How to Choose Dresses Your Bridesmaids Won’t Complain About
Possibly the best gift you could give your bridesmaids isn’t that couture style dress that makes them all look like celebrities – it’s putting yourself in their position for a moment and walking a mile in their fabulous designer shoes. Becoming a bridesmaid is considered an honor. In reality, it’s also occasionally stressful, jealousy-inspiring, uncomfortable, inconvenient, too expensive and even a sacrifice. Doesn’t sound all that glamorous when you think of it that way, does it?
As the VIP, you can do so much to make the experience positive and affirming for all of your dearest friends and loved ones. Start by choosing an ensemble of bridesmaid dresses that won’t make your attendants complain.
Choose a color and fabric and let your bridesmaids individually select a style that is most flattering. Or, narrow the options to a single style like a tea-length, A-line dress that looks good on most body types, and give your bridesmaids a palette of colors to choose from. Love grey bridesmaid dresses? Provide the style numbers, dye lots, color specifics – any guidance that you can to point your attendants in the right direction, and give them the luxury of some personal control over exactly which grey dresses they ultimately choose.
If you do decide on one color, attempt to pick something that will go with the complexions of all of your bridesmaids. This is where allowing various shades of your favorite color could come in very handy.
Prioritize Finding a Dress That Can Be Worn Again
Okay, yellow may be your favorite color, but perhaps you could incorporate it as an accent and choose gowns in a hue that is more likely to be worn again like red, black, or dark blue (yellow looks amazing with grey bridesmaid dresses too!). Even affordable dresses can stretch the budgets of bridesmaids who may also be on the hook for travel, party expenses, gifts, accommodations, shoes, hair, makeup, accessories and more. Be kind and choose dresses they could potentially wear again and again.
Stick with Mainstream Fashion if Possible
If you really want to keep spirits high, maybe the bridesmaids’ dresses aren’t the right avenue for expressing your personal avant garde taste. Not that you have to adapt your entire wedding to fit your bridesmaids! You can go hog wild with your theme throughout your décor, and even in their accessories. If you love giant floppy southern belle hats or simply must have everyone in elbow-length, rhinestone-studded gloves, we wish you the best. But stick to a simple fashionable dress as a base to embellish. Once your wedding is over, your bridesmaids will be grateful that they can streamline the look and accessorize it their own ways.
Choose Patterns Cautiously
Overall, this year’s hottest trends support the popularity of patterned dresses, especially those with oversized floral prints. Some are much more subtle than others, though. Think about how easily loud, bold prints might fit in at future parties and events. If it’s pretty clear that the dress you’re considering will be out of fashion a year or two down the line, it’s probably not your most considerate option, even if it made all the runways this year. Designers live at the edge of the fashion universe – generally, bridesmaids do not.
Weddings are all about the brides and grooms, but it’s important not to let the other important folks in your life be forgotten. Start by choosing bridesmaid dresses that will inspire good feelings instead of complaints. It’s a first wedding step in an awesome direction.
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