Bridesmaid dresses have long been branded as eccentric, one-occasion ensembles, but this season, there’s a rise in gowns that the maids will actually want to wear again. Bella Bridesmaids owner Ashley English weighs in on the biggest trends of the moment.
Color. Last season, the palette skewed toward pastel hues of pink and blue, plus grays and beaded champagne and gold dresses. According to English, pastels are out, but gray and gold are here to stay. “Girls are transitioning to dresses in colors such as cranberries and slates right now,” she says. “The gold and champagne dresses usually have lots of beading, which girls love at the moment.”
Shape. Wedding dresses at the Paris Fashion Week Fall 2015 shows highlighted illusion and length, and bridesmaid dresses are following suit. “Halters are big and so are high necks. A lot of girls like cat sleeves and illusion necks, where you can see a little skin. V-necks and scoop necks are popular, too. Strapless isn’t very popular these days.” English has also noticed the popularity an elongated silhouette. “Floor length is in. The majority—I’d say 90% of the dresses we sell—are floor length.”
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Bridesmaid gifts serve as a treasured reminder of a bride’s appreciation—even more so when they’re personalized. “Engraved bridesmaids gifts are a lovely way for the bride to personalize individual sentiments,” says Sheila Harper, owner of Ellie Bing. The bangles, rings, and necklaces pictured (all available at Ellie Bing) come in 14k gold or sterling silver, and can be engraved with dates, monograms, quotes, etc. Prices range from $80-$200.
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