Have you ever been a bridesmaid? I have been, twice. The first time I was about two years old and my mother remembers that I was less concerned about wearing a pretty dress and more about climbing over all the pews in the church to go and sit with my beloved grandfather (very ladylike – NOT!). The second time I was in my early twenties and the dresses were exactly the same for both bridesmaids, luckily we were both of a similar height and size and the dresses suited both of us. However, if you have maids of differing sizes and heights things can get a little tricky to keep everyone happy and feeling comfortable. You don’t want the maids to outshine the bride, but if they’re happy and comfortable they will complement the bride beautifully.
Kate Fearnley bridal is harnessing two trends in one, and taking the bridesmaids’ dress out of its traditional comfort zone.
The Middlesbrough designer offers her iconic dresses in numerous colours and styles, enabling bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes to be catered for, as well as embracing the ‘colour pop’ trend that is rocking the bridal world.
“No two bridesmaids are the same” says Kate. “Different shapes, body worries and colourings can provide bridal headaches galore! The trend for having Bridesmaids following a theme, but each feeling comfortable and fabulous is something we have looked to harness in our latest collection, and it’s being snapped up across the world.”
Most of Kate’s dresses can be made in different lengths. They can all be made in any available colour. Tweaks can be made to the backs, the sleeves, and the necklines, to ensure that each bridesmaid is flattered and feels amazing on the big day.
“Made to measure is available from our Middlesbrough boutique” continues Kate. “However more and more we are finding brides ordering one standard size too big for their bridesmaids from the internet, and getting them altered at their leisure. We are happy to provide telephone consultations to brides wanting to work in this way, and can suggest sizes based on measurements.”
The dresses are available from the website and also by appointment can be made to measure at Kate’s Linthorpe Road, Middlesbourgh Boutique (tel 01642 227344).
Kate Fearnley, 37, was established as an independent designer in 2002, and opened her flagship boutique in Middlesbrough, UK, in 2005. In 2009 Kate won the coveted “Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Cosmopolitan magazine. Her styles have been seen on many a celebrity, including: Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers, The Saturdays, Zoe Salmon, Amelia Lily, Katie Price, Amy Childs and Billie Faiers. In 2012, Kate launched her first concession in Psyche, Middlesbrough, to coincide with her 10th anniversary and their 30th anniversary year.
2011 saw Kate launch her first Bridesmaid collection to industry acclaim, and she has since separated the bridal side of the business, with a dedicated website currently under construction.