One of the last bridesmaid dresses that I tried on was an Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress at a bridal salon.
In a sample size and a strange green color, I had to make an assumption of how this dress would look and fit before I ordered it in my size, size 0, and color, Charcoal. Depending on the style, Alfred Angelo dresses are in the $200 range. I tried on several styles, but this one looked the best with the little peplum flare at the waist.
This dress, Style 7297S, took about 2 months to arrive, a week before my friend’s wedding. We had to get it rushed which cost an additional $75 for shipping fees. This was probably the most expensive dress I tried on because of all the additional fees and alterations. But it was also the dress I actually wore to my friend’s wedding.
How Does the Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid Dress Fit?
In size 0, the dress fit fairly well. It’s made of polyester chiffon which isn’t the most luxurious fabric, but it complemented the other bridesmaids’ dresses from Donna Morgan. It was the peplum bodice that sold me on this dress and made it more interesting than the other dresses I tried on. The photos aren’t as accurate as this dress is already altered to fit my body. I had to do about $100 of alterations on this dress because it wasn’t as snug as I’d like it. The bust was taken in about an inch, the waist, about half an inch, and the skirt tapered.
Also, the style of this dress came with an unusual sheer back piece which I removed. Seriously, they should just make the dress without that back piece because it looks way better this way!
Though the alterations aren’t perfect, it was good enough for being a bridesmaid. I just wanted a dress that made me feel comfortable and confident. The downside to tapering the skirt was that it made it really difficult to go up a flight of stairs. I didn’t realize the challenge until I arrived at the wedding venue for photos and there were these unusually tall stairs that I had to climb. I literally hopped from step to step…while the entire wedding party was watching and laughing at me. All in good fun, I laughed at myself too as my gaffe eased some of the anxiety for the bride and groom.
Another downside to this dress that that it is so fitted I can’t eat much. When they say brides don’t get to eat because of their dress, I know how that feels in this dress. I was halfway though my dinner when I realized that I could not eat another bite or my dress would explode. So sadly, I was left hungry for the rest of the night. But once I got home, I got fed.
If I were to do this again, I would probably add a slit to the skirt and not take in the waist. Then, I wouldn’t have the problems I faced at my friend’s wedding.
One plus, I could probably wear this dress again for a different event and most people wouldn’t know that it’s a bridesmaid dress. YES!
What do you think about this Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress?