Wedding Trends: Bridesmaids Dresses

Moving back to the subject of wedding attire, we’re moving onto bridesmaids dresses. Sometimes being a bridesmaid is equated with being drafted. You have to do what you’re told from your commander (and are given tons of duties that don’t usually involve your agreement. Now as bridesmaid, you usually don’t mind this because it’s for your friend. The situation gets sticky though when it’s time to walk down the aisle in a hideous garb that has been deemed a dress.

Luckily, the trend seems to be shying away from ugly dresses for the bridesmaids in order to make the bride look prettier. That’s always good news for those on bridesmaid duty. A major trend for bridesmaids (and the wedding itself) is one of comfortability. This means allowing bridesmaids to wear what they like (within the bride’s taste). The major fad is the use of small variations among dresses or the use different dresses altogether among bridesmaids. So, if you’re about to be a bridesmaid, you just might get to choose what you wear.

Traditional bridesmaid dresses are very uniform. It’s one dress, meaning one style and one color. You must wonder if the purpose is for bridesmaids to be able to be spotted among the other guests at the wedding. In the most recent years, this very fixed tradition has had some twists put on it. Those not wanting to stray from tradition entirely are using the same dress by varying small details of it on each bridesmaid.

For instance, one style is use the dresses with the same length and shape, but choose differing tops, such as strapless, halter, etc.

Another fad is to use the same dress but in a few different colors.

Or, you can add a colorful touch to the birdesmaids’ outfits (such as a cardigan) to make each woman stand out.

A fun light-hearted trend that still obeys tradition is to use two or three colors of a dress with two or three different tops. It’s still uniform, but with options.

The last major trend that works within the frame of tradition is to have bridesmaids wear the same dress, but distinguish the maid of honor by varying hers.

It’s definitely more comfortable for each woman to allow them to pick their own dress rather than using the traditional one-dress-for-all idea. But, by using these slightly varied traditional looks, you shows that thought and care were taken into account to match attire.

For a complete rejection of tradition, some brides opt to have their bridesmaids to wear a dress of their choosing. This is usually done at very casual weddings, though. There are usually still some restraints on the bridesmaids though, because weddings are elegant affairs regardless of the motif.

Dresses of course must match the overall wedding design, but bridesmaids are usually left to themselves to choose a dress. After all, when you don’t abide by tradition, the dresses don’t need to be the same length, shape, color or pattern.

The only rule seems to be that the dresses can’t conflict with one another. If bridesmaids stay within the wedding motif, though, this shouldn’t be a problem. This is the newest trend for bridesmaid dresses, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most popular. It is truly only for very casual weddings.

This trend is not a returning old-fashion, but actually an emergence of a new one. So in a way, it is one of the only aspects of the wedding which conflicts with the overall trend of returning to simplicity and old-fashionedness. It has a ‘get together’ feel which requires no specific attire, hence it’s exceptionally casual.

No matter which trend of bridesmaid dresses you choose to use, be certain that you are happy with it. Your style and wedding design along with the comfort and style of the bridesmaids should all factor into your bridesmaid dress choice. After all, they’re your closest friends and family, so put them at ease, so they can enjoy your big day with you as much as possible.

For more wedding attire inspiration, check out our posts on the groom’s attire, boutonnieres, the bride’s “something blue”, bride’s veils, the long sleeved wedding dress, the backless wedding dress, the winter wedding dress, winter wedding bridal accessories, winter wedding groom accessories and winter wedding bridesmaid accessories.


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