Written by Stacey Marcus
Now that you’ve chosen the cherubs for your bridal party, how do you decide what they will wear? We asked Lindsey Bennett, lead designer for Azazie, an online bridal boutique, for her thoughts on flower girl fashion trends. Read on for some great insight on how to dress the little darlings.
B&G: How have the styles changed over the last few years?
LB: Flower girls’ dresses haven’t changed drastically over the past few years, but we have seen some slight updates to modernize the look and correspond to updated bridal and bridal party dress trends. Waterfall skirts and illusion necklines and hemlines have emerged, while interesting back designs—keyhole, crisscross straps—are also being incorporated for a fresh feel. Cascading or tiered ruffles are another way to add a delicate touch to a flower girl’s dress, tying back to a popular bridal party trend. As far as sleeves, capped, sleeveless, and short-sleeves are still prevalent, but spaghetti straps are growing in popularity in keeping with bridesmaid styles.
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B&G: What are the colors that are trending today?
LB: Flower girl dresses are typically white or ivory with a hint of color to fit the color scheme of the wedding. Some brides opt to have their flower girls wear the same shade as their bridesmaids. Popular bridal party colors for spring include metallics and shades of green, as well as “dusty” colors in shades such as blue, rose, and sage, which serve as the perfect complement to these hues. The venue will also impact the color selection. An outdoor wedding looks great highlighting the green tones of the surroundings, whereas a beach wedding can look romantic using soft, muted earth tones such as champagne or sky blue. Another staple that looks great on kids is pastel. You can never go wrong with a lighter shade of the bridesmaids’ dress color.
B&G:How should the flower girl dresses complement bridesmaids dresses?
LB: An effortless and beautiful way for flower girl dresses to complement bridesmaids gowns is to incorporate the chosen color into the little girl’s dress on a smaller scale. Whether it’s a sash around the waist, a bow in the hair, or the hue of the little girl’s shoes or flowers, a pop of color mapping back to the wedding color scheme creates a beautiful visual for the big day. Brides might also consider having the flower girl wear a small corsage to correspond to the wedding color scheme as a subtle yet sweet way to create a cohesive look. If bridesmaids are wearing a sequin gown or a style with sparkling embellishments, flower girls could be adorned with a shimmering tiara or embellished sash. Flower girls should always be included in the theme, while making their own age-appropriate style statement.
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B&G:What are the fabrics we will be seeing?
LB: For flower girls, it’s important to consider fabrics that won’t wrinkle or easily tear. For that reason, a head-to-toe silk dress is not ideal, while tulle makes for a fun skirt fabric. Layering it with cotton, lace, or silk on the top makes for a beautiful combination. Textured lace is also rising in popularity, offering additional dimension to dresses. Of course, comfort is also key, so itchy fabrics should be avoided. Little girls can get restless during the ceremony, and having a flower girl tugging at her attire can be a distraction when all eyes should be on the happy couple. Season and location should also be factored in, as a beach wedding will call for a more ethereal, casual fabric, whereas a formal function at a fancier venue might call for a princess/ball gown silhouette in more structured fabric.
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B&G: Any advice on avoiding the common pitfalls of outfitting a flower girl?
LB: I think the best advice to avoid the pitfalls is to make sure your flower girl is comfortable. While it can be tempting to put these cute little ladies in an outfit mimicking the adults, with all the bells and whistles, we need to remember that they’re still kids. If they’re not comfortable, the ceremony may suffer. Avoid high heels and stick to flats for comfort; consider straps instead of a strapless gown to avoid fussing; opt for a tea-length dress instead of floor-length to avoid tripping; try not to overdo the accessories and instead give them one or two accents that will still make them feel like a princess; and most importantly, ensure that their dress allows them to move easily so that they can enjoy the party alongside everyone else for the duration of the wedding.
Our top picks for flower girl fashion:
A-Line/Princess Knee-length Flower Girl Dress from JJ's House
A-Line/Princess Tea-length Flower Girl Dress - Tulle/Lace 3/4 Sleeves Scoop Neck With Bow from JJ's House
Ruscus Leaves Crown from BHLDN
3D Pearl Blossom Tulle Flower Girl Dress from David's Bridal
Girls Crystal Ballet Flats with Ribbon Bow from David's Bridal
Sequin and Tulle Flower Girl Dress with Satin Sash from David's Bridal
Ball Gown Flower Girl Dress with Heart Cutout from David's Bridal
Glitter and Rhinestone Rosette Flower Girl Headband from David's Bridal
Gigi Embellished Flat from BADGLEY MISCHKA