Girls al­lowed

The Herald Business - - Bridesmaid/best Man - Louise Halkett

MANY a sis­terly re­la­tion­ship or best friend­ship has been pushed to the brink over the choos­ing of brides­maids out­fits. So, if you want to keep your sis­ter and mates happy, then opt­ing for co-or­di­nated, but not match­ing, out­fits is the name of the game.

There’s noth­ing wrong with want­ing your bridal party to look uni­fied, but as ev­ery­one has a unique shape and style, why not pick a colour and fab­ric and have them choose the rest?

If you want to be the most beloved bride ever, then con­sider pick­ing ba­sic black for their out­fits.

No mat­ter how classy the styles – once it’s called a brides­maid dress and she’s wear­ing it next to four other girls, chances are she won’t be too ea­ger to put it on again. But there is hope – by adding ruf­fle trims and flo­ral em­bel­lish­ments, var­ied hem­lines and flat­ter­ing neck­lines, de­sign­ers are mak­ing brides­maid dresses look more like the so­phis­ti­cated evening wear most girls would be glad to wear again.

Rather than ask­ing all your brides­maids to buy match­ing vi­o­let sling­backs, th­ese days for­mal footwear is all about sil­ver and gold. Metal­lic ac­ces­sories were hot on ready-towear run­ways this year and that look has trick­led down to brides­maid fash­ion – and this footwear works with just about any colour and style of dress or gown.

An­other good tip is to let your brides­maids choose their own jew­ellery. You can and should sug­gest the type of jew­ellery you’d like to see them wear (pearls, sil­ver, or gold) but al­low them to pick from their own dress­ing ta­bles. Chances are, your pic­tures won’t pick up the dif­fer­ence in jew­els, and they’ll feel more com­fort­able in pieces they al­ready know and love.

You might also con­sider hav­ing each brides­maid carry a bou­quet of dif­fer­ent blooms, all within your wed­ding theme. So if your colours are pink and green, one girl could hold a bou­quet of pale pink roses, an­other of fuch­sia pe­onies, and an­other of green hy­drangeas. Your bou­quet could then con­sist of one or two flow­ers from each of theirs, bring­ing the look to­gether.

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