Long bridesmaid dresses used to give off a super-traditional vibe, but they're all the rage right now. Designers like Hayley Paige, Watters and Amsale all sent amazing long bridesmaid dresses down the runway. What's the appeal of all that length? Longer dresses feel instantly elegant. If you're opting to go long, keep it flowy for a trendy Grecian look.
1. If you're throwing an elegant formal affair, consider flowing mauve bridesmaid dresses. Mauve feels formal and classic, but a longer halter neck gown in satin will have great movement and give off a little more of an elegant vibe.
Lulus Always Stunning Maxi Dress, $60, Lulus.com
2. A plunging V-neck draws the eye down and will make your bridesmaids look taller. Worried about showing too much skin? Your seamstress can always sew in mesh or lace modesty panels, for a more conservative look that still feels chic.
Pretty Little Things Bardot V Plunge Maxi Dress, $38, PrettyLittleThings.com
3. A high halter neckline will flatter your bridesmaids' shoulders. If you're going for a longer dress with a high collar, opt for a sleeveless style with minimal embellishments. Otherwise, the dress could overpower your attendants—especially the petite ones.
H&M Long Dress With Lace Back, $80, HM.com
4. If some of your bridesmaids favor sleeves and others want to go strapless, an off-the-shoulder sleeve is a great compromise: It offers partial coverage but creates a flattering neckline. Plus, it just feels uber-romantic and bohemian—who doesn't love that?
Birdy Grey Christina Convertible Dress, $99, BirdyGrey.com
5. A classic off-the-shoulder style in a subtle blush shade with built-in ruching is sweet and practical. Pair this soft, feminine blush hue with metallic accessories like silver and copper for an on-trend look that really pops.
Adrianna Papell Blush Draped Gown, $70-$85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com
Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 - By Style
Once you figure out the general theme and formality of your wedding, decide how you want your bridal party to look. Bridesmaid dresses should complement your wedding dress style and embellishments. (So, if you're wearing an art-deco-inspired gown, your bridesmaids should have touches of that same aesthetic in their dresses or accessories.) Whether you're going for a vintage, modern or classic vibe, you want your bridesmaids to enhance your style.