BRIDESMAIDS TRENDS 2016

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

You have picked out the tux and the wedding gown, now you have to decide on bridesmaids dresses. This can be even trickier than finding a wedding gown. Sure, you don’t have as many options, but there are still a ton and you have to find a dress that will be flattering to several people. Plus you have to consider choosing a flattering shade for everyone’s different skin tones. That is not an easy task. Not to mention the pressure to not choose a dress for your bridesmaids will secretly hate (remember “27 Dresses”) So once again we have compiled a list of the hottest trends to help you get started.

Mismatched Dresses

You may have seen mismatched bridesmaids dresses before now. These became more and more popular with the rise of the boho or laid back weddings. Now more people are seeing the light and using mismatched dresses. A few ways to do this would be to pick one color and let the girls pick their dress style. That would ensure each girl has a dress that is flattering to her figure, but your wedding coordination stays intact. You could also let the girls pick a shade of one color, allowing them to find one that works best for their skin tone while remaining in harmony. Overall, mismatching your dresses can look very elegant and make your bridesmaids very happy. Which sounds like a win- win to me.

Separates

Similar to the cropped top trend in bridal gowns, more brides are putting their bridesmaids in separates. This look can be very modern and chic or very casual depending on you style it. You could take a bolder approach with a small crop top, especially if you love the look but not for the bridal gown. Or you can mix it up with lace and cotton or tulle for a softer, more romantic feel. This trend also gives you the option to mix and match colors without mismatching your dresses.

Flutter Sleeves

Flutter sleeves are a great way to add sleeves to your bridesmaids dress without truly adding sleeves. These sleeves are typically sheer and add depth to the dress. Depending on which style you choose, your flutter sleeve can look vintage-chic or Greek goddess ethereal. It is a great way to give your girl’s dress a little extra something without it being too much.

Tiered Skirt

In the same family as the flutter sleeve you have the tiered skirt. A tiered skirt can that extra something to a dress without completely overpowering the design and adding bulk. They are soft and elegant but still bold. Definitely not traditional, which is perfect for the non-traditional bride.

Sheer Fabrics

If you saw the previous two trends, then you may have some idea by now that sheer fabrics are very trendy right now. Adding an illusion neckline or an overlay of sheer fabric to a dress really takes it to the next level. Adding sheer sleeves, necklines, and skirts can allow you to stay trendy and classy. If you are going for a more modest feel, sheer elements can give you the modesty without losing fashion points.

 

These trends do not have to stand alone. In fact, several of these trends will complement each other. Feel free to mismatch your bridesmaids with different separates of sheer fabric. The possibilities are vast! (I won’t say endless because then how will you ever decide) So, go forth! Choose your bridesmaids dresses with confidence now that you no longer have to stress about choosing one dress style in one color. Unless that’s what you want, in which case you have several excellent options ahead of you!

 

Mr. Burch not only does tuxedos, but we also cater to your bridesmaids dress needs! Go check out our Trussville location to see the trendy styles we have for you!

BRIDES STYLE 2016

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Choosing a wedding gown can be a daunting task. There are so many styles and designers, it is a bit of a sensory overload. So we are here to help narrow down your choices. Whether you want a classic bridal look or you want to be the epitome of a “modern bride”, we have the latest bridal gown trends for this year, and there is something for everyone.

Elegant V Neckline


In the past the strapless and sweetheart necklines have ruled the wedding industry, and for good reason. They are gorgeous and flattering necklines, but this year is the year of the V-neck. This neckline gives you the flattering and elegant feel of the sweetheart with the edge and sexiness of the plunging v-neck. It really has created a happy medium between the two styles and can be a great match with any style dress. Ball gown, a-line, mermaid style, etc., they all look great with an elegant v-neck.

Blush and Cream colored dresses


Most of you may not know that the white wedding dress trend was made popular in Western culture by Queen Victoria in the 19th Century. Many other cultures have very colorful wedding attire, and our trends are slowly starting to move that way, very slowly. We aren’t’ jumping straight to the vivid colors, although there is nothing saying you can’t do that if that is your style! This year blush and cream colored dresses are trending. Just a few shades away from white, these colors add depth to a wedding ceremony and can be more flattering to all types of skin tones.

Floral and Lace


Lace dresses have been growing in popularity for several years. The rise in boho and rustic style weddings has resurrected the lace dress. However, this year they are adding to it. Lace layers on dresses, floral lace patterns, or floral appliqués added to lace dresses. You can’t go wrong blending the two. Of course, if you want you can always keep the lace traditional or go for a floral printed dress if you want to be untraditionally modern.

Cropped Top/ Separates gown


Speaking of ultra modern, one of the largest growing trends is separates or cropped top gowns, showing just a sliver of skin. If done right it can be very chic and elegant. It is casual meets modern and can be the show stopping number of your modern wedding. Also, if you are getting married in the summer, just think of the extra breezeJ!

Feathers


Another modern style that has become popular is feathers. Whether your entire dress is covered in them or they are accenting the rest of the dress, you are sure to stun the crowd.

 

Now that you know five of the biggest trends this year, hopefully we have helped you narrow down your search. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of styles for each of these trends. Just try on as many dresses as you want and as many styles, because you may be pleasantly surprised in a dress that “isn’t for your body type” or a style you would “never wear”. And there is nothing that says your dress needs to follow trends. This is your day and your dress needs to be an extension of you. So if you don’t want feathers, lace, flowers, or a color, that’s ok! If you want a feathery lace dress, topped with flowers, and every color of the rainbow, then go for it! You do you on your wedding day. 

WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING FOR HER PART 2

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

This post originally appeared in The Budget Fashionista.
 
But by all means, do dress
 
 
Yes, it’s summer, but that’s not an excuse to wear shorts and a tank top to a wedding. Even a low-key backyard affair calls for a skirt. While others may wear jeans to their friend’s special day, a fashionista doesn’t stray from decorum. Show the bride and groom that you understand the importance of their wedding and dress up.
 
Casual Wedding Attire
 
 
 
Keep Color in Mind
 
Many weddings now have color themes, so if the invite is red and blue, you may not want to wear that color because the bride and bridesmaids will probably be wearing something of that hue. And while wearing white after Labor Day is no longer a fashion faux pas, it’s still disrespectful to wear white to a wedding. Also stay away from black. You don’t want to look like you’re going to a funeral.
 
Don't Wear Black
 
 
 
Choose Complementary Accessories
 
A metallic pair of sandals or shoes are the perfect partner to a summer dress. For a ballroom affair, select strappy stilettos or peep-toes. If the event is taking place out doors, you may want to opt for wedges or flats that won’t get stuck in the grass or sand.
 
 
It’s also important to choose the right bag. Find a small clutch or wristlet that complements your outfit and fill it with your essentials, among which should be powder. Summer means heat, and heat means sweat, so be prepared.
 
Summer Accessories
 
 
Go Light on Makeup and Jewelry
 
 
Fresh, minimalistic makeup is more flattering for a summer wedding. Ditch the heavy lipstick and apply a shimmering gloss to keep lips moist and shiny. Be sure to wear a sunscreen if you’ll be outdoors, but go light on the foundation or wear a light coating of powder instead.
 
Summer Makeup
 
 
Because you’re probably wearing a light, breezy dress, you should also go light on the jewelry. Cumbersome baubles look awkward with an airy ensemble, so trade your chandelier earrings for pearls or studs. A little bling goes a long way in the summer time. Keep it light, and you’ll look and feel better.
 

 

Summer Jewelry

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WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING FOR HER PART I

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

This post originally appeared in The Budget Fashionista
 
 
It may not be your special day, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. The problem is that what to wear to a summer wedding can be tricky. Because you shouldn’t have to stress out about a wedding that isn’t yours, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you’ll turn heads while sticking to the dress code. Now all you’ve got to worry about is how to get that cute groomsman to dance with you.
 
 
What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Basic Dos and Don’ts
 
Do Wear
 
 
Do
- Wear summer colors like turquoise, melon, strawberry, and kelly green
- Wear cute pumps and/or sandals for an inside wedding/reception
- Wear black (with color) to an evening wedding
- Wear something sexy- but tasteful
- Wear a linen pants suit
- Wear a cool straw hat
 
Don't Wear
 
 
 
Don’t
- Wear white, unless the bride requests it. People will talk about you (and not in a good way)
- Wear black to an afternoon/morning wedding. Pick something colorful
- Wear heels for an outside wedding/reception (your heel with get stuck in the grass)
- Wear ultra low cut dresses, short-short dresses, shorts. If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see you in it, then don’t wear it.
 
 
What to Wear to A Summer Wedding: Dressing Tips
 
 
Dress for the time and place
Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six, it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress. Many weddings nowadays call for a wardrobe change between a low-key ceremony and fancy reception. Determine how much to dress up or down according to the time and venue of the event.
 
 
 
Afternoon Wedding
 
 
Evening Wedding
 
To Be Continued...