If you watch bridal shows on reality TV, you already know that finding a dress to suit everyone can get downright ugly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Start with a colour that is universally flattering and then let each maid choose a style that best suits her body.
“Some brides tell their bridesmaids to wear whatever they want,” says wedding planner Jessica Dolgin. “It’s a trend that we see a lot lately. It’s very ‘Sex in the City’ and can look great!
Fit Your Shape
There’s a lot to think about when you and your bridesmaids are considering all the dress options. There is colour and cost, but there’s also style and length. The time of year, the site of the wedding and the formality are all factors.
Here are some basic guidelines that may help you make a choice.
- A lace sleeve is ideal for women with large upper arms.
- A v-neck is flattering for women with round faces.
- Strapless often works well for those with small busts and small waists.
- A one-shoulder is ideal for women with larger busts.
- Some women feel more comfortable with long dresses to cover their legs; most will not feel comfortable in an above-the-knee dress.
- Rouching details around the waist can alleviate insecurities about midsections.
Aqua – This Colour Says Summer!
For your summer wedding, shades of aqua are a perfect choice. From a vivid tone to a more muted mint, these shades are trendy but still go the distance. But why pick just one shade? Fashion-forward brides are having each maid wear a different shade of the same colour.
Dress 1: Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee – Style 20423, Dress 2: Colours by Kenneth Winston – Style 5131, Dress 3: Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee – Style 204240
Coral – It’s Very Complimentary!
Coral is a kind colour; it flatters every type of complexion. Choose the same shade and fabric, but let your maids choose the style for a consistent look that will please the entire bridal party.
Dress 1: Affairs by Mori Lee – Style 31032, Dress 2: Dessy – Style 654, Dress 3: Allure – Style 1367
Green – A Stunning Choice for Winter!
From jade to emerald to kelly green, this is a colour that pairs well with white or cream.
Dress 1: Dessy – Style 6674, Dress 2: Colours by Kenneth Winston – Style 5143, Dress 3: Dessy – Style 2909