Specifically, my closest girlfriends who are all rather particular about clothes and I do NOT want to force them to buy something they will never wear again. Which seems inevitable.
So, here's the choices:
-Hand them all a paint strip and say: "Pick any knee/tea length dress from this color scheme"
PROS: They can find a dress in their budget and to their tastes.
CONS: Motley Crew for bridesmaids, unkempt photos.
-Register somewhere like David's Bridal, where there is ONE specific color and many styles.
PROS: LOTS OF CONTROL FOR A CONTROL FREAK BRIDE
CONS: Cookie-cutter bridesmaids that spent too much on semi-formal dresses that would never pass for anything other than a wedding-party dress.
Pick ONE color and ONE style at a bridal shop, and stick to my guns.
PROS: No wishy-washy business of evaluating the individual girl's picks of dresses by phone, email, etc.
CONS: Have to pick a color and style that I am completely sure will suit all for body shape, price, future wear, and flattering colors, etc etc etc
For the last option, I came up with this so far:
Dark brown "Mocha" or "truffle" dresses about knee length.
The dark color makes it very re-wearable.
Strapless though, could be a little sloppy after a few glasses of champagne....
So maybe, add spaghetti straps? or choose something like this....the bubble may be a little too trendy though.