Traditionally, the Romans and even 19th century wedding parties in England believed that dressing up 10 people in identical clothing as the bride and groom would keep curses and evil spirits away. While we have held on to some contrived versions of that tradition, weddings today permit brides and bridesmaids to explore more creative, personal and less fearful ways to celebrate. The options below offer a wide range of selections to fit your traditional or creative bridesmaid needs.
And Something Blue
3600 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
This is the place where you can make all of your wildest bridal dreams come true. According to co-owner Lisa McNichol, this boutique reflects a fashion character best described as “a combination between Mission hipster and a Parisian boutique.” It is hard to disagree that this store is for the bridesmaid with a mind of her own. Embracing cute, yet searching for wearable and affordable style, And Something Blue offers a growing number of women approaching weddings with an out-of-the-box perspective. Thoughtful combinations of off-the-rack bridesmaid dresses can be created for wedding parties using different dresses from the same palettes by combining textures and fabrics such as feathers, shaffone, toile, lace and satin. This boutique is by appointment only so call soon to plan your visit.
272 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
This collection of vintage designers has been 20 years in the making – so prepare to be swept off your feet by a museum of hand-picked and curated clothing. Offering decades of style, these fine selections come in varieties from the roaring twenties through to today’s modern fashion and style. This is a good place to find A-line, halter and chiffon dresses. Guests are not likely to find anything you have seen at a department store because each piece is unique. For bridesmaids looking for a one-of-a-kind, fabulous vintage dresses, this might be the place for you.
540 D Barneveld Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124
Siri Boutique has fashion designed for the more sophisticated, chic woman who has an eye and appreciation for quality clothes. Leave the polyester at the door because most dresses here are are made from silk. Due to its value, Indian silk, while cut sophisticatedly, can be sold between $200 and $300. Buyers can appreciate that all designs are made in San Francisco. This 15-year-old business has a chic and classy dress known as the Hepburn which is an outstanding seller each year. It’s perfect for a bridesmaid dress. Catering to bridesmaids 35 and older, make an appointment and you will not only leave with a dress, but with a smile from ear to ear.
680 8th St. Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94103
If you are the kind of bridesmaid who needs to go by the book, this is the place for you. Carrying many dresses by French designer Saison Blanche, simple clean lines and classy dresses help any maid of honor keep things simple. Why not let the bridesmaids select from this designer’s collection alone? Known for the widest selection of bridal accessories in San Francisco, kill two birds with one stone and have a fitting with all of the bridesmaids by appointment only at Paris Connection. Each hair ornament can be uniquely made and fitted for each person by owner Marie Claude Gaudin who travels to Paris often to get ideas for her clients.
La Boutique Des BRIDES
888 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
This simple boutique boasts elegant designs made in-house as well as a collection of imported and domestically made dresses. Some designers for bridesmaids dresses that you’ll find in the boutique include Alfred Angelo and Bill Levkoff. La Boutique can be your one-stop shop, as it also provides an array of accessories to match the dress of your choice.