Every now and then I feature some guest posts in my blog, taking on different perspectives on weddings, fashion and photography themes. The blog today from Natasha discusses some of the trends and styles in bridesmaid's dresses with a look to the commercial options out there for brides.
Bio: Guest article written by Natasha Howells. Since planning her own wedding she has been fascinated with the industry and its ever-changing trends.
Trends in Bridesmaids' Dresses
Now that you've acquired your wedding gown, it's time to focus on the dresses that your bridal party will be wearing on your big day. While bridesmaids' attire of the past has notoriously consisted of outlandish, ghastly masses of hideously coloured fabric in unflattering designs, bridesmaids’ dresses of today are being created in rich, solid hues that match the colours of the season and fit in perfectly with the other wedding garments and accessories that are trending this year. Modern bridesmaids' gowns are bold, original pieces that are just as gorgeous and fashionable as contemporary bridal gowns.
Recent trends in bridesmaids’ attire suggest that bridesmaids’ dresses are simpler in design, making it easier for bridesmaids to wear these dresses well after the wedding ends. Comprised of girly ruffles, classic, sophisticated silhouettes,and elegant lace detailing, today’s bridesmaids’ gowns are made to be worn long after the wedding festivities end. Whether you opt for charming, frilly dresses or vintage-inspired gowns adorned with lace, your bridesmaids are sure to look stunning standing next to you as you exchange your vows.
Similar to trends in fashion, dainty, coquettish embellishments have been added to bridal wear, particularly when it comes to bridesmaids’ gowns. This bridal season, expect to see charming, effeminate adornments such as lace, beading, sequins, and sheer materials; and not just on the bride. In addition to bride’s gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses are also getting girly with similar darling elaborations. Adding to the feminine factor, bridesmaid dresses are being made in soft tones, such as pale pinks, warm yellows, and even benign greys—colours that pair well with wedding flowers and colour schemes. In addition, ruffles are also big this bridal season, with designers adding frills to the hems or bust lines of bridesmaid gowns.Dresses in these particular designs and colours can be found at your local M&S and other major retailers.
The shape and cut of any garment is crucial to its fit, but this is particularly important when it comes to dresses made for special occasions. While certain designs and styles may be intimidating for bridesmaids who are more shapely or extremely thin, today's bridal apparel consists of silhouettes that complement just about any body type. For instance, A-line dresses are not only versatile, but they flatter most body types, and unlike other dress styles, the fabric used for A-line gowns can vary with light fabrics such as chiffon which are draped loosely, while heavier fabrics like organza give the dress definition. For women in your bridal party who are busty, an A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline is a brilliant fit. Form-fitting sheath gowns in flowing fabrics like silk, linens, or light cotton are excellent for warm-weather weddings because of the free-flowing fabric and bright colours that these dresses are usually available in. Gowns with an empire waist also look good on women of any sizes, and the cut of the neckline can either amplify or minimize the bust line. These gowns also pair well with unique bridal gowns such as those crafted by Lindsay Fleming Couture.
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And as an aside, from me, I will be having my own bash at a bride and bridesmaid themed shoot at the end of next week .