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Here comes the bridesmaid! I couldn't resist showing you a sneak peek of Jennifer Aniston as a bridesmaid in the new movie He's Just Not That Into You. In the film, which comes out on February 6th, Jennifer plays Beth, a woman who is ready for marriage, but whose long-term partner definitely doesn't feel the same way. Pictured here in a Jennifer Meyer wishbone necklace and custom-designed silk dupioni strapless bridesmaid dress, Jennifer walks down the aisle as a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding.
I think the warm coral color looks stunning against Jennifer's skin, but according to costume designer Shay Cunliffe tailoring this simply chic dress to Jennifer's body was anything but simple. "We literally altered that dress practically every other day for the week leading up to the day that we shoot it," she says. "You know how all women shift by like a pound or two. Jennifer—who's very nice and easy to work with—kept coming to me and saying...
'You know, I hope you don't mind, but I think we need to tweak that dress some more.' My seamstress eventually just came and sat on the wardrobe truck and was on hand running in the seams and letting out the seams."
Won't be having a professional seamstress on hand at your wedding? Check out Shay's Dos and Don'ts for choosing flattering bridesmaid dresses for your girls. —Kathryn Papanek
DON'T choose stiff silk and taffeta fabrics: They are very uncomfortable and do not lie well on the body. While shooting, the bridesmaid dress would become stretched out after Jennifer had worn it for only an hour. "It was actually a silly amount of work for such a simple dress," says Shay.
DO look for dresses made from crepe or silk Charmeuse: They move beautifully on the body and will make your maids feel comfortable and beautiful in their dresses.
DON'T forget that your bridesmaids are probably on a budget: In a time when everyone's budget has shrunk, try to choose dresses that your bridesmaid will be able to wear after the wedding.
DO select modern, simple dresses: Want to make your maids happy? You can't go wrong with J. Crew bridesmaid dresses. "I've heard many times bridesmaids complaining to me, 'Why oh why couldn't they have let us get J. Crew bridesmaid dresses,'" Shay says. She also suggests looking at Nicole Miller for chic, affordable gowns.
DON'T let your maids make their own alterations: In the movie, Jennifer's character makes a last minute change that raises the hem of her dress by several inches. In real life, Shay thinks that the bridesmaids should consider and consult with the bride before changing their dresses. "You want to participate in her version for the wedding," she says. "I think it's rude to disregard the sensibilities that your bride wants."
DO choose a dress that's flattering for everyone: "I would urge more brides to be more sensitive to the bodies and age group of their bridesmaids," she says. "Brides need to take a minute and think when they want their bridesmaids to match and think that it might not work for everyone and be sensitive to that."
He's Just Not That Into You opens in theaters this Friday.
For style inspiration, check out the latest bridesmaid dress trends and our Bridesmaid Dress Gallery.
For tips on dressing your bridal party, take a look at this holiday wedding party and winter wedding bridal party.