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Hands up if you’ve had to wear a hideous bridesmaids dress just to please your best friend/sister/insert relevant acquaintance here on their wedding day? But gone are the days you have to wear awkwardly tailored dresses in even more awkward lilac to match the colour scheme.

Whether you’re looking to designers or the high street, the offering of trend-led dresses is so stylish that your maids will be begging you to wear them, rather than secretly cursing you.

Planning a destination summer wedding? Take a look at the likes of Nanushka, Three Graces London or Rixo London for ethereal dresses in floaty fabrics and exotic prints. Something a little more formal? Then you’ll be spoiled for choice at the likes of & Other Stories, Zara and Needle & Thread.

The good news is that just as brides aren’t compelled to wear white anymore (FYI check out our edit of the best high street wedding dresses here), the sartorial rule book has been thrown out when it comes bridesmaids dresses.

First off, they don’t need to match, in fact mixing prints and styles really makes extra chic (just check out Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s bridesmaids dresses if you’re not convinced). That doesn’t mean you should just throw any old mix together though, make sure there are similar colour tones in each dress so they compliment each other. ASOS have an awesome line of mismatched dresses that’s very budget friendly.

Best winter bridesmaids dresses

There is a misconception that winter weddings are harder to shop for, as there’s less on offer than during wedding guest dress season, but that’s not the case, especially if you’re shopping around party season. Flattering colours like navy and grey and jewel shades of ruby, emerald and topaz make for a pretty line-up. A long-sleeved lace number is always chic for city weddings, while sequins really make an impact if you’re after a more festive vibe – there’s something magical about mixing shimmering copper, gold and silver.

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Photo: Models at Giambattista Valli/Rex

Best summer bridesmaids dresses

For summer, needless to say the options are endless. Beach wedding? Look for a minimal slip dress or floaty maxi. City wedding? Try a chic wraparound dress by the likes of Kitri or Rixo, with a cool print that can easily be worn again. Country wedding? You can’t go wrong with a floral dress.

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Photo: Models backstage at Imane Ayissi/Rex

Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best bridesmaid dresses, and feel smug in the knowledge that you’ve got the best-dressed designer bridesmaids in tow…

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