Ask the Expert: Way to Choose Bridesmaids Dresses

Kate Halfpenny is a famous stylist, RESPECTED fashion designer and founder of the British luxury wedding dress brand Halfpenny London. Who better to ask how to choose the bridesmaids’ dresses?

Halfpenny London was founded in London in 2005 and has become one of the leading brands of high-end bridal and evening dresses in the UK. They are known for creating innovative and chic dresses and partitions for the modern woman with a separate service from Brit cool.

B’LOVED spoke to Kate to get her best tips on how modern brides should think about dressing and styling their bridal party for their big day.

KATE, WHERE SHOULD YOU START WHEN CHOOSING CLOTHES FOR YOUR PARTY BRIDE?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing bridesmaids’ dresses, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. I would start by scaling down the color palette and talking to your group about your specific ideas and requirements – covering your shoulders at church, for example, or maybe a scar or tattoo that your bridesmaid would rather cover on the day. Then it’s time to get inspired, so check out Pinterest or Instagram, which styles you all like and agree with. Pay attention to the current style of your bridesmaids and the kind of silhouettes that they usually wear at a party. The inspiration behind the sister collection was that two of my friends weren’t wearing the same thing. There are ways to adapt to all body shapes so that everyone feels incredible.

WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN FASHION FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS?

To be honest, I never take note of trends. Who cares about what everyone does? Do your own thing! Since marriages have been in a state of uncertainty for more than a year, I think that everything is happening at the moment! Couples tear up the rule book and I love it.

SYNCHRONIZED OR OFFSUIT ?

Do not match. There are no two identical bodies, so I love it when bridesmaids can all express themselves in their outfits, but the overall look is consistent and still works for the wedding. In this way, you are more likely to choose pieces that you like and that you will wear again after the big day.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OFFSUIT, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE THIS LOOK?

There are so many ways to do this that look incredible, but the easiest way is to have everyone in the same fabric, then you can all choose the exact outfit in which you feel comfortable and everyone is happy. Another suggestion would be the same outfit (if everyone agrees on the form!) in different colors or tones of the same color, or maybe all in different variants of the same print. There are so many options and as long as the couple loves the overall effect, everything is fine!

TIPS TO FIND THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR YOUR EVENING BRIDE?

I would take into account your individual style, because not everything has to be the same, unless you want it. I personally like it when bridesmaids, for example, have slightly different bouquets. Have fun with it! At my wedding, the flower girls wore pretty little bunny ears and the page boys wore owl outfits with little felt capes that looked like wings. They loved her and had so much fun playing. It’s your wedding, so be as quirky, cool, silly or serious as you want when it comes to accessories, or whatever!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO IF YOUR BRIDESMAIDS HAVE SHAPES OF THE BODY DIFFERENTLY?

I would just ask my bridesmaids what they would rather wear, or if there is absolute no-no for them. Discuss your ideas and send them all the styles you like. People can be very accommodating when it comes to weddings, but we all have parts of our body that we would rather highlight than others, and I think it would be a shame for anyone to feel dissatisfied with an outfit chosen for them, while there are so many beautiful alternatives.

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