Choosing dresses that are fashionable as well as flattering will make sure your bridesmaids are confident and smiling as they accompany you down the aisle. Here are some of the current bridesmaid dress trends to keep your ladies in waiting happy:
Top bridesmaid dress colours
While pale pinks and pastels might still work well for cute flower girls, most modern brides are choosing bolder brighter colours for their adult bridesmaids. Black and white are still popular choices, especially with the bridesmaids themselves, and these simple classic colours can be livened up with coloured bouquets and accessories.
This season sees a move towards bold bright colours such as hot pink, cobalt blue, canary yellow, and Kelly green. Some brides are choosing a varied colour palette for their wedding scheme and are having one bridesmaid in each colour, with unifying accessories.
For less adventurous brides, deeper colours such as chocolate brown, burgundy, navy, and dark grey are also still fashionable. Metallics are also popular, although these are currently being used more for accessories than for the bridesmaids’ gowns themselves.
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Bridesmaids dress skirt trends
In recent years we have seen bridesmaids’ dresses becoming shorter and flirtier, with tea length dresses and net underskirts becoming a popular choice. This trend continues, with knee length gowns becoming the norm, and pleats, puff balls, and ra ra skirts keeping bridesmaids dresses fun.
Although in general, bridesmaids’ hemlines are rising, some designers are releasing bridesmaid collections featuring floor length dresses. Strapless, empire line gowns with straight full length skirts provide a contrast to the cheeky styles that are popular, and these may be the perfect choice for elegant formal weddings, especially those held in the evening.
Bridesmaid accessory trends
Accessories are becoming the main way of unifying your bridesmaids if they are wearing different outfits, or of making each one unique if they are all wearing the same outfit. As well as jewellery, bridesmaids’ accessories can include shoes, handbags, bouquets, fabric corsages, hair adornments, sashes, belts and hemline trims. If you are choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses, allowing them to choose their own accessories can enable them to personalise their look.
Bridesmaid gown style trends
Currently the top trend in bridesmaid gown style is not to choose one at all! In order to keep their bridesmaids happy and ensure they look their best, brides in the know are choosing a colour and fabric for their bridesmaids’ dresses, and then letting each bridesmaid choose an individual style that suits their body shape and personality. The key to making this work is to set certain rules, such as the length of the skirt, but let the bridesmaids choose the neckline, the waist and the style of skirt.
Bridesmaid dress pattern trends
Although the majority of bridesmaid dresses are still monochrome, a trend is creeping in for bold patterned gowns. Polka dots, stripes, floral prints and geometric designs are all making their mark on modern bridesmaid dresses. Look for a plain coloured fabric with a black, white or metallic pattern over the top.
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