The Most Elegant Bridesmaid Dress Styles
Who remembers the scene from the movie 27 Dresses where Katherine Heigl pulls out and models 27 outrageous bridesmaids dresses ranging from short and fluffy to long and frilly? She seemed to have a dress for every themed wedding ceremony possible. Bridesmaids dresses have gotten a bad reputation for being uniquely only wearable once, but that stereotype has been shifting. More and more brides are opting for elegant, black-tie appropriate bridesmaids dresses that can be incorporated into closets and wardrobes long after the wedding day. Brides are on the lookout for elegant bridesmaid dress styles that will have their bridal party excited to strut down the aisle and to wear it again in the future. Here are a few various styles, lengths, and features to choose from that exemplify classic sophistication.
Bridesmaid Dress Styles
Depending on the kind of elegance a bride is envisioning for her bridal party, there is an array of options to choose from when it comes to selecting the bridesmaid dresses. Whether the ceremony vibes are vintage, beachy, modern, or formal, there are plenty of bridesmaid styles to spark excitement and effortlessly coordinate with the bridal gown and overall wedding theme.
Vintage & Romantic
For the vintage bride wanting a romantic ceremony, plan for your bridesmaids to wear dresses that evoke an air of feminine glamour and grace. Envision jewel tones, accented with lace or beading, in fitted bodices, fit and flare skirts, tea-length or striking floor-length hems. These ladies will look majestic as they float down the aisle before you.
Flowy & Beachy
Lightweight, flowy, bridesmaid dress styles aren’t just for destination-weddings on the beach. They exemplify a relaxed elegance that are excellent for outdoor weddings during the spring and summer months. Imagine floor-length dreamy gowns with light colors and off-the-shoulder hemlines or cold-shoulder cut-outs.
Cool & Modern
ANTHROPOLOGIE (Photo by: Emma Hill)
Modern themed weddings ooze this effortless aesthetic that cannot be lost on the bridesmaid dress style. This girl gang is trendy, edgy, and cool, and their dresses have to be equally as chic and fashion-forward. Imagine feminine silhouettes with minimal accents and detailing. A fit and flare dress will organically make a bold statement with unbeatable elegance, while silk slip dresses are also becoming the go-to in every shade imaginable.
Classic & Formal
For the traditional bride in love with a streamlined, ultra-sophisticated look, satin or crepe dresses with minimal embellishments and no fuss are the ideal style for your bridal party. Think amazing gowns with structured silhouettes and luxe fabrics. These elegant, formal bridesmaid dresses are the move for a fancy wedding.
Bridesmaid Dress Lengths
Traditionally, floor-length bridesmaids dresses have been considered the most sophisticated. Still, we see plenty of short and sweet dresses, as well as tea-length ones, that radiate equal amounts of style and splendor.
Floor-length bridesmaid dresses are the most popular of bridesmaid dress styles we see in the bridal industry today. Floor sweeping lengths uphold a sense of formality that never goes unnoticed. Envision gorgeous dresses with serene skirts that graze the floor as the bridal party walks down the aisle. A stylish group of fashionable bridesmaids can also easily wear these floor-length gowns again for formal events in the future.
Short & Sweet
A dress doesn’t have to touch the floor to be considered elegant. Short and sweet dresses are flirty, feminine, dainty, and fabulous for spring and summer weddings. In a variety of fabrics, they are versatile and the most likely to be worn again post-wedding. Plus, short hemlines are especially convenient when the reception rolls around and the dancing starts!
Tea Length - Midi
Are you looking for practicality and convenience without sacrificing modesty for Grandma and Grandpa? The tea-length dress is the perfect dress. Hitting just below the knee or right at mid-calf, tea-length dresses are tasteful, retro, and great for the dance floor. No tripping when you kick off those heels, and no accidental flashing when you’re busting a move. This fashion-forward style works brilliantly with lower or asymmetrical necklines.
Once you consider the dream style, silhouette, and length for your bridesmaid’s dresses, it’s time to think about the finishing touches. That could be anything from embellishments to pockets, prints, lace, and ruffles. The list goes on and on, but these are the details that will transform your bridesmaid dresses and really make them standout among the crowd. No doubt a few extra details will instantly elevate your overall look.
ADRIANNA PAPELL (Photo by: Rylee Hitchner)
Embellishments can be anything including beading, sequins, border trims, ribbon, fringe, ruffles and more. The options are endless! When it comes to achieving elegance, selecting styles with crystal or glass beading subtly adds a hint of detailing to the bridesmaid dresses without upstaging the bride. Similar to beading, pearl elements can add natural dimension. Border trims are classically elegant too, creating the illusion of a “finished,” clean, look.
Lace dresses are romantic and lace appliqués instantly add dimension, especially when paired with a plunging neckline or an open back. Lace appliqués are pieces of fabric cut into different shapes and sewn onto sheer or nude-colored fabric on the dress. You can also choose dresses with full lace sleeves, high necklines of lace, and beautiful lace bodices. A lovely dress with lace accents will always be an elegant staple.
If pockets in a dress aren't God's gift from heaven on formal days we don't know what is. Pockets give you a place to put your hands when feeling jittery, and do wonders for storing day-of necessities like tissues, lip balm, and maybe even a mint or two. Pockets can be found in a range of dress styles from dramatic floor-length dresses to short mini and mid-length dresses, and are very popular in modern bridesmaid jumpsuits as well. Pockets seamlessly blend in with the silhouette, adding an invisible practical detail for a flawless look.
Floral prints are nothing new, especially around spring or summertime, and yet year after year they exquisitely make their mark like a fresh, captivating bloom. If your wedding falls between April and September, a floral print may be just the right note to accentuate your garden themed wedding or embody a tropical vibe. The color and boldness of the pattern should be determined by the level of intensity you're looking for in your wedding color palette. Floral bridesmaid dresses can range from bright, botanical hues to muted, watercolor prints for a subtle, gentle tone.
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