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Bridesmaids Donning White Gowns


Traditionally, a bride takes center stage in her gorgeous white gown, flanked by her maids wearing shades of the wedding color palette. This, among many other reasons, sets the bride apart as the focal point for the special day, but now tradition is being rocked by a growing trend of white bridesmaid dresses. Yep, maids and bride donning white on the same special day!

Once you get over the shock of a bride wanting to share the glory of wearing white on her wedding day, you will find that this style statement (when done right) is a gorgeous look. With that said, there is potential for wedding day fashion failure, but if you're willing to take a fashion risk for your wedding, the following examples, both good and bad, will surely lead you in the right direction.

First, let's reminisce on the Royal Wedding, that being the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011. Not only was the now Duchess of Cambridge breathtaking in her Sara Burton, Alexander McQueen gown, but her bridal party also stunned in white, namely Kate's maid of honor and sister, Pippa Middleton.

One thing to keep in mind, Kate Middleton's bridal party color palette was not a great fashion shock to her English compatriots. A bridal party wearing white is a longstanding English tradition, but Kate's execution was flawless nonetheless, and was (as with most of her style choices) something to take note of. Pippa caught significant attention in her slim-fitting gown, but because it differed so greatly from Kate's silhouette, Kate was still undoubtedly the show-stopper that day.

Another celebrity wedding that nailed the look of all white bridesmaids’ dresses was that of Candice Crawford and Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, also in 2011. Candice’s dress, a full, sleeveless, v-neck ball gown was beautifully complemented by her bridesmaids’ knee-length, strapless, white cocktail dresses. Despite the matching color, there was no mistaking the bride in this elegant group.

Differing silhouettes ensure the spotlight is on the bride, but another way to work this trend is to don color as the bride while your bridesmaids wear white. Recently, two reality show celebrities opted to shine in color while accompanied by bridesmaids in white floor-length gowns.

In May 2013, Adriana de Moura, a cast member of the Real Housewives of Miami wore an overflowing, gray tulle Gabriella Arango Couture gown with a dazzling, sheer one shoulder design. Adriana definitely stood out amongst her bridesmaids, who while gorgeous in their own right, walked down the aisle in more fitted, floor-length, one-shoulder gowns with gem detail at the top.

Another Real Housewives (of Atlanta) star, Nene Leakes, donned an outrageous gold ensemble this year as she walked down the aisle for the second time with husband, Greg Leakes. While her bridesmaids wore different white gowns, which appeared more elegant than the bride’s, the focus was still on Nene as her glittering gold dress popped against the sea of white around her.

Whether it’s by differing silhouettes or variation in color, the right balance between the bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses makes for a stunning bridal party dressed in white. The freshness and crisp look of this fashion statement is far from the fashion faux pas that it once was considered.

Here are a few quick tips for an all white bridal party:

• Be sure you stand out as the bride
• Don’t wear the same silhouette as your bridesmaids (long vs. short or strapless vs. sleeveless)
• Play with color for a striking look
• If color is too bold, play with shades of white and cream
• If your maids each wear a different dress, avoid a sloppy look with cohesive dresses
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