In our quest to help one of our brides find unique looking bridesmaids dresses, we looked through magazines and web sites. So many dresses look alike and look like a factory type of dress.
Our bride wanted quality, creativity, and the ability to offer her girls a common color theme from which they could select the best style for their body types. Having been a bridesmaid 13 times (and not yet done with that title), I understand the importance of having a dress that fits and is different from what has been worn in so many other weddings.
Today's trend is to select a color theme for the dress and have your bridesmaids wear varied versions of that palette. Consider different styles of the same dress color, or different shades and patterns of a dress color. It is not necessary to have everyone matching so perfectly...in fact, the current trend is to avoid that look altogether.
Some common bridesmaids dresses are found at Dessy, David's Bridal, Bella Formals, Alfred Angelo, Watters, and Bill Levkoff. Below are some links to some web sites that offer dress designs that differ from the common look that you might see at the typical bridal store.