Chic bridesmaids dresses that are anything but basic

You'll want to wear them way before the big day

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Hands up if you've had to wear hideous bridesmaids dresses just to please your best friend/sister/insert relevant acquaintance here on their wedding day?

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 occasionwear 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 Mango, Annie's Ibiza or Reformation for ethereal dresses in super floaty fabrics and playful fun prints.

Something a little more formal? Then you'll be spoiled for choice at the likes of Ghost, Omnes and Whistles for dresses that effortlessly transition from a daytime wedding to an evening bash. 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 rulebook has been thrown out when it comes bridesmaids dresses.

With brides opting for bridesmaids to wear less traditional options like black and white rather than classic lilacs, baby pink, and other pastel hues. It really does come down to personal preference, comfort, and choosing a unique dress that goes in line with the bride's request whilst maintaining individuality.

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Needless to say the options are endless. Beach wedding? Look for a minimal slip dress or floaty maxi. City wedding? Try a light strapped dress with a cool print that can easily be worn again and again, so you get way more value for your money. Country wedding? You can't go wrong with a floral dress.

Keep scrolling to shop our 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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Sofia Piza
Fashion Writer

Sofia Piza is the Fashion Writer at Marie Claire UK. 

Sofia Piza is a Fashion Writer with experience working across runway trends, shopping picks, creative production, and celebrity fashion news. Born in Mexico and raised in five countries, Sofia decided to settle in London after spending four years at the London College of Fashion, studying Fashion Journalism. When she's not sourcing inspiration from social media, you will most certainly find Sofia anywhere from a local vintage market to busy central London streets people watching - the possibilities are endless. 

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