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Flattering Bridesmaid Dresses

Updated on May 20, 2015
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Decisions, Decisions!

I've been in numerous weddings as a bridesmaid. I have also been the Maid of Honor in my sister's wedding as well as my brother's wedding. We had trouble within all the bridesmaid parties in picking the right dress. We searched and searched and tried on dress after dress. Some were too short, some didn't fit right, while others were too busty, and the list goes on.

With so many different heights, body types and opinions, it was getting a little too difficult and overwhelming (for us bridesmaids and the bride) to decide on one dress. Hopefully these tips will help you and your bridal party out a bit in your quest for the perfect bridesmaid dress. After all, the dresses that your bridesmaids wear is one of the most important aspects of your wedding.

Dress Styles

to flatter all body types

A-line -

This style flatters most figures, so in turn, the A-line style is very popular with wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses alike. It's in an "A" shape, so it is form fitting at the top and flares slightly towards the bottom.

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Empire Waist -

If you're looking for comfort, then look no further. This style is very comfortable and is great to help hide a not so flat tummy. The empire waist is also great for an expecting bridesmaid.

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Ruching -

My absolute favorite because it is so super slimming! The ruching style helped to hide my baby belly when I was in my friend's wedding a few months ago. I highly recommend this style for all shapes and sizes.

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Twist Tie -

This style offers a variety of different ways that you can twist and tie the dress. This way, you or your bridesmaids can select a style that suits and flatters their body shape the best.

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Dress Designs

to show off your personality

Off-The-Shoulder Necklines -

The hottest new trend straight off the Spring 2015 bridal runway. The off-the-shoulder neckline is romantic, beautiful and popular with both bridesmaids and brides alike!

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Strapless -

This is the ultimate classic design, which is timeless and elegant.

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One-shoulder Dresses -

The one-shoulder dress with asymmetrical details is very flattering and offers a little more coverage than a strapless dress.

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Halter Top -

Believe it or not, a halter top will help to minimize the appearance of broader shoulders.

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Arm Coverage -

Doesn't necessarily mean that you have to go full length, but a little fabric on the shoulders can go a long way. This style creates some modesty for those who are self conscious of their upper arms.

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Pastels -

Pastel colors are perfect to use for a spring wedding.

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Mismatched Gowns -

Use different gowns in the same color...

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or choose gowns in different hues of one color.

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Designs -

Having your bridesmaids in the same dress with different designs is fun & helps to show your individuality.

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Bold & Vibrant -

Whether in one color or several colors, bold and vibrant dresses will help to make you and your bridesmaids shine.

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Long & Flowy -

Long and flowy dresses are very comfortable and they help to hide the legs of bridesmaids that don't wish to have them showcased. (I'm one of those people, I hate to show my legs because of those good 'ol varicose veins)

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Short & Sassy -

For those ladies that don't mind having their legs showing and is a great design for summer.

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Just a Small Tip:

Try to avoid overly shiny fabrics because it accentuates any and all figure flaws

Matte Fabrics - Chiffon, matte satin, taffeta or jersey are all alternate choices that look fabulous on any body type. Try one of these fabrics and your bridesmaids will love you a little more for it!

Marsala - Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year

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photos courtesy of http://www.weddbook.com & http://www.shopwildthings.com

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