It’s 2019 and time to stop looking like a clown or granny on your friend’s wedding day, for real. Bridesmaids often have mixed feelings about their role. On the one hand, you want to support your friend in this season, but conversely, you probably don’t agree with all her decisions.
No decision is as significant as the dress you’ll wear as a bridesmaid. Everyone prays for an agreeable bride who allows some wiggle-room concerning how you look – you’re paying anyway. But even if this isn’t possible, you can nudge her towards any of these stylish gowns which flatter almost everyone.
Read on to learn where bridesmaids’ dresses are going in 2019, or if you’re looking for inspiration for your own wedding party. You won’t be disappointed!
Long dresses are still fashionable because they make everyone look slimmer, taller, and chicer. Regardless of length, high-heeled shoes will help you maintain an upright posture and increase your femininity. Look for chunky/platform heels or wedges which are more comfortable if you’re bigger.
Be careful about the length of the dress: you don’t want someone to step on it accidentally, such as when dancing. Whether you choose curve-hugging mermaid styles or more flowy designs, balance it out by putting a little detail on the torso. Ruches, folds, and embellishments are popular choices.
Mismatched Bridal Parties
Mismatched bridesmaids have been trendy for the last couple of years, and we all understand why. Letting bridesmaids choose their clothes ultimately makes them more comfortable and gives better value for money. You can go wild with the mismatching concept, but remember to include some areas of uniformity.
For example, use the same shade of fabric and allow the designs to be different (even different lengths or textures). Conservative brides can dictate the general silhouette, like a long dress, and let the bridesmaids choose necklines and sleeves.
Alternatively, select uniform designs in different shades of the same color, or different colors altogether for a little more fun. For more ideas, be sure to go on this link.
One-shouldered/asymmetrical bridesmaid gowns have been trendy for years. They make anyone look fabulous, allowing additional support for bridesmaids with fuller tops. You can add feature diamante or delicate fabric flowers on the shoulder for more pizzazz.
Asymmetrical frocks make maids with broad shoulders, or athletic figures look more feminine. You can show off toned arms or include ruches on the top to flatter maids with smaller tops. Forego necklaces and choose statement chandelier earrings; add a thin bracelet if you want more jewelry.
The midi-length skirt is an alternative to floor length bridesmaid dresses. It is excellent for a fun/casual outdoor wedding in the spring or summer. Choose a fuller or flaring skirt according to the maids’ body types.
If you’re ordering a ready-made dress, be sure to confirm the bridesmaids’ height beforehand. Midi dresses should reach mid-calf – halfway between the knee and ankle, hence the name. It should cover the thickest part of your leg for more elegance.
If you’re uncertain, order something longer, which can be easily shortened. Pair a midi dress with sexy, high heels that complement the cut of the dress – strappy sandals are a favorite. Lighter fabrics are better, especially if you have a full skirt. You can cinch in the waist with a thin belt.
Plunging necklines can be tricky, but plunging backs are easier to do if you want to be a little risqué. High-neck, low back gowns are a great option, and you can allow the bridesmaids to decide how far down the neckline should go. Remember to keep the front neckline simple for a balanced look.
Ensure the fit is snug to prevent gapping in the back and don’t forget to plan for your girls. You can have an inbuilt bra or invest in self-adhesive silicone cups which hold the girls without showing in the back. Another option is a backless body shaper, especially for form-fitting dresses.
Fashion tape can help you prevent gaping, especially when you’re dancing or moving around. Finally, ensure your back is ready to shine – have a skincare regimen a few weeks to the wedding so that you look your best. Hold your hair in a chignon or to one side instead of down to keep it away from your back.
A Note on Groomsmen Outfits
Nothing ties the wedding party together like groomsmen outfits that subtly coordinate with the bridesmaid dresses. Ties, vests, pocket squares, and boutineers are a great way to introduce the bridal colors into the groomsmen outfits. No Cold Feet is an example of a company that can provide groomsmen socks that coordinate with the bridal party.
Regardless of the style of dress you choose, comfort is critical, so try to pick a breathable, good-quality fabric that’s not too delicate. Visit a fabric shop and get a feel of different materials before ordering the dresses in a specific color and fabric.
Whether you’re a bride or bridesmaid, find ways to maintain the overall wedding theme but infuse some individuality. The photographer will thank you for it! Remember that your accessories, hair, and makeup are just as important to your final appearance as the choice of dress.
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