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10 tips for choosing bridesmaid dresses

choosing bridesmaid dresses

It's not all about you when you're choosing your bridesmaid frocks. Not really. 

You see, these girls are going to be supporting you on one of the biggest days of your life. So you want them to feel happy. And if you choose frocks that make them look and feel fabulous then they're going to be smiling all the way. Here's how to do it. 
  1. Think of the location of your wedding. If you're getting married on a beach, then your maids will need to be wearing something soft, light and filmy so that they look and feel cool. Don't go for any heavy fabrics or brocade.
  2. Ask your girls to tell you honestly what they feel their best points are and what they'd rather remain hidden. So a girl who has long elegant legs might want to show them off - but hide a somewhat flat chest. Alternatively, a girl who feels her arms are her best feature may be happy to show them, but be a bit self-conscious about her legs. Chat to them and look through bridesmaid styles together. 
  3. Think about the colors you're choosing. Some girls suit some shades and others don't. If you've got a particular color theme you can get round this by choosing contrasting and complementing colors or by opting for an ombre effect. (The Dessy Pantone tools are very useful for choosing wedding colors and working out what goes with what.)
  4. If you want your maids to wear their frocks again, then think about separates. This is very on trend. Check out this Dessy style here. 
  5. Don't be frightened of opting for different necklines. They can look fabulous and choosing the same color will hang your look together.
  6. In winter, be thoughtful and give your girls some cover ups against the cold. Maybe a cosy pashmina or shrug. Don't leave them shivering - it won't make for good photographs. 
  7. If you have a bridesmaid who's a young teen and at that in-between age, you'll find Dessy Junior Bridesmaid styles a real find. They're similar in design to adult bridesmaids, but cut for a less mature figure. 
  8. Don't forget about shoes for your bridesmaids - experiment with different colors and remember that metallics always look good.
  9. Get some fabric swatches for dresses you like - and talk through the fabrics with your maids. 
  10. Finally, the Dessy Twist Dress is popular for good reason. It comes in all sorts of colors, can be wrapped in a number of styles, you can choose long or short and it will also work for pregnant bridesmaids.