Thanks to Kelli Holmes and Blair Moore at Bella Bridesmaid for answering this week’s reader question:
I don’t want my bridesmaids to wear “matchy matchy” dresses, but I want the look to be cohesive and pretty. What are some ways to get the look?
We are hearing this more and more these days and there are actually many options that can achieve this goal.
You can always opt to have each of your bridesmaids in a different dress style, while maintaining the same fabric and color choice. Although this isn’t a new concept, it’s a proven winner and your bridesmaids will love having a voice as to which style works best for their body.
More advice after the jump!
Another possibility would be to vary the colors of the dresses to create an ombre effect or even introduce a complimentary printed dress to mix with one or more solid colored dresses. Amsale and Monique Lhuillier have each introduced lovely printed fabrics into their 2013 bridesmaid collections.
A growing trend is to embrace multiple textures by offering different fabrications while staying within the same color family. Most recently, we’ve seen designers add such fabulous fabrics to their lines to include tulle and lace dresses. Some of our favorite fabrications to pair together are chiffon dresses mixed with dresses in tulle and we also like blending dresses in silk charmeuse or satin with the new lace options.
There is so much variety currently being offered in the world of bridesmaids that it isn’t as complicated as one might think to create a pleasing mix of diversity for your bridal party.
You can find more advice from Bella Bridesmaid in the Spring/Summer issue of D Weddings, out on newsstands now.