Feeling Fringe-y

September 29, 2019

Last spring I got an invitation in the mail from my best friend/sister to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I started bawling in my kitchen. This was the first time I have been asked to be someone's bridesmaid! Seeing someone I love so much get married to the love of her life is one of those moments that you feel so grateful and lucky to be apart of. My sister is the coolest person ever because she told her bridesmaids that we could pick out our own dresses because she wanted us to be able to wear them again. Her only guiding advice was that our dresses be around the shade of a blue orchid.
I knew I wanted to splurge on something really special. How often do you get to see your sister get married?! So I started looking up designers in the blue orchid color range. I actually stumbled on this Marchesa Notte dress of Poshmark pretty quickly. This dress was on the pricier side. It retailed for $795 but I only paid $110, which was a steal for me. Plus I sold a few random pieces so I ended up paying about $70. I'll take it!

This dress was even more beautiful in real life. The details and craftsmanship from Marchesa are impeccable. I felt so pretty in it! I know this will not be something I pick for a night out, but it will definitely be able to be worn again for more special events.
How to Pick a Sustainable Bridesmaid Dress
1. Profusely thank the bride for being cool and helping save the planet!
2. Make a list of your favorite brands and designers and search for dresses in the established color + style. For me I looked at DVF, Victoria Beckham, Marchesa Notte, Anthropologie, etc. Consider utilizing secondhand retailers like Poshmark, eBay, the Real Real, and ThredUp where you can filter by color, designer, etc.
3. Consider the dress for the wedding and for real life. Will you re-wear it? Do you like the color/style enough to want to re-wear it or would it make more sense to rent a piece?
4. If you won't re-wear it or don't like the color consider renting from places like Rent the Runway, VillageLuxe, or Style Lend.
4. Communicate with the bride and revise accordingly
Amberlee got married in Grand Haven, Michigan around a small group of friends and family. It was beautiful and I'm so grateful I was there. To my oldest friend, Amberlee. I love you so much for so many things, but I love you the most for being you and always being there.

Photos by Brooke Billings

Wearing: Dress - Marchesa Notte (exact), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (sold out, but similar), nails - O.P.I I Love You Just Be Cuosco, lipstick - Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bachelorette



  1. What a beautiful dress! You picked so well! Congrats to your sister on her wedding as well :)

    Hope that you had a great weekend :)

    Away From Blue

  2. Looking fab!


  3. So lovely! Love the dress!

    Gemma x

  4. Your bridesmaid dress is so perfect. I love it so much and it is amazing to see how happy you and your best friend/sister are.

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  5. I absolutely love this dress! The fringe aspect of it is so fun! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful photos, as well! :)


  6. This dress is SO fun! I would just be swinging that fringe all the time, haha. So cute and such a great dress for Amberlee's big day!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. So cool that you got to pick your own bridesmaid dress! It's a gorgeous color!


  8. What a gorgeous dress Sonia, it is stunning on you!! I love that she let you choose your own dress too, that is such a good idea. That is the perfect dress for a wedding too, I bet the fringe was such a fun choice for the dance floor (my personal favorite wedding activity!).

  9. This kind of dress is totally ideal for spinning around and.. well, movement in general! haha :) You look so fabulous in this teal blue shade babe!

    aglassofice.com x

  10. That dress is beautiful! I love the color and the fringe details. It was really sweet of her to let you guys pick your own dresses so you could wear them again!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  11. I was a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding too. I cried when the limo pulled up to the house. I wore black velvet. And then I cried trying to plan my friends wedding shower from stress lol. This dress is great and you look great in it!

    Allie of


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