Bridesmaid Dresses Shopping Tips
By Anna K.
December 26, 2011
Legend has bridesmaids functioned as decoys for evil spirits for the bride. While nowadays we don't ask our best gal pals to ward off supernatural forces by pretending to be us, bridesmaid dresses are notoriously hideous. While it's gotten a lot better recently, I've still been seeing a few ugly bridesmaid dresses on sites like Style Me Pretty. Here are some age old tips to prevent our bridesmaids from feeling like they've been cursed.
1. The Bridesmaid Complements the Bride
Ugly bridesmaid dresses reflect badly on the bride and result in major karma points. So many brides are afraid that another woman is going to upstage her and one way to prevent this is to not make it a competition. In other words, the bridesmaid dresses should be a similar but different style. This is most frequently done by color, but you can also use any combination of length, fabric, silhouette, and neckline. For example, you might walk down the aisle in a sultry mermaid dress while your bridesmaids are nymph-like in light flowing chiffon gowns.
2. Real Women Dresses
Real women come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. We know that you've probably been agonizing about the perfect dress for your big day so you've read up on which silhouettes look best on which body shapes. But did you know that color makes a huge difference as well? Certain colors can make your skin look dull and faded. We suggest either going with a designer that has several different but related looks or allowing your bridesmaids pick their own dresses after setting a few parameters like fabric and cut. We especially love the color green, because it works well with warm and dark complexions.
3. Ask A Girl
While we suggest that you don't bring the entire entourage, but you can invite your most fashion-savvy friend to a brainstorming or shopping session. A fresh opinion is always a great thing to have.