One of the newest fashion trends for 2012 is bridesmaids wearing skirts and tops instead of dresses. When I first saw this trend I wasn’t sold on the idea but after some time I have warmed up to it.
I would think that finding the right skirt/ top combo would be much harder to find than a dress however there are some advantages. If you shop in a retail store you may be able to find a skirt/top combo for less expensive than a traditional bridesmaid dress. In addition, your girls have gained a shirt and a top that they could definitely add to their wardrobe to wear again with less formal pieces.
There are many different styles of skirts that could change the “look” of the skirt from less formal to formal wear. For example, take a look at this pencil skirt bridesmaid outfit paired with a button down shirt versus a patterned skirt and relaxed shirt.
If you decide on a skirt/top combo you can decide to have your girls wear the same skirt and top or have every girl choose a different skirt in the same color scheme.
If you think a skirt can’t be formal enough choose a pleated skirt and lace top like below…very elegant and perfect for a more formal affair!