Hideous ruffles, oddly placed bows and frilly fusions of lace and tulle – these are the images that, for many, come to mind when someone mentions “bridesmaid’s dress.”  It’s enough to make any woman shudder at the thought.  Lucky for us, this is one stereotype that we can kick to the curb! Trends in the wedding industry are constantly changing, as are the trends in bridesmaids’ dresses. And after spending a year & a half as the owner of Bella Bridesmaid in Broad Ripple Village, I’ve got the scoop on all the latest to keep your ladies-in-waiting feeling poised and looking lovely.

Mix and Match Styles
Let’s face it, we are not all the same shape and size. Some of us pride ourselves on our killer legs while others love showing off their toned shoulders.  By choosing one color and allowing each bridesmaid to choose a style that compliments her body type you will have a posse of bridesmaids that feel comfortable and pretty.
Mix and Match Colors

This is a newer trend that is really taking off, and I must say that I love it! How it works? Choose your color and allow each bridesmaid to choose a different shade of that color that works best for them. Whether the dresses are uniform or not, the ladies still look coordinated. The overall effect is lovely!

The Mini

Party dresses are perfect for a flirtier look. Traditionally, designers produce two types of bridesmaid dresses: floor-length and knee-length. Not anymore. Meet the mini-length! The mini hits just above the knee and offers a contemporary silhouette. Floor-length dresses tend to offer a more uniform look, but the party dress is definitely more universal. And dare I say, they can wear it again.

Heavy Metal

Metallic colored dresses are hot. In fact, I sell more dresses in pewter grey than any other color. Why?  This color pops against all skin tones. Brides are also choosing shades of gun-metal grey, bronze and copper, again, because these colors look good on everyone. It’s the perfect way to do neutral without doing neutral!

Bridesmaids Gifts

By tradition, the bride gives a little something to each bridesmaid for being a part of her big day. How about instead of giving the bridesmaids monogrammed tote bags, you consider putting that money towards the cost of the dresses? Your bridesmaids will be more than appreciative of the gesture.

Now that you know what’s chic this year, do your friends a favor and pick a dress style that makes each one of your gals feel pretty and relaxed. A happy bridal party makes for a happy bride. Allison Rechter is the owner of Bella Bridesmaid in Broad Ripple Village Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information or to set up an appointment call, 317-850-0027. Join them on Facebook, too! Photo by Stacy Newgent. Please visit www.stacynewgentweddings.com, for more details surrounding her work.

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