LGBT Bridesmaids Outfits for Spring
Gay and lesbian weddings are the same as straight weddings – except that they are not. Straight brides have been known to dress their bridesmaids in cupcake looking dresses (cupcake colors included), and the poor bridesmaids would just have to endure. If you have any trouble picturing this, just remember the episode of Friends when Rachel looks like ‘princess bubble-yum’, and all will be clear. Luckily, times have changed, and the bridesmaids of today look nothing like those of the past, especially because brides have become a lot more sensitive to the personalities and styles of their bridesmaids, and allow them to have a bigger say in what they wish to wear. Whether your bridesmaids are feminine or butch, there are tons of super-stylish ideas for outfits, so your gals can feel and look good in their outfits.
The feminine gal pal
If your bridesmaids are members of the feminine lesbian crew, then it is safe to suggest they wear a dress. The colors dominating this wedding season are neutral tones, ranging from pastel to muted pink, anything in the pastel family really. These are perfectly sophisticated and easy to accessorize; try mixing metallics or jewel tones with these hues for a bold, yet more romantic look. The cut should be feminine – a sleeveless V-neck, and knee-length. They should be breathable and allow movement, and that is why natural fabrics and A-lines are the perfect choice. If neither you nor your aisle walkers are keen on pastels, why not go for the amazing deep blue option. The color is flattering on all skin tones and this type of cut is bound to look striking regardless of height and body shape, which makes it perfect, since no two bodies are the same. The best part – you can style both of these looks with a pair of pumps or flats, so those who are not a huge fan of high-heels will still look chic without having to sacrifice comfort. As for hair, low buns or messy waves go perfectly with these types of dresses, and they are easy to pull off, so stick with traditional simple dos.
The butch maid of the bride
Not always, but butch and genderqueer folks tend to steer clear of dresses, so for the love of god, do not force your bridesmaid into wearing one, especially given that there are so many great and stylish choices that don’t include dresses. Your bridesmaids should be comfortable and feel good in their skin, and if they do not know how to exist in a dress, do not force it on them. There are suits that give a sleek and sophisticated look that could outshine any dress out there. A grey suit with a funky bow-tie and a shirt in a contrasting color or even a bold pattern is simply to die for. You can also mix it up a bit – suggest colorful pants and patterned shirts with a bold broach for a touch of elegance. Now, as spring can be a tricky season that can surprise you with a sudden chill, and you also have to be mindful of your gals’ different body types, why not top the outfit with fitted plus size denim jackets? They are cool, always in style and add a touch of that ‘laid back’ flare to any outfit. Complete the look with a super suave pair of Oxfords and you will have one hell of a stylish bridesmaid squad.
Aside from encouraging your bridesmaids to wear a bit of makeup, preferably with at least matching lipstick shades, leave the attire to them. At the end of the day, you want them to have fun and feel good in their own skin. This is your day, but these are also your dearest friends, so the choice is clear – you make the suggestions, but let them have the final say.