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The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

IVE-YEAR-OLD flower girls look cute in lay­ers of tulle with rib­bons match­ing the colour theme and posies or flo­ral bas­kets to hold. De­spite the months of plan­ning needed for a wed­ding, dresses for lit­tle ones should not be sorted un­til a cou­ple of months be­fore­hand, as they have a ten­dency to grow.

Ten-year-olds may be more as­sertive than tiny tots, but don’t let any­one talk you into buy­ing an ex­trav­a­gant out­fit that will be worn only once. Try Deben­hams, John Lewis, BhS or Mon­soon for very pretty frocks that are both on trend and rea­son­ably priced.

Be sen­si­tive with teenagers — avoid kit­ting them out in a frock that does their bur­geon­ing curves no favours, like huge skirts in gar­ish colours. Opt for some­thing sub­tle – and if they are able to wear the dress again to the school prom, so much the bet­ter.

Older brides­maids are eas­ier. Marsh­mal­low Bride in St Al­bans stocks lovely dresses for this age group, by Vero­mia. And grown-up brides­maids note — even if you have a fan­tas­tic fig­ure, re­sist the temp­ta­tion to do a Pippa Mid­dle­ton and out­shine the bride. All eyes should be on the girl in the big white frock, not the hot­tie fol­low­ing her down the aisle.

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