Dresses: Current Styles & Trends
Elegant simplicity is the over style trend. Slip/sheath dresses are becoming increasingly
popular as they flatter a wide variety of figure types and can be easily re-worn as a
cocktail dress. These often come in silk or in sheer chiffon layers.
A-line dresses which look great on all different body shapes
and sizes are very popular. The hottest styles right now are two-tone, two-piece floor
length styles, mostly sleeveless (strapless and spaghetti straps). Also very popular are
column style dresses, floor length, halter top or straps criss-crossing over the back and
sleeveless. Two-piece separates are also popular.
Sashes, bands and thin belts with small bows are also in
style this year both at the waist and at the midriff.
Another trend, carried over from last year is having a shawl
accompany the dress, particularly the barer styles.
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The mood of most colors this year are soft, feminine and ethereal. Youll find
pastels (pale yellow, powder blue, lavender, soft pink, and pale green, peach), as well as
sorbet/sherbet type colors such as tangerine, coral, sea green and lime. Bright
fluorescent colors, such as fuchsia and electric blue, are also popular choices. There is
also a trend toward burgundy and hunter for Fall weddings.
A carry over form last year that is still in style are pale
colors such as grey, sand, and taupe. Black is always in style and always a popular choice
among both brides and their bridesmaids for evening weddings especially.
Popular fabrics this year for bridesmaid dresses European satin, iridescent organza, silk,
luminescent chiffon, iridescent taffeta.
Another bridesmaid dress trend is to choose a manufacturer that offers different styles in
the same fabric and color and letting each bridesmaid chose the style they look best in.
You could apply some simple rules - no dress above the knee, or no strapless dress (or
whatever look you want for your wedding). Another popular and pretty trend, especially for
spring and summer weddings, is a "color run". That means that each bridesmaid
wears a different color of the same dress.
Although today there is less tradition around colors in
bridesmaid dresses, styles and seasons, it is always wise to use common sense. For
example, it would not be wise to choose a short cut and strapless bridesmaid dress during
the winter, while a heavy material during the summer in an outdoor ceremony.
If you are interested in getting the
bridesmaid a little something, it may be cute to get her a little
lingerie for her honeymoon or garters for her wedding day! This will
surely make her man happy on their wedding night!