24 October 2012

weddings // better picks for bridesmaids.

We've all seen poor Katherine Heigl in "27 Dresses" -- all the frocks she donned for friends' weddings were ones she'd never wear again (even though the brides promised otherwise).

Yikes.  Two of the hideous picks that Katherine's character Jane is forced to wear in the name of friendship.

I am LOVING the new trend toward (a) letting maids select their own dresses as long as they're in a particular color scheme or hue, and (b) opting for (often chicly mismatched) dresses from the likes of ModCloth, Ruche, and Shabby Apple (and so many more; although a bit more traditional than the previous mentions, I love J.Crew's wedding line, too).  Don't these bridesmaids look happier to you?



I think my hands-down favorite is ModCloth for bridesmaid dresses.  The delightful retro vibe in most of ModCloth's dresses pairs perfectly with the vintage-inspired weddings than have been so trendy (and continue to be popular -- I'm a fan myself) among brides over the last few years.  I think my favorite look is the deliberately mismatched bridal party, which certainly gives bridesmaids a broader range of options.

Here, I've curated a collection of patterns, but I think a variety of patterns mixed with solid colors works just as well.


Brides can still keep it semi-traditional (and consistent with wedding colors) with mismatched styles in coordinated colors, too (and, might I add, peach and blush are my favorite wedding colors lately!).  Yellow and gray is a big hit right now, too:



What do you think?  What did your bridesmaids wear, or are you planning a wedding and coming up for ideas for your maids?  Sound off below!


14 comments:

  1. Woooow. All of those dresses look beautiful. I wish I could get one in every shade! Great post & amazing new blog design. It looks FANTASTIC. I love it :)

    xo, Adriana.

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  2. I love this trend!
    I only had one - I know how much work it is being a bridesmaid and because we were over the peak of weddings in our friend group and everyone had been bridesmaids multiple times, I wanted my friends to have a weekend away without all of the wedding party obligations. I had a vision for my MOH and sent her a few ideas and colours but ultimately let her pick her own. Because I only had one, I paid for the dress too.

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    1. That's so cool, Jay -- I love that! I imagine it's a tad easier for a MOH to pick her own dress since she doesn't have to worry about coordinating with anyone else, too. :)

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  3. I ADORE this trend as well! I think it looks so chic and keeps the girls personalities!

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  4. Argh no this will never happen with my wedding haha! (funny you mentioned 27 dresses, I was hunting for my dvd copy of it the other day... to no avail boo!). I have my wedding planned out in my head and all my bridesmaids will wear the same colour, the same dress. I'll make them look stunning though. I've already chosen the retailer - and it's a place I buy classic dresses from. So they won't hate me thankfully! Unlike 27 dresses they will be able to wear it again :D

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  5. I love the idea of mismatched dresses but it makes me SO nervous. I love my lady friends but considering we're all thousands of miles away, I would be realllllly scared about giving them creative license without seeing everyone altogether. But I love your picks Emily! :)

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    1. I totally agree! I think the best approach would be to give them a SELECTION of options they can choose from. That way YOU know they still match and you (as the bride) like the styles, but they still have some autonomy with choosing their own dress.

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  6. Definitely a great idea, to have mismatched dresses. But I'm not sure if it always will turn out great, but I think the bridesmaids at least can pick what they like and feel comfortable in as long as it is in line with the whole wedding

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  7. I love letting your bridesmaids choose their dresses! I gave my girls a line, fabric, and color and they got to choose their dresses, which worked out great. I would obviously choose something different now, but they were so much happier than if I had given them all one dress to wear!

    Thanks for linking up today Emily :)

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  8. I love the idea of mismatched dresses. It's great because every girl can find a dress that suits their style and body best. Plus having a variety of dresses just looks so pretty :)

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  9. LOVE the idea of mismatched but coordinated dresses!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  10. these are TOO cute! I've already got my maids' dresses... is it too late to change my mind? hehe :)

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  11. I love when bridesmaids mismatch - so much more interesting and flattering for everyone!

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  12. I love the look of mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I had my bridesmaids all pick out a dress that they liked in a dark purple so that they would (hopefully) get a dress that they really liked and would wear again. There were 6 bridesmaids, each in a different style of dress and about 4 different shades of purple and they each looked great (plus it looked awesome in the pictures!).

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