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, DavidsBridal.com
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, Target.com
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, ASOS.com
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, Sears.com
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, Macys.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.