Like many things in life, sharing the moment with a gal pal generally makes it more special. Weddings are the same, of course – so enter the bridesmaid! With one, two or a handful of very special ladies at your side, you’re guaranteed a whole lot of extra fun … and a whole lot of extra decisions to make! The good news is that when it comes to bridesmaids’ fashion, the options in 2014 are endless. While identical bridesmaids’ dresses may be timeless, the mix-and-match look is in: interpret this as either mix-and-match patterns in a colour palette of your choice or as mix-and-match outfits that work well together. As far as pattern goes, think bold florals, punchy brights, sexy stripes and chevron, and team these with a plain number or two in your colour way. For the cut, be kind to your BFFs and let them choose what suits them: some look better in long styles, others best in short and sweet. Another popular trend is the day-into-night bridesmaid’s dress: take off a little something after the ceremony (cue a jacket, pashmina, cover-up or sleeve) and add a touch of sparkle (hello, jewellery!) for the evening do – sparkle is so hot right now (as are metallics, gorgeous back details and lace)!