Bridesmaid trends: From bright and bold to doubling the fun

Straight from the runway, these gown ideas will have the bridesmaids looking (almost!) as standout as the bride herself.

Bright and Bold

Let the world know your girls are no shrinking violets. Lots of brides are opting for bright hues this season, including yellow, lime, bright blues and fuchsia. If you go with a bold color, make sure you pick a style, like a short party dress, that has a similarly playful look.

Heavy Metal

For late summer and fall weddings we've been noticing lots of silvers and pewter tones. Don't confuse this with gray — there's more of a sheen to the fabrics and a touch of elegance, which the other doesn't include. Try outfitting your bridesmaids in a long gown in this tone for an evening affair.

Details, Details, Details!

This season, it's all about the small trims and frills around the edges. If you're a true fashionista, you'll love the detailed fabric flowers we're seeing at the neckline and hemline of gowns, along with embroidered details and even small frilly trains.

Light as a Feather

If you're having a summer wedding, don't be surprised if your bridesmaids insist on wearing something short. Keep them looking elegant in a luxurious fabric, like chiffon or crinkle chiffon, which is light and airy, but still looks formal. You'll also love the way it twirls when they take to the dance floor later in the evening.

Barely There

Another daring trend we've noticed are the nude or even white bridesmaids gowns popping up on runways. Putting bridesmaids in a color so close to the bride's won't distract though — we promise. Instead, they'll look sophisticated and chic.

Double the Fun

We're loving the trend of seeing two-toned dresses, instead of the more traditional solid look. It can be a great way to incorporate both of the hues in your color scheme, but just be careful not to get too matchy-matchy. Picking a tone that's a few shades off from the rest of your colors might be helpful in the long run.

All Wrapped Up

If your bridal party comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, consider a gown that has an asymmetrical detailing, or try a wrap dress. The diagonal angle is slimming on most body shapes and, in the case of most asymmetrical detailing, the adding ruching or detail can also help to distract from other areas (like hips or tummy).

Forever Plaid

Who says your girls have to wear solid colors? There now are several styles available in florals, plaids or geometric prints, to name a few. Make sure you choose a simple style dress, though, so they don't distract from your look.

She's Got Your Back

For evening affairs, slip your girls into something with a low scooped back or a backless dress. This style can move seamlessly from a daytime to nighttime look and (most women) are confident about the way their backs look, so you won't hear any complaints about it being too short or too tight.

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