Q. I have been so inspired by all of your bridesmaid tips. I am narrowing down bridesmaid dress choices for my wedding next April. I think the silk chiffon Sophia dress by J Crew in bright aquamarine or maybe tulip – (haven’t decided) is most likely the dress I’ll go with, since it seems to be pretty flattering for the body types of all my bridesmaids and it’s a good price, to boot. The question that remains is shoes! I am considering letting the girls choose their own, but I’d like to give them a color to make them look somewhat uniform. Bad idea? I’m thinking gold or silver… any suggestions? I love the look of a d’orsay heel, but I’m not sure if that will be appropriate for a springtime, late-afternoon wedding (indoors). Please advise! Thank you!
– Shoe Clueless
A. For either dress, gold or silver will work and as I’ve said in the past, it’s a help to your bridesmaids cash flow to offer them the opportunity to buy their own shoes in your color of choice. They may already own one of these metallic colors and if not, a metallic heel is certainly a must-have in a girl’s shoe closet. I’ve found a few options that will work with the dresses once you make your color choice. While d’orsay heels are stylish enough for indoors or outdoors, they are not so readily available in multiple choices of metallic as sandals are each season. So perhaps keep the options open.