Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reader Request: Winter Wedding Party Attire

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice long weekend.  N and I spent our time buying and unloading 70 boxes of tile, ordering cabinets, and watching college football and movies.  This fall is going to be pretty busy at our house!

This week I'm excited to write a post for a high school friend who is planning a December wedding and wants to help her bridesmaids pick non-matching dresses in the color palette she likes best.   She is envisioning hues of navy, gray and brown in a casual ceremony and doesn't want things to feel too matchy-matchy.  However, the wedding party would like a bit of guidance so here's where I come in:
Julia Bridesmaids

Julia Bridesmaids 2

I found lots of options that look nice for bridesmaids of all sizes and ages, and I think the palette Julia chose is really elegant and unexpected when all three colors are combined.  Her bridesmaids can pick dresses from $50 to $350 and still look great, but actually wear them again.

However, if Julia changes her mind and decides to specify a particular style (or if the other ladies are too overwhelmed by shopping choices) I also found some great bridesmaid dresses designed by Carol Hannah Whitefield (of Project Runway fame) and they're totally wearable after the wedding:

She's also requested some ideas for accessories, and right now I love the idea of picking out a great piece of non-dainty, statement jewelry like a great bracelet, cocktail ring, or pair of earrings and gifting it to each bridesmaid to wear during the wedding and after.  And of course, the usual pashmina would be a great choice for a winter wedding as well.

Bridemaid Accessories

And finally, the guys need something to wear too.  I'm loving the idea of keeping the men unified by the same new vest, but letting them wear their own pants and gifting a tie.  Alternately, a classic gray suit and navy pattern tie would also look great in photos.


Hopefully this helps Julia and her friends - I can't wait to see the photos!  If you have a shopping dilemma and would like a post like this, send me an email and let me know.  I'm happy to help! 


  1. Wow, what great picks and the colour palette is lovely xx

  2. Hello Haley!

    How are you doing? I hope everything is great with you. :-)

    Your picks are so wonderful! Everything is really tasteful and chic. You rocked this post!

    Lots of love to you!


    Luciane at

    PS: I just want you to know that I feel grateful to you every time I wear the earrings, which is pretty often!

  3. Thank you Haley! I especially love the accessories. That's where my own weakness is, for sure :) Your ideas will definitely be helpful for the ladies and menfolk in my wedding!

  4. Big L.O.V.E. for the long brown dress with the 3rd pair of earrings. Makes me long for a wedding party!

  5. Very cute dresses - the colours are beautiful together! I especially love the navy blue short dresses!

  6. I love Carol Hannah's stuff! I also saw that the Limited has some nice dresses that would work as bmaid dresses, but could be worn again! (Some of those ones you have may be from there, I didn't look at the links, can't click on them at work..)

  7. Beautiful pics and really nice all dresses for wedding party . great



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