Being a bridesmaid is definitely an honor, but it’s not without its downsides. Specifically, there’s a very good chance you’ll have to wear a dress you wouldn’t otherwise be caught dead in. Maybe it’s in a color you hate, or maybe the cut is completely unflattering to your figure, or maybe the bride wants you to dress up like a literal Disney princess. Whatever the reason, you’re in for a several uncomfortable hours of bridesmaid duty.
But even the worst bridesmaid dress is still better than what they had to wear 30 or 40 years ago. Back then, bridesmaid dresses were turned up to 11–so gaudy, so puffy, so much polyester. Check out these 15 vintage bridesmaid dresses, (via Bored Panda), and suddenly your frilly neon orange monstrosity won’t look so bad.