk pajama sets and lace-trimmed silk robes.
The second label, Kamperett, isn't technically a bridal collection, but the brand's slip dresses, jumpsuits, and wrap dresses could easily add a dose of style to your big day.
The champagne silk slip dress ($275) has a 90s vibe, which reminds me of the Narcisco Rodriguez Carolyn Bessette wore to marry JFK Jr., and it would be a gorgeous contrast shade for an all-white wedding. For a pants option, the silk crepe de chine jumpsuits ($365) feel fresh and modern, and they have pockets. Score! Finally, there are the maxi wrap dresses. The pale pink is an absolute dream—and out of stock—but there are additional color options available. (And you can always try to convince Kamparett to reissue it the pink.) At $565, they're on the pricier side for bridesmaids, but at least these aren't one-time-use only dresses.
At some point in your 20s and 30s, you'll watch your closet transform into a final resting place for all the bridesmaid dresses you never wanted. Do your friends a solid: hook them up with dresses they won't be ashamed to wear again.