Monday, November 30, 2009

HOT TREND: THE LITTLE BLACK BRIDESMAID DRESS!



Was reading In Style Weddings, and I loved their feature on little black bridesmaid dresses.

Not only is "the little black dress" always in style and chic, it's something bridesmaids can wear again - to a cocktail party, to another wedding, to a restaurant, whereever!

What's great, too, is that a black dress can always dress things up - so shorter dresses can work when you may not expect them to.

Just a little food for thought.

Stay tuned!

13 comments:

weddings said...

As one who has been a bridesmaid a few times, I fully support this idea. I've gotten so much wear out of my black bridesmaid dress than any of the others.

lady dragonfly said...

I like the idea of dresses you can wear over and over, but I have a problem with black ones. I went to a wedding recently where the bridesmaids all wore black, the tablecloths were black, the family wore black, and all I could think was... is this a funeral or a wedding? Wedding should be celebrating, colorful, bright, shiny, fun! This black habit, just because it's convenient, sort of ruins the celebrating and makes it kind of dark, somber, and sad.

web design Los Angeles said...

Would it be nice to ware the bridesmaid dress on a cocktail party? That is awesome.

web design Los Angeles said...

I’ve been a brides maid once after that I got married at a very young age I wasn’t able to wear my dress on a cocktail party, but it’s all worth it because I get to wear a bridal gown. LOL!

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Would it be nice to ware the bridesmaid dress on a cocktail party? That is awesome.

melynn2 said...

I have to strongly disagree with you on the black bridesmaid dress. Some brides take this route for the vision of having an elegant and chic wedding. The result is never either.

This is a recent trend, and one I hope will soon fade, much like chiffon and taffeta from the eighties. The actual end result of this trend, and I can say this because I've been to four weddings that have used black bridesmaid's dresses, is one that resembles more of a funeral than a wedding.

I am sorry but I would have to strongly caution any bride from doing this. The end result is usually depressing and blah, and far from classic or fashionable.

candie said...

definitely wanted my bridesmaids to wear their dresses again (and again), that's why I decided to go with black cocktail dresses (in a style of their choice) for them to wear on my wedding!

Anonymous said...

This is what I did for my own wedding a few years ago.

I knew that my three bridesmaids didn't have very high paying jobs. And all three had very different body types (one stick thin, one very overweight, and the other kind of middle of the road). And I loved and cared about my friends way too much to ask them to spend a lot of money on a dress that didn't look good on them and that they'd never wear again.

So, I decided on little black dresses. I set a few rules (just so I would get a little uniformity, and no off-the-wall picks). I asked that they be around knee length, no strapless or sleeves (but the strap width could vary), all black (no non-subtle patterns or other colors), and no sequins or heavy beading or anything that would stick out like a sore thumb. I also let them choose their own black shoes. I didn't care if they spent $1000, or used something they already had.

In the end, all of my girls looked fabulous, were comfortable, and all three have worn their dresses again!

Sukie said...

Like it. Something they can ACTUALLY wear again...

Alexis Cuddyre of OMG I'm Getting Married said...

I think it depends on the season, time of day and formality of the event. I think no matter what to colour, its nice for the bride to think of her maids, but at the same time, maybe you need that extra push to wear a dress you might not pick out for yourself initially, but actually looks great!

I'm definitely considering black dresses for my girls...

Emily said...

I love the idea. Not only are the able to wear it again to other events but the dresses can be easily accessorized in a manor that all the bridesmaid match.

Ninja said...

I got married this past June and let my girls choose their own black dresses. I specified a length range (no shorter than knee, no longer than mid-shin/tea length and requested to avoid shiny fabrics like satin or taffeta (it'd make weird photo reflections), but otherwise let them go to town. Let me tell you, those chicks have great taste!

As far as the repeated concern in other comments that it would look like a funeral, that was a concern. To balance that out, I picked splashy, vibrant, FUN flowers in citrusy colors - oranges, yellows, greens. The girls also wore orange mokara orchids in their (also varied) hairstyles which provided a little zap of color as well as a subtle but noticable anchor of similarity. There are things you can do (flowers, jewelry, shoes) to add some color to this look if you're worried it looks too somber.

The girls looked gorgeous, chic, and the best part is, they all LOVED their dresses. What's not to like?

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