Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses
Think texture, color and cut when making your bridesmaid dress selection
By Samantha Cabrera
Forget the unflattering bridesmaid's dress of the past. There's now a wide variety of styles, colors and fits, so every bridesmaid can feel confident on the day of the wedding.
- What You Need to Know
- If you are selecting the bridesmaid dresses, keep everyone's size, figure and height in mind when making your selection. You may not be able to please everyone, but if you can avoid someone being uncomfortable, you should.
First decide whether the dresses will be identical or different. You may want to take into account the number of bridesmaids when you do this. If bridesmaids choose their own dresses and you want them to have a certain look, it will be harder to coordinate eight bridesmaid dresses than it would be for four.
Select a color. Many brides prefer the uniform look of a single color. If you're letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses, consider sending them an image of your flowers or another decor item so the dresses can be in the color family of your wedding. Determine whether you prefer a certain type of fabric for the dresses or if you have strong feelings against certain fabrics. You need to make those desires known.
Dresses should be consistent in length. If you're having a formal wedding, a bridesmaid in a short cocktail style dress will look out of place in a group of floor-length dresses.
Choose a style or let bridesmaids choose their own. A high waist, slight A-line skirt and tea length hem is a traditional and flattering style of dress. It works on petite women as well as plus-size shapes. Keep the sizes, figures and heights of your bridesmaids in mind while selecting the dresses. If they are selecting their own, each woman will probably choose the fit that best suits her figure.
Get the dresses fitted. Some bridesmaids may encounter an ideal fit from off-the-rack dresses, while others may need minor alterations such as shortened straps and hemming.
About the Author
Samantha Cabrera is a freelance writer, covering fashion and beauty.
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