Fash­ion colum­nist Morag Gre­aly gives us the low­down mis­match­ing brides­maids

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY MORAG GRE­ALY, FASH­ION COLUM­NIST

Ah wed­dings, the big day ded­i­cated to pro­claim­ing your love and dress­ing up in spe­cific ways to prove it.

I’m all for a no-rules ap­proach to fash­ion, but wed­dings are one of those events that seem to be gov­erned by a mul­ti­tude of un­writ­ten rules.

With so many traditions sur­round­ing nup­tials it’s no won­der we’ll grab any chance to flex our cre­ativ­ity mus­cle.

As mod­ern so­ci­ety pro­gresses there’s more and more ways to break free of what’s typ­i­cally ex­pected when it comes to wed­dings.

And sar­to­ri­ally-wise, it’s mis­matched brides­maids dresses that are re­ally steal­ing the show right now.

Although this trend is noth­ing new, it’s a wel­come de­par­ture from the con­form­ity squads of brides­maids days gone by.

When you think about it, it makes per­fect sense: how rare is it to find one dress that would suit a group of dif­fer­ing body shapes, skin tones, per­sonal tastes and per­son­al­i­ties?

The ‘choose your own’ ap­proach to brides­maid dress­ing is also a sure­fire way to re­lax the bridezilla vibe and al­low brides­maids to have a dress they may ac­tu­ally wear again.

Mary-kate and Ash­ley Olsen were both part of an eigh­teen mem­ber bri­dal party re­cently where bride Cassie Coane al­lowed her brides­maids full au­ton­omy in the dress de­part­ment as long as they re­volved around an over­ar­ch­ing ‘flo­ral’ theme.

As you can see in the im­age, a clash­ing group can have just as much im­pact as a match­ing one and may pro­vide a good chance to bal­ance an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for wed­ding tra­di­tion while em­brac­ing your own in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

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