How to Dress a Bridesmaid

No bride wants her bridesmaids to outshine her on her wedding day. But you still want and need your bridesmaids to look good for photos and match your aesthetic. Remember, how your bridesmaids look is an extension of your wedding design, just like flowers, centerpieces and paper.


The key is to simplify the dress but add style with accessories. Every bridesmaid silently dreads having the bride pick the dress style. So, choose a dress that doesn’t have crystals or detailing, floor-length taffeta or tiers that make your bffs and sisters look three sizes larger than they actually are. Instead, go for a simple-cut that they can wear more than once and one they’ll enjoy wearing on your wedding day. Even though bright yellow or purple sounds like it’d go perfectly with your flower selections, choosing a neutral like black, navy or a light gray will match the groomsmen’s tuxes and bring more attention to your gown.


If a simple, neutral dress is selected, you’re bridesmaids don’t have to look bland. Shoes are always the perfect way to spruce up an outfit, no matter how simple it may be. Adding a bright color—a color that matches your flowers—will make the outfit fun and go along with this year’s trend: simplicity paired with accessories. Along with the shoes, thinkin about bringing those accessories into the flowers as well. A popular trend is adding peacock or other feathers to the bouquet or working them into hairstyles.


Another great way to accessorize bridesmaid attire is to supply the ladies with jewelry. Some brides let bridesmaids to wear their own jewelry, but since brides usually give their gals a gift for being a part of their wedding,  give them the jewelry you want them to wear. Buy them matching bracelets and wear one yourself!


Above images from Dessy

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