Here’s the latest installment in our Bridesmaid Dresses: “Color” Story……As a recap, (scroll down if you’ve read the “intro” to this article in the past) we’ve included the Pantone Color Guide for new visitors. If you are just visiting for the first time, and you would like to research a different color than the one in the below segment, please see our Archives for our previous Color articles.
If you are the type of bride that likes to keep up with the Trends, you’ll already know what the 2013 Pantone Wedding Colors are…. but just in case, we have included them above as a guide and starting off point for planning your Wedding Style & Design. This is the tenth segment in our 10 part article devoted to each Pantone color. Are you looking for a little inspiration, guidance and wedding style advice? Then this article is for you!
Linen Pantone Color Bridesmaid Dresses: Let’s start with a little inspiration. There are many subtle shades of Linen! We are using the below painting by Gustave Loiseau as inspiration for our article. There is a great article on this french post-impressionist painter and his techniques at Wikipedia.org here.
Monsieur Loiseau has captured the perfection of the Linen hue in is oil painting titled Le Port de Dieppe below.
Just using Monsieur Loiseau’s painting as inspiration for your wedding and bridesmaid dresses, one can see how gorgeous it would be paired with neutrals with similar tones. Going right to nature for the next level of inspiration with the pop of color depicted by Monsieur Loirseau in his painting, the beautiful sky blue and teal green of the sea is perfection.
Pantone’s 2013 Linen leans towards a blush pink of course, but as it has such a wonderful neutral base extending towards Champagne, you can really stretch that neutral into many different directions. Going a little flatter with the “pink” will give a little more base to the feel, which makes it a great color to use in weddings! It is so easy to pair complimentary colors with, as well as accent colors. Using it in it’s intended neutral gives a great design base of course, and with lighter airy fabrics can even add a bit of romance to the style of the dress. Choosing a Linen bridesmaid dresses will work in any length and season, adding instant elegance, especially in chiffon. We’ve pushed the envelope a bit with a few different shades to see how far you can go with your wedding style and design. The color combinations are endless with Linen!
Just looking at a few examples in the J.Crew Bridesmaid Dress line, one can see the versatility of the many shades of Linen for a bridesmaid dress choice. Pairing it with navy, blacks, grays, (and even browns!) in groomsmen’s attire is easy. You can even stretch it towards the more “Pink” side of the hue in keeping with the inspiration depicted in Monsieur Gustave Loiseau’s painting above.
We’ve created our first Style, Inspiration, & Design Collage leaning towards the muted off-white hue of Linen. We used Monsieur Loiseau’s painting for our inspiration in creating the above look. We paired a sweet lace J.Crew Champagne “Sara” dress with a pop of light mint suede heel, pulling the neutrals from the buildings Monsieur Loiseau’s painting and the soft greens depicted in the Port de Dieppe. We added a soft white peony & bright coral David Austin rose bouquet to mirror the texture in the dress and tie in the green of the heel. Having a lovely neutral linen bridesmaid dress, punched up with the texture in the lace is so romantic! And with the pop of the mint green color in the shoe paired with the traditional bridal bouquet keeps this look trendy, and traditional at the same time!
Style Tip: Remember the more movement your dress has, whether it be in fabric or detail, the more you want your shoe and accessories to be simplified so the look of the ensemble is not overwhelming to the eye.
Love vintage but having trouble sourcing it for your whole bridal party?
Choose a vintage looking fabric like silk duponi and pair it with a muted contemporary heel to keep the look soft and romantic. Using soft petal “feel” florals in the same muted colors for your bridesmaid bouquets keeps the look trendy, romantic, & sophisticated.
From Brunette to Blonde, Linen/Blush Pink is gorgeous with everyone’s coloring too. Kim Kardashian is stunning in this Linen colored Zac Posen, and Carey Mulligan is equally as beautiful in the above A-Line Christian Dior gown.
Panatone’s Linen color is romantic in any style dress you choose. If you love the soft romantic feel and still want to keep it trendy, try adding a contemporary Jimmy Choo Strappy Sandal to give the look a little more edge. (see how we kept the look grounded again with a simple choice of flowing fabric in the bridesmaid dress)
We love this look! And the style and design of the dress fits all body types beautifully.
For another look, we started with these gorgeous chiffon gowns, pairing simply with a simply blush pink platform heel. Keeping the accessories simple with beautiful “messy bun” updos give more freedom for bouquet texture and color.
Style Tip: Remember to coordinate your accessories so the ensemble does not appear to look too “busy”. Using this collage for example, the chiffon dress has a lot of movement, so keeping the accessories simplified allows for the beautiful texture “heavy” bouquet.
We love this look! … traditional & contemporary! Choosing a traditionally designed dress & fabric like silk duponi and pairing it with a pair of Jimmy Choo Green Snake Skin Strappy Sandals adds some edge to your bridesmaid look!
Pair it with a lovely traditional white and coral bouquet ties the whole look together.
Introducing a little “green” in the actual greens in your bouquet tie in the shoe very nicely!
Do you like clean, muted, neutrals, but want to bring a little romance to the look? Then this is the look for you!! Choose a lighter hue of the linen with a lace overlay to give subtle movement to the look. Keeping the shoe and florals in similar muted tones, allows for texture in the design in all the elements of this look. Using the dress for example, a “pattern on pattern” style for all the pieces works beautifully while still keeping the look sophisticated, elegant, & on trend.
…..We love this Monique Lhuiller Panatone Linen – Blush Pink Bridesmaid Dress (Nordstrom.com)!
Try inserting this Monique Lhuiller dress into any of the looks we’ve created above!
Choosing a traditional designed dress creates the base for the ensemble. Keep your dress and accessories in the same muted tones to keep the ensemble simply romantic, or keep the dress simple and have fun with a pop of color in the florals and the design of the shoe!
Going full-circle back to our inspiration, we’ve taken the Monique Lhuiller dress and paired it with teal Brian Atwood pumps and used the bouquet with the earthy-teal succulents to tie the ensemble together.
There are endless possibilities with Panatone Linen & blush pink bridesmaid dresses!
We saved our favorite look for last! Beautiful lace overlay dress with blue suede pumps with a lovely mixed floral bouquet with bluish-green succulent accents the blue in the shoes.
Have fun with it!
Next Color Article Segment: More Panatone Colors to come!
Article: Lisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor: Style, Inspiration, & Design
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