I participated in a fun bridesmaids fashion shoot today. We tried to steer clear of the traditional unstylish dresses so many brides seems to be drawn toward. I've never understood why the minute a girl gets engaged her fashion sense goes out the window, and she puts her 'maids in stiff, shiny, dowdy floor-length gowns none of them would ever wear otherwise. Newsflash: There are no rules for weddings! You can dress your friends in whatever you want! So stylist Jahna Peloquin selected more contemporary, on-trend styles that wouldn't be out of place at a cocktail party. This Christopher Straub petal dress, above, is a fine example. It wasn't even designed as a bridesmaid gown, but wouldn't it be adorable in a wedding?