If you’ve been to or in a wedding in the last few years, you’ve likely seen a wonderful shift in the availability and range of styles now available for bridesmaids of all shapes, styles and tastes. Long or short, formal or not, uptown or down on the farm, gone are the days of the puffed-sleeve and one-size-fits-most styles of the past- whew! Here are some of our favorites for 2012 that you or your bridesmaids can wear long after the lights dim on the wedding day:
This Alfred Angelo cocktail-style dress is so unique, and would really stand out on your maid of honor. Perfect for a Spring or early Summer wedding, this dress would also translate beautifully into something you could wear to a social affair or even as a guest at another wedding! It is so stunning with the ruffled left shoulder. The Alvina Valenta dress is so classy, and definitely suited for the fashion-conscious bridesmaid. This style would be beautiful on a variety of body types, and would give your bridesmaids the option to pick out shoes with a pop of color associated with your wedding to really give the look its “wow” factor.
I love this Jim Hjelm dress for its simplicity, as well as its wearability- and who wouldn’t love the surprise of the open back as she walks down the aisle? It comes in a variety of colors with contrasting ribbons at the waist to complement a wide variety of color stories. Your bridesmaids would be dressed with modesty, but not without style in this dress, and they could wear this again and again through the Summer and even Fall months with a dressy cardigan or wrap.
I love the versatility of the J. Crew Arabelle dress. There are numerous colors available, and this dress could easily be personalized with a sash or festive pin to make it unique to each bridesmaid. The ease-of-wear of this type of dress is also a major bonus! This dress would also be perfect for a late Summer dinner and theater date, ending with long stroll hand-in-hand with your sweetheart. The TB Dress one-shoulder style is elegant and classy, with a touch of architectural flair with the front draping. It is also available in a variety of colors, and with the beautiful beading on the shoulder, would allow your bridesmaids to wear a simple pair of sparkling studs to complement the overall effect. This dress would be lovely for your next charity gala or company’s holiday soiree!
Both of these David’s Bridal dresses are sophisticated yet playful, perfect to complement any wedding theme. They are both available in a myriad of colors, and would be easy to wear out on a great date or even to an office party. The one-shoulder, ruched waist design is a beautiful silhouette on most body types, and could be paired with long, flowing waves or a sassy updo. The spaghetti strap dress offers your bridesmaids the option of wearing a long, sparkling necklace or shoulder-swooping earrings to complement her personal style. With a jacket, the chiffon dress could go from uptown office to evening drinks in a snap. The satin style could easily be Fall or even Winter-ready with a long wrap and patterned hose. I love how both are so easy to wear again! Yes!
If you’re picking out your bridesmaids dresses for them, keep their individual body shapes, personal style and your wedding theme in mind at all times. No one dress usually fits every girl! If you’re torn, allowing them to choose similar dresses with differing necklines or dress shapes (A-Line vs. figure-hugging cocktail) may be a great option. If you want everyone to have the same dress, it’s a great idea to let each girl pick out her own shoes, hairstyle or sash to give them some individual style while not detracting from the main attraction- the bride!
If you’re the bridesmaid, I hope that we’ve given you some good ideas and a starting place for your journey on the bridal party train of your friend or loved one. There’s no reason that you should be uncomfortable in a dress or maxing out your credit cards just to be a part of the big day- never to wear “that dress” again! If you or the bride have any questions or would love to have some help and guidance planning The Big Day, please contact Lindsey at Hello Productions today at firstname.lastname@example.org.