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I am not a girl who wears dresses often, I’m not comfortable in them and have a hard time finding ones that fit my body correctly. So, when the time came to find a dress to wear to my Bridal Shower, I took to searching online and in stores. In my head, I wanted to wear white because there are only so many events you can wear a white dress to! So, I set out to find this white dress in a style that would flatter my figure. When I looked around at stores near me, I found that most of the white dresses were lacy or eyelet-y and that wasn’t the look I was going for.

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I searched everywhere I could think of, I even looked on David’s Bridal to see if they had a short simple bridesmaid’s dress that came in white or ivory, no luck finding anything in my price range which was less than $100. I went to Nordstrom to try on 2 dresses that I had seen online and liked:

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Image via Nordstrom

The dresses were similar and made by the same company. When I had them in my arms at Nordstrom, a nice sales girl came up and offered to start a fitting room for me and told me she would grab some belts to go with the dresses. Belts? I hadn’t thought of that! I was thinking originally that the dresses might be a little too plain or casual for a bridal shower. A belt might change the whole look of the dress. She put a few belts in there and while none of them were my style, it got my brain going. I ended up buying the dress with tank like sleeve for $48 – woo hoo for being half my budget!

Then, I took a trip to Michael’s for some inspiration and came home with a few things in my bag that might “dress up” the dress! Here is what I brought home:

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The images above are not from Michael’s but represent what I purchased. I bought a fake white flower on a stem (which I ended up using for my card box), a fake black flower that had a pin and clip on the back, black satin ribbon and black lace ribbon. I played around with a few different combinations and sent pics to my sister to get her opinion. Here is what I ended up wearing:

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At the end of the day, my bridal shower outfit, including shoes (not the flip flops I’m wearing here at the end of the night), cost:

Lush Dress from Nordstrom – $48

Ribbon and flower from Michaels – $6.50

Shoes from Amazon – $26

TOTAL: $80.50

I liked that the dress was comfortable, simple, could be paired with a different style belt to change the look and was definitely in my price range! I also liked that it reflected our wedding colors in a simple way.

What did you or do you plan to wear to your bridal shower?


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I'm Erin, a 29 year old teacher living in Baltimore, MD. I am marrying Nick who is obviously the love of my life, after 8 years together, Nick proposed on December 29, 2011 and we're getting married on October 27, 2012 in Ocean City, MD.

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  • Brooke

    This is such a cute look and at an affordable price! Thanks for the post!