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.
Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Dessy, Bari Jay, Watters, Amsale. Dessy, Bari Jay, and Watters photos by Robert Mitra; Amsale photo by Dan Lecca
We saw dozens of bridesmaid dresses during New York Bridal Market, but there were a few trends that definitely emerged. Black or dark-colored lace bridesmaid dresses were featured in most of the collections that we saw, and we must say, we love the look. It’s feminine and flirty, but still feels quite formal – and even a bit edgy. Tell us in in the comments: Would you want your ‘maids to sport this look?
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Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Watters; Anna Elyse Bridesmaid; Monique Lhuillier; BHLDN. Photos by Dan Lecca (3); courtesy of BHLDN
When you’re shopping for bridesmaid dresses, it’s important to not only consider styles that will look great on your gals, but also dresses that will fit your wedding season. And since springtime is about blooming blossoms and (we hope!) blue skies, heavy fabrics and dark colors simply don’t look right at spring weddings. Check out our top hues for spring bridesmaids:
Pale Coral: Coral is absolutely the hot color for bridesmaids this year. While we typically think of it as a summer, beachy hue, we think a paler coral would look just right at a spring garden wedding.
Mint: We know, we know – isn’t emerald the hot green of the moment? Well, yes, but it’s a little too deep and dark for springtime. Featuring a pale mint is a great way to include green in your wedding palette.
Floral: We’re aware that technically floral is not a color, but this pattern is never more appropriate than in in the springtime.
Sky Blue: This color looks great on most skin tones and looks beautiful at both formal and casual occasions.
What color are your bridesmaids wearing?
Clockwise from top, left: Dress by Amsale; dress by Monique Lhuillier; dress by Alfred Angelo, dress by Jim Hjelm Occasions. All photos by Dan Lecca
If you’re starting to think about your wedding color scheme and style, you should also factor in what shade your bridesmaids will be wearing. Remember that your bridesmaids aren’t just there for moral support, they also serve as an important decor element (yes, we know how weird that sounds – but it’s true!). Check out the four hottest bridesmaid dress colors for 2013 (and venues where they’ll look their best):
Coral: This bright shade was hot at the 2013 Golden Globes – and on the bridal market runways. We think coral looks gorgeous at beach weddings, or really any warm-weather celebrations.
Gray: Whether you prefer a more silvery tone or a darker charcoal, we love this sleek and modern hue as a replacement for black at formal ballroom weddings.
Green: Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, and we think it makes a beautiful shade for bridesmaid dresses – particularly if you’re hosting a modern wedding in a loft or art gallery.
Blush: If your wedding will take place in a garden, there’s perhaps no more appropriate shade than super-feminine blush. Choose a light and airy fabric, like chiffon, for a totally garden-appropriate look.
What color are your bridesmaids wearing? Tell us in the comments!
We peruse through dozens of real weddings every day (we know, poor us), and sometimes we see a wedding detail so brilliant we just have to share it with you. This is one of these ideas.
We are all in favor of couples mixing up the genders in the wedding party – Best Women, Bridesmaids, Man of Honor, we’ve seen it all, and think it’s more important to honor those you care about that stick with traditional single-sex bridesmaids and groomsmen. So we were so psyched to see Lauren and Tom’s Alexandria, Virginia wedding – which featured a mostly female groom’s side – Tom’s sister, two female friends, and one male friend. And we just adored the “groomsladies'” ensembles – gray dresses from David’s Bridal accessorized with sashes fashioned from the Macy’s ties Tom and his groomsman wore.
Photos by Vita Images
Says Lauren: “One of my favorite things about Tom is how well he understands women. He grew up with an older sister, his mother, and his grandmother all in the same house, so that’s where he gets it from. And when he chose his wedding party, he knew pretty quickly that he wanted some special ladies on his side of the aisle. Since it was a garden wedding, he knew he didn’t want a tux and so the fabulous grey J. Crew suit took shape early. That meant Paul would be in a grey suit as well, and the groomsladies in grey dresses. But Tom was confident that the groomsladies shouldn’t look like bridesmaids; that’s one reason why they didn’t carry bouquets. He came up with the tie idea as a way for them to look “Groom side, strong side,” as they kept saying, but still feminine. The tie around the waist worked really well.“
Are you having mixed-gender wedding parties? If so, how are you differentiating their ensembles? Let us know in the comments!