Beauty & Fashion

BRIDAL: For your girls…

BRIDAL: For your girls…

Her love, appreciation and affinity for bridal wear are evident in the soft, delicate fabrics and beautiful attention to detail Chanelle Sheppard uses in her designs. She shares her top tips and trends for bridesmaid’s dresses this season.

From the cut and colour to the style and wear-ability, here’s what you can expect to see bridesmaids wearing this season…

1. Nostalgia rose

Pale blush was definitely the bridesmaid colour of 2017. But 2018 bridal runways are telling us the new blush is a colour called ‘nostalgia rose’ – a gorgeous, dusty, dark pink with a hint of mauve. This trend is already popping up and I am absolutely in love with this colour. It’s much more complimentary on different skin tones than shades of pale blush and nude.

2. Mix and match

A trend that is here to stay is mix-and-match (but complimentary) bridesmaid’s dresses. I do advise choosing one element of continuity to ensure they still look like bridesmaids and don’t blend in with the rest of the guests (either the same colour in different styles, or the same style in tonal shades of the same colour). Mixing up styles in the same colour is helpful when trying to accommodate different body shapes. However, in this case, I suggest brides select three or four dress styles they like and allow their girls to choose from these designs.

3. Floral prints

This is definitely a trend I am on board with! I love mixing a floral printed fabric into a team of bridesmaids. Sometimes big bridal parties all in printed dresses can look too busy, so I recommend mixing the floral with a complimentary solid colour to tone it down. Brides often want the maid-of-honour to wear the printed dress and the rest of the party to be in the solid colours.

4. Bridesmaid separates

There are many reasons I love it when brides choose separate skirts and tops for their bridesmaids! A skirt and top are super versatile and the likeliness of the bridesmaids being able to wear the skirt or top separately to another special occasion is that much greater than a full, slightly more formal dress.

5. Bohemian

Another trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere is the gorgeous bohemian bridesmaid dress trend. “Boho” simply describes the use of free and flowy fabrics and silhouettes. My design style tends to always gravitate towards the use of soft and flowy fabrics and silhouettes that are relaxed; flattering and that compliment a woman’s figure. Without being baggy or unfitted, it is important to still achieve a fitted look, without the dress being “body con.” Off the shoulder, off one shoulder, halter neck, wrap style, and anything soft and ‘flowy’. . . I regard as bohemian. 

6. Wearability

Many women have at least one or two bridesmaid dresses that they have worn stashed at the back of their wardrobe that they will never wear again! The style might have been uncomfortable, outdated, or just simply too ‘bridesmaid’. Most often, a lot of time, effort and money has been spent on bridesmaid’s dresses, so there is nothing worse for a bride than imagining the dress only being worn once. A bridesmaid’s dress, if it is a style that they love and will wear again is a great gift for a bride to give to her girls! I make it one of my main priorities when designing and creating collections of bridesmaid’s dresses to make sure that they are styles that girls will want to wear again! There is always another wedding, or smart function to attend, so I believe it’s important to make sure that our dresses or separates can be dresses up or down for any occasion.

About Chanelle Wright
When Chanelle left her job as a menswear designer a year ago, it was to pursue her affinity for bridal wear and her love of lace and soft, delicate fabrics. Now Chanelle has a flourishing custom and ready-to-wear bridesmaid and occasion wear boutique studio in Ballito. “My design mission is to create timeless garments that women love to wear and will want to wear again, even after the special occasion, by bringing to life their Pinterest bridesmaid dreams,” says Chanelle, whose design style is romantic with the use of soft lines, flowing silhouettes and delicate fabrics. “I believe beauty is in simplicity and delicate details. I aim to keep my design style simple and flattering to the female figure.”

Details:  Chanelle’s studio is based at Crowthorne Corner in Ballito / |


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