The Perfect Bridesmaid Dress For Every Body Type

Ashley Rader

Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in beach wedding favors, summer wedding favors and a huge collection of unique wedding favor ideas that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable.

Every bride wants her attendants to feel beautiful, but sometimes choosing the right dress that will flatter every bridesmaid is a daunting task. You find yourself searching the Internet, and going to several dress shops. You will look at what feels like a thousand bridesmaid's dresses in your efforts to pick the perfect one. Well, don't fret! Here are some great tips for choosing the perfect bridesmaid's dress that is flattering on every body type.

Bridesmaids under Heather's veil

1. Take your bridesmaids with you when you go dress shopping. This will allow every girl to have a say, especially if you are trying to pick the same dress. Do your best to listen to them as they express how they feel, but in the end you should remember that it's your wedding and you shouldn't be afraid to pick something you like.

2. A-line skirts, empire waists, and V-necklines tend to look great on every body style. You should also avoid bodices if your bridesmaids are flat chested. So, when you are at the dress shop with your bridesmaids have the consultant bring several selections in these styles for your bridesmaid's to try on.

3. Color is also a key element in choosing a dress that is flattering on everyone. As much as you love a certain shade of peach, the reality is that it probably won't look good on everyone, especially if one of your bridesmaids is a redhead. Try to choose a color that goes great with your color scheme, and still looks great on everyone.

4. You may also consider jackets or shawls for your older or plus-sized bridesmaids. A jacket or shawl will help to hide arms or draw attention away from them since arms are often an area of embarrassment for these women.

5. Search for styles and colors that could be worn again to another formal, especially if you are asking your bridesmaids to purchase there own gowns. No one wants to spend a lot of money on a dress they will never wear again.

6. If all else fails, don't be afraid to go with different dresses in the same style. Especially if the body shape of your bridesmaid's differs extremely from girl to girl, you should choose a color and then let all your girls pick a style of dress they are comfortable in. This is actually a going trend in the bridal industry for bridesmaids' gowns. In fact, David's Bridal recently introduced a collection of bridesmaids' dresses that came in the same color, but in different styles. So, if you can't find one dress that flatters everyone, this may be the route you want to go.

The best thing to do is just to follow your instincts and keep your bridesmaids included in the shopping experience. Be sure to have an open mind and listen to any suggestions they may have. Remember these women have volunteered their time and even their checkbooks to help you out on your special day, so show your appreciation by putting them in a dress that everyone will love.

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