Traditional silhouettes for bridesmaid dresses include empire waists, sweetheart necklines and slip gowns, but if you want something a little different for your girls, think innovative shapes that are wearable on different occasions. Many designers have worked on an A-line form to create elegant cocktail frocks which look more like party dresses than classical bridesmaid outfits. Should you want dresses your friends will want to wear after the big day, think short styles in bright colours with bold details such as big bows or plunging necklines.
Whether you prefer long, short or medium length, dresses with floral prints are a fabulous trendy alternative to traditional bridesmaid designs. Colourful patterns will look fabulous alongside your glamorous ivory wedding gown and you can pair them with simple bridesmaid bouquets. Fluttery printed chiffons are ideal if you are planning a bohemian-style beach or countryside wedding, while elegant satin will work for more formal events.
Ruffles are a huge bridesmaid trend this year and this fun element can be used for detailing or to add extra volume to the skirts. Think cheerful summer dresses with ruffled necklines, bohemian frocks with tiered skirts or glamorous floor-length styles adorned with romantic vintage ruffles. This detail adds a contemporary touch to a classical bridesmaid dress design and makes it more interesting and appealing.
Even though traditional bridesmaid dresses don’t have any embellishments, it can be fun to play with this element and make the design more personal. Sparkly crystals, colourful sequins or delicate embroidery will definitely make your maids shine on the day! Many bridal fashion labels including Jenny Packham and Oscar de la Renta embraced this trend, proving that bridesmaid dresses can be elaborate gowns rather than just simple frocks.
Bridesmaid dresses with lace overlays are an excellent choice if you are wearing a lace gown. It can be a short, medium or full-length dress and you can choose a colour that best suits your wedding theme. You can also include other trendy elements in the design such as keyhole backs or V-necks.
The Multi-way dress is a fresh take on a classical bridesmaid outfit and it makes the ideal solution if you want a design that will complement different body shapes. The dresses will look the same and yet each bridesmaid can adjust the silhouette to flatter her figure. Multi-way dresses come in a variety of styles and some brides even prefer to select a different length for each bridesmaid.
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