Long gone are the days when bridesmaids were put in Rachel Green shiny pink puffy dresses (a color which is ironically back in style now). Times surely have changed, and brides are doing their best to share some of the spotlight with their best gals. Now, fall weddings can indeed be a thing of magic! But it’s important to keep the season and the weather conditions in mind. You want your bridesmaids to feel cozy and comfortable but also follow the color palette of the season. The cohesiveness of a wedding color palette is highly essential so that everything looks like this perfect unity. And today we’re guiding you through the fall bridesmaids’ looks maze so you can make all the right choices!
If you’re planning for an early fall wedding, which entails both September and hopefully October, you have plenty of wiggle room to play with! After all, it will probably be warm and sunny! Your bridesmaids will be able to shine in happy colors and even show some skin. (In a classy way of course.) This is precisely where something along the lines of the amazing Oleg Cassini bridesmaid dresses, namely the pastel or dusty pink full-length gown with a pleated strapless sweetheart neckline bodice fits the bill. It gives the bridesmaids a perfect chance to look polished and not overly ‘covered’! ( To show off that summer tan). Not to mention comfortable as the skirt is super-breezy. They will also be entirely on trend as pastels are still ruling on and off the runways. So when it comes to early fall, this type of dress is a definite yes.
When already deep into the fall, the cut and color are priorities but not top priorities. The number one on the list is smart fabric selection. You want them to look classy and almost floating like angels, not overwhelmed by super-heavy fabrics, but you also don’t want them to freeze during the ceremony and the subsequent photo shoot. This is why stretch crape is an incredible choice of fabric, along with regular crepe for those who don’t like to feel constricted by the stretch. Lux chiffon is another astonishing option as it’s both light and warm at the same time, especially if there is good lining involved.
When planning a ceremony that is to take place in the late fall, the color palette should be in sync with the season. That means that pastels are out of the picture. Which makes way for deeper shades! Which coincidentally flatter every body size and type. Some of the trendiest, not to mention chicest color options are burgundy, midnight (dark blue) as well as royal blue if you’re looking for a bit more of a wow factor. Let’s of course not forget that UltraViolet is the color of the year, at least according to the Pantone Color Institute, but if this particular shade is a bit too out there, you can always go with deep purple. Finally, there is the stunning emerald green as well as hunter green for more minimalistic and even rustic weddings. The color choices are striking, so to make your final decision, it’s probably best to present these choices to all your bridesmaids and see which of the colors gets the popular vote.
Different body types often require different cuts, necklines and even sleeves that will make everyone look equally stunning. Certain dresses fit different body types gorgeously. For instance, the loose (not fitted) full-length skirts work in everyone’s favor. So that part is settled. And it makes sense for the fall as it can get quite chilly.
Now, let’s discuss necklines. Petite girls look gorgeous in a fitted bodice with a sweetheart neckline. As it doesn’t ‘swallow’ them and follows their petit figure. Those with wider shoulders and perhaps even a bigger bust size will look most striking in something with a V-neck, and if they’re comfortable with bearing their arms, straps will add the desired flair to the look. For those who wish for the arms to be covered, a three quarter sleeve with a slightly plunging V-neck will be pure perfection, and if you want something uninformed, almost everyone looks great in a round halter-top neckline, so if you don’t want to pick different styles for everyone, this one will work like a charm.
When dealing with deep-tone dresses, a little splash of color is definitely in order. So to give your bridesmaids that pop of color put colorful flower arrangements to work. Play with combinations of bright red, yellow and even a touch of pink. Those surrounded by plenty of greenery for that ‘wildflower bouquet’ effect.
Aside from that, there is the issue of jewelry. Since statement necklaces are out, but luckily statement earring are in, those can provide an additional sense of uniformity, and make sure they’re gold, as gold will go splendidly with the yellow details on the bouquets.
Hair and makeup should be minimal – they don’t want to upstage the bride. Warm the lids with brown and trending emerald green hues, but keep the look subtle – no crazy cut-crease eye looks and overly heavy contouring. Nude lips are a definite yes. Finally, the hair. Low, loose buns and messy but chic ponytails are not only trendy but also timeless, and they will make the gals look effortlessly striking. No need for big hair and passé intricate buns.
You’re all set, now go and scout for the perfect dresses and do your gals proud.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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