Can My Bridesmaids Wear White?

Etiquette
white bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Kate Headley

Pippa Middleton looked incredible in her white, floor-length bridesmaid dress. But can you do the same? Or will you not stand out if the entire bridal party is dressed in white? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your bridesmaid dress questions in our daily post.

Can my bridesmaids wear white dresses? The look is so chic and elegant, but my mom thinks I won't stand out in my gown.

Definitely, yes! More and more brides are taking cues from Kate Middleton and outfitting their bridesmaids in white. Clean, crisp white always looks chic and the color (or non-color, really) is universally flattering. Plus, white is so versatile and works for every type of wedding, from a breezy beach bash to a preppy, country club celebration.

As for your mom's concerns, no matter what the bridesmaids wear, you will always stand out—you are the bride, after all. It's not like they'll have trains and veils! That being said, there are several ways to help set you apart from your attendants. If you are wearing a floor-length gown, choose a knee-length style for your girls. Or, if you prefer long dresses, choose one in a more casual fabric, like flowy jersey or lightweight chiffon, which will set them apart from you in your much more formal wedding gown. Also, think about choosing a different neckline—if your dress is strapless, then opt for a bridesmaid dress that is one-shouldered or a V-neck. As long as you give distinct visual cues, there's no way anyone will confuse one of your 'maids as the bride!

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