With brides for the 2010 fall season in the deepest part of their planning, many are finding the task of selecting dresses for bridesmaids to be rather intimidating. With an overwhelming number of styles, colors, fabrics, and companies, any bride may find herself incredibly stressed. As a bride planning a wedding myself, I am very happy to share the information I have learned on the trends and other information you need to know when selecting bridesmaid attire. In this article, we’ll make the bridesmaid dress search for your fall 2010 wedding very simple by discussing the top five trends for the season.
1. The Short Dress
You’ve all heard the phrase from other brides, in reference to the hideous dress they’ve forced you to wear, “You can shorten it and wear it again!” Why not go ahead and bless your brides with a simple short dress? In early autumn, when the weather can still be quite hot for much of the country, light silks and organza make for airy dress fabrics which will keep your maids cool. In late fall, then the temperatures begin to fall, heavier taffetas and even thick cottons make for warmer options.
Buying on a Budget: Alfred Angelo Finer Option: Moonlight Bridesmaids
2. The Formal Dress
If you fall wedding is black-tie, long, more formal dresses have been showing up on runways all season giving you plenty of options. Look for simple details such as interesting neck lines, accenting colored sashes, small belts of beading and pre-attached brooches. Always look for finer silks and taffetas for these gowns.
Buying on a Budget: Group USA & Camille La Vie Finer Option: Occasion by PLBG
3. The Patterned Dress
Who says bridesmaids have to wear a solid color? With all the beautiful, warm colors of fall, finding a beautiful pattern for your maids prove to be amazing and is right on trend. These gowns are made of many fabrics so be sure and ask your tailor for samples.
For Budget Buys and Finer Options: Lynn Lugo
4. Mix and Match
A huge trend for weddings right now is to assign each bridesmaid a color and length and allow her to purchase her own dress. Out of all the brides I have interviewed, no one has had any complaints with this and even enjoyed all the women being their individual selves.
Buying on a Budget: J.C. Penney, Kohls Finer Options: Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys
5. Theme Dress
This fall has seen the emergence of theme wedding in many of the best industry books, but never fear: this does not mean cowgirl boots and southern bonnets. Themes where matching maid attire would be exciting may include a retro or throwback wedding with the maids channeling Jakie Kennedy, a beach theme where the ladies wear gauzy blue gowns with flip-flops, or even an Asian-inspired wedding, with the bridesmaids wearing lightly decorated, modest kimonos.
Good luck to all the bridesmaids and brides out there during your hunt for the perfect dresses. If you keep these three trends in mind, I am sure you will find a dress to please everyone in your party and leave guests talking for years!