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2016 Bridesmaid Dress Trends

Bridesmaid’s dresses have come a long way since your grandmother’s generation. 10 pounds of fabric with poufy long sleeves are just not going to cut it in 2016!  Dresses play an important role in the overall wedding aesthetic and offer a fun and subtle way to make your wedding pictures POP! Today’s bridesmaid dress trends include mismatched gowns, all black chic, more casual than formal, and pure bold!  

The mismatched bridal trend has many facets:  using one color in different hues, picking a couple of complimentary colors and mixing and matching dresses and finally allowing separates for a less formal look and feel. All of these options offer less commitment to one color and complimentary tones unify the group. This approach makes shopping easier too, no hunting down the same dress or worrying about not having the right size. Mixing up the shade of color also gives the bridal party a chance to express their personality and feel more confident standing next to the beautiful bride on her day. Happy bridesmaids, happy wedding. 

We think the separates option is a fun choice and offers the most versatility plus going with separates offers bridesmaids the benefit of having two new items to add to their closet! Push the limits and have fun with separates by pairing a solid colored top with a patterned skirt, or pairing a formal skirt with a casual top or vice versa. Skirts are a fun way to enhance the party vibe and offer so much variety; long, short, flowy or pencil.

Opt for solid black bridesmaid dresses for a chic simple look. Black is a bold contrast next to the white wedding gown and allows you to be more creative with flower bouquets and unexpected touches. Couple your chic black dress with a hot pair of heels! Ask your bridesmaids to use little accents and accessories to express themselves. Some feel black may be a little dull and you can avoid this by choosing black dresses with a dramatic detail like one shoulder, open back or sweetheart neckline. The color doesn’t have to do all the talking, mix up where you want the attention.

On the other end of the spectrum, bold, bright and loud colors are becoming more and more popular in upcoming spring and summer weddings. It’s a twist on tradition and breaks the rules of soft tones and shades. Share your spotlight with your bridesmaids by rocking the upbeat pink or sunny yellow!

Bridesmaid’s dresses are a great opportunity to play off of the Wedding Pantone colors of 2016; Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pairing the color choices with the trending dresses is a great way to be on fashion point! Rose Quartz is a color that looks great on everyone and would be a fun way to use the different tone trend. Or mix it up and choose both Pantone colors for the dresses- the visual of pastel colors give a sense of calm.

Finally, don’t forget the goal is to pick out bridesmaid’s dresses your friends can wear again and again. There’s nothing worse than buying an expensive gown you’ll only wear once. 

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