Modern bridesmaids desire elegant and contemporary designs that not only look beautiful on the wedding day but will transition effortlessly to other social occasions. Dessy's After Six bridesmaid dresses are vivaciously in vogue, offering chic, uncluttered styles with crisp and clean lines. After Six was originally established back in 1903 by the Rudofker family as a manufacturer of men's formal wear, based on the eloquent concept it is always after six somewhere. Their bridesmaid dresses are now manufactured as part of the renowned Dessy group, itself a long established company with a reputation for excellence dating back to 1939. Established bridal retailer Madame Bridal is proud to present this coveted collection of elegant bridesmaid dresses, designed to provide affordable options without sacrificing style. This choice collection offers the bride and her bridesmaids a wonderful bonding experience as they have fun selecting the perfect dress for the special day and for many other events.
This chic collection forgoes the frippery so often associated with bridesmaid dresses, focusing instead on crisp lines, flattering silhouettes and fine detailing. Embellishments are rare, limited to the very occasional rhinestone button, fleur embroidery accent or a lace adornment such as a scalloped hemline or waistline. Instead these dresses stand out for a fine cut and fit, perfect pleating, soft ruching and lightly layered bodices with a mix of fabrics. Silhouettes are sleek and streamlined, favoring fitted or A-line, though also including occasional fit and flare styles and slim trumpets.
The dresses are styled in various lengths, including floor-length, midi-length and cocktail-length, with both full-length and midi-length styles offering very flattering high-low hemlines. Fabrics are carefully selected to suit each style, with many dresses incorporating two different textured fabrics. Sheer lace may overlay the bodice of a Lux chiffon gown or a satin bodice, or a chiffon dress may have a Lurex or sequin underlay bodice. In addition to Lux chiffon, popular fabrics used in the collection include crepe, matte satin, Nu-georgette, tulle, mousseline, Florentine lace and Maracaine jersey. Each fabric flatters the silhouette, flowing easefully or accentuating the figure.
The crisp lines these dresses are so renowned for enhance a woman's features to best advantage, without the distraction of an abundance of ruffles or flounces. They exude simple sophistication, with the clean canvases being suited for the addition of favorite jewelry. The collection is equally suited for formal and informal weddings, indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Every bride will be proud to be photographed with a line-up of bridesmaids in these beautiful dresses, confident the dresses are fashioned to never look dated.
Dessy is famous for the wonderful array of up to 110 colors it offers, suited for every season and complexion. The palette ranges from the softest pastels, through vibrant bright hues, to finish in bold dark colors. Delicate soft pastel colors include blush, cameo, coastal, oyster, ivory, limeade, rose gold, frost, and suede rose, each perfect for a balmy spring day. Dessy offers two color options for many of these dresses, allowing the bridesmaid to mix and match colors between the bodice and skirt. Bright vivacious shades ensure a bridesmaid stands out. Colors such as azalea, citrus, fuchsia, tangerine, sunflower, tutti frutti, posie and flame are sexy and fun, ideal for hot summer days and evenings. Fall and winter weddings are represented with bold hues such as aubergine, black, cornet, hunter, sapphire, onyx, wild berry, merlot, majestic, and midnight. Of course any color can be chosen for any season and a popular choice is to color match two different shades or completely different hues. Simply click on the color chart to find the shade that expresses your personality or best matches the bride's vision of the color theme of the wedding. Many of the dresses have the two color options displayed via two color charts, one for the dress and one for the bodice.
Modern trends dictate that bridesmaids need not present a totally uniform look and the wide array of colors allows each bridesmaid to select her favorite shade whilst coordinating with the other bridesmaids. Similarly bridesmaids may select different length dresses that complement each other, or similar styles with different necklines. Each of the strapless dresses offers the option of removable spaghetti straps, giving the bridesmaids the choice of strapless of strappy for the same dress. Sizes range from 0 to 30W, catering for every bridesmaid whatever her size or figure.
A recurrent style throughout the collection is a bodice overlaid with sheer lace to create a lace illusion neckline, or a sheer neckline topping a bodice. This sheer theme extends to some backs which feature styles such as a sheer lace upper back with a keyhole opening, a cutout back or a sheer lace scoop back. In addition to bodices overlaid with lace there are softly gathered blouson bodices and halter neck bodices. There are ruched surplice bodices and sleeveless bodices with pleated V-necklines, strapless bodices with sweetheart necklines and straight strapless featuring fold over trims. There are one-shoulder gowns with asymmetrical necklines, bateaus and scoops, along with crossover halter necklines. Delicate cap sleeves may frame a bodice, providing a subtle cover up for the shoulders.
A line up of bridesmaids with each dress showcasing a different neckline is an ideal way to co-ordinate the same style of dresses with individual features. The beauty of this mix and match approach is that it enables each bridesmaid to select the dress she knows she will want to wear again, a design feature this collection pays particular attention to. Whether it is color choice, length or neckline, each bridesmaid can contribute the style which best flatters her coloring, body type and attributes. Shoulder straps add another variation to be considered and the collection includes ruched and pleated straps, straps that crisscross above a semi-open back or over an open back.
Many of the dresses feature accentuated waistlines. A waistline may feature an inset band or a dress may be elongated with an empire waistband. There are ruched waistbands, crossover waistbands and inverted V-waistlines. Slim satin bands and Grosgrain ribbon belts perfectly cinch a trim waistline while adding an alternate fabric and texture to the overall look.
Skirts tend towards the sleek and slim line, flowing effortlessly from the waistline in soft gathers. Some are styled to flare out with box pleats and others offer the convenience of concealed side seam pockets. The collection includes full-length skirts with open front slits revealing short fitted underskirts, in addition to fitted above the knee skirts with detachable A-line overskirts. There are pleated skirts, fitted skirts draped asymmetrically from stylish side gathers, and skirts showcasing side slits.
Each dress exudes both quality and excellence. They are exquisitely styled, making them the ideal choice for creating an impeccable impression at the wedding, yet perfect for so many other occasions. Cocktail-length dresses lend themselves well to formal lunches, with more casual styles suited for fun occasions, vacations and parties. Full-length gowns are elegant at the wedding and at any number of important events, be they red-carpet, glamorous or exclusive. Each dress reveals a woman's femininity and some are sexy and flirty.
It is no surprise that this Dessy collection remains a popular favorite with both brides and bridesmaids. Their affordable price tag and wear again appeal reduces the expense curtailed for the bridesmaid who may balk at a more hefty expenditure, but will feel more relaxed knowing she can choose a dress that will enjoy several outings and even become a wardrobe staple. It is always satisfying when a bridesmaid can select a dress to suit her individual style as well as being perfectly matched for the wedding. This collection ticks all the boxes by combining contemporary, modern styling with versatility and chic appeal. This cutting edge collection demonstrates that there has never been a better time to be a bridesmaid.