How to dress the bridesmaids is always something that my clients agonize over. It’s such a difficult decision because the bride wants them to look and feel great, but the choices are somewhat limited. Continuing our feature of The Pierre Hotel and Leslie Mastin Events, we are going to talk about how to dress your bridesmaids for a formal New York City wedding.
I know that you have heard me say this before, but I will make no secrets of the fact that I prefer long bridesmaid dresses. To me, they give a much more polished and classic look. You don’t have to worry about the dresses all being hemmed to the same point on each bridesmaid, and what her shoes look like. Also, long bridesmaid dresses are more formal than short, so for this wedding they were the perfect choice.
Mary, our lovely bride above, wanted to do something long and cream. In theory, she like the idea of each bridesmaid having their own dress style, but she was concerned that it would look messy. Ultimately, she decided on the Aidan dress by Jenny Yoo that allowed the bridesmaids to all look the same, but with a twist. This dress is fantastic for several reasons:
1) The shape is great, and flattering on many different body types
2) It comes in a slew of different colors of Luxe Chiffon
3) It’s a convertable dress that can be worn over 15 different ways! This is accomplished with two chiffon panels of fabric on the front and back of the dress that can be concocted into many beautiful styles.
My advice for having this turn out well is to know the style each bridesmaid is going to wear ahead of time, and have it perfected. That way, no one is figuring it out during the rush of getting ready.
Here is a great chart from their website that illustrates many of the different ways it can be worn:
When deciding on where the hem of a dress should fall, most people do it by sight and like it just above skimming the floor. But there is actually a lot of room for interpretation. Sometimes, the client wants it a bit shorter if she knows she’s prone to tripping, or sometimes they want it as long as possible.
Of course it is important to get it where it looks best, but something most people don’t consider is whether or not the dress will be worn on carpet. This has a big impact on where the dress should fall because when you walk (even on low pile) carpeting you sink just a bit into it. If the hem of your dress is skimming a hard floor in the fitting, it will most certainly get caught on the pile when you walk.
My advice: make it just a quarter of an inch higher so that you won’t be dealing with friction when walking. There is nothing worse than having to lift up your hem all night.
We are back at the fantastic Peninsula Chicago to talk about the bridesmaid’s style. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Today our bridesmaids are wearing an Alice and Olivia sequin ball gown. We just love the metallic textured taffeta and the sequined bodice. Together they create a voluminous and beautiful dress that is perfect for a ballroom reception. The accessories are understated and simple playing off the metallic tones in the dress. What is your favorite piece?
We are back at Little Nell for our bridesmaid style inspiration. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing Valentino Haute Couture therefore the bridesmaids must also be styled accordingly. The bridesmaids dresses are beautiful MATTHEW WILLIAMSON in creamy silk-chiffon. The mint color will tie in perfectly with the natural beauty of Aspen. Since the dress is so stunning we have kept the accessories plain and simple. Our favorite piece is the VALENTINO embellished leather sandals. What is yours?
Finding beautiful bridesmaids dresses that look great on and compliment the wedding style is one of the biggest challenges of my job. So often the dresses are poorly made and unflattering on multiple body types. All of my clients want their family and friends to look and feel great, so I’ve started using ready-to-wear dresses as an alternative. Even though the dresses below may be out of the budget for most weddings, they can offer inspiration on dressing your wedding party a little differently.
1) Monique : I love the malachite green that Monique used in much of her collection this season. I am always looking for new and interesting ideas for bridesmaids and we think this printed faille strapless draped column gown would be amazing for a wedding party.
2) Jenny Packham: Even though I’m not much of a fan of short bridesmaid dresses (because the hemlines always vary and the knees show etc.), I love the idea of this dress for bridesmaids. The midnight blue with black beading is formal enough for a black tie wedding and super chic. I also love the fact that it’s below the knee so they show. To quote Coco Chanel “Short skirts are all wrong, let’s face it — the knee is the ugliest part of the body.” I could not agree more.
3) Naeem Kahn: This red Naeem Kahn gown reminds me of something Grace Kelly would have worn in To Catch a Thief. I think it would be an amazing bridesmaid dress and can envision bridesmaids gliding down the aisle with chiffon billowing behind them.
I hope these dresses have inspired you and would love to hear what your ideas are!