Julia wears the Berlin dress in Coral, other bridesmaids wear styles similar to the Soho Jumpsuit in Oyster and the Florence dress in Coral.
Long gone are the days when the invitation to be your best friend’s bridesmaid came with a sense of impending doom at the monstrosity of a non-flattering dress you might have been expected to wear. The modern day bridesmaid has so many more choices and will no longer have to down a few pre-ceremony proseccos just to brave the congregation. So, what exactly is the coolest way to do bridesmaids dressing, I hear you ask? Read on, for having dressed thousands of beautiful bridesmaids, we are the experts...
1. MIX AND MATCH
Do you really believe that all of your adult bridesmaids (women who have spent the last few decades of their lives forming their individual sense of identity and style) are going to even entertain the thought of wearing a matching dress with five other women? And a dress that they (probably) didn’t choose? No, they aren’t. The answer? Mix and match your bridesmaids styles and let your best girls choose which silhouette and colour is going to make them feel most awesome. Not only will this make for way more exciting wedding photos, but your bridesmaids will actually like you, no sorry, love you for it.
Lauren's girls wear the Mykonos dress, Havana top & skirt, Tokyo dress, Florence dress and Vienna dress in Chianti. Photography by @krishanthiphoto
2. ROCK A JUMPSUIT
Yes - we know we said the coolest way to wear bridesmaids dresses but we happen to be massive fans of a bridesmaid jumpsuit. Does it take longer to go to the toilet in? Yes. Is it worth the extra undressing time? Absolutely. Will your best girl feel like a proper rock-star wearing one on your big day? 100%.
Jessica's girls wear the Vienna dress, Soho jumpsuit and Provence top and skirt (in background) in Bluebell. Photography by @benjaminstuartphotograhy
3. GO TONAL
Like a beautifully sweet sounding harmony, there is nothing more satisfying than a group of dresses in tonal hues of the same colour. Whether a blend of dusky grey, pale pink and antique rose or rich forest green and minty marine we couldn't sing the praises for tonal dressing more enthusiastically.
Ashleigh's girls wear the Vienna and Berlin dresses in Heather, Concrete and Oyster colours. Photography by @newforeststudio
4. DRESSES YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WEAR AGAIN
Not only is a bridesmaids dress or jumpsuit you can imagine wearing again clearly a winner already, but it’s way more sustainable too (no-one likes throwaway attire.) Look for great quality, contemporary pieces that could be transformed by shortening into a great midi-length party dress post-wedding.You will probably have put a heel through the bottom of the dress anyway.