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Bridesmaid Dresses That Don’t Look Like Bridesmaid Dresses

1. Step away from the satin. Nothing says “bridesmaid” like shiny, squeaky satin. Yes, satin does look put together and glamorous but it also looks like every other bridal party in the history of weddings. Plus, satin always seems so stiff, even when it’s not.

Why not try and switch up your fabric? Soft, flowing chiffon is flattering, comfortable, and comes in every silhouette under the sun. Plus, it’s a lot more forgiving on certain body types than satin. Kennedy Blue, available exclusively at the Wedding Shoppe, has two gowns that really stick out to me. Two of the best-selling styles, Olivia and Sydney, are chiffon with ruched bodices and flowing skirts. I would definitely wear either of one of those two again, especially the shorter of the two styles.

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2. Think outside the rainbow. Certain colors are always associated with weddings. During the spring, these are soft pastel colors while during the fall, people tend to look towards golden and burnished tones. For my wedding, I wanted colors that would pop and really stand out. I thought my ladies should complement the decorations and vice versa.

I went with royal blue and hot pink. I wasn’t afraid that my maids would stand out; I wanted them to. Why not look beyond ROYGBIV (please tell me I don’t have to explain that acronym) and pick colors that stand out. The Wedding Shoppe has designs that come in every color under and outside the rainbow. Seriously. How about Canary, Watermelon, or even Sangria?

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3. Bolder can be better. Prints can be a little tricky when it comes to attendant attire. Do you put them all in the same print? Mix and match? Select just one or two attendants for print? Yes, prints can be scary, but you can do it!

My favorite thing, and the very best one about using prints, is that very few people go down that route. I actually know only one brave soul who did. And while it was rough picking the dresses out, figuring out the best way to attire everyone, at the end of the day we all looked gorgeous. Prints instantly provide your bridesmaids with a unique look that you probably won’t see anywhere else.

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4. Asymmetrical is A-OK. One of my all-time favorite styles of the past few years has been the one-shoulder asymmetrical look. You can be a Grecian goddess or subtly sexy without flashing too much. Plus, the trend is extremely flattering on most body and bust types.

You can choose a one-shoulder look with a fitted bodice like Bill Levkoff 492, which creates an hourglass silhouette or look for a short and flirty style, such as 477, which your ladies could easily wear again. Either way, you know I approve of anything that pushes aside that strapless sweetheart style so popular with today’s bridal wear.

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5. Cheers for sheers. Recently, I went shopping to find a gown for a black tie wedding I have. I tried on a ton of looks and finally fell madly in love with a black and white geographic print with a sheer panel around my waist. Now, sheer panels can be chic or seedy. In the wrong place, it’s definitely more “Pretty Woman” than pretty dress for a wedding. But done right, and sheer can be eye-catching and head-turning. How stunning is this new look from Christina Wu? Sheer fabric at the waist creates a crop-top style that’s appropriate for any ceremony.

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