“Always a bridesmaid” has a nice ring to it, now that going to the chapel means wearing a fabulous frock.
IT WAS A PRENUPTIAL agreement of sorts; your gal pals agreed to go along with the hoopla that inevitably pairs with being a bridesmaid because you promised to avoid the heinous section when selecting their matching frocks. Piece of cake. But, with so many fab dresses fl ooding boutique aisles, deciding on the absolute best for your bridesmaids-to-be has led to Bridezilla-inducing stress. Breathe, and look to the hottest trends for styles all parties will love. Asymmetrical necklines, thick, cummerbund-inspired waistbands and forgiving pleats make for gowns that are as fl attering as they are fashionable. Pick from jewel tones or brights, satin or chiffon—and consider your support system content, rather than your “something blue.”
A popular oneshoulder neckline and pleated skirt elevate an already stunning jeweltoned dress.
 Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress available at Simply Elegant Bridal, Downtown, 314.241.8201.
 Vince Camuto heels available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810. Bella Collection clutch available at Apricot Lane, Chesterfi eld Mall, 636.537.1161. Headband available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Pearl bracelets available at CODI, Town & Country, 636.227.2634.
Handy compartments and a cummerbund waist make a ball gown anything but basic.
 B2 bridesmaid dress available at Town & Country Bridal Boutique, Plaza Frontenac, 314.991.5400.
 Dyeables heels available at Simply Elegant Bridal, Downtown, 314.241.8201. La Regale clutch available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Hair pin available at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, 314.721.2457. Pearl earrings available at CODI, Town & Country, 636.227.2634.
A ruched bodice and knee-length hem take a poppy pink frock from feminine to fl irty.
 Amsale bridesmaid dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191.
 Nina heels, Nelle clutch and M. Flynn earrings available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Deepa Gurnani headband available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360.
Photo credit: Carmen Troesser