Nothing beats the excitement of your best friend getting married. You both have done it all – sharing secrets, swapping clothes, sneaking out! Now when it is time to get her married and be her bridesmaid, you don’t want to leave any stone unturned! As the best friend, you also want to stand out and look spectacular at every wedding function, are we right? Before we dive too deep into modern bridesmaid outfit choices, we will give you a sneak peek at what’s to come. First, prepare to spot colors and materials you might have previously written off. Second, prepare to see shapes and silhouettes that may just surprise you. Certain things – like white gowns and bridesmaid separates – were once practically unheard of. Now, however, they are totally acceptable. Third, we have rounded up the best bridesmaid dresses for every taste and budget. So let’s dive in!
1. Stylish and Seasonal
Going the two-piece route allows you to outfit your bridal party for any temperature. Here, classic cashmere sweaters from J.Crew were tucked into custom silk faille skirts that showed off suede pumps. Even though the colors were mixed, the ensembles look perfectly planned.
2. Brocade Beauties
For this fall fête, bridesmaids wore custom separates by Belle Atelier—lace tops with brocade high-low skirts in shades of blush. Want something similar without going custom? Bring the skirts to a tailor to alter the hemlines to whatever length (or style) suits your day’s vibe.
3. Flower Power
Mix it up, but just a little. Each of these four bridesmaids wore a floral-print Zanne Couture top but their skirts (from the same designer) were different colors.
4. A White Wedding
Tipped as one of the most covetable bridesmaid style trends this year, today we are making the case for white bridesmaid dresses. Popping up in many a royal wedding or chic celeb nuptials, the white bridesmaid dress look is perfect for the bride who wants to make a stylish statement with her wedding party. The tops and the skirts both came from BHLDN and look like they were made to be worn together.
5. Garden Style
A stunning sky blue hand embellished printed 80-gram raw silk top is a sight to behold from Samsara Couture. It is paired with a classic raw silk bell-bottom making it a perfect wardrobe addition for this wedding season. Made for the woman whose statement needs no bling!
6. Color Blocking Cool
These bridesmaids chose an assortment of dark tops to wear over custom-made green skirts ordered from an Etsy vendor. Depending on the season and climate, you could make this look work for any wedding.
7. Lacy Gowns
This intricate fabric doesn’t need to be reserved for the bride alone. In fact, we think every bride should consider this popular bridal fabric, too. Lace bridesmaids’ dresses are romantic, stylish, and totally on-trend – from traditional head-to-toe lace numbers to gowns adorned with a sprinkling of lace appliqués, ornate seem to be everywhere now. Take a formal approach by choosing gowns that feature sequin-dotted lace, like the numbers we found from Morgan & Co. and Amsale. Whether you like knee- or floor-length, strapless or with sleeves, fitted or flowy, there is bound to be a lace bridesmaids’ dress out there for your wedding and your girls.
8. Cozy and Cool
Cashmere sweaters (these are from Nordstrom) and long satin skirts (like these from H&M ) balance each other out and will have your bridal party staying warm while looking cool at your winter wedding.
9. Let them Wear Pants
separates doesn’t have to mean a top and skirt! These bridesmaids donned tops and printed silk pants. For years, groomsmen were the ones wearing the pants at weddings. These days, bridesmaids are getting in on the fun too.
10. Glamorous in Black
There’s no denying the allure of a black bridesmaid dress—from classic shapes to fashion-forward silhouettes; it is an elegant and timeless choice for your bridal party. Whether you are into a moody palette or are having a New Year’s Eve wedding with a darkly romantic theme, black bridesmaid dresses seem like a no brainer. Plus, the shade is flattering on every silhouette, whether you go for a sleeveless maxi dress, a one-shoulder midi, or an off-the-shoulder mini.