New Bridesmaid Dress Trends You'll Love

Your bridesmaids don't have to look like clones from every other wedding. Dresses with open backs, glamorous fit-and-flare skirts and whimsical gauzy overlays are just a few ways to give your bridal party a fresh take.
  1. Tea Length

    tea length bridesmaid dresses

    Tea-length dresses (or dresses with a hemline that falls just below the knee or brushes the lower calf) are having a serious moment. This semiformal length gives off fun, retro vibes but still feels sophisticated. Opt for airy fabrics like tulle or chiffon for a tutu-inspired effect.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale, Monique Lhuillier and BHLDN

  2. Cap Sleeves

    long bridesmaid dresses with cap sleeeves

    Looking for a pretty alternative to the strapless style? Consider cap sleeves. These barely there sleeves still flatter the shoulders but offer just enough coverage. For a vintage-inspired look, try a cap sleeve in delicate lace.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale, BHLDN and Jim Hjelm Occasions

  3. Cotton Lace

    cotton lace long bridesmaid dresses

    Lace is nothing new where wedding attire is concerned, but textured cotton lace feels more casual and fresh. Pastel shades like blush and lavender complement this casual fabric, while a longer silhouette will dress it up.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale, Donna Morgan Collection and Watters

  4. Sheer Fabrics

    Layered bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Left: Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    A skirt draped in layers of sheer fabric gives floor-length bridesmaid dresses an ethereal vibe. To play up the romance factor, choose a dress in a soft color, like these styles shown here.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale, Tadashi Shoji and BHLDN

  5. Open Backs

    Back cutout bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Left: Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Want your girls to look stunning coming and going? Choose a gown that flaunts an unexpected cutout or a fresh detail from behind. It's a little sexy (and yes, it does make finding the right bra a bit tricky) but still subtle enough that your bridesmaids won't feel like they're baring it all.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale, Alvina Valenta and Occasions by Jim Hjelm

  6. Belted Dresses

    Bridesmaid dresses with belts

    Not only are belts a figure-flattering detail, they're also a built-in accessory. Whether you're looking to give the gown a pop of color or a splash of sparkle, there's a belted version out there that both you and your bridesmaids will love.

    Where You'll Find Them: Occasions by Jim Hjelm and BHLDN

  7. Fit-and-Flare Silhouettes

    Fit and flare bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Right: Kurt Wilberding

    Bridesmaid dresses in flowy fabrics are pretty much status quo these days. To really set your bridal party apart, put them in gowns with a more pronounced fit-and-flare shape in a structured fabric like dupioni silk—perfect for a formal affair.

    Where You'll Find Them: Alvina Valenta, Badgley Mischka and Truly Zac Posen

  8. Spaghetti Straps

    Skinny straps bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Left: Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Asymmetrical shoulders are huge for bridesmaid dress fashion, and it's easy to see why with sophisticated updates like twisted fabric, lace illusions and sexy cutouts.

    Where You'll Find Them: Amsale and Occasions by Jim Hjelm

  9. Gunmetal Gray

    Gunmetal gray bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Middle: Kurt Wilberding; Right: Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Why go for a been-there-done-that basic like black or navy when you can shake things up with a stylish and unexpected shade? Give this industrial-inspired gray hue a softer spin and pick gowns in fabrics like chiffon, tulle and lace.

    Where You'll Find Them: Alvina Valenta, Watters and Amsale

  10. White and Ivory

    Ivory white bridesmaid dresses
    Photo by Left: Kurt Wilberding

    Break the taboo that wearing white is reserved only for the bride. (Don't worry: Everyone will know whom you are, regardless of what your friends are wearing!) Look for gowns with interesting texture, fabrics or silhouettes, so your girls don't blend into the background.

    Where You'll Find Them: Watters, Occasions by Jim Hjelm and Amsale


    Browse even more bridesmaid dresses from your favorite designers here.

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