Bridesmaid dresses are notorious for being less than aesthetically-pleasing.

The beauty of being a bridesmaid is that you typically have no control over your outfit.

Whether the bride wants to dress you up as human cupcake or a fabulously tacky Disney Princess is her choice and, as a sub-par participant in her “special day”, you must accept that you have little sartorial say in the matter.

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However, if said bride is on top of the latest fashion trends, there’s one colour she’ll definitely have her eye on for her army of maid minions.

Pantone’s Nostalgia Rose shade has been named by Wedding Wire as the colour of choice for this year’s bridesmaid dresses.

The rich dusty pink hue was spotted across a number of runways last season and is set to permeate the bridal market.

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The shade lends itself to a muted aesthetic that is bound to be a hit amongst bridesmaids with fears of chartreuse frills and magenta ruffles.

However, it’s not necessarily one that will compliment all skin tones.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute and author of More Alive with Color, colours in the Nostalgia Rose category (such as blush-toned pinks and soft peony shades) are best suited to those with fair skin, hazel eyes and streaky blonde or brunette hair.

Eiseman cites Angelina Jolie and Rachel McAdams as celebrities who would be well-suited to these hues - lucky them.

As for the rest of us, shades within the pale pink family may leave us looking even worse than the bride intended.

So, tread carefully, future bridesmaids.

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