The name of the game in bridesmaid fashion? Coordinated, but not matching too much. Keep these five trends in mind while you search for the perfect look.
Pick a Color
There's nothing wrong with wanting your bridal party to look coordinated, but because all your girls have unique shapes and styles, why not pick a color and fabric and have them choose the rest? Want to be the most beloved bride ever? Pick basic black.
These days formal footwear is all about silver and gold.
No matter how cute the outfit -- once it's called a bridesmaid dress and she's wearing it next to 11 other girls, chances are she won't be too excited to put it on again. But there is hope -- by adding ruffle trims and floral embellishments, varied hemlines, and flattering necklines, designers are making bridesmaid dresses feel more like sophisticated eveningwear that would never be pegged as a multiple.
Rather than asking your girls to buy matching celadon green wedges, these days formal footwear is all about silver and gold. Metallic accessories were hot on ready-to-wear runways this year and that look has trickled down to bridesmaid fashion as well -- and they'll work with just about any color and look you've picked for your maids.
Mix and Matched Bling
Let your girls choose their jewelry. You can and should suggest the type of jewelry you'd like to see them wear (pearls, silver, or gold) but allow them to pick from their own closets when it comes to the particulars. Chances are, your pictures won't pick up the difference in their jewels, and they'll feel more comfortable in baubles they already know and love.
Petals in Your Palette
Consider having each maid carry a bouquet of different blooms, all within your wedding colors. So if your colors are pink and green, one girl could hold a bouquet of pale pink roses, another of fuchsia peonies, and another of green hydrangeas. Your bouquet could then consist of one or two flowers from each of theirs, bringing the look together.
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