Forget pale pastels, washed-out summer shades and subtle neutrals — 2013 is the year of bold, vivacious, head-turning colour. So why not dress your bridesmaids in one of this year’s hottest hues?
Always associated with royalty, this season’s deep purple is dramatic and powerful. Matched with white it looks amazing for spring and summer; accessorised with gold, the glam factor is turned up to 10 and looks great for autumn and winter celebrations.
When you’re wearing a lush purple dress, a classic A-line shape, will flatter any figure, and white rose bouquets finish off a timeless look. An on-trend dress in this shade, such as a high low design, is a knockout — particularly if your bridesmaids want to look fashionably chic on your big day. And a design with chiffon draping works wonders if you’re having a vintage theme: just add a retro headpiece and loose tied bouquets of vintage-inspired blooms.
Dress 1: Style 52301 by Damas
Dress 2: Style L154020 by Belsoie
Dress 3: Style BY21265 by Sophia Tolli
Sweet and girly, perfect for summer — but don’t be fooled by this innocent-looking shade of pink: it is red hot. Add pale lipstick, voluminous hair and false eyelashes for a 60s-inspired twist; your bridesmaids will be fabulously glamorous.
A bandeau design in powder pink works perfectly with a midi length skirt and suits bridesmaids of any age. A halter neck adds sophistication and lashings of elegant glamour (diamond or diamanté accessories are a must). For a fashionable impact, an asymmetric neckline is fun, playful and the ideal choice if your bridesmaids love to boogie.
Dress 1: Style 14883 by Kelsey Rose
Dress 2: Style 5060 by Colour Kenneth Winston
Dress 3: Style 4096 by Alexia
Fresh, crisp and sensational for a spring wedding, the new green is as sweet as apple, as divine as dew-covered grass and as magical as a dreamy fairytale forest. If you want to go back to nature in the most dramatic way, go green.
If you’re wearing an apple shade, a flowing, floor length ethereal design will look ultra feminine and delicate. A classic spring green suits modern shapes and edgy details like a crossover at the bust and bow at the waist. A darker, deeper green makes such a sophisticated statement that it just has to be worn as a ball gown.
Dress 1: Style 2192 by DQ
Dress 2: Style D595 by Alfred Sung at Dessy
Dress 3: Style 7187 by Alfred Angelo
Another royalty-related shade, an intense sparkling blue makes such a big statement: it is a colour for a fearless, fashion-loving bride and confident, daring bridesmaids with an absolute love of colour.
A 60s-inspired shift, cut above the knee, looks outstanding in this shade — and just as show-stopping as a full length dress. An evening style with a halter neck is a true classic, very well suited to bridesmaids over 30. And an electric blue tea dress, steeped in 50s chic, looks wonderful at a vintage-themed wedding.
Dress 1: Kelly by Luna B
Dress 2: Jindra by Coast
Dress 3: Style M976 by True Bridesmaid
50 Shades of Grey
Just like those naughty novels by E.L. James, dressing your bridesmaids in shades of grey is sultry, unexpected and sexy. The ultimate “now” colour, silvery grey dresses suit every hair colour and flatter any complexion.
If you loved reading about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, you’ll know just how sexy “demure” can be — and a maxi dress in a light shade of grey really hits the spot. A short, fitted dress with lots of texture has a more obvious sex appeal — and a contrast sash adds even more pizzazz. Or simply show off this colour at its most elegant and romantic with a sweetheart neckline and a knee length skirt.
Dress 1: Pippa by Maids to Measure
Dress 2: Style D54 by Love Enzoani
Dress 3: Style D538 by Alfred Sung