Dress & Attire
Bridesmaids Style Goes Beyond the Wedding Day
More than ever before, bridesmaid dresses mirror the best trends from the fashion runways and red carpets. The dress, in fact, is one of the season's most appealing fashion statements, and both the bride and her attendants will delight in the selection. Whether sleeveless, off-the-shoulder, slip dress or two-piece dress, there's a look to suit every taste and to highlight the best features of each member of the bridal party.
Bridesmaids are very much in style. While the bride, naturally, takes center stage and is the star of that special day, elegant bridesmaids dresses complement the bride's gown, as well as enhance the unique wedding dııcor.
Post-wedding perfect. "The key for bridesmaids is to keep it simple and easy to wear," says Vivian Diamond, designer of the Dessy Collection. Today's bridesmaid's dresses are a modern wear-again part of a wardrobe and have a post-wedding life perfect for a number of future dressed-up events.
Tea-length. The tea-length dress, one of the season's most graceful looks, features prominently in the Dessy collection in soft, fluid chiffon, georgette, lace and satin. Also alluring are the Dessy dresses with fluttery hemlines and double-tier layers, which bring a certain charm to the aisle and to the dance floor.
Strapless. Strapless A-line and sheath dresses take the lead in the After Six collection in a variety of flattering lengths, rich fabrics and stunning tones. And Lela Rose Bridesmaid focuses on feminine details like layered crinkle chiffon, hand worked rosettes and scallop edge trim.
Mix and match styles. Versatility and individuality are major considerations. Many brides are opting to have their attendants wear styles in the same fabrics, colors or various shades of a certain color flattering to each person. The Alfred Sung collection features two-piece dresses and separates that are a popular alternative to the dress. This allows each maid to mix and match tops and skirts and purchase each in appropriate sizes.
Infinite color options. Color is another standout fashion message, with the palette ranging from luscious pales to vibrant hues. Dessy's Vivian Diamond explains, "We're seeing lots of pink, both pale and vivid, pink is a definite choice." Satin, the most popular fabric, shows color beautifully, especially the citrus colors - orange, greens, yellows. "Although claret is the all-year-round most preferred shade," adds Diamond, "with destination weddings, there are infinite color options.
There are no set rules for bridesmaid's dresses - just a great variety of choices and styles. Today, the search is made so easy by simply viewing the collections online, and then visiting local retailers to purchase your favorites.