Many fans assume that all of the beautiful designer dresses worn on The Bachelor are provided by the show. These fans would be wrong. Participants have to pay for their own clothes, according to Vox. Because they want to stand out when stepping out of the limo, most candidates spend a fortune on their first impression clothes.
According to Vox, producers are telling contestants that if they stay on the show for the duration, they should bring outfits for at least 10 weeks. However, when they go home at night, they’ve wasted a lot of money, not to mention all the time they’ve spent picking out their showstoppers.
That’s exactly what happened to Daria Rose, who appeared on Clayton Echard’s season 26 of The Bachelor. She spent over $2,200 on the designer dresses she brought to the mansion. But Echard sent her away the first night. Ever since she went home the first night, she has never been able to show her beautiful dresses on TV. So she modeled her in a viral TikTok video instead (see below). At the end of the video, the Yale law student quips, “If anyone needs to borrow a dress, let me know.”
Looking gorgeous on The Bachelor can cost a fortune
When Jillian Harris was on season 13 of The Bachelor (before her own time as The Bachelorette), she also spent a ton of money on dresses. On her blogHarris recalled, “I had remortgaged my house and spent about $8,000 on clothes.” She then confesses, “The funny thing is, [the Bachelors] fuck it all!!! I bet you they don’t even notice a difference.”
Participants not only need to bring lots of clothes, but also prepare for different seasonal scenarios. They don’t know whether they will be taken to the snow-capped mountains or to the white sandy beaches. So you have to choose a variety of outfits ready for any occasion. Magazine Seventeen reports.
Competitors must also ensure their clothing is camera-friendly. Former Bachelor Sean Lowe explained in his book: “For the right reasons‘ that ‘stripes, small checks, large patterns and solid white’ are all no-nos.
How do the candidates afford these clothes?
Some contestants are actually going into debt funding their “bachelor’s” wardrobe, according to Vox. Others borrow from friends and family.
Another increasingly common strategy is to borrow the dress from the label and promise to wear it on national TV, or at least feature it on social media. Established ‘Bachelor’ blogger and spoiler king Reality Steve told Vox, “There are some women who are already working in fashion and they’ll walk into stores and say, ‘Hey, borrow me a dress, I’ll put it on the show wear. and as soon as it airs, I’ll put it on my Instagram [and say] where i got it from I don’t think they get paid to actually wear it, but the company lends it to them for promotion on the show.”
While this seems like a win-win approach, the problem is that participants can breach their non-disclosure agreement (NDA). The contract they sign doesn’t let them tell anyone they will be on the show. Season 22 contestant Chelsea Roy got around this problem. She told Vox: “I was able to reach a few people in the area and say, ‘I’d like to support your store in exchange for some attention over the next few months. Trust me. Many of my clothes were borrowed; they were not given to me. It’s a matter of trust that needs to be built while remaining secret.”
The stars of the show, the bachelor or the bachelorette themselves, don’t have to worry about their own wardrobe, explains Seventeen magazine. You will be assigned a personal stylist who will help you with your fashion choices, hair and makeup. In fact, the budgets for the stars can be astronomical.
According to Seventeen, “Emily Maynard, who starred in The Bachelorette season 8 and The Bachelor season 15, was allocated $350,000 by ABC to spend on clothes for the show when she was the Bachelorette.” Maynard’s was that largest wardrobe budget ever made available.
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