Proof Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses are a Great Option
It's no secret that trends in bridesmaid dresses have changed significantly over the past few years (and those of use with tons of "I'll-never-wear-this-again-even-though-you-promised-I would" gowns hanging in our closet rejoice!).
Recently brides have adapted the idea of a single color palate but no specific dress, allowing their girls to choose any style dress within the palate. Other brides are choosing a particular dress and opting for slight alterations on the style (think Two Birds) and then you have those who are opting for a few color and style choices within a similar style.
But my favorite trend is that of the patterned bridesmaid dress. It may feel a bit risky, but before you toss out the idea, check out my argument for why I think patterned bridesmaid dresses are a great balance between the uniformity of the traditional taffeta gown (gag) and the potentially challenging "pick-what-you-want" option.
Your girls are still matching one another. In medieval times bridesmaids wore matching outfits in order to confuse those who did not approve of the union and who wished to sabotage the ceremony. Today the tradition holds for many reasons - for one, it looks great for photos. Having your girls in a patterned dress allows you to do something a bit different and modern while still maintaining the tradition of uniformity.
Additionally, while allowing your girls to pick their own dress feels like a kind gesture, it can be stressful for you when they start choosing dresses that you don't necessarily love. Having your ladies select their own dress may seem easy-going but coming from someone who tried it (and then opted for a patterned dress), it can complicate the decision making process for you and your friends.
You will stand out. Yes, when bridesmaids wear a solid color the bride stands out, but with a pattern she stands out in a stunning new way. Plus, black and white photos look super gorgeous - even when the color's gone, there's no questioning who the bride is!
Patterned dresses fit perfectly with current bridal trends and fashions. Plus they help to add intricacy to your theme. Whether you're having a garden party wedding, an outdoor vintage or country themed event, or even an elegant evening affair, adding a pattern in the dress can add impact to the overall feel of the wedding.
There's an affordability to patterned dresses. This isn't to say that you can't find cute affordable solid dresses, but a simple, budget-friendly dress in a pattern can look uber elegant (such as the polka dot dresses featured above) or whimsically playful. These blue maxi dresses were just $25 from Forever 21.
Patterns allow wiggle room. Gone are the days where brides choose "their color." Today brides are using palates -sometimes five and six different colors - to create their overall vision. A patterned dress allows wiggle room in the matching department. Now everything you choose for your wedding won't require you to run around with a paint swatch so you can define the difference between lavender and periwinkle purple or teal and aqua blue.
And perhaps the best reason of all: the girls will wear the dress again. Unless you choose a horrible pattern or a patterned dress made with a stiff taffeta fabric (sorry, I'm just really trying to persuade you from using taffeta) then some of your girls will probably wear the dress again. Why? Because when she puts it on and isn't standing next to six other girls, she's just wearing a normal, adorable dress.