Research is vital. Go online, visit online shops, download lookbooks, look for inspiration on wedding sites, browse paper magazines and designers' websites for ideas. Save all information to your mood board and ideas for the perfect outfit will come. Remember that the braidsmaids’ dresses should flatter the overall bridal look.
Flowery patterns are very feminine and romantic and shall make a perfect choice for the wedding. Choose a minimalist design (a sheath dress would be ideal) and let the pattern come to the forefront. It should also align with the overall theme of the wedding, so if you opt for nostalgic decorations or a rustic feel, flowery bridesmaid dresses will fit in perfectly.
Even though you might be tempted to choose dresses which are ornate and brightly-colored, bear in mind that it’s the brides who pay for the dresses. That’s why a better option is to find a dress which is simple, sleek and universal (in terms of style and color) and can be reused on other occasions. If it’s you who pays – anything goes.
When choosing dresses for petite bridesmaids avoid styles which are heavy in volume, and shape or too long.The dress must be in proportion to their small frame. Consider the empire design, the A-line or a short knee-long dress with a fitted bodice. All of them elongate the figure and look really flattering.
The most universal and flattering is the A-line dress. It’s likely to look really good on different body shapes. Its line is simple and Works well with the feminine body – it adds some volume and makes thin women look curvier, but also hides any parts of the body that a woman might not be happy with like heavy hips for example.
Colors are just as important as the dresses. In general, they should align with the overall wedding theme and harmonize with the bride’s gown. For spring and summer choose lighter or pastel colors and soft patterns, and for fall wedding dresses in jewel tones like emerald green or royal blue would be perfect.
Nobody says your outfit needs to be understated. You shouldn’t overshadow the bride, though, so it’s advisable to talk it over with her. If you decide on a sequin dress, make it simple. A strapless sheath design that falls down to the knee would be perfect. Keep your jewelry to the minimum.
The apple-shaped body type usually has slim legs and thighs, but the upper part is fuller and rounder. Choose a dress which will shape your body in the mid-section and make the upper part appear slimmer. Any dress with a defined waist and a V-neckline will make you look great. A gown with plenty of skirt is also an option!
Traditionally, lace has been reserved for the bride, but the rules are much more relaxed now. It brings a very feminine and romantic touch to the outfit, so why not? Remember not to make it too bridal, and choose a lace dress in a color other than white.
For summer weddings, when the temperatures become unbearable sometimes, choose lightweight fabrics like organza or chiffon or tulle. They are much more comfortable on scorching days. Stay away from satin and taffeta, let alone velvet.