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      Tadashi Shoji Blog

      Guide to a Fashion Forward Bridal Party with California Wedding Day's Editor-In-Chief, Lara Burnap

       

       

      Bridesmaid's dresses have come a long way from the days of the dreaded puffed sleeved gown that you would only wear once—and only then because the bride has decreed it. Today, brides are opting for fashion forward looks and even allowing bridesmaids to choose their gowns. The mix and match trend has quickly become both the bride and the bridal party's best friend as it allows the bridesmaid to pick a color or style that best suits her while still adhering to the bride's vision. 

      Tadashi Shoji's latest line of cocktail and evening gowns are a perfect option for brides who want to eschew the traditional bridesmaid look. Boasting an array of vibrant colors—from the softest hues of blush and taupe to daring shades of red and blue, there's a palette for every style of wedding. Tadashi Shoji's designs are all at once timeless and effortlessly modern with wheer detailing and beautiful, figure flattering draping. A fit for every taste and silhouette is easy to find, as the collection boasts a wide range of styles from A-line numbers to fitted sheaths, all featuring intricate pleating, elegant laces and stunning floral embroidery. Think ruched tulle intertwined with sheer embroidery, metallic braiding trimmed in velvet, and floral jacquard paired with elegant laces. And the stretch jersey linings mean everyone will be comfortable from the walk down to the aisle to the last dance of the night. 

      Best of all, with free shipping, complimentary returns and complimentary hemming (yes!) Tadashi Shoji makes it easy for the bridal party to find and fit into their perfect bridesmaid gown. 

      To get your inspiration started, we've rounded up four beautiful looks for a fashion-forward wedding: a bevy of blush, a mix and match floral party, bold red and subtle navy. 

       

      BLUSHING BEAUTY:

      This pastel shade is by far a bridal favorite and it's no surprise since blush is complimentary on a variety of skin tones. 

      Tadashi Shoji's line of lace dresses in rose quartz is a beautiful option, whether you select one gown for all the girls to wear or go the mix and match route. For more formal affairs, we love the Cove Tulle gown with its decadent embroidery and dramatic wide-angled sleeves.

      The Taya Gown combines Hollywood glamour with an allover embroidered dot pattern and beautiful sheer cold shoulder style sleeve.  

        

       

      Brighten up the scene in the Brooklyn Embroidered Tassel Gown in Dahlia, imagine a row of girls in this stunner that is all once elegant with a touch of bohemian thanks to the tassel-trimmed cap sleeves. 

       


      IN THE NAVY:

      A chic alternative to black, navy is a gorgeous option for any season, especially when accentuated by Tadashi Shoji's gowns. A long navy gown like either the Aileen High-Low Lace Gown, the Kimberly with its pleated bodice or the lace-adorned Amy make for a stunning bridal party. Just imagine a simple white bouquet and the picture is complete. 

        


      GO ROYAL:

      pep up the color scheme with Tadashi Shoji's collection of cocktail dresses in the prettiest of bright blues, perfect for mixing-and-matching styles and shades of blue. 

        


      NEUTRAL:

      Soft shades of taupe and gray in a variety of hues and styles makes for a dreamy color palette. 

       


      BAND-AID:

      Change up the scenario from color and opt to make the cohesive thread a style of dress, like Tadashi Shoji's banded dress in a pintuck jersey. Available in a variety of colors (black, marina, taupe and red) and styles, every bridesmaid can find her look. 

       


      FLOWER GIRLS:

      Play with patterns! Opt for all the girls to wear the same gown or mix up the floral patterns and dress styles.  The long dresses add an elegant note to a garden wedding, while the floral embroidered gowns are a whimsical way to mix and match. 

       


      BOHO CHARM:

      With playful floral prints and flowing chiffon, these gowns are ideal for a beach wedding. 

       

       


      Lara Morgenson Burnap brings more than 15 years of editing and publishing experience to the table. Her career has spanned culture and fashion, from covering celebrity and red carpet fashion at E! Entertainment and E! Online to tracking down the latest happenings and trends as the executive editor of Los Angeles Confidential magazine. Passionate about all things beautiful from fashion and design to flowers and photography, Lara brings a distinctive touch to California Wedding Day. Lara lives in Studio City with her husband and two daughters, who have already begun planning their weddings.