Trends may come and go, but pictures last forever, particularly ones from your wedding (just trust us on this one)! So while you may think dressing your besties in the exact same thing or making them look like a skittles ad (taste the rainbow!) is cute today, what about five, ten, twenty years down the road? Will you still be digging the look? To avoid major bridesmaid dress regret, steer clear of these trends that are already on their way out.
1. Solid, matchy-matchy dresses
Not only are solid, matchy-matchy dresses so over, but Show Me Your Mumu co-founder, Cologne Schmidt, is also so over seeing them. "Everyone has different body types so it's nice to choose two or more styles that way your bridesmaids have options." And if you want them all in the same color, at least give them free reign of the dress style, adds professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz of Bridesmaid For Hire.
2. Convertible gowns
You know the ones...you can tie them like a billion different ways. (You saw them on some our favorite Girls in Marnie's wedding.) They seemed like a good idea at first, but figuring out how to actually tie them was often more difficult than the instructions gave the average gal credit for, points out Glantz. "The bride was moments away from tying the knot and you were still stuck trying to figure out how to get your bridesmaid dress out of a knot and onto your body." Um, true that!
3. Rainbow-colored frocks
It works well if you select two different complimentary colors for bridesmaid dresses, but the look of having each girl wear a different color is a trend that should've never been in style in the first place, according to Glantz. Let's just say it'll definitely date your photos, which may not matter so much now, but might make you cringe in the long run.
4. Crop tops
They had their moment, and it was fun while it lasted. The thing is, for a bunch of bridesmaids with completely different body types, this trend can sometimes look trashy if it isn't done tastefully, cautions Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid. Not to mention, some of your girls may be horrified/uncomfortable at the mere thought of having to wear a crop top on your big day. As for brides, well, the cropped trend is still going strong!
5. Mismatched skirt and shirt combos
Think all matching skirts and different shirts or vice versa (you've probably seen your fair share of pics of this trend on Pinterest). "While this was a cute idea for a summer or spring wedding, oftentimes it looked a bit sloppy or un-put together," points out Glantz. Now, that's not to say we don't love a good two-piece look. Matching sets, whether they're solid or printed, are currently on trend.