If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, you’ll know the very specific anxiety that comes around just before you find out what your soon-to-be-wed friend has chosen for you to wear on their big day. After all, bridesmaids’ dresses tend to get a bad rep, particularly when you consider that asking a group of women of different body shapes, heights and colourings to wear the same dress is optimistic at best, cruel at worst.
Now, we an assuage some of the worry you might be experiencing if you’re set to be a bridesmaid this year, as we know exactly what colour you’ll be wearing already. (Probably). According to Wedding Wire, Pantone’s ‘Nostalgia Rose’ will be the hue of choice for most weddings in 2018. A dusty pink shade not a million miles away from millennial pink, it’s a colour that cropped up on catwalks throughout the past season, hence its newfound popularity in the bridal market.
The bad news is that it won’t suit everyone, unfortunately (so far, so typically bridesmaid-esque…). According to Leatrice Eiseman, the author of More Alive With Colour and the executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, the blush-toned shade works best on ‘neutral’-toned people, with a mix of blonde and brown hair plus hazel eyes and an indeterminate skin tone that is neither warm (golden) or cool (bluish).
And if you think you’ve seen a lot of bridesmaids wearing dusty pink over the last year, you’re right: it was also the most popular choice for 2017, according to stats from Pinterest.
Personally, we’re big fans of the new trend for letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses – a la Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at their friend Cassie Coane’s nuptials in July – while sticking to a colour palette like pastels, of course.
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The rather unrecognisable Kendall and Kylie Jenner, broke the ultimate wedding taboo in white, for older sibling Kim’s nuptials to Kris Humphries back in August 2011.