Photo: Katelyn James
Selecting bridesmaid dresses can be just as tricky as picking our your own wedding gown! With lots of girls, come lots of opinions — and it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed. From lovely laces and preppy patterns to ombre pastels and dressy darks, our Fashion Editor has rounded up some reliable styles that work best for any body type. See more trends here.
Dress Designers (from left to right): Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm Occasions; Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca
After attending New York Bridal Market twice this past year, you can only guess how many wedding gowns and dresses we saw come down the runways. Thousands, maybe? From substantial halter necklines and shimmering fabrics to scalloped hemlines and even cool capes, be sure to choose only the BEST ones for your bridesmaids. Bonus: Our Fashion Editor suggests what to wear with ‘em too!
Photos (clockwise from top left): Robert Mitra, courtesy of JLM Couture, Dan Lecca (2). Dresses (clockwise from top left): Bari Jay, Alvina Valenta, Wtoo, Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid dresses have come a long way since the days of garish fabrics and giant shoulder pads – nowadays, bridesmaid styles are stylish, flattering and totally wearable post-wedding. In just a few short days, we’ll be checking out the newest dresses at New York Bridal Market (are you following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest yet?), so we took some time to predict what the newest bridesmaid trends will be. Check out our Fashion Ideas section to find out the top 10 trends we think will be hot, hot, hot in bridesmaid dresses this season (hint: glam is back!). And don’t forget to tell us in the comments below which bridesmaid dress styles are your favorites!
Dresses by (from left): Bari Jay; Wtoo. Bari Jay photo by Robert Mitra; Wtoo photo by Dan Lecca
Stripes have been a major summer trend on ready-to-wear runways and now they’re appearing in bridesmaid dresses. Horizontally-striped dresses are normally associated with nautical and preppy style, and the navy Wtoo dress pictured above, right is no exception. How cute would this style for a summer yacht club wedding? But we also love the vertically-striped Bari Jay for a beach fete – the stripes are so slimming and flattering, and provide a unique ombre effect that we just adore.
Would you dress your bridesmaids in stripes? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Dresses by (from left): Dessy Group; Eden Bridals. Photos by Robert Mitra
The black-and-white trend has spread from wedding dresses (hello, Vera Wang!) to bridesmaid styles. We saw several styles for ‘maids that featured white bodices and black skirts – it’s such a chic and modern look. And, particularly when you choose a short black-and-white style, you can totally throw a black blazer over the dress and wear it to work!
What do you think of this trend? Would you choose a black-and-white style for your bridesmaids? To view all of the new looks from New York Bridal Market, visit our Fashion Ideas page.