Trendy Thursday! How to Style Your Bridesmaid Dresses by April Bush

How to Style Your Bridesmaid Dresses” by April Bush

April Bush, CEO and Creative Director of Iconic Lifestyle, recently appeared on MyCarolinaToday to share various bridesmaids dresses that can be worn for different types of weddings, including three styles from David’s Bridal.  We are excited to welcome April as a guest blogger to not only share some of her great dress recommendations, but also show how to customize each look with shoes, jewelry and accessories.  Keep reading to see how she styles three outfits as traditional bridesmaid looks and then updated the same dresses with a modern twist.


The summer season is in full swing and that means brides everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their wedding plans. One of the most challenging tasks when selecting your bridesmaid’s gowns is deciding what color and silhouette will look best on everyone in your bridal party, while also remaining budget friendly. Depending on the vision you have for your wedding, some brides opt for different dresses in the same color scheme, while others opt for one dress in the same style and color for everyone.  What if you fell in love with one dress and you want your bridesmaids to wear the same dress but have no idea how to style it?


If you are planning on having a formal wedding, the gown Wallet is wearing a gown from David’s Bridal’s newest designer collaboration, Truly Zac Posen, is an elegant and chic option that won’t break the bank for your bridesmaids.  The plunging neckline and lace back of this long black crinkle chiffon gown offers beautiful detail, so forgo a necklace and style this gown with dainty accessories and a great up-do.  If you are having an evening wedding, have your girls wear a dramatic smoky eye or a bright lip depending on your bridesmaid’s skin tones. For an afternoon to dusk wedding, consider sheer lips with soft, shimmery eyes.

Wallet’s gown is part of the Truly Zac Posen Collection exclusive to David’s Bridal.  She is wearing the Truly Zac Posen Long Soft Crinkle Chiffon Dress with Lace Back (David’s Bridal style# ZP285025) available in select stores or online at in sizes 0-14 and priced at $225.00.


Check out the great details- the spaghetti strap crinkle chiffon dress features satin covered buttons down the lace back, and a draped cinched waist that elongates the silhouette.


Adding a brooch is a great way to personalize each of your bridesmaids’ styles and create different looks with the same dress. 


If you are having a casual daytime wedding, this short strapless dress is made out of one of David’s Bridal’s newest fabrics called “faille”, and you’re bridesmaids will be comfortable all day long.  This blue-hued dress is fashion forward, functional and can be repurposed for other occasions.  Vanessa accessorized this dress with a long gold necklace, subtle hairpiece, and neutral pumps.  If you are looking to keep your bridesmaids makeup and hair on the natural side, have them leave their hair down and apply neutral make up and a light pink lip.

Vanessa’s is wearing David’s Bridal’s Short Strapless Faille Dress with Full Skirt (David’s Bridal Style #F15810) in Pacific, but is available in 11 other colors in stores and online at in sizes 2-26 and priced at $139.00.


Tip: To create a personalized look for your bridesmaids, add a belt or sash to accentuate and cinch the waist.  A great way to highlight your maid of honor is to style her with a special sash and then have the rest of your bridal party wear an alternate sash that coordinates with the maid of honor. 


Perfect for a semi-formal wedding, Yessina is wearing a vintage inspired one shoulder contrast corded dress with a lace bodice and ribbon waist in a gorgeous plum hue. I suggest accessorizing this dress with vintage bracelets and earrings, and letting the neckline speak for itself.  Style the hair in a side swept up-do, paint nails a sheer color, and add old Hollywood glam make up for a dramatic look.

Yessina’s David’s Bridal One Shoulder Contrast Corded Dress (David’s Bridal Style# F15711) is shown in Plum and available in nine other colors and can be purchased in store only.  The dress comes in sizes 0-26 and is priced at $149.00.


A great alternative to flowers is to have your bridesmaids carry a chic clutch or minaudiere.  They are elegant, can hold all of the essentials your bridesmaid’s will need and can be used long after the wedding!  Hint: make sure that the clutch they choose is large enough to hold their cell phone!

Photo Credits: Cammel Hurse, Photographer

April Clark Bush is the CEO of Iconic Lifestyle Inc. a fashion, beauty and lifestyle company She is a fashion blogger, TV style expert, stylist and author. Check out her blog on Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & YouTube.

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