23 Best Summer Bridesmaid Dresses and Trends, According to Vera Wang

From bold colors to nontraditional cuts, Vera Wang breaks down the hottest summer bridesmaid dress trends. Plus, styles you can shop for now.
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Apr 05, 2023
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Summertime, where bridesmaid dress shopping is made easy. From sultry two-pieces to bold colors and breezy fabrics, there are plenty of options to choose from. So what are the coolest summer bridesmaid dress trends? Well, we thought it would be best to sit down and ask the queen of bridal fashion herself, Vera Wang. After all, she did just launch her stunning new bridesmaid collection with 54 incredible new styles available in sizes 0-32. "These dresses are made to fit any size woman or body type and give them confidence," Wang says. "What is unique about these gowns is that they aren't designed to be worn just once for a wedding, but to be reused and worn again."

Models wearing dresses in shades of pink and red.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

The inspiration behind Wang's trendy bridal party dresses was none other than New York, the city that never sleeps. "This collection is all about that energy, youth, and sense of cool," Wang says. This comes as no surprise to us as she uses words like joy, energy, happiness, and fun to describe the gowns. "I really wanted to be able to bring a sense of comradery, fun, and friendship and really bring the life of the party to all wedding guests through fashion," she tells us.

Model wears a lime green off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dress.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

You can get your hands on these fashion-forward bridesmaid dresses at Pronovias flagship stores, with a selection of dresses also available exclusively at Saks.com. Ready for hot bridesmaid summer? Keep scrolling below to see a few of our favorites from Vera Wang's newest collection, plus a few other summery favorites you can shop now.

The Best Summer Bridesmaid Dresses for 2023

1. Vera Wang Bride Ginny Off-the-Shoulder Tulle Gown in Valiant Poppy

Model wears a vibrant red bridesmaids dress.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

You'll be red hot in this fiery tulle gown from Vera Wang Bride featuring a classic fit-and-flare silhouette and vibrantly tiered tulle. A structured bodice with draped off-the-shoulder straps and a scoopback make this style nearly irresistible.

Size Range: 2-18

2. Vera Wang Sonsoles Gown in Tapioca

Model wears a modern cream-colored gown.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

This sleek column gown from Vera Wang Bride is effortlessly elegant and offers a polished design perfect for formal weddings. The fabric drapes along a beautiful off-the-shoulder neckline for a stylish twist that stands out from the rest.

Size Range: 2-18

3. Vera Wang Bride Saero Draped Sheath Dress

Model wears a pale colored gown with a slit down the leg.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

If you're on the hunt for a trendy summer bridesmaid dress, may we suggest this beauty from Vera Wang Bride? The cowl draping in both the front and back of this maxi, along with the soft pastel color, exude effortless style.

Size Range: 0-32

4. Vera Wang Bride Gelasia Strapless Tulle Dress

Model wears a strapless lime green gown.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

We can't get enough of this vibrant green bridesmaid dress from Vera Wang Bride. The combination of the princess-cut, sweetheart neckline and corset-style bodice will leave you feeling fun and flirty all summer long.

Size Range: 0-32

5. Vera Wang Selma Sheath Crepe Dress

Model wears a blue high-neck dress.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

Flattering crepe fabric combined with a cape back make this dress particularly stunning. The minimal column silhouette with a crew neckline and geometrical sleeve detail was made for fun in the sun. The bright purple color is just the icing on the cake.

Size Range: 0-32

6. Vera Wang Davida Mermaid Dress

Model wears a lime green cowl-neck dress.
Pronovias Group / Vera Wang Bride

This Vera Wang bridesmaid dress checks all of the boxes: a neon green hue, a soft sweetheart neckline and a thigh-high slit to show off a killer pair of shoes. For an even more eye-catching effect, add a statement necklace or bold arm cuff.

Size Range: 0-32

7. Birdy Grey Mia Convertible Dress in Sea Glass

What's more stunning for a summer beach wedding than this rich, sea glass hue? This satin bridesmaid dress comes with removable straps and sleeves, which can be worn a number of ways, from off the shoulder to with or without straps.

Size Range: XS-3X

8. ELOQUII Bustier Off The Shoulder Dress in Ember Glow

Orange is the new black, that is, when it comes to wedding fashion! Case in point: this stunning plus size summer bridesmaid dress from ELOQUII, which exclusively carries sizes 14-28. The bustier bodice and off-the-shoulder sleeves will have you ready for hot girl summer in no time.

Size Range: 14-28

9. Jarlo London Ephie Cowl Back Maxi Dress with Cross Cami Straps in Purple

We just want to stay in that lavender haze, thanks to the stunning hue of this gorgeous Jarlo London bridesmaid dress. The square neckline, pleated bodice and eye-catching open cowl back mean this gown is covered in all the trendy details that we're currently loving.

Size Range: 2-14

10. Ulla Johnson Fionna Gown in Adriatic

Looking for a couture bridesmaid dress? Try this crinkled silk chiffon gown from Ulla Johnson on for size. The tiered skirt and plunging V-neckline give this classic silhouette a playful twist you'll be wearing long after your bestie's summer destination wedding.

Size Range: 00-12

11. Show Me Your Mumu Claire Midi Dress in Groovy Blooms

Floral bridesmaid dresses aren't just for spring. Add a summery spin with this bold and groovy print from Show Me Your Mumu. The flowy midi skirt and side slit are perfect for a wedding in warmer temps. Just pair them with a flirty pair of wedges, and you're ready to go.

Size Range: XXS-XXL

12. Mac Duggal Indy A-Line Ruffled Back-Lace Chiffon Gown in Yellow

Cover yourself in sunshine in this stunning yellow bridesmaid dress from Mac Duggal. We can't get enough of the lush ruffles and unexpected lace-up open back, which add romantic detail to this breezy chiffon gown.

Size Range: 0-16

13. DB STUDIO Chiffon Ruffle Bridesmaid Dress

Nothing says summer quite like a coral bridesmaid dress, and this ruffled option from David's Bridal immediately caught our eye at only $100. The open back and spaghetti straps are sure to keep you cool while on bridesmaid duty. Oh, did we mention it has pockets?

Size Range: 0-30

14. Amsale Bizzy Maternity Bridesmaid Dress

Moms-to-be deserve to have fun in the sun too! This Amsale bump-friendly maternity dress features hand-ruched detailing along the sweetheart bodice and an ethereal cold-shoulder that will look stunning on expectant mothers.

Size Range: 00-32

15. Lulus Blooming Impression Pink Floral Print Ruffled Maxi Dress

This whimsical floral bridesmaid dress with ruffled sleeves and a gathered bodice was made for a garden wedding. The pink color is soft but still bright enough to shine in the summertime.

Size Range: XS-XL

16. BHLDN Cali Satin Cowl-Neck Midi Slip Dress in Hot Pink

This hot pink bridesmaid dress from BHLDN is giving us all the barbiecore vibes. We also have to call out the trendy cowl neckline and the subtle side slits that make it perfect for bridal parties and wedding guests alike.

Size Range: 0-26W

17. Show Me Your Mumu Lauren Tie Maxi Dress in Silver Sage Crisp

Looking for a bridesmaid dress for a beach wedding? This floor-length option from Show Me Your Mumu has a beautifully simple silhouette with a chic bow statement in the back. Not to mention the silver sage hue that will photograph beautifully against the sand.

Size Range: XXS-XXL

18. Lulus Elegantly Inclined Green Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress

What's not to love about this bold floral print dress from Lulus? This affordable sage bridesmaid dress is sure to sell out fast at its affordable price point. Plus, the long side slit means you can show off a chic pair of heels or sandals.

Size Range: XS-XL

19. Jarlo London Allegra Sheer Floral Embroidery Maxi Dress in Powder Blue

We have just one word to describe this summer bridesmaid dress: wow! The powder blue hue is suitable for both summer and spring weddings, but it's the fishtail train with sheer floral embroidery that really makes this pretty number stand out in the crowd.

Size Range: XS-3X

20. Birdy Grey Lisa Satin Midi Dress in Rose Gold

A lightly draped cowl neckline and a shiny satin finish create a super-trendy (and affordable) midi bridesmaid dress, which comes in sizes XS to 3X and in so many pretty shades. Plus, the rose gold color is perfect for summer weddings.

Size Range: XS-3X

21. Mac Duggal Amelie Floral Brocade Strapless Gown

Take floral print to a whole new level with this showstopper from Mac Duggal. Available in standard and plus sizes, this floral bridesmaid dress, complete with a strapless neckline and fitted waist, is like a garden party you can wear.

Size Range: 2-20W

22. DB STUDIO Chiffon Midi Bridesmaid Dress

Are you searching for a bridesmaid dress for a summer destination wedding? Look no further than this cute chiffon midi number from David's Bridal. It comes in 17 different colors, but we particularly love this dusty blue shade for an outdoor wedding.

Size Range: 0-30

23. Lulus Garden of Romance Mint Green Floral Burnout Strapless Maxi Dress

Keep it fresh with this gorgeous Lulus bridesmaid dress in mint green. The floral burnout design and woven jacquard fabric are summer wedding-approved, thanks to the strapless neckline and thigh-high slit. Would you believe us if we told you this dress was only $80?

Size Range: XS-XL

Frequently Asked Questions About Bridesmaid Dresses for Summer

When should you order bridesmaid dresses for a summer wedding?

You should plan on ordering your bridesmaid dresses six to eight months before your summer wedding. This means you should plan on finalizing your dresses between December and February for weddings taking place between June and August.

What are the best fabrics for summer bridesmaid dresses?

The best fabrics for summer bridesmaid dresses are chiffon, tulle, illusion, crepe, and charmeuse. These light and breathable fabrics will keep your besties cool and breezy even in warmer temperatures and humid environments.

Can you wear long bridesmaid dresses in the summer?

Yes, long bridesmaid dresses can be worn in the summer. Just keep in mind that if you choose a floor-length gown, you will want to keep the fabric flowy and light, especially if your ceremony is taking place outdoors.

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