Navy is a very popular bridesmaid dress color, and with good reason. It serves as a neutral backdrop for almost any accent color, allowing brides to mix in a bevy of hues for the perfect palette. Pair it with all-white blooms for a classic nautical vibe, mix in oranges for a quirky modern feel or choose pastel pinks for a more elegant, formal look. This perfect midsummer hue works for beach weddings or ballroom affairs. Bonus: It’s totally timeless.
Well folks, lace and neutrals are not going away. These trends continue in many of the new fall bridesmaid collections, but a few designers have taken a fresh approach with floral-inspired laces and unique new shades. The color palette is shifting from bright summer hues to warm jewel tones like garnet and classic navy. A new trend that is popping up all over the place is the illusion neckline. Take a peek at the gallery for a few of our favorite Fall 2013 bridesmaid styles and let us know what you think in the comments.
From top left to bottom right: Donna Morgan Coco Lace | Lela Rose Neutral Lace | J.Crew Sara Lace Dress | Dessy Black Floral Lace | Lela Rose Navy Illusion Neckline | J.Crew Megan Dress in Polka Dot | BHLDN Ava Maxi | Dessy Full-Length Gown with Sequin Neckline | BHLDN Choreography Dress | J.Crew Helene in Liquid Jersey | Donna Morgan Diana Velvet Shift
This Fashion Friday and the rapid approach of July have me thinking about navy. It’s such a timeless color, flattering to all, and pairs perfectly with hints of metallic in jewelry and shoes. Here are a few of my favorite navy numbers.
The fabric belt at the natural waist creates the perfect silhouette, the flowy chiffon will look great on the dance floor and there’s a pop of sparkle with the sequined yoke that carries over onto the back of the dress. Dorothy Perkins, $75.
The elbow sleeves make this dress a winter navy option. The delicate lace contrasts beautifully with the rugged brown belt. Dorothy Parker, $49.
Hello one-shoulder wonder with sparkly belt! Yes, please. The ruched bodice is a little bit Grecian but the metallic belt is totally modern. Max and Cleo Comet Tail Hour Dress from Mod Cloth, $187.99.
The classic silhouette of this J.Crew dress is timelessly flattering. I especially like the sweet cap sleeves. Mirabelle dress in silk chiffon, $265.
I’m always hesitant to recommend a floor-length gown since you’re less likely to have an occasion to wear it again. That said, there’s no doubt a long gown can make a dramatic and stunning statement and I felt amazing when I wore one at Michele’s wedding. I can’t help loving this one’s delicate pleated bodice and the sash available in custom colors. Wtoo, $216.