Bridesmaids, Rejoice

Anyone who’s ever had to drop a few hundred bucks on a sea foam-colored tulle and taffeta monstrosity in the name of friendship — a k a the test of friendship that is being a bridesmaid — will think she’s entered an alternate universe once inside Santa Barbara Bridal (15 W. Figueroa St., 730-7300). While the shop boasts an amazing selection of gowns for the bride, the racks and racks of stylish bridesmaid dresses — and frocks for the mother of the bride — are what set it apart. They’ve also just scored the entire collection of Vera Wang’s bridesmaid dresses, which, in addition to the expected style and sophistication, boast very reasonable price tags, in the $200-$300 range. (Most women who’ve done bridesmaid duty have one or more dresses that cost at least that much hanging in their closets, despite the fact that they wouldn’t wear them again if their lives depended on it.) And keep your eyes out for news of S.B. Bridal’s upcoming sample sale — we’re told it’ll happen in late March, but a firm date has yet to be set.

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