Although the wedding gown is the sartorial star of the show, the bridesmaid dresses are a key part of the picture. And pictures - snapped before, during and after the ceremony. And yet, it's key to find dresses that harmonize with the wedding dress while at the same time not saddling bridesmaids with dresses they dislike and would never be seen in again.
To help get it right, here are some things to know:
The wedding dresses set the fashion tone of any ceremony. For 2015, the key bridal runways were dominated by a romantic, almost vintage feel - like an old daguerreotype come to life. Delicate watercolory hues went beyond just the standard white and ivory to include shades of soft blue, misty gray and even mint green! While there were of course dresses with poufy, voluminous tulle skirts (these are wedding dresses, after all), they were tempered with a high, almost Victorian lace neck. However, the silhouette that really stood out would not have been out of place in classic film noir set in the 1930s: a femme fatale draped in an elegant, floor-length bias-cut shift trimmed with a lace capelet or bolero, flutter sleeves and asymmetrical hemline.
For 2015 bridesmaid dresses followed suit, with standout floorlength draped sheaths in soft hues (above) and flirty, feminine fit and flare silhouettes. Which would make any bridesmaid happy.
Some other key bridesmaid happy-making pointers:
- avoid dresses with too much frou-frou or bling attached - they date the photos and don't flatter the ladies in them;
- coordinate your bridesmaids' dresses to the wedding dress but don't go too matchy-matchy;
- the most universally flattering silhouettes on a variety of body types are empire waists (right) and A-line shapes;
- darker shades like black, navy and hunter green flatter most everyone and can be reused;
- a good rule of thumb is the $100 to $300 pricepoint range.
- Lesley Scott
(This post was sponsored by DRESSFIRM.co. The words & opinions are mine.)