Thursday, October 23, 2014

weddington way style challenge

Planning a wedding—from what I've observed—is no picnic. There's composing a playlist, designing a centerpiece, choosing sea bass or steak—and that's just scraping the surface. In the whirlwind of it all, it's understandably easy to lose your sense of style when it comes to the bridesmaids' look (there's a big white dress and your own beauty strategy to focus on, after all). Retailers have designated wedding sections that can be helpful in sorting through the endless options, but also limiting. Sparkly silver shoes may scream "special occasion," but if rhinestones aren't something you'd ever wear, they shouldn't share the altar with you. When I picture the ideal wedding, I see classic, modern elegance and a feel that is more fancy party than prom. No cheesy curls, no kitten heels. Elevated, but natural.

I was really excited to mold my abstract ideas into a concrete look when Weddington Way told me about their October style challenge. I started, of course, with the dress. The online boutique hosts an insane number of curated style and color options (if you've got a ring and a date, get to this site!). A long gown is so glamorous and appropriate for cool autumn weather. This one cinches the waist at the right spot and the flowing skirt will flatter a range of body types. Delicately strappy black pumps and licorice lacquer are modern complements to the dress's deep indigo, and simple silver studs add modest sparkle. Loose waves are great for summer, but I prefer a sleek, dramatically parted mane for a fall ceremony. The neat style pairs well with the pointed heels and balances the loose nature of the dress. I mentally bookmarked Katie Holmes' stunning Bobbi Brown campaign when I first saw it in magazines, and it's perfect for this palette. Her softly smoky eye, rosy-bronze cheeks and deep blush pout look fresh and bright against the dark dress and accessories. With a lush bouquet of dynamic pinks and romantic red buds, splash of Bottega Veneta's floral-and-leather fragrance and a flute of Veuve, it's certain to be a beautiful night—for both the bride and the bridesmaids.

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All Bridesmaid Dresses at Weddington Way

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