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Bridesmaid Dress Trends

For decades, bridesmaids have walked down the aisle in matching dresses. They often wore shoes and flower corsages that were the same color as their dresses. There’s much more freedom in bridesmaid dress colors now. Instead of being matchy-matchy, consider a collection of colors or different shades of the same color. The effect of these bridesmaid dress trends is stunning.

Shades of Gray or Other Colors
Instead of choosing one color for all the bridesmaid dresses, the bride chooses many shades of the same color. For example, the wedding color that the bride wants to use for the bridesmaid dress color may be purple. The bride selects a different shade of purple for each bridesmaid dress. One bridesmaid may have a light purple or lavender dress. The next bridesmaid’s dress is a bit darker, and another bridesmaid has a medium purple. Another bridesmaid may have a dark purple dress. The bridesmaids may be standing in order as to the darkness of the dress color with the darkest color being closest to the bride for more contrast. The resulting bridesmaid lineup is an ombre effect.

Expanding Ombre
Similar to the differing shades that create an ombre look is a collection of ombre bridesmaid dresses that are similar but not exactly matching. All the dresses may have similar ombre patterns or some bridesmaids may have a solid color dress that matches the ombre dresses. Gray is a popular bridesmaid color. If using this color style with gray, one bridesmaid may have a dark gray dress. Another bridesmaid may have an ombre dress that includes that dark gray color and a light gray. The next bridesmaid may have a light gray dress.

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Some brides choose bridesmaid dresses of a range of colors to match the rainbow. This full range of color is best suited for an outdoor, casual wedding.

Multicolored and Matching Colors
Another color choice is to have the maid of honor or a bridesmaid in a multicolored dress. The other bridesmaid dresses are colors that match the multicolor dress. If the multicolored dress was the one pictured in the article, the other bridesmaids might have mauve or yellow dresses that match the multicolored dress.

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Color Collection
The rainbow is not the only collection of colors that brides are choosing. Some brides choose colors that look well together. In this scenario, there might only be one bridesmaid dress that is the same as one of the wedding colors. The bridesmaid dress colors are chosen, because they look stunning against the fabric of the other bridesmaid dresses. Many people tend to gravitate towards certain colors or collections of colors. This is a way for the couple to share their favorite coordinating colors and have an innovative color scheme.

The bride’s choices for bridesmaid dress colors is no longer limited to the wedding colors. Explore other options and choose what you think is beautiful and most expressive of your personality. In addition to changing color trends, bridesmaids dresses are evolving. Some of the new styles of dress construction are becoming more sophisticated than the simple dresses of the past. Tiered tops and gathered, sculpted fabrics are the new highlights of bridesmaid styles. Many dresses have more embellishments than previous styles. For the latest information about wedding trends, visit the Best for Bride blog.

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5 thoughts on “Bridesmaid Dress Trends

  1. It seems like trends are changing all of the time PLUS you have to be worried about what trends are popular in your area as the region makes a difference as well.

  2. I like the idea of having similar, but not exact dresses. That allows each to have their own look.

  3. When it comes to trends, that is where I lack the wherewithal.

    1. I feel the same way. Even as I read this I am thinking, “really?”

  4. This is great advice. Trends change so much and they are hard to keep up with. I would hate to have a traditional wedding with trends from 10 years ago!

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