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Bridesmaid dresses are notoriously ridiculed by the women wearing them. Don't let your bridesmaids be the laughing stock of the wedding, choose something chic and stylish for all the ladies involved.
A fresh idea when it comes to bridesmaid dresses is to pick a color related to the wedding and let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. This way you tie in your color scheme and the bridesmaid dresses, but your maids can choose a dress that flatters them. Another popular bridesmaid style is the coordinated separates dresses. You can choose the color and bottoms of your bridesmaid dresses and they get to choose the top that suit them best. The tops can include halter, sleeveless, strapless or spaghetti strapped.
If you are going for a more traditional theme and want each bridesmaid to wear the same dress, try and pick something that is universally flattering for them. You don't want to look back on your wedding pictures and think of how hideous the bridesmaid dresses are; you want to look back and admire how beautiful everything looked, including the bridesmaid dresses.