Q. I love your column! My boyfriend and I recently got engaged, and although I’ve been to tons of weddings, I’m so clueless about what to choose for my own bridesmaids. We’re planning the wedding for early September, and although I’ve always wanted my girls to be dressed in yellow (I love the color), I’m worried that it’s too summery for early fall in Canada. Also, we were thinking of using navy blue as a complimentary color, and we’re wondering if that would be a good choice since many sites that we have visited have said to use a pale green or purple with yellow, but I’m not very fond of those options. Finally, would silver or gold be better for accessories and shoes? I’m leaning towards silver, but my sister, who is my maid of honor, is petitioning for gold. Thanks so much for your help!
A. As long as you choose a dress that isn’t too revealing or summery in style, then yellow will be fine for early September as your color choice. I agree with your sister’s petition for gold accessories since it will match better with the warm, bright yellow. Silver will seem mismatched and too much of a contrast. Or, you could choose a satin navy for your shoe choice as a great punch to the dress choice. I’m not a big fan of purple while navy will help add a strong, conservative and classic hue to the Fall wedding. Just choose a yellow that will work with all your girls’ skin tones. Yellow can make pale girls look even more washed out and even sickly. Perhaps adding one band of color on the dress or wearing gold heels will help. And there’s always tinted moisturizer.
This Whitney silk faille dress from jcrew.com is shown with regal blue heels which lend a sassy touch. Add a ribbon band around the waist of the dress to add additional color.
$250 at jcrew.com