We know that women come in all shapes and sizes. While they’re all stunning, a variety of body types makes it difficult to choose one
bridesmaid gown. Shopping for bridal party attire can be one of the most challenging tasks when planning your wedding. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of 10 things to consider when you’re looking for the most flattering bridesmaid dresses.
10 Traits of the Most Flattering Bridesmaid Dresses: 1. Ruching:
Gowns with pleating in the right places will hide any “flaws” your ‘maids may be self-conscious of. Look for ruching around the waist and bust. Pleated bridesmaid dresses are popular with designers like Bill Levkoff
and Alfred Sung
. 2. Always-Flattering A-Line:
Every consultant in our store will say that an A-line is universally flattering and a great go-to when choosing a silhouette. It’ll show off your waist then naturally flare out, giving you enough coverage and plenty of comfort. 3. One-Shoulder Neckline:
For more coverage and support, I recommend a one-shoulder neckline. This style leaves room for accessorizing, too! Try Spencer
from Kennedy Blue if you still want the sweetheart detail. 4. Mix and Match Necklines:
To make every ‘maid comfortable and confident, let them choose the neckline they love the most. Kennedy Blue
and Bill Levkoff make mismatched necklines easy to achieve. 5. Natural Waistline:
Shop for styles that highlight the natural waist. A belt or some bling near the narrowest part of a woman’s figure will be very slimming and chic. 6. Sleek in Sleeves:
Whether you choose cap or long sleeves, a little arm coverage can help a lot. Sleeves are on-trend right now, especially in the Watters collection
. 7. Matte Fabrics:
Shiny textiles will show every bump and curve on a woman’s figure. Chiffon is my favorite fabric for bridal party attire, and you’ll find that almost every designer has embraced it. 8. Wrap Dresses:
Wouldn’t it be ideal if every ‘maid could design her dream dress? It’s possible with the Dessy Twist Wrap
. These affordable gowns are a dozen styles in one! 9. Two-Toned Attire:
When done right, two-toned gowns are very flattering. Bari Jay
has a variety of multi-colored styles. You can see that the use of vertical stripes creates an elongating effect every woman would love. 10. Colors to Consider:
Yes, black is always flattering, but it may not be right for your wedding! Teal, eggplant, gray, and navy are flattering shades too keep in mind. If you choose a neutral palette for your bridal party attire, add a pop of color with accessories.
Our favorite designers for flattering bridal party attire.
Some of the most bridesmaid dresses are found in collections by our favorite designers here at the Shoppe. Discover looks from Alfred Sung, Bill Levkoff, Dessy, Watters, or Kennedy Blue and you’ll find all of the traits listed above
! Find a look with even one of these characteristics, and you’re sure to have some very happy (and stunning!) friends. What challenges have you faced when shopping for wedding party attire? Share them in a comment below! Did you buy your bridesmaid gowns from the Shoppe? Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also enjoy: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses from the Dessy Collection Bill Levkoff Bridesmaid Dresses: Get Fit and Fashion Top 10 Bridesmaid Dress Trends for Fall 2014