Short And Sweet

By Sharon Mosley

April 18, 2008 4 min read

SHORT AND SWEET

Cocktail-style dresses are wearable and flattering

By Sharon Mosley

Copley News Service

When you ask your closest friends and family to take part in one of the biggest days of your life, it's only natural that you'll want this occasion to be really special. And that means paying attention to the little things, especially when it comes to what they will be wearing.

So how do you have the wedding of your dreams and make sure your bridesmaids are chic and fashionable? Take a look at how you can make everyone's life easier - starting with your wedding party.

Choosing dresses for your nearest and dearest - and keeping them happy - has long been one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding. With different shapes and sizes to show off in the most complimentary way, it can be a bit of a juggling act.

Here are the latest trends:

- Many retailers have taken a special interest in giving the bridal party dresses that they actually will want to wear again. Enter the short dress.

"It's appealing to the girl who will want to wear her dress again and again," says the design team at Badgley Mischka who have introduced several short dress styles into their current bridesmaid collections. And who couldn't use another great cocktail dress in their closet?

- Give them plenty of choices. Bridesmaids want to look their best and feel comfortable in what they're wearing. The best gift you can give to them is to select dresses or separates that can be mixed and matched with coordinating jackets, skirts and tops to flatter a variety of figures. One bridesmaid may cringe at having to wear a strapless dress, but love the look of a halter style top; another may choose a bolero-style jacket or wrap to go over her bare shoulders.

There are lots of collections out there that address varying body types and offer lots of solutions. Picking a wedding consultant at your favorite bridal boutique or online store may be one of the best things you could ever do for yourself and your bridesmaids. An experienced consultant can help you and the members of your wedding party put together a stylish combination of fit and flare for everyone.

- Color is another way you can personalize your wedding and your bridal party's clothing choices. The new blues - from midnight navy to cobalt to sea foam - are taking the place of last year's chocolate browns. But don't be afraid to even try two or three colors on your wedding party. Lemon yellow and lime green are great combinations for spring and summer as are tangy oranges and hot pinks. Metallic silvers and golds also work year-round. And yes, you can find tuxedo accessories in bold colors that will really make those guys think tropical.

Don't sweat the small stuff. This is your wedding - it's OK to do it your way. Pick a time of day, casual or formal, and then pick a color theme to tie it all together. Your bridal party attire should then follow suit. Yes, the bridesmaids are going to be one of the key ingredients, but then the guys are relatively easy and the kids - hey, remember, they look good in anything.

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