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Bridesmaid's style tips with Yorkshire's Karina Leacock from House of Colour

Bridesmaid's style tips with Yorkshire's Karina Leacock from House of Colour: Image 1 Once you've chosen your outfit, it's time to turn your attention to the wonderful ladies who are going to be by your side celebrating with you and making sure that everything goes perfectly. Here are my tips for choosing their bridesmaid's outfits:

1. Be Organised – Put together a budget and time-scale and have a chat with your bridesmaids about what is really important to them. Do some research about what is available and don't forget it is not necessary to buy a bridesmaid's dress from a wedding dress shop. Most high street shops and department stores offer suitable party, occasion or formal attire these days. With a growing emphasis on fashion eco-awareness, you may want to avoid a one-wear mindset so your bridesmaids can re-use their outfit for other occasions.

2. Style Dilemma - Your bridesmaids are unlikely to share the same body type, height and style personality. You may even have a mix of women and young girls. It is a dilemma, so how can you make sure your best girls feel fabulous in their outfits? If you have a little bit of budget one top tip is have a tailor alter the dress for each bridesmaid in their own chic style. Think different necklines, sleeves or slightly different lengths (although don't go to wild on this because your tribe can end up looking a little wonky). Ensure each bridesmaids dress is well-fitting and they feel gorgeous and comfortable, but this should still be subject to a few certain guidelines from the bride!

3. Colour - Taking the tailored tip one step further, of course not all colours suit all skin tones and so you may want to choose a colour but have different tones for different bridesmaids. Teals and blues are good example for how to work this tip - teals for the warmer tones and cornflower or airforce blues for the cooler tones will ensure they all look radiant. Remember to choose colours that suit them because you might naturally be drawn to choosing colours that suit you!

4. Red - all about it - The only colour that suits all skin tones is primary red so choosing accents in this colour to brighten up a more neutral coloured bridesmaid dress can be a beautiful way to go. Full on red bridesmaids' dresses risk over shadowing the bride so watch out! It is still considered rude for guests to turn up at a wedding wearing red for the same reason.

5. Accessorise – Choosing a classic bridesmaids dress can help keep things simple, but always encourage your bridesmaids to express their individual personalities through their accessories including shoes, hair detailing, bracelets and earrings.

6. Variation – If you don't have a big budget for the bridesmaid's dresses do not fear! Not every bride feels that their bridesmaids need to wear the same dress but when executed well the bridal party can still look fabulous in different outfits. It is best however to have a running theme of some sort. Perhaps try different dresses in a neutral colour with a power pop of colour or amazing styled shoes.

7. Think outside the box – If it suits the style personalities of your bridesmaids and you want them to wear something a little bit more modern, try on-trend smart playsuits, edgy trouser suits or cheongsams.

8. Pack a spare pair – These days most brides have two sets of shoes for the wedding; their wow shoes and then some cute flats to dance the night away in. Encourage your bridesmaids to do the same because weddings are long events and since bridesmaids play a pivotal part in keeping the day running smoothly you don't want them to have battered and bruised feet either!

9. Flowers – Don't forget you can also use colour in the bridesmaids' bouquets to deliver a beautiful note during the wedding ceremony and it is a great way to have impact if you are sticking closely to a colour theme and want to bring the look together.

10. Shawls – A lovely touch is to provide your bridesmaids with a chic shawl for any wedding evenings where the weather may cool. Shawls are often good value, re-usable and can be found in every colour under the sun. Your bridesmaids will definitely appreciate the thought (and you)!

Karina Leacock is one of a network of consultants with House of Colour, offering colour analysis, personal styling and image consultancy across the UK. www.houseofcolour.co.uk | karina.leacock@houseofcolour.co.uk.

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