You probably have the dress; now it’s time to find their dresses—the ones your bridesmaids will wear. Almost every bride has uttered the famous phrase, “They can wear them again!” but, truth be told, most maids don’t. So while that’s a lovely idea to keep in mind, it shouldn’t be your number one priority. Instead, focus on these things, according to Jacqueline Weppner, founder of the bridal styling house Merci New York.
1. Take a look at your own dress. Think about your gown and overall wedding style. Is it classic, modern, or maybe vintage? Your bridesmaids’ dresses should fit the vibe. If you’re wearing a flowy, bohemian lace dress, your maids might look out of place in formal taffeta dresses.
2. Think seriously about the color. Don’t expect everyone to cast a bronze glow. “Blush and taupe are hot bridesmaid dress colors right now, but they don’t suit every skin tone. They can wash some people out,” says Weppner. If you’ve got a range of fair, olive, and dark skin tones, make sure the dress color flatters all. (Keep hair color in mind, too, if you’re choosing something unique that could clash with a redhead, for example.) You can work in a two-color palette, says Weppner, to please everyone (think pink and a darker coral).