Fashion is certainly a favorite of any guest attending a wedding. From the happy couple to the wedding party, all eyes are on the wedding day attire once the ceremony begins— but, no pressure! Today, we’re talking bridesmaids and how to style your leading ladies. Local stylist Tyler from FashionStyler is back with more professional advice on your wedding day style! (You’ll want to check out Tyler’s last post on engagement ring styling, too!) Take it away, Tyler…

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Photo Credit: Megan Beth Photography from Elleni + Jason’s wedding

When it comes to your bridesmaids: create a trendy troop. Rarely has a bride become a bride without putting in her time as a bridesmaid. We love to complain about the duties and the dress, but there is no better feeling when your bestie pops the question (“Will you be my Bridesmaid,” duh!). Speaking of the dress, how do we avoid saying “this one you really will wear again” knowing in the pit of our stomach we’ve told a big white lie?

Not only do we want to get our gaggle of gals more dress for their money, we want them to look their best. Remember, the commander is nothing without an army. Making your bridesmaids feel “of the moment” with current fashion trends will help extend the life of the dress. Better yet, choose a timeless silhouette and add on current trends in an accessory way to end the war over the dress. Use these helpful tips below:

Fashion Followers

The best way to get your girls on board with their dress is to make it something they would want to buy themselves. Check your favorite fashion channel, blog or magazine, for the trends coming for the season of your big day. Spring/Summer 2013 will focus on the classic chic black/white pairing, print-on-print dressing, and the accent ruffle be it at the neck or on an asymmetrical hem. Whilst the runway shows these trends quite literally, find fun ways to tie your girls into the trend. Give them each their own print as a belt on their dress or ribbon their bouquet.

No More Ducks in a Row

As weddings become more contemporary and brides are personalizing the experiencing for all involved, we are seeing bridesmaids with their own dresses – normally tied together by a single theme (color, mini or maxi, etc.).  Traditional brides, do not let this deter you! Finding a single dress for your ladies sure makes things easier. Put in the effort though in finding a dress that your girlfriends can accessorize and make their own. Shorter lengths will allow for fun shoes or simpler silhouettes mean adding their own belt or scarf.

Ritzy Rental

Utilize websites like Rent the Runway to get your bridal team glammed up for the big day. Gone is the question of if they will wear it again because you are cutting ownership out of the deal. Rent the Runway certainly offers a more contemporary selection so be creative! Find a mixture of solid and print options that will make your ceremony line up pop and tell a story as they stand by your side.

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How do you plan to style your leading ladies? We would love to know! Thank you for sharing all this great info, Tyler!

If you’re looking for more wedding fashion advice or a wedding-day stylist for you or the rest of your wedding party, be sure to check out more of Tyler’s services at FashionStyler!

From fashion and beauty to planning and budget, we’ve got it all covered, so take a look around the blog and read more tips and advice from local wedding pros in the DC area!

Photo Credit: Megan Beth Photography

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