Bridesmaids Dresses That Set The Tone
Mixing fabrics and styles while concentrating on color
Photos courtesy of Bella Bridesmaids
No longer are the days where each bridesmaid has to look exactly the same. Today brides are creating more of a softer feel than a fixed look by choosing one color palate and allowing their bridesmaids to select their own dresses in a variety of fabrics and styles. This way each girl can pick something that flatters her the most.
“Brides want their maids to feel pretty and wear the dress again,” explains Maribeth Ross, co-owner of Bella Bridesmaids in Westport (the Best of the Gold Coast winner for Bridesmaids Dress Boutique), with her daughter, Madison. Once the bride selects a color or tone, she can pull out a few different dresses for her bridesmaids to consider. One dress may be a taffeta strapless, while another is a silk chiffon tank-style, a third an off-the-shoulder in a jacquard. The result has been such a success that it has made it to the runway. “The brides themselves were mixing fabrics within their wedding party so designers followed,” Maribeth says, “creating dresses using multiple fabrics like tulle and lace.” Amsale, for example, has come out with five to six mixed materials for their fall line.
Maribeth cautions that this may not work with every color--one tone can appear very different in different types of fabrics. “Brides don’t want it to look like a mistake. Blush looks similar fabric to fabric while navy does not,” she explains. “If brides are mixing fabrics they tend to choose lighter colors.”
Some brides strive to have their color choice be a consistent thread throughout their wedding—from the save-the-date to the flowers—which can be tricky to accomplish. Widening the color palate, represented so beautifully by the bridal party, will take some of the stress out of selecting matching invitations and decorations. “I love it because it allows the brides to be more creative and evoke a feeling beyond a color palate,” Madison says. “Creating a classic look without being boring.”
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