The Art of Mastering Dresses

Top Tips for Buying Bridesmaid Dresses

Once you’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, it’s time to embark on the next stage of your shopping journey: hunting for dream bridesmaid dresses. No matter your wedding theme, you can make bridesmaid dress shopping a joy to share with your besties.

Time Allowance

Sometimes, it will take up to six months to get your orders and about four to six weeks to have alterations. A six to eight month allowance will provide you and your friends enough time to order dresses and ensure a great fit.

Research

When you talk about research today, the Internet is undoubtedly the place to go. There are tons of gowns online, which you can just bookmark and then share with the women. Certainly, those typical magazines haven’t exactly become useless and are still a great source of ideas and inspiration. You can tear out pages to remind you of the themes or colors that you would like to have for your wedding.

Shop Alone or With Company?

Decide what kind of shopping experience works for you best. If you’re usually sure of what you want, maybe you should shop alone. If you like to get input from others, then take a few of your most trusted friends (warning: too much input can be confusing).

The Right Fit

A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements (from the bust, waist and hips), so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If one of the girls is inclined to buy a smaller size, tell her it’s safer to get a bigger dress, which can simply be altered to fit her size, as opposed to buying a dress that is too small, where the only option is to order another dress.

Shade or Hue

There are lots of ways that you can choose the perfect color. One is by playing off the color schemes of your venue or by considering the season. For example, you should probably avoid hot pink dresses if your venue will be a vintage vineyard where the most dominant color is burgundy.

Rich hues like emerald and marsala are fantastic in winter or fall, whle pastel shades will work just great in summer or spring. If you’re still unsure, just pick a universal color such as red, and give your bridesmaids the freedom to choose their favorite shades, leading to a less predictable, more fashionable look.

Complementary Colors

Finally, consider skin tones when choosing the right color or colors for your bridesmaids. Jewel tones, such as sapphire and amethyst, are perfect for fair-skinned ladies, while brighter, bolder hues, like hot pink and cobalt blue are more flattering to the darker-skinned.

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