Originally posted on May 6, 2010
I've received a request from a bride inquiring how to style bridesmaids using different dresses. I'm actually so glad she brought it up because it's definitely worth talking about. There is (in my opinion, anyway) a right and wrong way to do it. This has become a pretty popular trend in recent years, and I have seen it turn out super cute and, unfortunately, also seen it look really bad. Note: you can click to enlarge the photos below.
Don't do this!
These are all super cute "short" dresses with "red"-like names, and yet, they all look so different!
Top row, from left: Suzi Chin dress in "tomato" from Macy's, Wtoo #751 in "azalea", Mossimo dress in "red" from Target, B2 #B3091 in "cranberry", David's Bridal #8585 in "apple"
Bottom row, from left: After Six #6559 in "valentine", Alexia Designs #972 in "scarlett", Love by Enzoani #B16 in "burgundy", Calvin Klein dress in "rouge" from Nordstrom, Jessica McClintock #53789 in "red"
Bottom row, from left: Melissa Sweet #ms301, dress by John Paul Gaultier for Target, dress by BCBGeneration from Macy's
There is another way to allow maids some say in their dress style, without sacrificing the overall look. If you choose the manufacturer, the color, the fabric, and what length you want, you can allow your girls to choose whatever style they want within those parameters, without sacrificing uniformity.
These dresses are all by Bill Levkoff, in his European Satin fabric in "Euro Fuschia" and "Euro Black". All the girls are in different styles, but it's still obvious they are all members of the bridal party.
Top row, from left; styles: 534, 423, 9100 (maternity), 525
The a-line style is great for plus-sized girls because it balances out broader shoulders and hides bigger hips. The slim-fitting style is great for petite girls.
Both by David's Bridal in "lapis". A-line style #83312, slim-fit style #39261