Maid to Order

by Ryan Conner

Local experts weigh in on the latest tips and trends for your best gals.


Separates allow Your wedding party to mix and match textures and styles for a fashionable ensemble.

“Many designers have introduced great separates collections that come in a variety of fabrications and colors. ’Maids are able to order a different size for their top and skirt, which makes it much easier to get a good fit.” –Kelli Gunn & Blair Moore, Bella Bridesmaids
1. Theia ($150 for top; $195 for skirt/Bella Bridesmaids)
2. Watters (price upon request/Bella Bridesmaids, Beside the Bride, StarDust Celebrations, The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak)
3. Joanna August ($165 for top; $265 for skirt/Bella Bridesmaids, The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom)
4. Jenny Yoo ($195 for top; $200 for skirt /Bella Bridesmaids, The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom)

throwing shade


Here are the most popular hues for local bridesmaids gowns.

shade-dress-1 “Neutrals, but I still get the brides that enjoy a navy—the other black.” –Laura Hodgkinson, The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak
Amsale ($300/Bella Bridesmaids, The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak, The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom)









“Blush tones—almost ivory gowns.” –Amy Berend, Bridal Boutique
W too (price upon request/Beside the Bride, StarDust Celebrations)




“Sage, mauve, and dusty, muted lavender tones, as well as metallics like rose gold.” –Kelli Gunn & Blair Moore, Bella Bridesmaids
Donna Morgan ($290/ Bella Bridesmaids)






Look to fashion trends to accessorize your bridal party. We can guarantee that they will actually wear these pretty pieces again.


“Nude shoes and multimetal jewelry. It goes with everything.” –Amy Berend, Bridal Boutique
bold-earrings“Bold statement earrings have been a huge trend lately—especially a large, sparkly stud. Brides are giving them as their wedding party gifts.” –Jesse Wells, StarDust Celebrations
(from left) Christian Louboutin “Pijonina” scalloped pump ($895, Neiman Marcus); Raphaele Canot “Omg” triple ring ($4,355, Ylang 23); Oscar de la Renta baguette cluster crystal statement earrings ($490, Neiman Marcus)

How many gowns should you try on? Whom should you bring?

Our local boutiques recommend keeping it as simple as possible. Bring in your maid of honor and mom, describe your perfect style, and narrow down the options before the rest of the wedding party tries on.

“Just like with bridal gowns, there is such a thing as looking at too many dresses. After looking for a specific style choice, try on six to eight that meet your requirements and choose from those.” –Lindsay Nordyke, Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique
“Do your research and have an idea in mind of the look you are trying to create. Bring in pictures, and let a stylist guide you in the right direction. I find that most brides and ’maids are happiest when they try on five or fewer dresses. It helps avoid confusion. It also prevents bridesmaids from becoming over-tired and frustrated.” –Jesse Wells, StarDust Celebrations

number-eightThe average number of bridesmaids.

The more the merrier for Dallas brides.

“We find that Dallas brides love to celebrate with their family and friends, giving us an average of around eight ’maids per wedding.” –Jesse Wells, StarDust Celebrations



The Long and Short of It

How do you decide on the hemline? Our experts say that rules don’t apply. Just pick what you like.


“It used to depend on the time of day or formality of your wedding, but honestly these days, anything goes.” –Lindsay Nordyke, Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique
(Left) Monique Lhuillier ($280/Bella Bridesmaids, The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom)
(Right) Jenny Yoo ($295/Bella Bridesmaids, The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom)