5 Pretty Bridesmaid Dress Pairings

Serving in a bridal party is an honor. But, one aspect of this special role runs the risk of turning your bridesmaids’ happiness into sheer dread on your special day: the dress. And, rightfully so. Any woman who’s ever walked down the aisle in an ill-fitting, heinously colored, poorly designed mess (and an expensive one at that!) knows all too well that the bridesmaid dress can be the cause of serious humiliation. And, the embarrassment and eye-sore factor can multiply when the unfortunate frocks are all lined up in a row at the altar. 

So, to nix the potential headache of finding theperfect choice to appease you and your girls, we compiled this guide just for you. And, we even went one step further and served up four styles for five different types of weddings that seamlessly work together without being matchy-matchy. Although some of the looks ahead are pricier than others, think about what a gift it is to offer your right-hand ladies dresses they’ll actually be able — and want — to wear again. Now that’s something to toast to.


Garden Wedding

A sprinkling of floral prints can be an obvious choice for an outdoor garden event, so balance them out with a couple of solid-hued styles in the same color family.

Tory Burch Celeste Dress, 495.00, available atTory Burch; Topshop Bardot Floral Prom Dress, 140.00, available at Topshop; Dorothy PerkinsBlue Light Cowl Neck Dress, 55.00, available at Dorothy Perkins; Zara Layered Printed Dress, 79.90, available at Zara.


Cocktail Wedding

Introducing the more high-concept way to do cocktail attire — a little more glam, a little more forward, and not at all basic. Go for silky fabrics that’ll allow your bridesmaids to move once they hit the dance floor.

By Malene Birger Tiari Lace-Trimmed Silk-Chiffon Gown, 378.00, available at The Outnet; Jonathan Saunders Reesha Poppy-Print Satin Dress, 1190.00, available at MatchesFashion.com; Temperley London Long Freesia Gown, 2197.00, available at BySymphony; Roksanda IlincicPleated Crepe Satin And Laser-Cut Neoprene Dress, 2305.00, available at Net-A-Porter.


Beach Wedding

You want your bridesmaids to feel as breezy and light as that ocean air. But, that doesn’t mean they all need to be in the same maxi-dress. Play with different prints — some tropical, some not — as well as various cuts up top.

Tibi Matte Long Halter Dress, 575.00, available at Tibi; Missoni Mare Knit Maxi Dress, 1420.00, available at Shopbop; Hallhuber Silk Smock Detail Maxi Dress, 216.60, available at House of Fraser; Mara Hoffman Cosmic Fountain Back Keyhole Gown, 427.00, available at Les Nouvelles.


Church Wedding

Hold the negative comments about bridesmaids wearing white on your wedding day, and hear us out. The wintry hue is actually super on-trend right now. If you choose styles that don’t resemble your dress, you’ll still stand out as the star on your own day — don’t worry.

Zimmermann Silk Drape Dress, 395.00, available at Zimmermann; French Connection Estelle Stretch Dress, 248.00, available at French Connection; MSGM Tie-Front Cotton Dress, 415.00, available at Moda Operandi; Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Eyelet Drawstring Dress, 395.00, available at Rebecca Taylor.


Black-Tie Wedding

With a sea of black on the groom’s side, yoursection of the altar will pop with a smattering of luscious jewel tones.

John Lewis Lliana Long Satin Dress, 302.24, available at John Lewis; Alice + Olivia Long Dress, 565.00, available at The Corner; Cedric CharlierRed Long Twist Dress, 1260.00, available at Avenue 32; Plein Sud Long Length Dress, 1454.19, available at Farfetch.

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