One of my best friends from college asked me to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding, and thankfully, she was pretty relaxed about the dresses. She left the choice up to us within set parameters of shades and maxi lengths. After trying on a few, shall we say, less fortunate looking outfits — outrageously embroidered, ruched and bedazzled — I’ve realized that simple and understated is always best when looking for a bridesmaid’s dress, especially since I wouldn’t want to pull a Pippa and nearly upstage the bride! But I still wanted to avoid stereotypical catalog dresses and David’s Bridal selections so I turned to Jigsaw. Jigsaw London offers a variety for dress options perfect for bridesmaids and wedding guests alike! After perusing their fabulous selection of formal frocks here are a few of my personal picks:
1) My first pick is the Multi Fabric Dress in Ruby, a la Ali MacGraw in “Love Story.” I love a vibrant, eye-catching color and red has been a part of this year’s color trends from spring going into summer. The simple elegance of this dress complemented with a sweet bow cinching the waist gives it a youthful yet timeless look. You can also opt to change the sash for a different color or belt. A truly charming outfit!
2) Mixing it up amongst your bridesmaids is the best way for a bride to satisfy the different body types of her bosom buddies while adding variety to her wedding aesthetic. The Multi-Way Convertible Dress shown here in Mushroom (also offered in black) can be worn fifteen different ways – an effortless and flattering option for women of all figures. Pair this dress with a statement accessory such as the Flower and Pearl Necklace for a finished look.
3) Sleeveless and sweet for summer, the Lucy Shirred Jersey Dress in Lilac (also available in white and black) is a perfect option for an outdoor wedding. Lilac is always a lovely and popular color for weddings, and also very complimentary to any skin tone. The matching belt can also be worn at different parts of the torso giving you several options to cinch at the waist, hips or empire style.
A skirt and blouse ensemble, although less conventional, is a great alternative for bridesmaid attire…
4) To get this look, I paired the A-line Pleat Front Skirt in Vintage Gold with the Sleeveless Wrap Blouse in White or the Spring Crepe de Chine Top in Cream make darling combinations. The fit and cut of the A-line is flattering to any womanly figure and I love that the gold skirt adds a little shine to an otherwise subtle uniform. Add in an accessory like the Recycled Brass Hera Cuff for extra shimmer.
5) The Diane maxi skirt in Black from our Green Label paired with the Ruffle Collar Sleeveless Silk Blouse in White is a divine ensemble for a formal wedding. The floor length skirt paired with a white top looks regal and fresh.
Keep in mind that all of these ensembles would not only keep a bridesmaid looking beautiful, but would also make for timeless additions to the wardrobes of your ladies in waiting! Which look is your favorite?