These Are the 30 Best Short Bridesmaid Dresses for 2023

Short and midi length bridesmaids are a fresh pick for spring and summer vows.
Short bridesmaid dresses in 3 different styles
Photos, left to right: Lulus, Anthropologie, Lulus
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated May 14, 2023
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While long bridesmaid dresses are the usual pick for bridesmaid dresses, short bridesmaid dresses can be just as elegant! Especially for a summer wedding or something less formal, short bridesmaid dresses are a perfect option. Midi bridesmaid dresses are particularly on-trend for 2023 weddings, and they offer the same comfort and versatility as other short bridesmaid dresses. Nontraditional brides will also love the unique style of having short bridesmaid dresses.

Not sure where to start when looking for bridesmaid dresses? Picking one detail to base the search on, such as length, is a great place to start. Once you've zeroed in on short bridesmaid dresses, you can start your search — and you don't have to limit yourself to traditional bridesmaid dresses! Any short or cocktail dress can become your bridesmaid dress. After all, it's your big day and you get to make the rules. Why not have fun with it?

Can You Wear Short Bridesmaid Dresses to a Wedding?

Ultimately, the decision on whether to go for short or long bridesmaid dresses is up to the couple. The season of the wedding will also come into play here. Spring and summer weddings are perfect for short dresses, while those with winter weddings will often opt for long dresses, unless they live in a particularly warm climate. Similarly, location is an important factor to consider when choosing bridesmaid dress length. Short bridesmaid dresses may ultimately be the better option for an outdoor or beach wedding so the bridesmaids don't have to worry about long gowns dragging all night.

Where to Buy Short Bridesmaid Dresses

Whether you're shopping for bridesmaid dresses online or in a local boutique, you'll want to do your research on the best places to shop for short bridesmaid dresses. The trend for bridesmaid dresses does lean towards longer styles, so if you're traveling far to a bridesmaid dress boutique, be sure to call ahead and inquire about their short dress selection. Off-the-rack short dresses are also a great option because you'll find a larger selection of unique short dresses, even if they are not specifically marketed towards bridesmaids. If you have your heart on a certain dress that doesn't come in a shorter length, you can always work with your seamstress to see if shortening it is an option!

  • Birdy Grey This LA based retailer is best known for their wide range of bridesmaid dresses under $100, so they are a great budget-friendly pick. Plus, you can request free fabric swatches before ordering your bridesmaid dresses so you can compare colors and fabrics IRL. Sizes range from XS to 3X and all of their dresses are under $100.

  • Azazie Online retailer Azazie brings the boutique shopping experience to you. With free custom sizing, three free swatches, and at-home try-ons, you can shop for your bridesmaid dresses from the comfort of your own home. Keep in mind that since dresses are custom sizes they take about three weeks to arrive, but they do offer rush shipping options as well. Prices range from $79 to $249.

  • Lulus While not marketed as bridesmaid dresses, Lulus has a wide range of affordable formal dresses in a variety of colors, silhouettes, and fabrics that are perfect for any wedding. All of their dresses are under $200 and they come in a range of sizes from XXS to 3X.

Short Black Bridesmaid Dresses

You can never go wrong with a classic LBD. Not only is it a timeless color, but you will actually be able to wear it again. You can never have too many black dresses, IMO.

Azazie Satin Stretch Satin Dress

Sleek satin with side ruching makes this dress a standout. This dress would look particularly chic at an upscale city wedding. Pair it with a pair of black strappy heels for a sexy yet sophisticated bridesmaid style.

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 16

Reformation Cassi Knit Dress

This form-fitting black midi is a stylish pick for a bridesmaid dress. You're definitely going to want to wear this one again.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Norma Kamali Diana One-Shoulder Mini Dress

The asymmetrical neckline and hem of this LBD give it a modern, edgy vibe. We guarantee this will become a closet staple.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Lulus What a Gift Black Bow Strap Midi Dress

Feminine bow sleeves and a ruffled hem elevate this simple midi. Rock a chic updo in order to show off those gorgeous bow sleeves!

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Mini Dress

The brand's bestselling halter maxi now comes in a mini length! This isn't your basic LBD. A criss-crossed halter neck and open back make this mini perfect for a summer wedding.

Size Range: XS-XXL | Color Options: 10

Short Blue and Navy Bridesmaid Dresses

Make your 'maids your "something blue" with one of these gorgeous short bridesmaid dresses. From elegant navy to the trending dusty blue, there's truly a shade of blue to suit everyone. Pro tip: they pair exceptionally well with navy blue groomsmen suits.

Kennedy Blue Luella Dress

Navy blue is a seasonless staple. This navy chiffon mini dress features a delicate, strappy open back that will look amazing in photos!

Size Range: 00-32 | Color Options: 56

Azazie Dottie Stretch Satin Dress

Dusty blue shades are all the rage for bridesmaids right now, and this satin midi is no exception! This color looks amazing on a wide range of hair and skin tones too.

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 20

Azazie Katrina Dress

This flattering one-shoulder a-line dress is perfect for dancing all night. Dress it up with a chic chignon and jewelry, or keep it more casual with a simple nude heel. Either way, this dress is versatile for so many different types of weddings.

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 71

Birdy Grey Lisa Midi Dress Curve

A silky cowl midi dress is always a glamorous pick for bridesmaids. We can't get enough of this striking cornflower blue shade.

Size Range: XS - 3X | Color Options: 18

Dessy Group Twist Wrap Convertible Cocktail Dress

Talk about versatility—this dress can be twisted and tied in a myriad different ways so each bridesmaid can design her own look. It's made of comfortable jersey fabric and comes in a variety of hues—including three different shades of blue!

Size Range: XS-3X | Color Options: 15

Short Purple Bridesmaid Dresses

The color or royalty, choosing purple for your bridesmaid dresses is sure to bring the wow factor. While lavender shades are perfect for a warm weather event, deeper eggplant shades will look amazing at a fall or winter wedding. No matter which shade you choose, there's a purple bridesmaid dress out there for every type of wedding.

Azazie Amani Dress

This mini dress is actually designed with extra length so that you can alter it to your perfect length based on your height. Custom sizing means you don't have to worry about alterations either!

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 72

Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka Tie-Neck Sheath

The tie-neck detail on this sleeveless sheath gives it a unique touch. We absolutely love the lilac shade for a spring wedding.

Size Range: 0-22W | Color Options: 1

Rent the Runway Hatch The Sasha Maternity Dress

If you have a bridesmaid who's expecting, this may be the perfect short maternity bridesmaid dress. It features a ruffled neckline and an A-line silhouette.

Size Range: 0-14 | Color Options: 1

Azazie Grace Dress

For a more classic purple short bridesmaid dress, we're big fans of this chiffon number. The pleated v-neck bodice is uber-flattering.

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 72

Simkhai Michelle Velvet Mini

Lavender is an unexpected twist on this velvet mini. It features figure-flattering ruching and an asymmetrical skirt.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Short Red and Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses

The boldest color on the spectrum, a red bridesmaid dress radiates confidence. Who doesn't want that on their big day? A bold red lip is always a power move when wearing this fiery hue.

Spanx The Perfect Sheath Dress

There's nothing like a red dress to make a statement. This body-hugging style will be a mainstay in your wardrobe for years to come.

Size Range: XS-3X | Color Options: 2

Aqua One Shoulder Scuba Crepe Dress

This structured dress has a modern vibe with its one-shoulder neckline. And of course, the bright red hue will ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Size Range: 0-18 | Color Options: 3

Dessy Group High-Neck Satin Cocktail Dress

If you're going for a vintage-inspired look, this pretty cocktail dress offers the right style. We love the keyhole back, the high neckline and—major bonus!—the pockets!

Size Range: 00-30W | Color Options: 33

Lulus Sweet and Stylish Burgundy Satin One-Shoulder Midi Dress

Shiny satin makes this wine-colored midi feel extra luxe. The asymmetrical ruffled skirt will make you feel just like the dancing lady emoji IRL.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Azazie Doll Dress

As if this chiffon midi weren't perfect enough as is, it also features pockets! Who says you can't have it all?

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 63

Short Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

If the recent Barbiecore trend is any indication, pink is here to stay. Trendy brides may gravitate towards a neon magenta hue, while softer peony pinks are a classic, romantic pick. Our editor-approved picks are sure to have you looking pretty in pink.

French Connection Whisper Frill Hem Dress

A flirty mini dress is perfect for a cocktail dress code wedding. Pair it with a sky high stiletto and your legs will look a mile long!

Size Range: 0-12 | Color Options: 4

Sachin & Babi Blaine Strapless Bow Taffeta Midi Dress

This sweet taffeta midi looks like it was plucked straight out of Charlotte York's closet. We're swooning over the bow-detailed bodice.

Size Range: 0-16 | Color Options: 3

Lulus Glowing Arrival Blush Pink Ruffled Wrap Midi Dress

The wrap silhouette and ruffled details give a whimsical flair to this silky midi. It's the perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 2

Sachin & Babi Blaine Bow Train Mini Dress

For a more dramatic and fashion-forward look, this mini dress features a statement bow in the back that trails down to the floor. It's sure to make jaws drop (in the best possible way).

Size Range: 0-16 | Color Options: 5

Lovers and Friends Hayes Mini Dress

If the Sofia Richie wedding has you in a chokehold (we totally get it), you'll love this pink mini dress. It features a similar halter neckline to Sofia's Chanel wedding dress, and will look perfect at your next event.

Size Range: XXS-XL | Color Options: 1

Short Emerald and Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses

Don't be surprised if others are green with envy over these stunning short bridesmaid dresses. Bold shades of emerald and hunter green are perfect for the colder months. Soft sage green is a standout for spring and summer nuptials.

Lulus Your Sweetie Tie-Strap Mini Dress

There's nothing sweeter than bows and we adore this dress' tie-straps. And at under $60, the price is certainly right.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 3

Lulus Loving is Easy Jacquard Pleated Skater Dress

The embossed floral jacquard pattern on this short bridesmaid dress gives it texture and a unique look. We could totally picture this look at an outdoor wedding.

Size Range: XS-XL | Color Options: 1

Azazie Shivani Dress

There's something so classic about a lace bridesmaid dress, and we're huge fans of this style. The illusion neckline, swingy skirt and cap sleeves only add to the romantic feel.

Size Range: Custom | Color Options: 72

Closet London Midi Skater Dress

For a short bridesmaid dress with a more modest neckline, we're all about this flattering look. It's another style that you'll want to wear long after the wedding day.

Size Range: 2-12 | Color Options: 1

Azazie Clarissa Dress

An understated midi dress is always an elegant choice for any soiree. We love that this one can be dressed up or down, depending on the formality of your event.

Size Range: Custom | Color options: 72

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