How to Dress if I Am Bridesmaid at a Wedding
The bridesmaid is one of the most important figures of all marriage ceremonies and the second woman, after the bride, to be in the limelight. For these reasons, it is essential that the bridesmaid looks beautiful and shines above other guests. We know that choosing the bridesmaid costume is a complicated task for which we have to consider a number of things, so if you have been chosen to exercise this role look at the tips in this OneHowTo article and discover how to dress if you are bridesmaid at a wedding.
A bridesmaid should wear a distinguished and elegant dress that makes her stand out from all the guests but, of course, avoiding outshining the bride who is the star of the day. That is why we suggest you do not buy the dress until the bride has chosen hers; this way it will be easier to know what the most appropriate style for the occasion will be and help you decide on a more or less elaborate dress.
Just like the other guests, the bridesmaid should never wear a white dress as this colour is used exclusively by the bride. Also avoid, as far as possible, too light shades like beige, ivory or cream. The only exception where the bridesmaid can wear a white dress is at the express request of the couple, either because they have organized a themed wedding or a ceremony on the beach.
To choose the colour of your dress take into account whether the wedding is during the day or night. Pastel shades of any colour like green, salmon, pink or blue are very appropriate and flattering to dazzle at a morning wedding. For the night we emphasize other colours like grey, silver, dark blue, lilac or purple. Choose the one that most favours the colour of your skin and that makes you feel really beautiful. While black is a colour that represents maximum elegance it is a fashion mistake for a day wedding and a boring safe zone for evening and night weddings. Our advice is to boycott the black dresses. If you are going to it wear it anyway try to combine it with accessories in other colours to achieve a more cheerful look..
According to protocol the bridesmaid's dress can be knee length (or sitting just below the knee) cocktail dress if it is a day wedding and a long dress or suit for the night. In more formal and sophisticated events the bridesmaid should wear an extra long gown so to live up to the occasion.
The key is to combine sophistication with discretion and choose those models of dresses or suits that best fit your figure. The bridesmaid is not required to wear the traditional long wedding dress; if this is not your style opt for a two-piece suit with jacket and skirt. There are very elegant models that will make you look splendid and be the perfect bridesmaid.
Another element that a bridesmaid can use to complement their dress choice is a nice headdress. The best rule for choosing this is to adapt to the bride's dress style so to avoid hogging attention or clashing. If you're going to wear one choose a pamela hat for events during the day and a discreet headdress that matches your dress for an evening wedding.
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