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:
We are ending our week at the amazing Peninsula Chicago with one skirt, two ways! A big thank you to the Peninsula, Chicago for allowing us to feature their beautiful property. Today we have an amazing Roberto Cavalli printed crepe de chine maxi skirt. This blue and white printed skirt can be dressed down or up. We think the print is perfect for a Sunday farewell brunch. For our casual look we paired the skirt with a simple James Perse white t-shirt and Valentino studded metallic leather sandals. We kept the accessories simple with a Lanvin pewter cuff and crystal cocktail ring. Our dressy version for the skirt involves the same print in the top and blazer. The accessories are simple Jimmy Choo Lance metallic leather sandals and Maison Martin Margiela silver-tone crystal ring. What is your favorite piece? Is the dressy version too much with the print?
This week we are featuring another one of our friends from the Engage12 conference, and heading to Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel on the Magnificent Mile. When I think of a Chicago wedding, I think of a traditional black-tie affair that is the epitome of understated elegance. In Chicago, there are few better places to do that than The Peninsula’s Grand Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views. The Peninsula prides it’s self on incredible service and providing a relaxing environment for its guests. To us, it sounds like a wonderful place to check in for the weekend and get away from it all!
We love Monique Lhuillier’s “Candice” gown for it’s long sleeves and demure lacy sexiness. Sometimes the most alluring thing can be to show nothing except the shape of a woman. This dress does just that with it’s slim column silhouette and long sleeves. The detachable sheer skirt gives the bride a more traditional and voluminous look for going down the aisle and then a sophisticated dress for the reception. We would suggest changing up your hair and accessories to really make the two looks different and distinct.
We end our beautiful week in Paris with a Parisian cafe inspired outfit. Most of your time spent in Paris will be in the amazing street-side cafes that line the streets in Paris. Today’s outfit is trendy and fashionable but not over the top. Parisian woman are fashionable but not overtly. The staple piece in today’s selection is the amazing Stella McCartney Neon floral jacquard pencil skirt which we paired with a J.Crew striped cotton-silk popover. What do you think of the combination? We also used neutral and gold tones to accessorize the outfit. What is your favorite piece?