You'll want to wear them way before the big day...
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 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 Stine Goya, Uterque or Preen 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 Self-Portrait, Galvan and Whistles for dresses that effortlessly transition from 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.
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 an autumn or 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 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 my edit of the best bridesmaid dresses, and feel smug in the knowledge that you’ve got the best-dressed designer bridesmaids in tow…
The danish designer’s hand-painted peach prints are just too gorgeous. Perfect for a summer, outdoorsy affair.
If you’re looking for an updated and much cooler take on the poofy pink bridesmaid dress…
This playful cocktail dress will look just as good sauntering up the aisle as it will hitting the dance floor later.
Full on Kate Bush vibes which would be perfect for a Woodland wedding. Just add flower crown.
Channel a teensy bit of Meghan Markle with this seriously dramatic high-neck and floor-sweeping pleats.
When the dancer emoji is your fash icon…
If you’re having a meadow wedding, this pink maxi with waterfall hem might be the one.
Choose this olive-green slip dress for full on movie star glam.
Although little more low key, this bubblegum-pink number is most definitely still big girl chic.
We're in love with the vintage lace and dreamy sweetheart neckline. Team with loose curls and a crystal hair clip and you’re away.
This is the kind of completely wearable bridesmaid dress you can totally reuse for other occasions too.
This beaded beaut screams romantic luxe and we’re into it.
Team this gorgeous dropped-waist silk dress with flats or stilettos. It’s so pretty you can’t really go wrong.