This weekend, some friends of mine had to skip brunch because they were tasked with having to go buy bridesmaid dresses for a wedding. They weren’t just annoyed about not being able to get their mimosa on — the dresses in question were, quite simply put, atrocious. Of course, nothing shocking there. Bridesmaid dresses have a pretty bad reputation. But have you ever fantasized about wearing something that wasn’t electric blue and made of taffeta? Click on for picks and ideas for the kind of get-ups that you’d actually want to wear to other occasions long after the wedding ceremony is over. And brides? Take notes!