Color trends for bridesmaid dresses are constantly shifting and changing, we know. However, there are some hues that are just as classic as they are stylish, which means they will fit the trends of today while remaining timeless for years to come. No one wants to look back on their wedding photos and think they look dated! So, what’s a color that fits that description? Our Slate blue, of course! Slate blue bridesmaid dresses are super in right now, and they will be the perfect complement to your special day. Not convinced? Read on for why you’ll love the color!
Shop the look: Anna in Slate Blue
One of the biggest reasons why I love the color is because it is so versatile. From informal to formal ceremonies, different dress styles, skin tones, and even different color palettes, the hue will complement everything and everyone! Plus, it's something different than your always-popular (and versatile) navy and eggplant.
Unlike other trendy colors at the moment – I’m looking at you, blush pink – this dusty blue looks great with all skin tones. The muted quality and neutral tone creates a soft appearance that will flatter all of your girls. You don’t have to worry about being washed out or overwhelmed. It really is one of those rare colors that works for everyone!
It’s also a great color choice for a variety of different styles. Because it is such a clean, minimal, and chic color, it won’t compete with fancier gown designs. However, it will also elevate simpler designs to something very stylish and gorgeous. Whether you’re thinking a knee-length chiffon dress or a satin strapless gown, this shade is the perfect choice.
If you like the idea of slate but don’t want all of your girls to be in the same shade, don’t worry! Think of the color as more of a spectrum – dusty blue, French blue, gray blue, they all fall under that larger category. This really opens up the options in terms of finding the right hue for you. Of course, all of our dresses in chiffon and satin are available in the perfect slate blue hue.
Sometimes,it’s difficult to bring that beautiful Pinterest image to life. The slate blue hue really does vibe with so many different colors, styles, etc. making it easily customizable for your big day. Whether you're having an outdoor ceremony or something more formal, this shade will complement your gown as well as your theme no matter what the season may be! Picture this: Your girls in Kennedy Blue dresses in a mixture of slate blue, mint, silver and charcoal colors. We think it'd be gorgeous!
3. Color Palettes
Let’s talk color palettes, shall we? Not to sound like a broken record here, but again there are so many options with this color. Slate blue is the perfect choice for a winter wedding because it adds color and vibrancy to the bridal party style, while the dusty and cooler tone mirrors the season. I love the idea of mixing in a lush maroon or wine color in your flowers – think marsala (or Kennedy Blue Bordeaux) if you’re going all out with past and present trendy colors. You can even add cream or ivory to lighten up the palette and give the eye a rest from the vibrant hues.
Another way to incorporate it into your color scheme, regardless of season, is to brighten it up a bit with peach, light blue/green, or cream. Blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, making them the perfect complement. The slate anchors the peach and grounds the whole palette. Peach and lighter tones of the cream help round everything out. It’s a unique and gorgeous way to have darker tones featured in the color palette without weighing everything down!
Photo by: Purrington Photography
If peach isn’t your thing, try it with our mint, and blush pink to create a chic, contemporary, and complimentary color palette. Adding in these different, warmer colors is the perfect way to counter-balance the cooler color. This is also something to keep in mind if you’re worried that an all slate palette will feel too cold.
4. Mix and Match
Another bridesmaid trend is to mix and match colors and dress styles to create a more personalized and eclectic look. Lucky for you, slate blue is the perfect color for this!
In need of inspiration? The above color palettes would be an excellent starting point for creating a mixed look. If you’re searching for something different, one of my personal favorite combinations is to create a dusty, ethereal, and chic appearance by combining gray, lavender, light green, and our chosen hue. It’s such a light and soothing look! The key here is to make sure each color has the same undertone so that nothing clashes.
You can also incorporate the dusty color with grays and light blue, or with lighter purples and pinks. In either case, try to find shade that has either blue or red undertones to match the rest of the dresses. If possible, putting the dresses next to one another before finalizing them is the perfect way to ensure you will love the chosen mix and match palette. Otherwise, color swatches in each of the shades is also be a great way to compare colors if you can't get the actual dresses next to one another before purchasing.
I know we’re talking about bridesmaid dresses here, but slate is also a great color on the guys standing by your groom. From vests, pocket squares, and ties, it is easy to incorporate into their ensemble as well! Take your slate blue color swatch around to some department stores and match it up with the men's attire to ensure a cohesive bridal party look!
5. Perfect for All Fabric Types
I personally love our chiffon fabric in the dusty slate blue tone, because it’s so airy and chic. However, a major perk of this color is that it will be gorgeous in other types of fabric as well.
Above: Kennedy Blue Olivia in Slate Blue.
Oftentimes, the standard bridesmaid dress is pictured as an A-line, flowing chiffon number that’s stylish yet also pretty simple. While this is a fantastic option and obviously popular, what if you want a style that’s a little more daring, yet in a trendy color? All of our chiffon and satin dresses are available in slate blue along with other gorgeous colors to create a perfect mix and match look. So you don’t have to feel forced to choose the style of dress based on what colors it comes in.
Above: Kennedy Blue Abigail in Slate Blue.
Like fabric types, a variety of different accessory styles and types will be fabulous with the shade. From simple diamonds or pearls to a statement necklace or earrings, slate will make everything pop.
In case it hasn’t become clear by now, I love this color and know you will too. It’s chic, stylish, clean, romantic, contemporary, and timeless, which is a whole lot for one color to accomplish. No wonder it’s so trendy!
I love how clean and minimal the hue is, but I also love how complimentary and malleable the color is as well. It will honestly look perfect with cool or warm shades across the color wheel so you can definitely make it your own unique look.
Do you love our slate blue as much as we do? We hope so! What colors would you pair it with for your big day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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As a soon-to-be bride, choosing my wedding flowers has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make – and honestly, I still haven’t decided! There are so many pretty options out there and narrowing all of them down has been nothing short of overwhelming. To make the decision a bit easier on you, I’ve gathered some of my absolute favorite bridesmaid bouquets from some of our Kennedy Blue weddings that I know you’re going to love!
Styling your besties in mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a huge trend for the past few years. And as popular as it still is, we’re slowly starting to see brides revert to having all of their girls dressed in the same style. So how do you decide what’s best for your own wedding? Here are some points to get you thinking about whether you should go the route of mismatched bridesmaid dresses or styling your girls in all the same look.
Romantic, elegant, and totally on-trend; we’re currently obsessing over Bordeaux bridesmaid dresses! Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s 2016 color of the year, our newest color was created out of the need for a deep red with a romantic pink undertone. Literally, you guys, this color is everything we’ve ever dreamt of! Flattering on literally every skin tone, we think this is a color that your bridesmaids are easily going to fall in love with!
Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.