January 4, 2010
This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending my girlfriend Corrie’s wedding, and in a word… it was a delight. I have had the honor of knowing the now Mrs. Laker since Freshman year of high school, and she has been nothing short of an extraordinary friend, and more notably, an extraordinary person. She knows one speed: unstoppable and has had more adventures in 25 years, than most will have in a lifetime. She’s unique, daring, fabulous and absolutely hilarious and her abundant kindness could only possibly be topped by her incredible sense of style … so, you can imagine… I was pumped to see what she had planned for her big day!
And surprise-sa-freakin-surprise, it was brilliant. The whole day – well, at least to the uninvolved eye – went off without a hitch! Everything was beautiful, and one thing I particularly lllllllloved (please note the emphasis on love) was her choice of bridesmaids dresses. In complete Corrie fashion, she gave all of her bridesmaids only one restriction in purchasing their dresses: make sure it’s black.
There was no hullabaloo about length, cut, material or design. She just wanted all the bridesmaid dresses to be black, and even though every girl had on a completely different look, they coordinated seamlessly through the timeless look only black can achieve and the breezy confidence that came from each girl of wearing something she loved. It was executed on a coolness level I’m convinced only Corrie could achieve, and I would gladly encourage any bride to be out there struggling with finding the “perfect bridesmaid dress” (*hint: this doesn’t exist - hehe) to seriously consider this as an option.
It cuts the risk on finding a dress that “will work” for every girl in your wedding party and gives an opportunity for every girl to “work it!” Even if you’re worried about the formality of the color black for a less formal, afternoon wedding, don’t be. Black is the one shade that will always be in style and can be coordinated with any color you’ve already planned, imagined or even invented. It’s something different and REALLY works well for a bridal party that consists of several different shapes, sizes and personalities!
And for the perfect “little black dress,” visit shopstyle.com, which can narrow your ideal by size, color, cut and price!