bridesmaid dress with floral skirt

 

Today I was going to write a post about fit-and-flare bridesmaid dresses, and then I stumbled onto Erin Fetherston's site, and plans changed.  I instantly fell in love with her cool style for bridesmaid dresses. Imagine, dresses you will actually want to wear again and again! You will buy season tickets to the opera just to have an excuse to show these lovelies off.

This black floral dress above might be my very favorite. It manages to pull off that traditional, but modern, style that is nearly impossible for a bridesmaid dress to achieve. And the large scale floral print is just insanely pretty.  Having a black and white wedding, but want to do something just a little different with the dresses. This floor-length gown (below) features a faux-blouson bodice in the palest of petal pinks (which will be much kinder to a wider array of complexions than white).

black and petal pink bridesmaid dress

 

Do your gal pals prefer flirtier options?  Both of these LBDs are stunning, and just the right amount of va-va-voom. The3/4 length sleeves plays well opposite the sexy lace stripe pattern (below, left). This would be such a fun choice for a New Year's wedding!  But if you want a classic black dress, this sheath (below, right) with its coy cap sleeves is pretty darn perfect.

black bridesmaid dress with lace stripes
  
simple lbd for bridesmaids
Art Deco bridesmaid dress in purple

 

If you hadn't noticed, purple was pretty big this year. And jewel tones aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Above, this is a slightly modern interpretation of Art Deco's influence in 2014.  And the vertical silver beading is nothing if not completely flattering to any figure.  Below, this boldly patterned dress is a terrific choice for brides that want to mix and match prints and solids.  For example, your MOH could wear this and the rest of the bridesmaids could wear a similar silhouette but in solid lavenders and eggplants.

purple floral bridesmaid dress
light pink organza bridesmaid gown

 

I think what I love most about this collection is the ability to make retro styles seem fresh and new. After all, retro can be a blast if it's done right.  Above, this blossom pink tea-length gown has a unique hemline and is styled well with a black belt and graphic heels.  Below, I am crazy for this maxi-style dress that blends 1960s nostalgia with modern design.  While this silhouette would be right at home on the set of Mad Men, the fabric and makeup keep it rooted in today.

retro maxi bridesmaid dress

 

One very old-fashioned trend that seems to be popping back up again?  White bridesmaid dresses.  While this used to be the standard, it has been a lost tradition for awhile. These cute dresses are light and carefree, and would make a very modern bridal party statement.

drop waist white reception dress
  
white bridesmaid sheath

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