You know the drill: best friend/sister asks you to be her bridesmaid, you spend the next 12 months panicking about what you're going to have to wear. We've trawled the stores to ensure you love your dress just as much as the bride loves hers.
Whether you're planning your own wedding and on the hunt to dress your maids for your big day, or you've been given free reign to choose your own bridesmaids dress, the decision is huge. You need to get it right for your body, price point and, of course, wedding location. Before you browse my edit of lovely bridesmaid dresses, all of which, I'd totally wear, here are a few pointers to consider:
Best Bridesmaid Dress Colours
Gone are the days where you're limited to sickly sweet shades of pink and lilac. The trend now is to have your ladies in white, cream or whatever matches the colour of your wedding dress (personally, I think this looks uber chic and I'm totally in favour of it). Other colours we're backing for 2018 are burgundy and rust tones for a winter wedding and pastel olive/dove greys as things get a little warmer.
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Best High Street Bridesmaid Dresses
High street bridesmaid dresses are now everywhere and it's safe to say everyone has seriously upped their game. From ASOS to Topshop, expect to nab your girls a demure style that won't blow your entire budget. The crown for best high street wedding dress, for me, goes to Whistles for their simple cuts that are oh-so flattering and in block colours. They also do a seriously great bridal range too if you you're after a high street wedding dress.
Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses
If you're in need of a plus size then the last thing you need to do is worry that you'll need to cut down on style or quality. From Marks & Spencer's to Debenhams to ASOS, everyone is now fully stocked for all sizes and they've got the styles right. It's also important to note that your bridesmaids don't all have to have the same styles. I think it looks really beautiful – and far more thoughtful – when all the bridesmaids are in the same shade and fabric of dress but each have a different style to suit their own body shape.
Long Bridesmaid Dresses
Nothing makes a girl feel more amazing then a floor length gown. Plus, it really saves time on tanning, leg shaving etc... Win. Slinky slip styles aren't off the menu and still one of our favourite go-tos, as long as the location permits. The high street is a great place to start as are the independent labels such as Reformation and Galvan.
Short Bridesmaid Dresses
Your bridesmaid dress shouldn't be something you can only wear once. If you're looking for a timeless style that you can wear on holiday and special occasions then look to Self Portrait or Karen Millen. The bonus to having a short dress is you can seriously show of an amazing pair of shoes. We also strongly recommend a shorter style if the wedding is abroad (just try not to rub it in all over instagram! Jealous, much).
Bridesmaid Dresses With Long Sleeves
It's super hard to find a long dress with sleeves, but if you're having a winter wedding or want to keep it really elegant, then long sleeves are a must. But, you also don't want to be mistaken for Mother of the Bride, so it's imperative to keep your sleeve choice to slinky silk fabric or fitted lace. Gestuz do an amazing one-sleeve gown which is the perfect combination with just enough flesh on show.
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ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses
It hasn't gone unnoticed that ASOS are literally killing it when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, and their range is extensive. From frilly numbers to luxury lace to floor length wonders, thank you ASOS.
Get ready to fall for our bridesmaid dress edit...