Being a bridesmaid is the new black and Los Angeles’ wedding boutiques are spearheading this trend. Whether you are the bride choosing the dresses or the bridesmaid getting fitted, the season’s color palettes, textures and styles will ensure that your ensemble for the wedding day will never get tossed into the circular file.
Lili Bridals & Formals
18663 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
Since 1958, Lili Bridals & Formals has outfitted the biggest and smallest bridal budgets in the Valley. The bridal and formal wear shop carries the most sought-after designers including Siri, Liz Fields, Bill Levkoff and Lazaro/Noir. For the upcoming fashion season, Bill Levkoff has designed both long and short bridesmaid dresses including the strapless chiffon dress in rose petal or violet. The empire-waist dress is accentuated with rhinestone beading and takes it from a simple cocktail dress to an exquisite walk down the bridal runway. Lazaro/Noir brings Hollywood to your wedding minus the diva attitudes. The designer’s use of beaded appliques gives your wedding party an elegant feel that will last throughout the evening.
1024 Santee St., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Trendy Collection taps into the more traditional bridesmaid arena and offers classic dress styles and color themes. The boutique’s collection of Alyce Paris Bridesmaids features floor-length gowns in pinks, corals, blues and reds. If you are looking for something a little more dramatic, Bari Jay’s Bella Chiffon Gown highlights a one-sleeved style that connects to the dress and becomes a ruffled feature. Perfect for a fall wedding, this dress is available in petal, wisteria, shadow and navy. A favorite amongst brides is the DaVinci Bridesmaid collection which includes a moss-green satin gown with contrasting satin sash to accentuate your bridesmaids’ waists.
11263 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
With prices ranging $99 to $3,500, The Image caters to every wedding party budget. The dress shop is open by appointment only and each bridal party will feel comfortable and pampered during that time. The Alfred Sung cocktail or full-length, strapless dupioni dress is a flattering design that highlights a svelte waistline and features a pleated skirt with pockets. The designer’s V-neck dupioni dress with similar features as the strapless cocktail version is a beautiful sight in sangria, candy coral, seaside and rosebud. The Image also carries elegant designs from Watters-Wtoo Bridesmaids collection including a sweetheart neckline, spaghetti strap, above-the-knee dress in ocean.
836 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Choosing bridesmaid dresses can sometimes be challenging, especially if your bridal party comes in all shapes and sizes. The selection of gowns at Ibex Bridals will not only fit your wedding party budget, but will give you a wide selection of styles to fit every bridesmaid. The Ibex Bridals’ wedding experts have an eye for what looks best on different body types. The expertise encompass finding similar dresses in slightly different styles that will complement each other to create a beautiful walk down the aisle. In addition, if you have a specific style in mind, Ibex Bridals has a house designer that will sketch your fantasy dresses and custom make each one to fit your perfect wedding day.
892 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Aria is known for creating sophisticated bridesmaid dresses both short and floor-length. The Classic Collection features dresses with a bateau or flat-bottomed boat-neck that are strapless with a contrasting silk-colored flower at the waistline. For a fuller gown, the Classic Collection also emphasizes a sophisticated surplice neckline dress, an A-ling floor-length with v-neck and a fitted empire-waist, strapless number. The Georgette Collection focuses on the one-shoulder trend with full-length skirt and adorned with a complementing silk flower.
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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.