grey is my favorite color, yep, i said it.. as boring as it sounds, i live in grey and i love grey!! so when wendy from outreach mama contacted me about writing a guest post about the latest bridesmaids trends (and it involves... grey!) i happily accepted :))
(images from courtney and nathan's lake tahoe wedding, featured in style me pretty)
so without further ado, take it away wendy!
How to Rock Grey Bridesmaid Dresses
“Grey” can sound like such a conservative - yes, we’ll even say it - boring color. Maybe it makes you think of seas of indistinguishable businessmen and women in monochromatic grey suits. When filmmakers or ad agencies want to represent someone sticking out of the masses – the crowd is always grey and the standout is always some other, brighter color. Grey simply isn’t the first shade most people consider the rock star of wedding colors.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t rock grey bridesmaid dresses, though! Over the last several years, grey has been an important player in popular fashion and each year it is paired with something fresh and fun. No wonder – it’s versatile and coordinates with nearly every other color. It’s available in a full range of shades from almost white to practically black. It’s flexible and looks great with most complexions. It’s becoming the workhorse of the wedding world and is now part of so many beautiful palettes.
How can you ensure that your attendants rock their grey bridesmaid dresses?
Choose Grey Textures
In romantic tulle, grey is classic and inspires thoughts of Degas-esque ballerinas in flowy tutus. The ballet theme is expected to be very popular in 2017, in fact, and many couples will pair grey with shades of blush.
It can also be brash and metallic. Shimmering silver sequins add flair to embellishments or look ravishing covering a fitted full-length gown. A more powdery grey looks antique and Roman-statue-like, perfect for an Italian-garden-themed wedding.
Consider dresses with lace to add texture, either just on the neckline or bodice, or as a complete overlay. Embroidery is also hot this year, and can be found accenting sheer sleeves or as eye candy on bridesmaids' skirts and even the trains of avant-garde grey bridal gowns. Embroidered grey blouses look great paired with solid-color skirts, like a fitted cocktail-length or flowy full-length black skirt, as part of this year’s separates trend. There are even sexy high heels with grey embroidery patterns against a solid color shoe that are entirely too sexy to be ignored.
Coordinate the Entire Party
Complete the look by dressing your entire party in a similar base color then adding fabulous pops of color. Choose the same grey for groomsmen's suits and bridesmaid dresses. Select a very bold, contrasting color like burgundy or yellow. Take that accent color and have your florist create monotone hand-tied bouquets for the girls and have the groomsmen wear the exact color tie and boutonniere.
Dress all of your bridesmaids in your favorite shade of grey, and choose a super-fun highlight color for their shoes and jewelry. No matter what that shade is – perhaps peach, turquoise, lemon, or red – the look will definitely stand out and make a statement.
Or, let each of your bridesmaids choose a different shade of grey for her dress. Unify the look with identical bouquets, hair accents, jewelry and shoes. If your wedding is very formal, you might consider incorporating diamonds in various ways as they look incredible with grey.
Floral pattern bridesmaid dresses are growing in popularity. It might seem unlikely that you would find a pattern with prominent grey, but they exist! Some are simple, and some are elaborate with threads of silver creating a shimmery effect that will wow your guests any time of day.
Rocking grey isn’t so hard when you keep your mind open and your ultimate look in mind. As an added bonus, your bridesmaids will be grateful to know that you picked such a versatile and flattering color!
Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama. Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.