While the bridal gown obviously takes center stage, bridesmaid fashion also plays a big role in the overall look and feel of your wedding. Of course you can never go wrong with the classics, but why not show off your bridal party's stylish personalities by choosing something non-traditional? To help inspire you and your 'maids, we asked Christina Frederick, styling manager at BHLDN, to share this season's biggest bridesmaid fashion trends.
Personalized Silhouettes: "One of the biggest trends of the moment is brides who want to highlight each bridesmaid in her best light. Instead of one uniform shape, we're seeing a lot of brides pick a color, and then letting the 'maids find silhouettes that work for their specific shape," explains Frederick. "Convertible styles that can be worn in various different ways (whether a one-shoulder, halter, or strapless) are one of the most popular dresses we're seeing."
Ombre: "Picking a color family and choosing different shades within that color is another way to add individuality to each dress," says Frederick. "Not restricting everyone to a specific hue allows each 'maid to choose the shade that best complements her skin tone and features. In addition, it adds dimension and depth to photos and produces a beautiful ombre effect."
Airy Colors: Instead of the bright colors and jewel tones of seasons past, spring brides are gravitating towards softer palettes such as blush and rose, observes Frederick. "In some cases, the bridesmaid dress colors are almost identical to what the bride herself is wearing." "There's something very dreamy and romantic about having an airy palette," she continues, "And having a more minimalist palette doesn't mean the look is boring. In fact, it's quite the opposite. There can be a lot of drama in the quieter moments and brides find that very romantic."
Layering and Textures: Brides are using texture as their bridesmaid style statement instead of just color, says Frederick. They are also gravitating towards sheerer fabrics such as chiffon and tulle. "One way fabric is playing a bigger role is through layering," Frederick explains. "For example, illusion necklines are a big trend for bridesmaids and you're seeing a lot of lace, both layered over or under another fabric."
Floral Accents and Drop Earrings: Flower crowns are still having a moment, says Frederick, but not all brides are hosting a wedding that suits the boho trend. Instead, engaged girls are embracing other girly accessories. "We're starting to see bridesmaids shift to more delicate chandelier earrings and a flower tucked into their hair as accessories," Frederick says.