Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses: 55 Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

Looking for cheap bridesmaid dresses? Take a look at 55 bridesmaid dresses under $100 in lace, purple, coral and more.
by Shelley Brown
  1. 5 short bridesmaid dresses under $100

    Bridesmaid dresses range from $75 to $375, and the average cost of a bridesmaid dress is $200. While you probably want your bridal party to look as polished as possible, it's also important to consider their budget limitations. You may be lusting after a custom-made couture number, but you don't want to ask your friends to break the bank on a bridesmaid dress they'll only wear once.

    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 bridesmaid dress rental sites. Who says a pretty department store dress can't be a bridesmaid dress? (Psst! Target has an amazing line that starts at $70!) 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.

    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. But, rental sites are a great way to get that designer bridesmaid dress for just a fraction of the cost.

    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 long and short bridesmaid dress silhouettes.

    1. We love this new twist on the asymmetrical sleeve trend: One sleeve is super-embellished and the other is a thin spaghetti strap.

    Shop it: One shoulder chiffon maxi evening dress, $36, Ever-Pretty,

    2. Wide straps, a cinched waist and an elongating V-neck make this affordable bridesmaid dress universally flattering, especially if you have bustier or apple-shaped bridesmaids.

    Shop it: Short sleeveless satin dress with ruched waist, $99,

    3. This short length and casual fabric are perfect for a laid-back bridal party. Ruching at the waist can help disguise problem areas and instantly slim your tummy.

    Shop it: Coral V-neck ruched dress, $80,

    4. A more conservative silhouette is an excuse to show off statement accessories like strappy metallic heels or a chunky necklace.

    Shop it: Drape midi dress, $74,

    5. The one-shoulder trend is a great way to make your bridesmaids stand out. It feels fresh but can still blend in for a more traditional bridal party.

    Shop it: One shoulder chiffon bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

  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. Sage green, orchid and gray complement most shades of purple.

    1. Flirty tiers with an illusion necklace give off a fun, flapper-inspired vibe. Another plus: This dress comes with a built-in statement collar.

    Shop it: Embellished illusion tiered dress, $99, SL Fashions,

    2. This fun minidress is the perfect combination of casual and dressy. Pair with some strappy sandals for an outdoor spring wedding.

    Shop it: Pleated fit-n-flare dress, $80,

    3. Looking to put a fashion-forward spin on a traditional long gown? Try a modified halter neckline—it's modest but also gives a longer silhouette some edge.

    Shop it: Chiffon halter maxi bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    4. A rich, jewel-toned hue (like this deep eggplant color) perfectly complements a bridesmaid dress in a satin fabric. And tea-length dresses are hot right now!

    Shop it: Satin wide strap tea length dress, $99,

    5. A deep purple bridesmaid dress with a longer silhouette gives off a formal, elegant vibe. And a sweetheart neckline is universally flattering.

    Shop it: One shoulder chiffon maxi evening dress, $50, Every-Pretty,

  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 little black dress 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. A high neckline with a keyhole cutout makes for one sleek and chic black bridesmaid dress. Pro tip: The pleating on the waist and bodice of this gown are instantly slimming.

    Shop it: Sleeveless keyhole gown, $89, Sangria,

    2. Want your bridal party to give off more of a flirty cocktail vibe? Consider a formfitting black dress with sheer sleeves and a shorter hemline—it just screams hip, fashionable affair.

    Shop it: Lace dress, $30,

    3. You can't go wrong with a strapless plain black gown in flattering flowy chiffon (especially for just $70!). Your bridesmaids will thank you for the instant wardrobe staple.

    Shop it: Strapless chiffon bridesmaid dress, $70, TEVOLIO,

    4. Lace embellishment along the neckline and sleeves feels elegant and vintage inspired. Go for minimal accessories with this dress and let the intricate lace details really shine.

    Shop it: Lace neckline open back ruched bust evening dress, $70, Ever-Pretty,

    5. An illusion neckline and a sheer skirt edged with lace can take a sleeveless, shorter bridesmaid dress from status quo to sexy.

    Shop it: Sleeveless illusion neckline dress with satin belt, $99,

    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 rich teal shade is regal and elegant. Looking for a short dress that will work for all of your friends? Asymmetrical pleating on the bodice and waist will flatter your bustier and apple-shaped bridesmaids.

    Shop it: Strapless satin short dress with pleating style, $99,

    2. 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.

    Shop it: Chiffon strapless bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    3. Go the ultra-trendy route like Solange and try an almost-white or white color palette for your bridal party. And the attached two-piece style is really hot right now!

    Shop it: Sheer and solid skater dress, $83,

    4. A shorter blush dress 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 Jim Hjelm for just $95!

    Shop it: The Ashley dress, $95 to rent, Jim Hjelm,

    5. A pretty periwinkle blue shade feels unique and just a little bit retro, especially when paired with a cool, cotton lace pattern. This short, fit-and-flare style feels informal enough for a backyard wedding or garden affair.

    Shop it: Renley lace fit and flare dress, $88, BB Dakota,

  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 Jim Hjelm, 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. A classic strapless style in a subtle blush shade with built-in pearls is oh-so sweet. Pair this soft, feminine hue with metallics like silver and copper for an on-trend look that really pops.

    Shop it: Pearl jeweled necklace halter mesh gown, $99,

    2. If you're throwing an elegant beachside affair, consider flowing navy bridesmaid dresses. Navy feels formal and classic, but a longer strapless gown in chiffon will have great movement and give off a little more of a laid-back vibe.

    Shop it: Chiffon strapless maxi dress, $70, TEVOLIO,

    3. 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 line. Plus, it just feels uber-romantic and bohemian, and who doesn't love that?

    Shop it: Bardot ruched maxi dress, $83,

    4. 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 lace modesty panels, for a more conservative look that still feels chic.

    Shop it: V-Neck long chiffon maxi dress, $50, Ever-Pretty,

    5. 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.

    Shop it: Blouson hardware halter maxi dress, $69, MSK,

    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. Bright sunshine yellow isn't for everyone, but we love a zesty color palette for a spring or summer wedding. This softer hue plays up the angular pleating in this fun, flirty dress.

    Shop it: Short satin off-the-shoulder A-line dress, $99,

    2. Want to bring back the flirty feel of an old-fashioned party dress, but keep it understated? Consider a tea-length, fit-and-flare dress in a soft nude. It will feel retro, but still fashion forward.

    Shop it: Debutante midi dress, $78,

    3. Bring back that "Summer of Love" feeling with a cotton lace swing dress with a high neckline and super-short hem. This effortless look is perfect for casual summer affairs.

    Shop it: Savvanah lace shift dress, $88, BB Dakota,

    4. Add some unique appeal to a high illusion neckline with lace applique. The combination of satin and lace feels ultra-feminine and delicate. The best part about this dress? It only looks expensive!

    Shop it: Lace illusion sleeveless bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    5. A strapless, fit-and-flare bridesmaid dress in shiny cotton sateen feels traditional, but we love that this version has chic pockets. Want to up the nostalgia? Go for a sweet muted green for a look that's right of the '50s.

    Shop it: Cotton sateen strapless with ruching and pockets, $99,

  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. This bridesmaid dress has the best of both worlds: a shoulder-flattering halter and a ruched bodice. Another plus? This dress comes in regular and petite sizes too, so you can accommodate your whole bridal party.

    Shop it: Chiffon halter maxi bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    2. If you're considering a lace bridesmaid dress for your curvier friends, choose a stretchier lace that has some give. This shorter style also has a flattering V-neck and waist-slimming sash, making it an especially good choice for apple shapes.

    Shop it: Lace sleeveless V-Neck dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    3. If you're going for a super-casual vibe, consider cotton lace bridesmaid dresses with a shorter silhouette. A looser shift dress will hang away from the body, disguising any lumps or bumps.

    Shop it: Three quarter sleeve lace shift dress, $88, London Times,

    4. Asymmetrical tiers act like ruching and flatter the waist and hips by creating an eye-catching dimension. A pearl-embellished neckline puts the focus on the neck and collarbone, deemphasizing the bust and tummy.

    Shop it: Sleeveless twill dress with pearl neckline detail, $99,

    5. This dress offers the trifecta of flattering details for an apple shape—wide straps, 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.

    Shop it: Front wrap dress, $70, Truly You,

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

    Shop it: Sequin lace mermaid gown, $99, B Darlin,

    2. 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.

    Shop it: Bubble hem crinkle chiffon and charmeuse dress, $99,

    3. If you love the daring cutout trend but aren't sure how to make it work in a more conservative wedding, try mesh cutouts and a lace illusion neckline. It feels sexy but elegant.

    Shop it: Embellished halter dress, $99, B Darlin,

    4. If your bridesmaids are rocking short dresses, a short junior bridesmaid dress with spaghetti straps feels sophisticated but still age appropriate for a teen. This dark shade of navy makes a satin fabric look especially rich.

    Shop it: Satin spaghetti strap with full skirt and tie back, $79,

    5. If your junior bridesmaid is an older teen, she should match the rest of your bridal party. This flowing blush gown with a lace bodice and subtle beaded belt feels ethereal and on trend.

    Shop it: Strapless lace bodice gown, $99, Xtraordinary,

  10. Modest Bridesmaid Dresses Under $100

    5 modest bridesmaid dresses under $100

    When shopping for modest bridesmaid dresses (whether you have religious requirements 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 bridesmaid dress, throw a pashmina over it to keep it modest.

    1. Want the sexy feel of lace? Try a knee-length black lace dress with long sheer sleeves. We bet your bridesmaids will wear this chic little number again and again.

    Shop it: Lace dress with jacket, $49,

    2. Pair this sleeveless gown with a dark or metallic pashmina that will pick up the embellishments along the high collar. Another thought: Wedding-appropriate cardigans and even blazers are also trending!

    Shop it: Sleeveless twill dress with beaded neckline, $89,

    3. This dress has all the essentials—rich color, subtle sequin embellishments and sheer sleeves. Worried lace sleeves won't be modest enough? Add a pashmina to the mix!

    Shop it: Embellished stretch lace sheath dress, $99, Marina,

    4. Get the sophisticated look of a strapless gown but still keep it conservative with a mesh illusion neckline and cap sleeves. Deeper colors like purple, black and navy feel more sophisticated than brighter hues.

    Shop it: Chiffon illusion cap sleeves bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    5. A cowl neck gives some oomph to this neckline without being too revealing. Another plus: This flowy A-line skirt is figure flattering and has great movement.

    Shop it: Short-sleeve cowl-neck dress, $99, SL Fashions,

    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 popular 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. This draped take on the asymmetrical sleeve makes a fun and elegant statement. Another plus: This dress features convertible straps, so your bridesmaids can mix it up in a variety of ways.

    Shop it: Rhea dress, $95 to rent, Donna Morgan,

    2. A high-low hemline puts a new spin on the traditional, flowing chiffon bridesmaid dress. This trendy silhouette feels fresh and a little edgier.

    Shop it: Chiffon dress, $35,

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

    Shop it: Chiffon cap sleeve bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

    4. Makes your bridesmaids feel like Grecian goddesses in this strapless, long chiffon gown. The subtle almost-nude shade of this gown is perfect for statement accessories like a chunky necklace, stacked bracelets or sparkly danglers.

    Shop it: Elegant chiffon strapless dress, $56, AX Paris,

    5. You can't go wrong with a classic short chiffon dress in coral. This shorter silhouette is both versatile and cheerful—it wouldn't be out of place in a garden or a more formal venue.

    Shop it: Chiffon sleeveless bridesmaid dress, $80, TEVOLIO,

  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. Take advantage of the attached two-piece trend with this darling crochet dress in a sweet lilac hue. The intricate edging on the skirt and faux crop top make this perfect for an informal summer garden wedding.

    Shop it: Crochet lace flounce dress, $33,

    2. This stunning metallic fabric is the closest thing to rose gold lace we've ever seen. Pair with blush heels and subtle pearl accessories for a look that really shines.

    Shop it: Lace dress, $50,

    3. Worried a shorter lace dress will feel too informal? Go for a thinner, wispier lace in a darker hue with long, elegant sleeves. This navy dress is perfect for a nautical or seaside wedding.

    Shop it: Lace shift dress, $98, Everleigh,

    4. If you want to incorporate lace into your bridesmaid dresses without fully committing, lace sleeves and panels are a great idea. They're trendy details that dress up a simple skater dress.

    Shop it: Midi skater dress with lace panels, $83,

    5. If you're throwing a swanky black-and-white cocktail affair, consider a more fashion-forward lace silhouette that is more sophisticated than playful. Black lace just feels chic and sexy.

    Shop it: Dress with lace sleeves, $100,

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