Bridesmaid dresses ALWAYS cause a massive hassle, it’s pretty much unavoidable — the dress the bride chooses is traditionally hated by approximately 85% of the bridesmaids. It’s just one of those things. So, to avoid the awks scenario of telling Bridezilla you don’t like The One or having to actually wear it on the big day, check out our InStyle Edit.
Though it’s ultimately the bride’s decision, it shouldn't be something you feel uncomfortable wearing. It's still the time to think about (and avoid) unflattering colours and shapes, and over-the-top puffs and frills that make you feel ridiculous. Just because someone is a bridesmaid, it doesn't mean all sartorial norms go out of the window — you still have to stand in front of loads of people in the dress. In fact, they'll be one of the main focuses of the day so the bridesmaids should look and feel (nearly) as good as the bride!
It's not about big puffy wedding dresses and a-bit-more-rubbish bridesmaid dresses anymore. Wedding guest dresses can be white (*gasp*) and bridesmaids can wear whatever they want, within reason — even slinky dresses that are verging on bride territory. Whatever works.
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If you're looking for a classic, timeless style, there are some gorgeous gowns from Hanieh and Ghost. As well as a fabulous budget-friendly offering of A-line dresses, maxis and lace bridesmaid dresses, from Whistles, French Connection and Zara, in pastels, jewel colours and metallics.
This summer, we’re all about flowing silky styles for maximum swishiness. Saint Laurent’s silk slip dress is pretty much the dream, but we’re rating Mango’s velvet and silk slip dresses too — so much cooler than the ‘boho’ vibe.
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Though we’re liking the pretty nude, greys, creams palette – a case of ‘if it ain’t broke’ – if you do fancy something totally different, try a sharp monochrome colourway. Popping pink, red and purple bridesmaid dresses can look chic, or set of a tan with gold bridesmaid dresses or coral bridesmaid dresses.
Though genuinely wow-worthy cheap bridesmaid dresses are hard to come by, there's some real steals in our InStyle Edit. Whatever you've got in mind, there will be something you love...