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BRIDES Chicago: 6 Bridesmaid Dress Boutiques to Buy Stunning Dresses for Your Girls

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Aug 032016

Once you've got the dress of your dreams, it's time to turn your attention to the ladies who'll be standing by your side. Luckily for our Chicago brides, the Windy City is filled with bridesmaid dress boutiques that make bridesmaid shopping something to look forward to rather than to dread. With a glass of champagne and your best girlfriends, think of it as playing dress up — for adults. Here are a few shops in Chicago that'll set you up with bridesmaid dresses worthy of your bridal party.

The West Loop startup burst onto the scene in 2012 and offers an entirely new, digital way to shop for bridesmaid dresses. It works a bit like other online styling services: Each bride chats with a Brideside stylist and shares the look and feel of the day. The stylist can share dress options and sizing specifics, and you can browse the website's inventory with your bridesmaids and tag your favorite ones. Then, your bridesmaids can try on three dresses at home for $10 — a serious plus if your bridal party is scattered across the country. Or, local bridesmaids can swing by the West Loop headquarters. The best part is your bridesmaids can return the dress if it isn't just right — a rare luxury most other bridal shops don't allow. Read real brides' reviews here!

From the Parisian-inspired mirrors to sparkling accessories at every turn, there's no shortage of romance at BHLDN. Inside, you'll find a mix of vintage-inspired and contemporary designs — plus headpieces, belts, and shoes to complete the look. Most bridesmaid dress shops require a few months of turnaround time, but BHLDN acts more like a normal retailer. Your maids choose the dress they love, order it online, and pick it up at their doorstep within a couple of weeks. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bella Bridesmaid
Take it from us: No other place in the city has this many options under one roof. The designers include Jenny Yoo and Adrianna Papell, so you're sure to find something that suits everyone. Schedule an appointment with your crew ahead of time, during which one of the stylists will take everyone's measurements. Then, the stylist will recommend the best size for each bridesmaid. Another plus: Bella Bridesmaid has nearly 50 locations across the country, so bridesmaids from Boston to Seattle can stop by to get measured in their respective cities. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Jenny Yoo
Join the entire bridal industry and bow down to the queen of wedding dresses — and bridesmaid dresses, too. Jenny Yoo's gorgeous silk and chiffon dresses put every bridesmaid in the best light and make for some gorgeous photo ops. This Gold Coast shop routinely gets praised for striking that fine line between being helpful and not pushy when it comes to its staff's help in finding dresses for your girls. Be sure to book an appointment in advance. Read real brides' reviews here!

Rent the Runway
Another total disruption to the wedding industry (and we mean that in a good way), Rent the Runway began offering bridesmaid dresses in 2011. It works just like when you're choosing Rent the Runway for any other event: Make your selection online, rent it for four or eight days, and return it in the pre-paid envelope. Local bridesmaids can stop by the Gold Coast shop to try the dresses on before placing the order. And while it seems like a gamble to not have the dress until a few days before the big event, Rent the Runway calms your nerves by offering two dress sizes and overnight shipping if neither work out.

Bella Bianca

Bella Bianca was started by two sisters who wanted brides and bridesmaids alike to feel excited about the wedding. They do just that with gorgeous dresses from designers like Jim Hjelm and Alfred Sung — and by prioritizing personal service. At their Gold Coast location, the boutique has a newly expanded space — dedicated to bridesmaid dresses — and huge mirrors so everyone can stand side by side and admire themselves in prep for the big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Need more dress options for your bride squad? Check out more of our favorite boutiques on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES Seattle: Local Shops for Beautiful (and Affordable!) Bridesmaid Dresses

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Aug 022016

Your wedding is one those few times in your life when your dearest friends and family come together to celebrate just for you (and your partner, of course!). It's an extra special moment to have your bridesmaids by your side — your closest friends and confidants throughout the years. So when it comes to dressing them for the big day, you want your girls to feel extra special — without breaking the bank, that is. Luckily, Seattle brides and their bridesmaids have many options for where to find that bridesmaid dress that is both beautiful and affordable. They'll thank you for that!

Anthropologie's bridal-centric little sister has been making big waves in the wedding world for a few years now. BHLDN's Seattle store, located in the downtown district, offers both brides and their bridesmaids options that range from vintage darling to modern minimalist. BHLDN also carries accessories galore, so your girls can score the dress, earrings, shoes, and everything else in one chic swoop. Read real brides' reviews here!

We all know the preppy retailer has made a big splash with classic, pared-down wedding gowns, but did you know J.Crew has an incredible variety of tasteful and refined bridesmaid dresses? And with price tags that will make everyone smile. Because many of their dresses come in the same group of colors, this is the perfect opportunity to try out the mix-and-match bridesmaid dress thing you've been eyeing on Pinterest. Consult with a personal stylist at one of the store's Seattle or Bellevue locations, or let your maids have fun choosing the most-flattering silhouettes through the store's website. Read real brides' reviews here!

Samila is a mecca for all things glitzy and glam. This Redmond boutique is not for the minimalist at heart. You'll find mostly sparkling, floor-sweeping dresses that are ideal for a grand affair. The selection is large, and the staff extremely knowledgeable. If your wedding is the event of the season, then Samila should be your bridesmaids one and only stop. Read real brides' reviews here!

Pipe and Row
If shopping locally is more your thing, a visit to Pipe and Row is in order. This Fremont boutique stocks independent designers from Seattle and beyond, including hot up-and-comers like Just Female and Keepsake. Your bridesmaids can choose from super simple flowy frocks or something more detailed in lace or even fringe (it's elegant fringe, we promise). Whichever design your bridesmaids leave with, it's definitely a dress they will wear again. And again!

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Bella Bridesmaids
The name really says it all. Bella Bridesmaids is a boutique made specifically for your special gals and their sartorial needs. While the store is a chain, it certainly doesn't feel like one. When you make an appointment, the Bella Stylists give you and your bridesmaids one-on-one attention, helping each girl with a dress that's both beautiful and flattering. They even offer complimentary fittings once the dress orders have been placed. Some favorite brands include Aidan Mattox for tasteful beadwork and Jenny Yoo for feminine looks with an unexpected twist. Read real brides' reviews here!

Not quite your style? Browse our Seattle Dresses page for tons of other places to go shopping with your 'maids!

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Reformation’s Fall Wedding Collection Is Here!

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Jul 122016
Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

Not a day goes by without a celebrity wearing Reformation: Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba are just two of the latest stylish stars to sport the brand's dresses. And they're celebrating more than that this week, as they've just released their biggest wedding dress collection to date—including everything from altar-perfect gowns to flirty numbers for engagement parties. Aptly titled, "The Dress Made You Do It", the collection definitely sparks the possibility of falling as deeply in love with your pre-wedding party and ceremony looks as you have your spouse.

Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

It's all about the "second" wedding look for Fall: the reception dress you'll slip into so that you can dance the night away. Blonde bombshell Elsa Hosk models the pieces and makes a great case for timeless textures like chiffon and lace, as well as on-trend silhouettes including off-the-shoulder and plunging backs. The collection also makes it easy for bridesmaids to look their best, with gorgeous numbers in shades of saffron, blackberry, and more.

Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

And if you're all about sustainability, then you'll love the brand's two new slip dresses in mini and floor-grazing lengths. They're both crafted from Blue Sign Eco Silk and safe dyes which protect workers from the dangerous chemicals that are often used during the dress production process. If you want to channel the minimalist, '90s style of Caroline Bessette-Kennedy or Kate Moss, then you'll absolutely want to slip into one of these bad boys.

Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

Reformation is all about affordability, so prices are completely doable: it's one of the reasons why they suggest buying two or more frocks from the offerings. Pieces start at $198 and max out at $588 for the ivory silk crop top and high-waist maxi skirt that screams rehearsal dinner.

See More: 10 Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses We're Loving Right Now

Reformation Bridal Fall 2016

Photo: Courtesy of Reformation/Olivia Malone

Reformation's new bridal collection is available today, both in stores and online.

Classic Black Bridesmaid Dresses That’ll Never Go Out of Style

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Jun 142016

Breakfast at Tiffany's fans, this one's for you. Every girl loves a little black dress — and bridesmaid dress, for that matter. If you're still searching for a haute hue for your 'maids, we're throwing it back to black — the classic go-to hue for a city girl's girls.

If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: Black is anything but boring. There's a reason why no matter all the trendy rainbow shades taking over the wedding scene — from pretty pastels to bright, bold hues — our hearts always soar when we spot this luxe, classic shade on bridesmaids. It's a terrific trifecta of effortless elegance, glamour, and timelessness. Yes, we're saying it will literally never go out of style. Never. Seriously, when was the last time you saw an old-school wedding photo of bridesmaids dressed in black and thought, "Embarrassing?"

Oh, and did we mention that the infamously-slimming color is a major crowd pleaser? In fact, when you tell your gal pals that they'll totally be able to wear the dress again, they'll actually believe you. And the sophisticated shade is guaranteed to flawlessly fit any wedding color palette, even allowing the bridesmaid bouquets to pop against the midnight hue.

Before you ask, yes, black bridesmaid dresses are suitable for a summer soirée. The inky hue is unmistakably elegant and fabulously fitting no matter your wedding season. The trick to bringing such a dark color into the summertime shade is all in the accessories.

Wondering how to have your own city girls wear the sultry staple? Whether you're envisioning short and sassy frocks or long and elegant gowns, we've got you covered.

Short Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

LBD's can work for a number of big day styles, depending on the fabric. The soft charmeuse skirt and one shoulder detail of this White by Vera Wang frock make it a summer wedding staple. Add a few floral accessories — like a bloom tucked away in their hair, or a floral-detailed clutch — to make the look even more seasonally-appropriate. If you're going for a more formal affair, classic black lace has never failed a bride. Pair with colorful accessories to keep the look celebratory. (One-shoulder dress, $159, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal; Lace top and skirt, $100 and $152, Watters)

Long Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

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Okay, okay, so we know this glittery gown doesn't exactly fall in the "black bridesmaid dress" category, but hear us out! Put this shimmery siren Stella York gown on your maid of honor and your bridesmaids in similarly-shimmery black bridesmaid dresses, and you've got a stand-out MOH and a bridal party so stylish they'll rival that of any A-list bash. Or if you're feeling a little daring, slip into the sparkly gown yourself for your reception for a truly glamorous bride-and-bridesmaids combo look. We're also loving this tea-length lace dress by Self-Portrait. The sheer circle-lace and beige mesh breathes new life into the classic style. Pair with a bold red lip and your girls are ready for a fashionable after-dark "I do" affair. (Sequined gown, $299, Stella York available at Essense Designs; Strapless lace dress, $515, Self-Portrait available at Matches Fashion)

See More: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses From Real Weddings

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Beachy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses for Nautical Summer Nuptials

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Jun 092016

Who said your bridesmaid dresses couldn't be your something blue? In fact, what could be better for a summer soirée than beachy blue frocks for your 'maids? The muted tone can have a magnificent effect on both your girls and your big day, complementing both an array of complexions and a seaside "I do" destination.

Perfect for a spring or summer wedding, outfitting your bridal party in this soft, nautical hue is a sea-worthy way to inject your beachy wedding theme into your bridal attire. Plus, it's a universally flattering color that looks good on nearly any skin tone — looking posh on paler complexions and contrasting a stellar tan — and in any style. Little blue dresses are just the thing for sandy, barefooted nuptials, while long blue-hued gowns are the easy, breezy choice for more formal, oceanfront vows.

Ready to dress your bridesmaids in this blue hue? From pretty prints to stunning solids, check out the beachy blue bridesmaid frocks below.

Solid Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

If the gorgeousness of an ocean view is enough eye candy for you, stick to a solid colored gown for your 'maids. Classic and chicly minimalist, these soft blue frocks are almost too easy to rock. The dreamy crinkle chiffon and sheer straps of this Amsale bridesmaid dress (left) calls for a romantic spin on the alfresco dance floor. And this strapless Dessy dress is a traditional choice that'll work for almost any venue — and bridesmaid! The draped and rouched bodice and column skirt are ultra flattering and will earn rave reviews from your gal pals. (Silk chiffon gown, $310, Amsale available at Nordstrom; Style 8167, strapless sweetheart bridesmaid dress, $190, Social Bridesmaids available at Dessy)

Blue Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

Punch things up with a pretty print that still complements your natural and beachy bridal style. Get nautical with a preppy striped print, perfect for your beach club "I dos." The ruffled one shoulder detail of this Gül Hürge frock (left) screams "summer soirée," and the Mediterranean-inspired cotton and linen-blend will keep your girls cool in the hot sun. Style it with tan leather sandals for a surf-and-sand-friendly look. Meanwhile, a gold jacquard embroidery print, like on this dazzling dress from Alice and Olivia, is just the thing for a formal venue or nighttime wedding. Anyone up for dancing on the beach, under the summer stars? (One shoulder ruffle-trimmed striped dress, $672, Gül Hürge available at Matches Fashion; "Carrie" jacquard dress, $484, Alice and Olivia available at Shopbop)

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

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The 4 Colors That’ll Flatter All of Your Bridesmaids

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Jun 072016

When you've set out on a mission to find the perfect set of bridesmaid dresses for your gal pals, you may get stopped in your tracks once you try to find a color that'll flatter all their skins tones. So when you're hunting for the right color, keep these four universally flattering shades in mind.

Every girl fancies a little black dress and loves a black-colored bridesmaid dress even more. It's a slimming color that also works well on all body types and skin tones. If you're worried that the color black will clash with your wedding colors, have no fear. The bouquets of flowers you hand each bridesmaid will compliment their dresses and attract the eyes of all the wedding guests.

Navy Blue
If you're looking into doing a winter wonderland wedding, navy is the best color to pick for your bridesmaids. The shade compliments their potentially seasonally pale skin tones and is a color that also blends well with different hair colors. If you choose to go with navy, you can add different gold and silver accessories to make the dresses stand out even more.

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Bridal Party

Light Grey
Going with grey is always a safe option. This color looks good on any and all skin tones and it lets your bridal party add their own personal flair and color to the dress with bold and bright accessories. Keeping the dress color simple will give each bridesmaid a chance to style the dress with her own shoes, necklaces, earnings, and hair pieces. Plus, a grey dress works well no matter the season, month, or location.

Dusty Rose
If you always dreamed of having your bridesmaids look pretty in pink, picking a dusty rose shade will be an easy way for them to give your color choice two thumbs up. While pale pink or blush may be your first option when it comes to shades of pink, you may have issues getting some bridesmaids to feel comfortable with that color on their skin tone. A dusty rose color looks good on all and blends well no matter what your wedding colors are.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

Peach Bridesmaid Dresses for a Sunny Summer Soirée

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Jun 012016
Peach Bridesmaid Dress Styling Ideas

Photo: LK Griffin Photography

Isn't your maid of honor just an absolute peach — and the rest of your bridesmaids, too for that matter? They're helping you plan the wedding day of your dreams, offer you a shoulder to cry on when the pre-"I do" stress gets to be too much, and they're your go-to gal pals to giggle with when your soon-to-be mother-in-law makes yet another so-ridiculous-you-just-gotta-laugh request. So why not show 'em by outfitting them in pretty-in-peach bridesmaid dresses?

The orange-y pink hue fits right in at spring and summertime soirées and is this season's preferred pastel. Consider it coral's — another popular frock hue for warm weather nuptials — softer, more romantic cousin. Best of all? The sunny summer shade complements a wide array of skin tones and complexions, making peach a pretty big crowd pleaser among your 'maids. Feminine, flattering, and trendy? Ahh, we see we have your attention!

From pretty prints to stunning solids, check out the pretty-in-peach bridesmaid frocks below and let your girls know they're just peachy!

Printed Peach Bridesmaid Dresses

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These pretty peach prints are perfect for a boho bride's summertime "I dos," set against rustic wood backdrops and bridesmaid bouquets full of clean white blooms and lush greenery. Dust sheer washes of pink blush on your 'maids cheeks to incorporate the orange-meets-pink shade in your bridal party's beauty look for a gang of girls that are fresh faced and looking as sweet as, well, a peach! (Embellished chiffon minidress, $570, Needle & Thread available at Net-a-Porter; Floral print dress, $340, Alice McCall available at Moda Operandi)

Solid Peach Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Dyad Photography; Styling by Alex Silva and Miako Katoh

If you'd prefer to keep things simple with a solid, have no fear for boring bridesmaids — this sunny shade will never fail to brighten up a bridal party. Pair a darker peachy hue with silver accessories for a surprising (and less saccharine!) effect. Meanwhile, pastel peach frocks — like this trendy two-piece J.Crew number — look dreamy standing next your ivory lace wedding dress. You and your 'maids will look (and feel!) positively peachy. (Peach gown, $270, Jenny Yoo; Peach top and pleated skirt, $88 and $98, J.Crew)

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

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Pippa Middleton’s Iconic Royal Wedding Bridesmaid Dress’ Look-Alike Is On Sale

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May 312016
Pippa Middleton Bridesmaid Dress

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Her big sis may be the one with the royal title, but when it comes to bridesmaid style, Pippa Middleton is the one who takes the crown. It's been five years since Pippa popped out of that limo outside of Westminster Abbey and shot to international fame. Sure, she wasn't the star of the show and spent the day holding and fluffing the bride-to-be's long luxe train, but didn't Middleton look just fabulous while doing so? Her Alexander McQueen white sheath (and royal good looks!) might have to do something with that. But if you've been lusting after that famous frock — good news! It's now 40 percent off! (And of course still super expensive...)

Middleton's bridesmaid dress is now almost as famous as her older sister's, The Duchess of Cambridge, extravagant lace wedding dress. The clean and crisp frock featured a relaxed, curve-hugging silhouette, a chic row of buttons down its back, dainty floral detailing around the sleeves, and a memorable cowl neckline — all in a creamy white hue. In fact, the frock started a trend, with tons of brides opting to dress their 'maids in the snow white hue normally reserved for their own dresses. "It was completely unexpected," Middleton previously told Today of the world's reaction to the luxe look. "You know, I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the train. I suppose [the reaction was] flattering... It's actually still in my wardrobe at home." Well now you can swipe that iconic dress right out of Middleton's closet — well, a lookalike piece, at least.

Pippa Middleton at Royal Wedding

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Although Middleton's bridesmaid dress was a custom creation (the lucky girl...), Alexander McQueen offers an almost-identical gown that has been marked down by 40 percent on the fashion retailer site Forward by Elyse Walker, according to Us Weekly, meaning this stunning sheath is now a total steal!

Alexander McQueen Bridesmaid Dress

Photo: Courtesy of Forward by Elyse Walker

But before you start forwarding all of your 'maids the link and demanding that they dig out their credit cards ASAP, keep in mind that 40 percent off $2,565 (the dress' original price) is still $1,539 — a pretty hefty price tag for most bridal parties to take on.

Perhaps you're better off setting a more realistic budget for your bridesmaids' wonderful white dresses. Your girls will probably thank you. (Unless of course you're marrying a real-life Prince Charming — then by all means, shop on!)

See More: 21 of the Royal Couple's Cutest Moments

Every Style of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses Your ‘Maids Can Rock

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May 262016

We'd like to think that the days of complaint-worthy bridesmaid dresses are now behind us, and that gone too, are the days of brides feeling obligated to narrow down their bridesmaid search to one dress, one style, and one color. While we still love the classic, clean look of a uniform bridal party, we are definitely also fans of embracing the latest bridesmaid dress trend — mismatched styles and colors. There are many ways to jump on this trend and ensure each of your girls love their look AND feel their best on your big day.

Same Style, Different Colors
If you've found a dress that you absolutely adore, and really want the same silhouette for all (just make sure it's a flattering one!) fear not — you can still embrace the versatility of "mismatched-ness" within your bridal party by opting for different colors. Just keep in mind that while rainbows are pretty, they're not completely necessary for a bridal party look, unless you really want a rainbow vibe — then go for it! Take time to examine and play with fabric swatches before you determine your scheme, and try to keep it to no more than three variations in color. With this golden rule, you can have a unformed silhouette in complimenting colors that will stun your guests, and look gorgeous in photos, too.

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress Styles

Photo: Mikkel Paige Photography

Different Styles, Same Colors
This option is perfect for the bride who wants to hold fast to the tradition of everyone in the same color, but also acknowledges the fabulousness that is diversity amongst her bridal party. By committing to the same hue yet allowing for options in style and design, you're acknowledging a golden rule that all bridesmaids can appreciate — not every dress is flattering for every person. (Duh!) An added bonus? Allow your girls to pick their favorite style. They will appreciate the freedom of choice and are sure to be comfortable and happy. What more could you ask for in a bridal party?

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Bridal Party

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress Style Ideas

Photo: Mikkel Paige Photography

Different Styles And Colors
If you're going to commit to a trend, go all out, right? For a really stunning look incorporate both different designs AND colors into your bridal party ensemble. For this option, you can stick within the same family and play with different tones and hues or use the palate of your wedding inspiration while shopping and selecting. Just be certain that once all dresses are selected, you have the time to see them together — a bit of cohesiveness is key here. Don't forget the flowers! When it comes to both different cuts and color in your maids' dresses, the perfect way to tie it all together is with neutral and simple bouquets.

4 Gray Bridesmaid Dresses That Will Look Killer on Your Squad

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May 252016
Gray Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Photo: Ferris Vanderveer

Gray skies over wedding days may get a bad rap from brides, but for bridesmaid dresses, gray is the shade du jour in our book. The haute hue may be a neutral, but trust us — gray is anything but boring. The subtle yet stylish shade just so happens to be ultra-flattering and totally versatile, complementing a various array of skin tones and bridal styles — so much so that your 'maids will be calling it their IRL Instagram filter.

Soft gray tones like dusty dove and subtle stone shades cast a pretty glow on your girls, making them appear lit from within against the complementary neutral color. Plus, the color transition between your bridesmaids' dresses and your white wedding dress is subtly stunning. Not yet convinced that gorgeous gray is right for your big day? Then take a gander at these pretty-in-gray gowns below.

Gray Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Courtesy of Retailers; Styling by Alex Silva

Not feeling the bold and bright pops of color of the bridesmaid dresses summertime nuptials are known for? Well, who says just because the skies aren't gray, you can't have girls still rock the cloudy color. Gray isn't just for winter weddings after all, and nothing proves this more than these two flirty frocks. This short and sassy Rebecca Taylor number belongs out in the summer sunshine at a casual seaside wedding — its pretty print totally elevates the neutral shade. Meanwhile, this just too darn pretty Jenny Packham gown is a perfect fit for garden party nuptials, where the vibe is whimsical and effortlessly elegant. (Short ruffled dress, $795, Rebecca Taylor; Floral gown, price upon request, Jenny Packham available at Net-a-Porter)

Formal Gray Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Courtesy of Retailers; Styling by Alex Silva

For more formal nuptials or winter weddings, we love these two gorgeous gowns by Joanna August and Nouvelle Amsale. The darker charcoal color will be right at home at a fancy evening affair, complete with glowing candle lighting and ballroom dancing. And drop pearl earrings and a thin, feminine bracelet are the perfect accessories to the dainty dove-hued dress by Nouvelle Amsale. Could you just?! (Long ruffled gown, $285, Joanna August; One-shoulder gown, $210, Nouvelle Amsale available at Nordstrom)

Whether you go with a pop of print, pretty pearl accessories, or formal frocks, gray bridesmaid dresses can be gussied up in endless ways. What better reason to have your girls go for the gray?

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

Subscribe now for the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration. Or pick up the BRIDES June/July 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here.

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