7 Ways to Make Your Bridesmaids Stand Out

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

    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

  2. Dress Up Their Waistlines

    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

  3. Go for the Glamour

    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

  4. Layer It On

    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 any one of these styles shown above.

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

  5. Consider 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

  6. Show Off Their Shoulders

    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

  7. Let Them Wear White, or 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 who 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

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