Every bride wants her special day to be unique and reflect her individual tastes and style. With Pinterest and the numerous wedding blogs on the Internet, a bride-to-be is influenced by the overwhelming options for decor, flowers, food and wardrobe for the wedding party. One lasting trend is to create an atmosphere of ethereal romance on their wedding day.
Here are some of the 2015 trends for bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses.
For Bridesmaids: A bride wants to be surrounded by her ‘besties,’ and close female relatives on her wedding day. A compassionate bride will want the women in her wedding party to look their personal best on the wedding day. Since her friends and family come in all shapes and sizes and perhaps different age ranges, many brides are opting for a uniform color and leaving the style of the dress to the individual bridesmaid. The maid of honor also has a significant vote in the style of dress the wedding party will wear.
Style: I visited Bravura, a well-stocked formal and bridal boutique at the Collections in Cumming, Georgia to see what local wedding parties are choosing this year. Daniela Castro, a sales consultant at Bravura likes the brand Dessy for the quality of construction, variety of styles and moderate price range. Dessy has a few different lines to accommodate the different tastes of today’s bride. Daniela recommended Dessy’s Alfred Sung line for its variety of knee length gowns, with box pleats on the skirt, fabric belts and pockets. These are perfect for laid-back style or backyard weddings. Dessy’s After Six line carries full-length gowns for formal or evening weddings. Many bridesmaids are choosing the goddess style gowns with gathered fabric on fitted bodices and long flowing skirts. The waist is emphasized with belt or fabric detailing. The deep cut V-neck is Daniela’s favorite. It is usually filled in with mesh fabric. High round neck halter styles are also popular this year. All of these dresses are available in a rainbow of colors, but order soon as construction usually takes three months.
Color: brides are choosing soft, romantic colors for their bridesmaid dresses. Blush pink and oyster (think soft warm grey) are very popular. Blush is a color that looks good on all skin tones and is a wonderful complementary color to many wedding color schemes. Many brides begin choosing their color scheme by choosing their own wedding dress first. Daniela says many brides are choosing ivory for their wedding dress color. Blush and oyster pair very well with ivory.
2015 color tip: The color experts at Pantone have declared marsala to be the color of the year in 2015. It is brownish red that has a warm earthiness to it. Consider using this in the small details of the wedding: lipstick, nail color, small marsala colored flowers in the bouquets, bow ties or men’s socks. Some brides may embrace this warm trendy color by having her groom wear a marsala colored jacket. Blush, tan, and taupe pair beautifully with marsala.
It’s a color in the South: Camouflage. Daniela showed me some very unusual bridesmaids dresses made in camouflage green with hunter orange detailing. Daniela says, “Pop culture always has an influence on style. ‘Duck Dynasty’ may have some influence on this choice.” More than one local wedding party has chosen this color combination. If anyone has pictures, I would love to see them.
Fabric: Following the soft romantic theme, chiffon is a popular choice of fabric for bridesmaid floor length skirts. The soft gathers and flowing fabric look good on all body types. It has nice movement when walking and in a gentle breeze.
Lace bodices are very popular right now. Nude, tan or ivory lining underneath regardless of the color the lace updates this look for 2015.
Mesh is also very popular. It adds color and coverage without a lot of bulk. This usually found on the neckline or shoulders of bridesmaid dresses.
Dupioni is a wonderful fabric for knee-length dresses. It has weight and sheen much like shantung silk. It is available in a variety of colors. It is great when choosing a style that incorporates box pleats in the skirt and pockets, which is very popular with bridesmaids.
Accessories: Some wedding parties are choosing to accessorize with headbands. Think hippy/boho look or Gatsby’s 1920’s look. Some headbands are a simple string of small pearls; others are loaded with dimensional flowers made from mother-of-pearl. The one thing they all have in common is they are white, ivory or grey. Think of them as a neutral accessory to add to your colored dresses.
Out of style for 2015 bridesmaids: Sequins, red, black and high-low hemlines.
For the Mother-of-the-bride/groom: Typically, the mother wears a dress with a little more coverage. Even if you have an amazing decolletage and sculpted arms, you don’t want to out-shine the bride on her special day.
Color: Do not wear the same color as the bridesmaids. Choose a neutral color such as taupe, deeper grey, nude or blush (if the bridesmaids are not wearing it.)
Fabric: Lace is in and is used in floor length and knee length dresses. Many mothers are choosing cap sleeve or half sleeve in lace. Fabrics with a metallic sheen are a new classic as well.
Style: Many mothers are choosing a subtle bling on their dresses; a bit of sequin or shimmer in the fabric. Daniela at Bravura recommends the Adrianna Papell line. “It has a hint of conservative but still kind of sexy. Great for a younger mother-of-the-bride.” She also recommends Tadashi brand for sophisticated style that is “covered and classic.”
Final tip when wearing formal wear: Foundation wear is a must for the best fit and look. Invest in Spanx or at least nude seamless underwear. If you are wearing a dress that does not accommodate a traditional bra, make sure bra cups are sewn into the bodice.