Making the Cut
Bridesmaid dresses get a much needed style overhaul.
WE’VE ALL HEARD (or seen) the story of the boozy bridesmaid, who is inevitably slurring and staggering long before the cake is cut. But don’t judge too harshly— you’d likely hit the bottle, too, if you had to endure a poufy taffeta trainwreck posing as a bridesmaid dress. Save your favorite girls a mad hangover—and yourself a major headache—by choosing something that’s both modern and flattering. The best dresses include runway-inspired extras such as peplum waists and asymmetrical shoulders, in addition to long, lean maxi styling that just begs for a destination wedding. If you still favor a classic style, the most noteworthy trend to hit the bridal scene is undoubtedly the illusion neckline. The sheer, nearly invisible overlay ups the high-fashion ante without altering a classic cut—plus it leaves little room to hide a flask. ALFRED SUNG PEPLUM DRESS available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & country, 314.205.1191.  DEEPA GURNANI GOLD CLUTCH available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. GOLD RING available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. CHANEL GOLD SEQUIN PUMPS available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.  JENNY YOO MAXI DRESS available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191.  DEUX LUX SEQUIN CLUTCH and PEACOCO NECKLACE available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. KM2 BELT available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.  COREN MOORE DRESS available at Berrybridge Bridal, Ladue, 314.997.1439.  COREY LYNN CALTER CLUTCH and CITRINE BY THE STONES CUFF available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. PRADA NEUTRAL PATENT LEATHER PUMPS available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811
Alfred Sun Peplum Dress at Bella Bridesmaid
Jenny Yoo Maxi Dress at Bella Bridesmaid
Coren Moore Dress at Berrybridge Bridal
Photo credit: CARMEN TROESSER