One of my favourite parts of being a bridesmaid, aside from the hand-holding, dress-fluffing, lipgloss-applying and worry-soothing is the dress-up part. The one where you tumble with your best girls into a plethora of shops to find the dress or dresses that will accompany the ‘big white one’ down the aisle.
There’s usually lots of giggles at ill-fitting frocks, the odd grimace or two, material tweaking, the appearance of some industrial sized bulldog clips and then that awed silence and those spontaneous grins when you know that you’ve found the ‘one’.
If you’re really really lucky you might find the gown of your dreams on your first attempt which leaves plenty of time to spend instead at the nearest cocktail bar. Granted this has yet to happen to me…
Perhaps the above hasn’t been your experience, after all many modern brides are more than happy to leave their maids to their own devices albeit with a colour stipulation or a certain dress style in mind. Whilst I love the freedom that such a decision entails, I can’t help but think of the missed opportunity for a girly day out and a bit of banter.
Anyway I digress. As you’ve probably guessed today’s post is all about ‘the maids’ or more specifically maid fashion straight from the high street smack bang onto the screen in front of you.
Come on, let’s take a look.
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the neutral bridal party trend is not going away.
Whereas we’ve seen peaches, champagnes and nudes rule the roost in previous seasons, we’re beginning to notice the dominance of starker off-whites, ivories and ice queen shades this time round lending a more contemporary vibe to bridal parties than the soft rustic elegance of old.
Whilst simple sheath dresses pack a modernist punch, brides are beginning to more comfortably experiment with texture and pattern – think ruffles, intricate beadwork and contrasting fabrics. The beautiful shoulder detailing on the Ted Baker dress below, the fringing on the Miss Selfridge frock and the glitzy beading on the Hobbs gown are all gorgeous examples of how to ‘work’ such a trend.
Whether you’re a city bride hosting a cocktail inspired big day or a midsummer countryside bride you can be sure that this colour scheme will work for you. The neutrality of such a theme means that your chosen dresses will work harmoniously with different types of accessories, hair styles, flowers and shoes. Talking of which, those Zara flats are to die for.
Just one last thing – don’t feel that you have to have to choose blooms within a similar colour spectrum to your maids’ dresses. Whilst most weddings utilising an overall white or neutral colour scheme tend to use similarly toned flowers don’t forget that this look works beautifully for bolder wedding colour choices too, and bright blooms really pop against an unassuming background.
I’m not going to lie to you girls.
This moodboard was inspired purely by this Coast clutch at the top here…oh and those Zara flats. There’s something special about the combination of cobalt blue and silver – a combination that I’m regularly testing out in my day-to-day wardrobe so it seemed only right to introduce it into today’s maidenly mix.
On a serious note though blue hues are strong, elegant and classic and flatter all skin tones and hair colours. It’s not surprising therefore that it continues to be one of the most popular colour trends for bridesmaid attire.
If you’re looking for a modern interpretation on this steadfast hue then I’d recommend introducing a statement necklace or snappy tailoring into the mix. Maids in short suits anyone? I’m first in the queue!
Whilst it’s not necessarily considered traditional, dozens of you lovely lot are choosing to dress your bridal party in black – yes that means the girls too.
And why the hell not? Darker shades are chic, incredibly flattering and the prevalence of the hue means that you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a frock, trouser suit or skirt and top combo to suit all body shapes and sizes.
If you like the idea but still feel a little bit apprehensive about using such a statement colour then it’s worth choosing pieces that have oodles of delicate detailing for example using chiffon overlays, lace detailing and embroidered panels. This dress is my favourite…
Still feeling nervous? Why not opt for a smokey green frock instead or charcoal grey which will still embody that seductive vibe without the full impact that an all-black colour scheme possesses.
Favourites From The RMW Team
We thought we’d finish up with some favourites from the rest of the RMW team and their hot picks from the High Street which are all available to purchase right now! Without realising it, the RMW girls have subconsciously chosen their favourite pieces using a colour scheme of blues, mauves, pinks and lilacs.
Spooky eh? Nonetheless we love it and we think you dollfaces might like it too.
Always on the hunt for something a little bit different she’s also selected this floral and mesh number from Miss Selfridge which would be just the ticket for winter bridesmaids since it comes in burgundy too. And finally, you can’t go wrong with some pink feathers for a touch of warmth in the churchyard.
The lovely Lauren C has fallen head over heels for this mocha toned lacy number which you can chicly accessorise with this elegant Jasper Conran Clutch. Come on, a girl has to carry her lippy and powder somewhere hasn’t she?!
Becky thinks these these statement gold shoes from Coast via Debenhams are Ace with a capital ‘A’. You heard the girl! She also loves blue….and lace…but she really really loves it when your lacy maids are your something blue. Lastly she’s thrown in her Laura Ashley wild card ‘not somewhere I would think to shop for dresses…more like curtains’ but I think this frock is epic nonetheless.
So there you have it..words from the mouths of the RMW girls themselves.
Which is your favourite?
And how will you be dressing your girls on your big day? In noir, off-white or true blues? Perhaps you’ve opted for something else entirely… if so, we want to know your thoughts.
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All my love Lolly xxx