No bribing necessary
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.
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.
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…
This romantic dress is best suited to a country wedding.
This ruffled dress will bring the sunshine to any grand occasion, as well as a sexy flash of shoulder. (Hey, might as well give your girls a helping hand if they’ve got their eyes on a groomsman…)
You don’t need to rule out pastels altogether. The silk fabric elevates this dress t chic level.
This pleated dress is the perfect shock of colour and we’re always suckers for a good pleated skirt.
Linen’s always a great shout for a hot summer wedding, plus this deep burgundy shade gives it a little something extra.
We’re big fans of Rixo at MC and this dramatic dress is definitely one for the fashion forward bride. With a deep V and slits, it’s one your bridesmaids will be reaching for again and again to keep their style game strong.
It doesn’t get much sweeter than this. This blush dress comes with a figure flattering belt detail to wrap things up.
This dreamy periwinkle dress from Sophia Kah is one your squad will fall in love with – plus, it practically screams luxury.
For the perfect vintage vibe, look no further than Vilshenko.
Lace is always a wedding classic and this flared dress gets an update with the colour of the season.
This floaty satin gown is a pastel dream, with an ultra flattering silhouette and a flouncy skirt for a dash of romance.
This might be a bold number, but it’ll look great paired with velvet mules for a New Year’s Eve wedding.
Google’s Me Too Rising maps the power of the #MeToo movement
Pippa Middleton is apparently ‘overjoyed’ to be pregnant with her first child
Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners
This is why you will always see Prince William holding George’s hand
These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love
50 Over 50 Awards: nominate your unsung hero for an award and win tickets to a sumptuous lunch
Sign up for our daily bulletin and get the latest fashion & beauty news, competitions and exclusive Marie Claire offers direct to your inbox