Matching Color with Individual Styles
Finding that one perfect dress shade or color theme can be difficult. But once you do, it is smooth sailing ahead. Rather than picking the same dress style for every woman, just focus on a color or theme. Everyone will wear the chosen color when walking down the aisle, but in shape and design that they are comfortable with. This option is perfect if you have an expecting bridesmaid who is showing on the wedding day. With so many gorgeous dress styles, gone are the days when your friends will have to wear a uniform tent of satin and chiffon all day.
Letting your friends choose the cut and style of their dress puts control in their hands, and alleviates stress for everyone. For example, the bridesmaid with an ample chest can pick a dress with a halter neckline or tank style straps to afford maximum support, eliminating any risk of wardrobe malfunctions on the dance floor. On the other hand, your petite bridesmaid may opt for a dress with slightly shorter hemline so she will not feel like a little girl playing dress-up. Of course, any bridesmaid who is expecting will want to choose a dress with flowing fabric, perhaps with a comfortable empire waist.
Single Style with Coordinating Shades
Finding a single dress style that looks right on every bridesmaid is generally a daunting task, but it can be done if everyone is willing to cooperate and compromise. Multiple Saturday shopping trips (or girls?night in at the computer sessions) may need to be scheduled to get it right. Choosing a single style of dress allows you to have fun with colors. Each bridesmaid can pick a shade that compliments her taste and skin tone.
Being realistic, you know that the pale pink dress you fell in love with may not look as nice on the fair-skinned redhead of the bridal party as it did on your olive-toned, brunette sister, even if the dress itself is a winner. Letting your bridal party choose from two coordinating shades will result in better wedding photos, and all around happier bridesmaids. If possible, let them select from a dark shade and lighter shade, like dark regency purple and lilac.