If you ask a bride what the most challenging part of arranging a wedding is, she’ll probably say “bridesmaids.”
Yes, next to the wedding itself, picking out the maids’ outfits is another crucial part of the planning process. After all, these stunning ladies standing by your side on your big day deserve to look their best.
As autumn/winter approaches, you are probably rummaging for the perfect bridesmaid look. From shimmering sequins and elegant florals to dusty hues and perfect accessories, your mind must be spinning with all the options.
Well, fret not because we’ve got you covered. In this article, our expert fashionistas have compiled a list of all the essentials that will make a perfect winter bridesmaid outfit.
The right accessory can make all the difference
We often underestimate the importance of accessories like jewelry to complete a look. However, be mindful of not going extra. Out of the various options, pick one or two jewelry items that will complement your look. If you really want to show off your hands, pair your rings with an adorned necklace. If you are an earring fan, combine it with charming bracelets or a necklace.
Can’t decide on the right neckpiece? If you are wearing high necklines, the best option is mildly thick long chains. Want to rock a strapless neckline? You can go for multiple options such as chunky statement pearls, a multi-layered necklace, or a drop necklace.
As for the earrings, we’d recommend sparkly crystal earrings with a flattering geometric design, or you can go for statement diamond or confetti studs. Everyone loves minimalist crystal bracelets when it comes to hands, especially if you are going with straps.
People often put off jewelry shopping until the last minute and then fret. If this is the case, you might want to consider online stores like WholesaleSparkle.com, which offers a wide range of accessories. From gorgeous earrings to sparkling pendants, pick any two items you want to flaunt at the wedding and have them delivered in no time at all.
Try velvet if you haven’t
We tend to overlook velvet in comparison to silk, satin, and other flower fabrics. However, velvet is flattering, soft, sleek, and warm. Yes, warm is the word for a winter wedding, especially an outdoor wedding.
Velvet dresses offer that butterfly feeling, especially when it drapes on your body in the form of a maxi with a sultry high side slit. Another super-flattering dress you can rock in a winter wedding is a purple one-shoulder neckline fit and flare gown. The fitted bodice would look incredibly magnificent with a simple hairdo, drop earrings, and a delicate choker.
There is no reason why you can’t look gorgeous in a velvet springtime gown with off-the-shoulder spaghetti straps. A thin string of pearls would complete the look off on that sweetheart neckline. Do you think the cold shoulder look would be too much for winter? We would love to recommend an emerald flutter sleeve velvet dress with a dramatic open back and a deep V-neck.
Bridal color no-no’s
It may surprise you, but there are some colors the bride prefers you not to wear at her wedding. The obvious choice is white (because we don’t want to take away the spotlight).
However, if you have a thing for light colors, a bridesmaid can still pull off so many colors instead of white. For instance, dusty blue and deep sea are two stunning colors that will make anyone look ravishing, especially when worn with a wrap dress or a ruffled dress.
Glittery gold or champagne are next on the list of no-nos. Certainly, sequins and glitter add a touch of romance, but so do other colors and fabrics. Gold, silver, ivory, beige, and champagne may resemble bridal palettes, so you may choose colors aside from these to stay safe. Your bride may want something predominantly gold to make her stand out.
Go for the perfect winter hairdo
Bridesmaids need to look just as beautiful as the bride, so choosing the right hairstyle is essential.
Curly updos are a staple for the wedding scene and look insanely beautiful with wavy loose curls and matching flowers. Waterfall braids are the first hairstyle we recommend in cold weather since loose hair is easier to manage. Not only does this hairstyle give a stunning look when finished with loose curls, but it will look enchanting when paired with a pearly barrette or minimal flowers, especially on thick hair.
For a cleaner look, you can go for a classic French twist at the back with a tiara-styled clip. If you love both braids and bun, go for a French-styled braided bun that will look fabulous with a strapless maxi dress.
Finally, match trendy accessories such as crystal-embellished clips, pearly headbands, cindyscrunchies, and capucine headpieces to go with the perfect hairstyle.
Make sure to follow the theme
Almost every wedding has a theme, storyline, and dress code that must be strictly adhered to. Remember, brides especially pay attention to the dress code. So, if you are attending a wedding of your best friend, be sure to look at every detail.
The first step is to categorize dresses by the wedding scene. However, remember to balance out dress code etiquette with the theme. For instance, even if it’s a beach wedding, showing up in a revealing outfit or a bikini top is not an option. Similarly, it is not wise to wear white during a winter wedding. The semi-formal look is always a lifesaver and works best for any wedding theme.
You should also dress appropriately for the venue and the weather. Choose layers, colors, and outerwear that is versatile and cozy enough for an outdoor winter wedding.
It’s the winter wedding season, the perfect time to experiment with cozy yet stylish winter bridesmaid looks. Even though it’s the bride’s biggest day, it’s still important for the lovely ladies supporting her to look as stylish as possible. If you’re looking for inspiration, you won’t have to look far. Our list has everything from winter-appropriate dresses to winter-appropriate hairstyles. So, pick up some flowers and let’s get started!