Bridesmaids' Dresses Sure To Wow

By: Antwan Dorsey

The bride may steal the show on her wedding day but her bridesmaids shouldn't be left behind. After all, it's through them that she shines and is able to enjoy one of the most memorable days of her life.

Like the bride, bridesmaids stand out when draped in beautiful dresses stunning enough to put royalty to shame. They may not be designed to steal the show but they can come pretty close. And, unlike the bride's dress which typically costs a bundle, their garb doesn't have to. Creations crafted by designers with the gift are all that's needed. Here are a few examples of dresses sure to be a hit with the maids and the crowd.

Grecian-inspired: Like the Greeks of old who wore beautifully draped pieces, Grecian-inspired dresses are always a head-turner. Short or long, strapless or one-shouldered, bridesmaids can be presented with choices to complement their taste and form.

Short numbers are great for young bridesmaids especially with a draped bodice and ruching along the sides. A shirred waist and a delicately pleated skirt can complete the look. More mature bridesmaids can be adorned in a wholly Grecian dress that flows down to the ankles, has a one-shoulder strap and a loose draped bodice.

Empire waist dresses: Empire waists are timeless even in this sea of modern clothing styles. They hide unflattering areas, accentuate the good and can be worn on all occasions.

If choosing a short dress, one with a crossover shirred bodice, empire waist and a moderately plunging neckline is the perfect pick. Have it fall just above the knee and choose an A-line silhouette.

One of the best features of empire waist dresses is that they're a no-nonsense style that's perfect for busy bridesmaids who can't be bothered with details that prevents them from catering to the bride. They also suit most body types.

Structured dresses: Bridesmaids have to be on their feet for hours and it's only natural that their posture and form begin to sag. Structured dresses can help keep the body upright and relaxed. Choose a textured fabric and suggest that your maids wear the dresses above knee height with a one-shoulder neckline. A pleated tab on the shoulder with a flower or buckled detail completes the look.

Structured dresses are feminine and smart. They can be worn for most occasions and are fuss-free. Textured fabrics ensure details and shape hold which bridesmaids will love.

Shirred dresses: Dresses with shirred bodices are versatile because they're casual enough to be worn for beach weddings while retaining formal elements that make them perfect for traditional church weddings. A lightweight skirt to balance the detailed bodice which can also have a notch detail and an interior corset to hold everything in place and your bridesmaids will be more than satisfied.

Smocked waist: Like the empire waistline, smocked waists have been around for years. Bridesmaids' dresses can incorporate the design on crape with a simple lace-detailed round neck and a waist band to lend more shape to the silhouette. You can also suggest a modern twist with a plunging back.

The five examples given here are by no means comprehensive as there are numerous other styles dresses can incorporate. However, they're tried and tested designs that work well on most body types and are guaranteed to wow.

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Bridesmaid dresses are key to adding the wow aspect to your wedding day, with a variety of themes and comprehensive styles to choose from, they are appealing to every body shape and definitely a stand out of the crowd. For some stunning dress designs and ideas, visit this website.

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