When planning your wedding theme and colors, your bridesmaids’ fashion choices can play an important role in creating a cohesive look for your big day. After all, you wouldn’t wear a cowboy hat to an elegant ballroom affair and you don’t want stilettos anywhere near a rustic barn. Here are some ideas on how your 'maids can accessorize their dress to not only match, but enhance the feel of your wedding.
Let the natural beauty of the countryside set the tone for your rustic-chic look. A neutral dress with flirty ruffles by Bari Jay is far from boring when paired with olive green accents and a lip that pops ($200). Swipe on some smoldering shadow, slip into classic cowboy boots and grab a colorful wildflower bouquet — you're ready to hoedown!
A ballroom wedding calls for supreme elegance and you can't go wrong with a full-length Jim Hjelm gown in regal purple ($250). A delicate necklace and chandelier earrings channel royalty when styled with a loose chignon. Black pumps, white roses, red cheeks, and glittering nails round out this refined outfit.
Get the look:
Dogeared Bridesmaid Gold Diamond Circle Necklace / Kate Spade Chandelier Earrings / Badgley Mischka Randall d'Orsay Pump / Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain / Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers Nail Color
A navy bridesmaid dress in a traditional cut, like this boatneck cocktail-length number by Alfred Sung ($164), feels incredibly sophisticated at a church ceremony. Pair with a pointy-toed pump and you’ve got a look that is fashion-forward, yet doesn’t break tradition. Lighten things up with a bright bouquet that matches your maids’ nail and lip color. The finishing touches? Stunning drop diamond earrings and a handful of gold bangles.
Hosting your ceremony on the beach at sunset? Dress your bridesmaids in a flowy chiffon gown in a lovely shade of coral by Dessy ($230). Flat yet stylish sandals will ensure that no one trips down the aisle. A chunky necklace adds an edge, while simple silver studs and a thick cuff keep it feeling feminine. Add a smoky eye, coral lip, and tousled beach hair to complete the look.
Get the look:
Dogeared Sterling Silver Diamond Circle Stud Earrings / Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Shimmer in Amazing Grey / Nars Lipstick in Niagara / J.Crew Tybee Metallic Slide Sandals / Nordstrom and Land of Dreams Stretch Bracelet
At a garden wedding, you can’t go wrong with a cute little sundress! Kirribilla’s "Lucy" dress ($410) is chic and slightly preppy. Nude and gold accessories with a little bit of texture keep things polished, while red nails and lips give it a sassy edge. A simple yellow bouquet finishes off this vibrant look.
Get the look:
Dogeared Always Beautiful Petal Gold Earrings / Chan Luu Chain Wrap Bracelet / Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Spiced Coral / Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue / Jimmy Choo Porto Espadrille Wedge
Tell us: Which look could you see your bridesmaids wearing?
Ilana Stern is the CEO and Founder of Weddington Way, an online boutique that offers the modern bride a highly curated selection of top brands in wedding party fashion. Ilana recently got to plan her own wedding in her native California.