Nothing has the potential to make or break a lifelong friendship quite like a bad bridesmaid dress. Your BFF may have been by your side through thick and thin, bad breakups and some pretty questionable outfit choices, but put her in a teal taffeta number and you’ll see her loyalties tested to breaking point.
When your nearest and dearest have invested some serious time and effort into planning the perfect vintage hen party, the least you can do is reward them with a bridesmaid outfit that is more knock ‘em dead than never been kissed. Leave matching taffeta numbers in 2010 where they belong and give some of these more unique outfit ideas a go.
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking, we know. But good lord do they look amazing when worn en masse. There’s a floral for everyone; if you’re planning a very English country garden style wedding go all out with ditzy print floral maxis, plus added summery sprigs in the hair. Fans of all things ‘50s will fall hard for nipped in full-skirted silhouettes with big, bold blooms, while die-hard romantics should spread the love in classic rose prints and tea-length styles.
Matchy-matchy chiffon styles are best left on Say Yes To The Dress: The Bridesmaids. Instead, introduce one summery shade and have your bridesmaids choose a dress that suits their own style. Short, long, satin, lace; anything goes, so long as it is in a shade of your chosen colour. The result will be a gorgeous ombre effect.
Once upon a time, wearing white to a wedding was the ultimate fashion faux pas. However, contrary to popular belief, broderie anglaise bridesmaid dresses look gorgeous beside off-white antique lace wedding dresses. Light, airy and innocent in just the right amount; what’s not to love?
Name Your Era
If you’re planning a vintage themed wedding, it goes without saying that you need the vintage style bridesmaid dresses to match. Think Art Deco-inspired beaded Gatsby glam for a 1920’s wedding, sweetheart neckline tea dresses for the 30’s and 40’s, and the obligatory circle skirts, polka dots, petticoats and halter necks for the 50’s. Sky-high hemlines and shift dresses have swinging Sixties written all over them and Woodstock-worthy maxis are a must for boho brides after a 1970’s vibe.
Stripes, spots, paisley; welcome to the pattern party. Clashing prints were all over the runways and their popularity has worked its way through to weddings. If your wardrobe consists of all black errythang, this probably isn’t the look for you, but if you love your outfits loud, get your girls on board!
All That Glitters
There’s something about sequined and embellished bridesmaid dresses that brings out our inner magpie. Matte metallics, dusky rose pinks, gunmetal silvers and soft gold shades are all romantic. Keep sequins on the side of bohemian by keeping your colours neutral and pairing with loose waves and soft make-up.
With the bridesmaid dresses taken care of, all that remains is to book The Beauty Artist to complete the look with hair and make-up!