Styling tips to help you choose accessories for your bridesmaids

By on September 11, 2015

Your bridesmaids have an important role to play in your wedding. When they look good, the entire wedding feels good. So, you have to make sure that you pay close attention to how they will be dressed.

In most cases bridesmaids pay from their pockets for their dresses. The least the bride can do for these women who agree to happily shoulder their responsibilities, is to buy them their accessories. Don’t you agree?

These simple styling tips will help you choose the right accessories for your bridesmaids dresses.

#Tip 1

Shop for accessories only after choosing the dresses

While there are accessories that go well with almost any dress, they aren’t necessarily the best choice. So, wait till you buy the bridesmaids dresses, to go shopping for their accessories. This way, you will avoid wasting time and can make a better selection.

#Tip 2

Simple dresses go with bold accessories and vice-versa

This is a very simple rule, yet one that many women fail to follow. Be it for a wedding or a cocktail party, it is not the dress or accessories that are the main focus, but the woman wearing it. For an uncluttered and elegant look, balance out the dress with the supporting accessories. For an embellished dress (like a sequined or patterned dress or one in a bold color), keep the accessories minimum. If the dress is relatively simple or in neutral shades with little to no accents, dress it up with attractive accessories.

#Tip 3

Let the neckline decide whether a necklace is necessary

Necklaces are accessories that can make or break a look. Not all dresses need necklaces to look great. For example, wearing a necklace with a halter dress would be too much. On the other hand, a sweetheart or bateau neckline would be emphasized with a pretty necklace.

#Tip 4

Don’t be scared to experiment with color

There is more than one way in which you can add color to your bridesmaids outfits. While the obvious choice is to choose a colorful dress, you should remember that not all colors look good on all women. You want your best friends to love their look, don’t you? If you prefer neutrals and toned down colors for their dresses, add pops of color with bright and bold accessories. This may be with shoes, waistbands or jewelry. When colors are paired with the neutral background of their dresses, the effect is enhanced.

#Tip 5

Mix and match accessories to suit each bridesmaids taste, but keep the look cohesive


Your bridesmaids have different personalities. Respect their individuality and let their looks reflect who they are. The accessories you choose for each woman should be suitable for her taste and match her style. This way you can make them all happy. The only thing to remember when choosing the accessories is to keep one factor uniform throughout. This could either be the color, the design or the impact it creates.

Now that you know what you should look out for when choosing bridesmaids accessories, how about finding the perfect dresses for your pretty friends? Visit our online store at Best for Bride for designer collections of the best bridesmaids gowns in all styles and price ranges.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more.



    Jessica W.

    September 23, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    I was not sure which direction to go with the bridesmaids, but I want them to feel special as well. These are good ideas!


    Carol F.

    September 23, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I made the mistake of ordering some accessories BEFORE the dresses, even though I knew the colors. That did not work out and caused a lot of issues!


    Nancy Westbrooke

    September 23, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I always like the un-accessorized look for the bridesmaids. That might be a little old fashioned for me these days however.


    Nikki Keelman

    September 23, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I was a bridesmaid one time and the bride and groom did an awesome job with our dresses and accessories. I hope I can get the same outcome at my wedding next year!


      Elinor Little

      July 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Did you see that red halter dress?!~? That thing is amazing and I want to wear that as my wedding dress 🙂


    Rhonda Roth

    October 30, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Just a necklace that fits the theme of the dress they are wearing, that is all they need in my opinion.


    Amanda Dodgen

    October 30, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I think shopping after you get the dress is the best option as well.


      Ida Brown

      November 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      I agree with this!

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