Tips to make your bridesmaid dresses wearable

There is an ugly rumor going around in the bridal industry that brides are picking “ugly” dresses for their bridesmaids to wear on purpose so that they will look better.  I certainly do not believe that is er necessary.  First, let’s look at the most obvious, if your bridesmaids look bad, all of your photos will look bad too!  Secondly, if you find a truly beautiful bridal gown, like say Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields style 9001, there is no danger in anybody shining brighter than you will no need to diminish anyone else in the process.

Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields Style #9001

On Project Runway last week they even had an episode where they challenge was to take an old “ugly” bridesmaid dress and turn it into something wearable and trendy.  Honestly, the first thing I noticed about many of the bridesmaid dresses was that they didn’t fit the ladies wearing them correctly.

 

 

Always leave room in your budget for quality alterations after you receive your dresses.  If you bridesmaids are the ones covering the cost of their gowns, ask them how much they are willing to spend so that they are not stuck with an over budget dress, and no money left to make it fit correctly.  Some salons will even include that as part of their service. 

The second problem with the bridesmaid dresses on Project Runway last week was that some of the colors were just awful on the girls!  I understand if you love hot pink more than life itself but if none of your bridesmaids looks good in hot pink, maybe you could use that color somewhere else in the decorations, or the bouquets, and then pick a less dominating color for the bridesmaid dresses.  At Liz Fields, we offer to send fabric swatches to our authorized retailers for you and your bridal party too use when picking a color.  These swatches can be very helpful in the planning process.

My final suggestion is to let you bridesmaids have some say in the style.  Experts agree that brides should go shopping for their bridesmaid dresses for the first time on their own.  Take a pad of paper with you and write down what elements you like, and would like to have featured in the dresses for your bridesmaids.  The next time you go shopping take your bridesmaids with you, and share with them what you are looking for.  If the most important thing to you is that, all of your bridesmaids are wearing cap sleeves, maybe you could compromise, and they could each wear a different style dress in the same color, as long as they all have cap sleeves.

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And The Winners Are…

Hello Everyone, I am sad to say that our Fashion Origami contests have come to a close!  It has been so much fun!

First, I would like to introduce our guest judges, Carolyn and Kate.  Carolyn and Kate are sisters, and you may recall Carolyn is my 8-year-old friend who originally inspired this entire origami series.

For those who haven’t been following from the beginning here is a summary of the contests

Our Contest :  At Liz Fields we are going to make one origami garment each day and post them here. Whoever has the best collection at the end of 60 days, wins! Think of it as Project Runway meets Julie & Julia.

Your Contest:  We would love you play along with us!  Send us your own fashion origami creations and at the end of 60 days one lucky contestant will win a Liz Fields original hairpiece featured in our Fall 2010 photo shoot!  This is a great unique accessory to wear on your wedding day!

Now it is my pleasure to congratulate Anna, from Chicago, Illinois, on her origami wedding dress submission.  Great job Anna, we will be contacting you soon!

I am also pleased to announce the winner of our own Liz Fieldsorigami contest.  The winner is, Roxan!

Here is what Carolyn and Kate had to say about their decision.

“We chose this because we love how she made the wedding dress with the tiers and we loved the purple shoes with the matching bag.  Very cool!” 

A big thank you to all of our participants, I hope you had as much fun making your origami pieces as we did!  Of course thank you to Carolyn and Kate for being great guest judges!

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Fashion Origami Competition: Liz Fields Collection – Day 23

Our contest to create your own origami garment, and win a Liz Fields original hairpiece, is still going on!  This accessory was featured in our fall 2010 Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid dress photo shoot!  This is the perfect unique accessory to wear on your wedding day, or even at your prom!  Just send your photos to Lizfields@Lizfields.com

Meanwhile, our Liz Fields contestants are in a head-to-head race of our own.  We just couldn’t resist having our own contest.  Our origami contest is being judged as a collection and ranges from origami formal wear, to accessories, to wedding gowns.  Whoever has the best overall showing at the end of 60 days wins!

Here is the latest addition to my collection:

Dress and Jacket by Liz Fields

My origami collection as of May 19th:

Origami collection by Liz Fields

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Fashion Origami Competition: Roxan’s Collection – Day 10

Our Liz Fields fashion origami contest is full swing over here.  There is still plenty of time for you to join in on the fun!

As a reminder here are the exciting contests going on: 

Our Contest:  At Liz Fields we are going to make one origami garment each day and post them here. Whoever has the best collection at the end of 60 days wins! Think of it as Project Runway meets Julie & Julia. 

Your Contest:  We would love you play along with us!  Send us your own fashion origami creations and at the end of 60 days one lucky contestant will win a Liz Fields original hairpiece featured in our Fall 2010 photo shoot!  This is a great unique accessory to wear on your wedding day

This is Roxan’s latest addition to her collection:

 

Roxan’s Origami collection as of May 6th:

 

 

If you have an idea for an origami dress, tell us, better yet, make it and send us a picture, you could be our winner!

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Fashion Origami Competition – Day 3

 

We are having a great time with our Liz Fields fashion origami competition over here!

Our assistant designer, Roxan, has even moved on to making her own origami wedding dress pattern!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out! 

As a reminder here are the exciting contests going on: 

Our Contest:  At Liz Fields we are going to make one origami garment each day and post them here. Whoever has the best collection at the end of 60 days wins! Think of it as Project Runway meets Julie & Julia. 

Your Contest:  We would love you play along with us!  Send us your own fashion origami creations and at the end of 60 days one lucky contestant will win a Liz Fields original hairpiece featured in our Fall 2010 photo shoot!  This is a great unique accessory to wear on your wedding day

Here are the submissions from yesterday and today. Leave us a note and tell us what you think so far.

If you have an idea for an origami dress, tell us, better yet, make it and send us a picture, you could be our winner!

skirt and top made by Roxan

shoes and purse made by Roxan

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Join Our Fashion Origami Competition!

We are having a companywide competition here at Liz Fields and we would like to invite you to join in on the fun!

As you may have read, my 8-year-old friend Carolyn sent me a present of an adorable origami outfit. I thought this was so fun that I immediately ordered us the book she used for her project: Fashion Origami by Klutz.

Our Contest:  At Liz Fields we are going to make one origami garment each day and post them here. Whoever has the best collection at the end of 60 days wins! Think of it as Project Runway meets Julie & Julia.

Your Contest:  We would love you play along with us!  Send us your own fashion origami creations and at the end of 60 days one lucky contestant will win a Liz Fields original hairpiece featured in our Fall 2010 photo shoot!  This is a great unique accessory to wear on your wedding day!

Fall 2010 Preview

One of the Liz Fields original hairpieces YOU could win

Origami submissions do not need to be wedding dress related but should be some form of garment: accessory, dress, shirt, etc.

Have fun with it, I know we will!

Take a picture of your submission and send them to: Lizfields@Lizfields.com

Here are the Liz Fields submissions we have for today:

Purse made by Liz

Dress made by Liz

 

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