Trends in bridesmaids’ dresses ebb and flow as quickly as traditional fashion. This season’s hottest colors, shapes and embellishments lean toward an elegant, feminine look, says Michael Jamaleddine, owner of Alyssa’s Bridal and Tuxedo.

“Lace is very hot right now,” explains Jamaleddine. “Jewels and bead accents are back in, too.”

Designers are pairing lace over a different color underlay, creating very dramatic, two-toned looks.

Bright, bold colors are quite popular. Designers are using a variety of bold colors, giving brides plenty of fun, fresh options.

“Earth tones aren’t typically flattering on the majority of ladies,” says Jamaleddine. “They tend to wash out women with lighter skin and hair. Vivid tones work better for your pictures. Warm-tone colors like azalea, coral and raspberry are popular this season,” he adds. “Cool tones like Tiffany blue and blue topaz look good on everyone: blondes, brunettes and red heads, as well.”

Gone are the days of all strapless dresses, confirms Jamaleddine. Designers are offering one-shoulder and halters necklines. Sleeves are quite popular, as well.

“Neckline treatments are fresh and fun. The one-shoulder look is really hot this season,” says Jamaleddine.

Looking for a dress that will get more than one wear? A shorter length, fitted cut is very popular, Jamaleddine adds.

“The fitted cut is right on trend and will give your bridesmaids a bit more mileage than a ball gown style,” offers Jamaleddine. “They will look great wearing it to other weddings and events this season.”

However, one look that will never go out of style and looks great on every body type is a fitted empire waist paired with an A-line skirt.

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