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How to choose dresses to suit all your bridesmaids

By Andrea Petrou on January 26th, 2010 0 comments yet. Be the First

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Many brides and maids of honour struggle to find a one-stop shop for their bridesmaids and this can be a huge stress in the months leading up to the wedding. Especially taking into account that they are all different body shapes and personalities, one friend will only wear a-line, another is really trendy and the other is worried that she is heavier and won’t look good in the same shape as the group!

We spoke to online creative platform StyleShake.com who run a wedding boutique section to find out how to please all your bridesmaids:

To demonstrate what they offer they have designed a bridesmaid capsule looking at four different body types, hourglass, ruler, pear and apple in silk light plum and butter to ensure that everyone compliments each other and looks fab for photos.

Click on each link to be taken straight to the capsual collection.

Hourglass
This body shape is one to envy with a defined waist an equally balanced bottom and top halve. The hourglass is lucky and can wear slim fit pencils and asymmetric bridesmaid dresses.

Ruler
The ruler’s body shape’s measurements of the chest, waist, and hips are fairly equal. Bandeux style dresses will give the illusion of a bigger bust and a mermaid style will add curve to hips creating a more hourglass silhouette.

Pear
Ladies with pear-shaped bodies tend to carry excess weight around the bottom, hips and thighs, whilst the top half of the body is smaller in proportion. Pears are one of the most common body types and look good in a-line styles, deep decolte and accessories like corsages that will draw the eye upwards.

Apple
Apple shaped women hold most of their excess weight around their middle and should highlight other features like their fantastic legs or bust line. When designing bridesmaid dresses why not opt for pencil styles with clever peplum to conceal the tummy area.

Just to give you an approximation of cost, these four bridesmaid dresses StyleShaker has designed cost in total £278 (minus postage), not bad when you consider that they are bespoke as on the site there is even a function to put in your measurements.

With StyleShake you can design your own dresses online so it’s super easy to co-ordinate your bridesmaids in just three easy steps. Just choose one or two fabric colours and let your bridesmaids design their own dress from this palette, they can choose from a variety of design parts to get a dress they feel comfortable and chic in whether it be covering upper arms, a trumpet style or a sexy pencil. There is a function to save, rate and comment on one another’s designs, so you can all agree or disagree on what looks best. There are also a fine array of accessories, boleros, shrugs, string and clutch bags so you can meet all of your requirements in one.




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