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White Bridesmaid Dresses

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Oh yes I did just get back on that Royal Wedding trends bandwagon. But you can’t blame me can you, because you just KNOW that after Pippa Middleton showed up in that dress, brides around the world were thinking “hmm, maybe I should have my bridesmaids in white too”… 2011 is definitely going to be the year where this particular taboo becomes history once and for all (although, for the record, if you’re a guest and you wear white you’re still an asshat). Just wait until you see the gorgeous white bridesmaid dress inspiration I have lined up for you!

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Aren’t they gorgey? So crisp and light and summery. You could choose them for a beach wedding, or an elegant vineyard soiree or even (possibly with the addition of a sash) for a chic ballroom do. What I think works best about them (and no doubt the very reason Ms Middleton picked white as her colour, as have her royal predecessors), is that if you don’t want to have a theme colour for your wedding, white dresses give you a perfectly clean palette. Which I suppose is the exact reason not to use them if colour is your thing (unless of course you’re the bride in the bright and colourful dress!).

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Now if you’re thinking of heading down this route, there are a few things to bear in mind:

  • You’re probably going to hit some resistance from your bridesmaids. Not just because it’s unusual but because white can be a little intimidating to wear, especially for some skin tones. If your bridesmaids tend toward the pale, you might want to offer to all go to a salon together so your maids can also rock Pippa’s L’Orange look themselves (I know, it should be Essex but it worked, right?). Also bear in mind different figure types when picking out your dresses – even more important in an unforgiving neutral.
  • You may also get some resistance from older generations, for whom the ‘only the bride wears white’ mentality is pretty ingrained. Tell them it’s good luck (going back to Roman tradition) and that if it’s good enough for the Royals, it’s good enough for you. (Cheers for the comeback, Kate!)
  • Most importantly, you really want to make sure you stand out and the best way to do this is to wear a veil. No missing who the bride is there. Short dresses for your bridesmaids are equally effective, and you could also consider bold, colourful jewellery or shoes on your maids, or a large, colourful bouquet for you.
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Sources: 1: Atlas and Campbell via Style Me Pretty; 2: Ryan Graham/Wedding Concepts; 3: Max Wanger via The Knotty Bride; 4: Mint Photography; 5: Pezz Photo via Style Me Pretty; 6: Mark Engelbrecht; 7: Weddings Place; 8: Wedding by Color; 9: ; 10: Caroline Joy Photography

Are you thinking of following this trend? How will you do it?

13 Comments
  1. Effortlessly chic, simple and with the added opportunity to add some of your maid’s personalities with different cuts & styles. Love this trend, here’s hoping for some more seriously stylish white bridesmaids a-la Pippa!

    May 11, 2011
  2. Gorgeous images. I’m trying my best to love white maids dresses, they do make a dreamy, angelic bridal party {that pic with the bride and all the BMs including a baby & cute little girl laughing is positively heavenly!} but a part of me just can’t let go of the ‘bride has to be centre of attention and therefore should look extra special & different to everyone else’ mentality! :) xx

    May 11, 2011
  3. Those are some gorgeous dresses and I think it would be alright to have the bridesmaids in white- I mean the bride would shine out despite it all, wouldnt she? I am pretty sure she would! Time to say goodbye to this tradition/taboo !

    May 11, 2011
  4. Erin * Sparkle & Hay #

    i LOVE the white bridesmaids look! gorgeous round-up! xo

    May 11, 2011
  5. Really, really pretty look! Some people say that it steals some of the bride’s thunder, but I think that’s pretty much impossible! :)

    May 11, 2011
  6. I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding this December and we are wearing white. My friend, the bride, has been planning to do this for years (maybe even her whole life), but now everyone is going to think she got the idea from the Royal Wedding! Ha ha oh well. It will still be a beautiful day!

    May 11, 2011
  7. Love the look of white bridesmaids dresses-crisp is exactly the word! I think it’s important to give the bride her due, of course, and your suggestions to wear a veil and/or put your maids in short dresses is just perfect!

    May 12, 2011
  8. I love maids in white and I think you picked some fab options! It is classic, clean and perfect for a summer wedding! No one can distract from the bride and certainly a maid in a white dress won’t do that!

    May 12, 2011
  9. So beautiful and chic! I’ve always been a fan of bridesmaids wearing white!

    May 12, 2011
  10. Love to see bridesmaids in white… they all look so perfect together… and each time the bride stands out!!

    May 13, 2011
  11. love it …i think it is a fabulous idea. to me it does not take away from the bride…in my opinion it only enhances the overall look. {p.s. Hi love!}

    May 13, 2011
  12. It looks beautiful in photos, but most clothing looks awesome on a mannequin too. Not sure how many people can successfully pull it off, although I’d love to see it happen.

    May 13, 2011
  13. I love this trend… especially for a beach wedding! That top one is my favourite!!! And happy VERY belated blogaversary as well!!!

    May 17, 2011

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