55 Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses That Don’t Look Cheap

Looking for inexpensive options to outfit your bridal party? We’ve pulled together 55 gorgeous dresses all under $100.
by The Knot
  1. 55 bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Considering all the costs that go into being a bridesmaid these days, saving where you can could really help your bridal party in the long run. Style, color and silhouette are always front of mind when choosing a dress, but it's also important to consider any budget limitations. Asking your friends to to break the bank for a custom-made couture number they'll only wear once is a hard ask.
    And, while we're on the subject, why are bridesmaid dresses so expensive anyway? Most bridesmaid dresses are sewn when ordered—and are all cut from the same dye lot (meaning the fabric for each is dyed together for an identical hue). When you pay for a designer bridesmaid dress, you pay for the custom work that goes into it. Fortunately, there are lots of bridesmaids dresses for under $100 that still give off an elegant vibe, only for a more wallet-friendly price.

    The trick to finding a wide variety of bridesmaid dresses for under $100 is to think outside the box: Consider off-the-rack options and dresses that aren’t necessarily marketed as bridesmaid options. Look to your favorite retailers like H&M and ASOS for their affordable bridesmaid lines with dresses that can be worn after the wedding. If you're considering going the off-the-rack route, keep in mind there may not be enough in stock to support a larger bridal party. Also, if you have any tall or plus-size bridesmaids, they may have to alter their dresses or go with a different style. Another great option? Dress rental sites like Rent the Runway offer rentals of designer gowns for a fraction it would cost to buy them. If you decide to use a bridesmaid dress rental site, keep in mind that drastic alterations (like adding sleeves or changing necklines) probably can't be accommodated. 

    (And psst...through The Knot, couples can offer their guests a 20 percent discount code for Rent the Runway. Just head to your Wedding Website dashboard—or create one—to redeem.)
    Here are our top picks for bridesmaid dresses under $100.

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 - By Color

    Look for colors you like and think would look good on all of your friends (consider their complexions and hair colors). Brighter colors are generally more flattering, while pastel hues might look great on girls with fair complexions, but can be too distracting on friends with a darker complexion.

  2. Coral Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 coral bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Looking for a bright, cheerful color that goes well with a wide variety of color palettes? Coral is the hue for you. This perky combination of orange and pink goes well with blush, peach and turquoise, and works with both formal and casual bridesmaid dress silhouettes.
    1. A bright coral hue paired with a long silhouette is perfect for a semi-formal bridal party. Another plus? The slight ruching at the waist can help disguise problem areas and instantly slim your girls’ waistlines.

    Nicole Miller Yucatan Coast Gown, $70-$85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    2. An off-the-shoulder silhouette is a great excuse to show off fun accessories like statement earrings. Think classic gold for an understated option or go for bold with a turquoise pair.
    Lulus All My Heart Maxi Dress, $80, Lulus.com
    3. Wide straps, a cinched waist and an elongating V-neckline make this affordable bridesmaid dress universally flattering, especially if you have bustier or apple-shaped bridesmaids.
    Lulus Heavenly Hues Rusty Rose Maxi Dress, $84, Lulus.com
    4. Sheer flutter sleeves put a fresh twist on the three-quarter length sleeve trend. Combined with a high slit, this inexpensive bridesmaid dress shows the perfect amount of skin.
    Forever 21 High-Slit Chiffon Maxi Dress, $48, Forever21.com
    5. An allover lace dress in a vibrant hue is an easy way to make your bridesmaids stand out. A warm coral and red combo feels especially appropriate for a spring or summer wedding.
    ERIN Erin Fetherston Red Pamela Gown, $90-$105 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  3. Purple Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 purple bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Ranging from lavender to a deep eggplant, purple is one of the most versatile colors you can choose for your bridesmaids. Lighter purples give off a whimsical, retro vibe, whereas darker purples feel more sophisticated and formal. If you’re opting for a mismatched bridal party, sage green, gray and silver complement most shades of purple.
    1. Looking to put a fashion-forward spin on a traditional long gown? Try a plunging v-neck maxi dress with gathered detailing on the straps and bodice—it will give a flowing silhouette some edge.
    Lulus Pretty Purple Maxi Dress, $60, Lulus.com
    2. A deep purple bridesmaid dress with a longer silhouette gives off a formal, elegant vibe. Added bonus: A square neckline is universally flattering.
    Nicole Miller Purple Horizon Gown, $85-$100 to rent, RenttheRunway.com
    3. A soft, pastel-hued shade (like this bright lilac color) perfectly complements a bridesmaid dress in a light-as-air chiffon fabric.
    Birdy Grey Jane Convertible Dress, $99, BirdyGrey.com
    4.This fun minidress is the perfect combination of casual and dressy. Pair with some wedges for an outdoor spring wedding.
    David’s Bridal Short One Shoulder Dress, $30, DavidsBridal.com
    5. Flirty ruffles with a cold-shoulder sleeve give off a fun, casual vibe. Another plus: the midi-length silhouette. Take advantage of the shorter skirt and show off a pair of strappy sandals.
    Amanda Uprichard Anika Midi Dress, $45-$60 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  4. Black Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 black bridesmaid dresses under $100

    It may not seem like the most bridal color, but black bridesmaid dresses are hot right now. The most obvious benefit to this chic shade: Your bridesmaids can definitely wear a black dress again. (After all, the LBD is a wardrobe staple!) If you're including black in your color palette, keep the other colors subtle. Nude, blush and white all pop against black without feeling too harsh. 

    1. Want your bridal party to give off more of a flirty vibe? Consider a form fitting mermaid-style black dress with sheer lace back and a sweetheart neckline.
    Forever 21 Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Gown, $45, Forever21.com
    2. An off-the-shoulder neckline and a sultry slit  can take a long black bridesmaid dress from status quo to sexy.
    Express Off the Shoulder Tie Waist Maxi Dress, $70, Express.com
    3. An asymmetrical, oversized ruffle feels both elegant and vintage inspired. Go for minimal accessories with this dress and let its unique silhouette really shine.
    Lulus So Amazed One-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $86, Lulus.com
    4. You can't go wrong with a strapless, plain black gown in a flattering, flowy chiffon fabric. Trust us—your bridesmaids will thank you for the instant wardrobe staple.
    David’s Bridal Long Strapless Chiffon Dress, $99, DavidsBridal.com
    5. A high neckline with asymmetrical ruffled detailing makes for one sleek and chic black bridesmaid dress. Pro tip: The high slit is the perfect counterbalance to the high neckline.
    Halston Heritage Asymmetric Flounce Gown, $70-$85, RenttheRunway.com

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 - By Length

    Length is important to consider when choosing your bridesmaid dresses. If most of your bridesmaids are petite, choose dresses that won't overwhelm them. If you do go long, go for a tailored style or one with a high-low hemline for your shorter friends. While we're on the topic of short: If you're buying a shorter dress off the rack, it's a good idea to always try it on in person. It might be tempting to order your dresses online and save yourself the hassle, but you may end up with some scandalously skimpy hemlines.

  5. Short Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 short bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Short bridesmaid dresses are pretty much the go-to, but they feel especially appropriate for more casual weddings. If you're going for a vintage vibe, shorter fit-and-flare bridesmaid dresses will give off a '50s feel. Consider flowy chiffon ones for an effortless, elegant look, or ones with high-low hemlines for a trendier style.
    1. A dress in a bright cobalt blue shade feels unique and just a little bit retro, especially when paired with a cool, crochet lace pattern. This more relaxed silhouette feels informal enough for a backyard wedding or garden affair.
    Lulus Real Life Dream Midi Dress, $76, Lulus.com
    2. Thanks so sheer sleeves, an illusion neckline and an intricate lace overlay, this shorter number feels feels a little bit more sophisticated.
    Modcloth Classic Contributor Lace Dress, $99, Modcloth.com
    3. When accessorizing this dress choose accessories that won’t take away from the standout details (think: its fun mint shade, pleated skirt and cowl back).
    ASOS Cold Shoulder Cowl Back Midi Dress, $56, ASOS.com
    4.We love the versatility of a navy bridesmaid dress. It makes sense with a classic or nautical wedding, and there's a chance your bridesmaids will actually wear it again.
    David’s Bridal Short Crinkle Chiffon Dress, $80, DavidsBridal.com
    5. A shorter periwinkle frock feels ethereal and ultra-feminine. The best part about this bridesmaid dress? Since it's a rental, you can have all the style of designer Jill Stuart for just $70!
    Jill Jill Stuart Blue Harlow Dress, $55-$70 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  6. Long Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 long bridesmaid dresses under $100

    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.

  7. Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 vintage style bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Vintage-inspired wedding dresses are hot right now, so why shouldn't your bridesmaid dresses also have the same retro flare? If the Roaring Twenties is your vibe, think: flowing tiers and fringe. If you're going for a '50s feel, consider tea-length dresses in pastel satin. Brightly colored shift dresses will bring back the bohemian style of the '60s.
    1. A black bridesmaid dress isn't for everyone, but we love the dark hue for a fall or winter wedding. An off-the-shoulder neckline with a scalloped edge lends a playful feeling to a more formal option.
    Modcloth Ponte Knit Midi Dress, $79, Modcloth.com
    2. Add some unique appeal to a satin midi dress with a halter neckline with a sexy peekaboo cutout. The combination of satin and a sultry details feels ultra-feminine but still modern. The best part about this dress? It only looks expensive!
    Jill Jill Stuart Olive Plunging Dress, $70-$85, RenttheRunway.com
    3. Ultra-romantic detailing like the soft nude hue, embellished empire waist and bardot neckline give this gown a seriously ethereal feel.
    ASOS TFNC Bardot Maxi Bridesmaid Dress, $95, ASOS.com
    4. A hunter green hue elevates this fit-and-flare cocktail dress.. Add extra polish with nude heels and a patterned clutch.
    Slate & Willow Hunter Green Petal Dress, $35-$50, RenttheRunway.com
    5. A long, flowing chiffon dress with a deep v-neck and flutter sleeves gives us major boho vibes. Done in a sleek navy shade, this dress can be both formal and casual depending on how you accessorize it.
    Birdy Grey Muggsy Bridesmaid Dress, $99, BirdyGrey.com

  8. Plus-Size Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 plus size bridesmaid dresses under $100

    If your bridesmaids are an apple, pear or any fruit in between, there's a bridesmaid dress out there that will flatter their body type. Some general tips for plus-size dresses: Avoid super-shiny fabrics, like high-shine satin and taffeta, which will make your curvier bridesmaids look larger. Also, silhouettes that cinch at the waist and flare in the skirt (think: fit-and-flare, A-line, empire) will create a nice hourglass shape for your bridal party, regardless of their size.

    1. If you're going for a super-casual vibe, consider a floral bridesmaid dresses with a flowing silhouette. A looser maxi dress will hang away from the body, create a smoother silhouette.

    Modcloth Wonder and Wow Maxi Dress, $89, Modcloth.com

    2. Looking for a less traditional option? This asymmetrical navy gown with side slit and streamlined seams is a modern and unique choice. Finish off the look with nude or silver heels and a statement ring.

    Kay Unger Navy Side Slit Cut Out Gown, $95, RenttheRunway.com

    3. This dress offers the trifecta of flattering details for an apple shape—wrap front, a deep V-neck and a cinched-in waist with a loose skirt. In fact, this bridesmaid dress style will bring out the best in most body types.

    ASOS DESIGN Curve Kimono Pleated Dress, $60, ASOS.com

    4. This bridesmaid dress has the best of both worlds: an elongating v-neckline and a cinched bodice. Another plus? This dress comes in regular and petite sizes too, so you can accommodate your whole bridal party.

    Badgley Mischka To Love Again Gown, $80-$95 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    5. Dresses in rich shades like this cranberry shade look sleek, formal and right at home at a fall or winter affair. The shorter hemline means this dress can pull double duty as cocktail attire after the wedding is over.  

    Torrid Ponte Skater Dress, $89, Torrid.com

  9. Junior Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 junior bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Junior bridesmaids generally dress in something similar to the bridesmaids rather than the flower girl. Since she's around 12 (almost a teenager), she's not going to want to match some little kid! You don't have to put her in exactly the same dress as the other women—depending on what they're wearing, it may not be age appropriate—but she should wear a dress in the same or a similar color and of the same length (for instance, if they're wearing floor-length gowns, she should too).

    1. Mix up a shorter dress with a fun halter neckline. If your bridesmaids are wearing plunging strapless styles, a more modest halter neckline will make your junior bridesmaid stand out.

    David’s Bridal Pleated Chiffon Y-Neck Girls Dress, $80, DavidsBridal.com

    2. If your bridesmaids are rocking long dresses, a long junior bridesmaid dress with spaghetti straps feels sophisticated but still age appropriate for a teen. This soft shade of ivory makes a chiffon fabric look especially ethereal.

    David’s Bridal Long Chiffon Sweetheart Gown, $60, DavidsBridal.com

    3. We love the combination of powder blue, lace and shimmering glitter. This unique, long, mermaid-style gown feels perfect for a more formal outdoor wedding.

    B Darlin Juniors’ Glitter Lace Gown, $99, Macys.com

    4.If your junior bridesmaid is an older teen, she should match the rest of your bridal party. This flowing coral gown with painted gold detailing feels right on trend for a beach wedding.

    ERIN Erin Fetherston Coconut Rum Twist Gown, $70-$85, RenttheRunway.com

    5. If you love the daring cutout trend but aren't sure how to make it work in a more conservative wedding, try a slight keyhole on a halter neckline. It feels sexy but elegant. The best part? This dress also comes with a matching shawl for extra coverage.

    JCPenney Special Occasion Long Halter Dress, $80, JCPenney.com

  10. Modest Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 modest bridesmaid dresses under $100

    When shopping for modest bridesmaid dresses (whether you have religious requirements to consider or you just like a more conservative look), go for styles with higher necklines, sleeves and longer hemlines. It's also best to avoid clingy fabrics that hug the body or anything with a plunging back. If you fall in love with a sleeveless or open back bridesmaid dress, throw a pashmina over it to keep it modest.

    1. A boat neck plus flutter sleeves give some oomph to this neckline without being too revealing. Another plus: This flowy A-line skirt is figure flattering and has great movement.

    Modcloth Stated Sophistication Midi Dress, $99, Modcloth.com

    2.Get the sophisticated look of a strapless gown but still keep it conservative with a mesh illusion panel neckline and cap sleeves. Deeper colors like navy lend some sophistication to a curve-skimming silhouette.

    JS Collection Navy Illusion Panel Gown, $70-$85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    3. This dress has all the essentials—a soft color, full-length hemline, and sheer crochet lace sleeves. Worried lace sleeves won't be modest enough? Add a pashmina to the mix.

    Lulus Awaken My Love Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress, $86, Lulus.com

    4. With oversized floral lace and a fresh mint hue, this short sleeve midi dress is the perfect springtime wedding ensemble. Pair it with a sparkling statement cuff or earrings to finish off the look.

    Shoshanna Mint Beaux Dress, $60-$75, RenttheRunway.com

    5. Want to add some flirty appeal without revealing too much? Try a maxi navy wrap dress with three-quarter-length flutter sleeves. We bet your bridesmaids will wear this chic number again and again.

    ASOS TFNC Wrap Maxi Bridesmaid Dress, $98, ASOS.com

    Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100 - By Fabric

    Style, cut, texture, drape, and season are all-important factors in determining the best fabric for a bridesmaid dress. The same style dress can look and feel quite different in a variety of fabrics, since each material is designed to produce a distinct effect. Some fabrics cling to the body, while others stand away. It's important to choose a fabric that works for your bridesmaids' body shapes, as well as your venue and style.

  11. Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 chiffon bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Chiffon is most of the most popular fabrics for bridesmaid dresses because it's airy and has good movement. Dresses with chiffon overlay are less stiff than satin ones, though they also run the risk of being sheer. Pro tip: If you're opting for chiffon dresses, make sure they're properly lined to avoid some scandalous moments.

    1. One great thing about chiffon is that it shows texture and pleating really well. The  combination of a deep V-neck and pleated and skirt is flattering on most body types.

    Lulus Depth of Love Maxi Dress, $80, Lulus.com

    2. A shorter hemline puts a new spin on the traditional, flowing chiffon bridesmaid dress. Paired with a halter neckline and open back, this trendy silhouette feels fresh and a little edgier.

    David’s Bridal Y-Neck Pleated Chiffon Short Bridesmaid Dress, $80, DavidsBridal.com

    3. You can't go wrong with a classic long chiffon dress in soft pink. This longer silhouette is versatile—it wouldn't be out of place in a garden or a more formal venue.

    H&M Long Chiffon Dress, $70, HM.com

    4. This ruffled wrap maxi dress is simple enough to pair with just about anything. If you’re open to a trendier, mismatched look, let your bridesmaids choose accessories that reflect their personal style.

    Boohoo Daisy Frill Wrap Maxi Dress, $50, Boohoo.com

    5. Makes your bridesmaids feel like Grecian goddesses in this strapless, long chiffon gown. Its bright red shade makes a statement all on its own, so go for more minimal accessories like gold studs or a simple diamond necklace.

    Badgley Mischka Faye Chiffon Gown, $70-$85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  12. Lace Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 lace bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Lace comes in a wide variety of styles. A cotton lace gives off a more casual vibe, whereas a silk or polyester lace can feel more formal. This versatile fabric also gives off an heirloom feel, and is the perfect way to play up a vintage-inspired wedding.

    1.  The heavier, crochet lace on this strapless fishtail maxi give the simpler silhouette a more formal vibe. Take advantage of the asymmetrical hemline by adding a pair of killer heels.

    Missguided Blue Lace Fishtail Maxi Dress, $94, MissguidedUS.com

    2. Throwing a chic cocktail affair? Consider a more fashion-forward lace silhouette that feels more sophisticated than playful. Dark green lace gives off instantly polished vibes.

    Trina Turk Green Broadway Dress, $55-$70 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    3. This sleeveless floral lace dress in a sweet mauve hue gives you the look of two-piece, without actually having to commit to the trend. The intricate edging on the bodice makes this number perfect for an informal summer garden wedding.

    Lulus Music of the Heart Lace Maxi Dress, $96, Lulus.com

    4. This pastel yellow dress with full skirt and floral lace is playful and romantic. Let the bright color of the dress be the main focus and keep the rest of the look simple with strappy sandals in a neutral shade and simple accessories.  

    Slate & Willow Yellow Lace Midi Dress, $35-$50 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

    5. A lace bodice is an easy way to incorporate lace into your bridesmaid dresses without fully committing.. It’s a fun textural detail that dresses up a simple floor-length dress.

    Birdy Grey Esther Dress, $99, BirdyGrey.com

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