Wondering how to ditch the predictable and go with something different? Though solid color or monochromatics can be stunning on bridesmaids, check out what's happening on the bridal front in prints, dots, checks, stripes and florals!
One of the best things about incorporating print chic into your bridesmaid scheme is how you can pick up different colors and tie everything together with accessories, including bouquets. A few brave and ingenious brides are even mixing it up having the bridal party sport different prints entirely.
In addition, dresses in prints are likely candidates for actual rewear after the wedding and not likely to be hidden in the back of a closet or eventually cut up to make throw pillows.
Bold and beautiful, stripes can be large or small in scale but always add clean precision to a look. They go particularly well with nautical and Eastern Seaboard themes. A word of caution here. Not all bridesmaids can carry stripes. Petite and curvier figures would go better in thinner, smaller stripe patterns.
Polka dots suggest joy and whimsy. They also can be associated with pin-up fashion so of course if your bridesmaids like playing a bit of the sexy lady role they're perfect during and after the wedding. The uneven dots pictured below are less bold, more high fashion even sporting stripes at the same time.
Believe it or not plaids and tartans have been used in winter and Scottish themed weddings for years. Now on trend, they can be worn any season of the year. For my own Scottish themed wedding I was able to blend colors I didn't particularly like on their own for a wedding but had a lot of pizazz when combined in a tartan. The beauty of plaids is they can be the perfect backdrop for mixing colors and making the right accessories pop.
There are more floral prints out there to be had than just about any print available. Florals are great for weddings because they're romantic and proffer a certain femininity synonymous with weddings. Pictured below are bridesmaids all in the same florals as well as in similar patterns that compliment and play off of one another.
The height of the hippie/flower child era was late 1960's-early 70's. Tye dye was ever present back then, in casual wear mostly in knits and tee-shirt styles. Fast forward forty years and formal wear is adopting the look. Now in cotton and rayon, this rainbow of color would be ideal for a certain kind of bride and her entourage.
Checks can go as casual and country picnic as a blue gingham sun dress or as bold as a black and white checker board print. Checks like stripes are bold and deserve a well thought out silhouette to make them work to the best advantage. Both these styles boast a simple A-line cut.
Go ahead and mix it up a little--one maid in florals, another in checks and dots. Like everything else your eye will tell you whether or how much diversion is a winning combo...
Will you veer off the beaten path when it comes to choosing your bridal party's fashion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!