This Controversial Wedding Trend Is Becoming a Thing

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When it comes to wedding guest attire, we've recently shared insight on the best shoes, dress codes, and a comprehensive list of what to wear to spring weddings. To add to the list of wedding-prep outfit ideas and more, today we're slightly shifting gears and focusing on a bridesmaid trend that's stirring up quite the controversy in our office right now.

Let me preface this by saying I was in three weddings last summer, so the majority of my weekend plans and conversations revolved around planning or traveling to my next wedding destination. Read on for the bridesmaid trend I'm surprisingly on board with.

The Controversial Trend: Second Dresses for Bridesmaids

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Michelle Scanga, left. 

You'd think after being in three weddings in the last year that my dress-planning energy and bank account would sweat at the thought of purchasing another dress for a wedding weekend, but here I am with this trend I accidentally started: wedding-party second looks. Hear me out on why I'm so for the idea of this. Weddings are one of the few times you get to see all your favorite people in one place, and if you've been selected to be a part of the wedding party (which is such an honor), that means you'll be in the same or similar dress as other girls in the party.

For this reason, I suggested a bridal party "second look" to one of my friends. I'll admit I was somewhat joking when I suggested it, but when my friend was so into it, I thought we should make it an official thing. My friend and the bride-to-be said if bridesmaids want to change, she's totally down and wants everyone to enjoy the night and feel comfortable in whatever they are wearing. By no means is this a required thing, but it's simply an option for those who'd like to change mid-reception after the bride puts on her second look. When I was casually chatting about this at the office, the topic turned quite controversial, as the team was torn 50/50 for and against the idea.

Our EIC, Kat Collings, even chimed in: "When Michelle told me about the new trend of giving bridesmaids the option to wear a second look, I was low-key alarmed. In my mind, being a bridesmaid is a bit demanding already, and having to think about another dress (even if I already own it) and pack it seems like extra stress. I know it would most likely be optional, but I wouldn't want to be the only one left in a bridesmaid dress when all the others had transitioned to cooler looks. At the heart of the debate, though, is this one fact: People don't like wearing bridesmaid dresses. I bet if you were able to wear a bridesmaid dress that you felt truly beautiful and unique in, no one would want a second look!" I can see her point, but for me, the idea of putting on a dress I'm truly excited about after all the bridesmaid duties are complete for the night makes me so happy. Keep reading to shop the dresses I'm considering for my next wedding-party second look.

Shop Bridesmaid Dresses for the Wedding Party Second Look

This dress comes in tons of colors and is known to be particularly flattering.

This black dress won't just blend in with everyone else's.

I'd definitely pair this with metallic shoes.

This color guarantees compliments.

I've never worn green to a wedding, but I think I'm about ready to after seeing this dress.

This is like a blank canvas for all your favorite accessories.

Chain detailing gets me every time.

I would have never thought of pairing pink shoes with a green dress and I'm inspired.

Another very versatile option you'll get so much use out of.

This works for a daytime wedding or cocktail attire at night.

This print is ideal for a daytime wedding.

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This post was published previously and has since been updated.