Bridesmaid dresses can make or break friendships. You’ve gathered your closest friends to be part of your inner circle on your big day, but if you drag our the meringue styles and ice cream toned hues, you may just find yourself with some rather resenting pals.
While you may have a vision for your bridal squad, remember to include them in the conversation and that everyone will want a style that makes them feel great. Whether you opt simply for a colour theme or want identikit dressing, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fashion brands for occasionwear dressing or with bridesmaid specific ranges.
After a year of barely any weddings, we do predict that the rule book has been well and truly ripped up, so don’t feel you need to go for anything super traditional if you want a more relaxed or wearable vibe. Equally if you’ve put off your nuptials because of Covid-19 and want to have everything as traditional as possible, that’s ok too!
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Here are some of our favourites…
Really and truly the brand all 30+ women will associate with occasionwear dressing. Coast still do a gorgeous range of pretty party dresses, bridesmaid and prom style looks. Even better they have a fairly extensive collection of curve pieces too.
Big fans of Phase Eight over here. Their cut is really good and you can guarantee that they will always have a great range of party dresses. Long, short, embellished or silky, Phase Eight really do have extensive options whatever your special day is looking like.
Ghost, despite just launching a stylish pyjama range (read more about that HERE) are actually best known for their bias cut silk occasionwear dresses. We won’t lie to you. These dresses are undoubtably beautiful but can be a little tricky to wear so do talk to your bridal squad. The great thing is often the same fabrics and colours are repeated in different silhouettes, so there is plenty of choice.
Bridesmaid dresses have a history of getting a bad wrap, but just because you’ve gathered your girl squad for the biggest day of your life, it doesn’t mean it has to involve mountains of tulle. Opt for sleek dresses that your nearest and dearest can wear again. A vibrant colour and a simple silhouette that is easy to accessorise will mean that your bridesmaids can rewear the dress and always think of you when they do.
There is definitely an expectation of smaller ceremonies for quite sometime so opting for neat and shorter dresses for your bridesmaids over evening length styles could be key for keeping your wedding party looking smart but comfortable for a pared back big day.
Grown up bridesmaid dresses can be super tricky. Lots of different tastes, styles and silhouettes to consider can turn dress shopping into a bit of a nightmare. That’s why the tie different way dresses have become hugely popular. These jersey dresses allow your bridesmaids to put their own stamp on their look but the matching fabric creates uniformity. These dresses come in different colours too.
The Maya dresses have been hugely popular bridesmaid choice and if you need plus size versions definitely keep your eyes peeled as they often turn up in the curve collection too. Stylish and elegant, no meringue coral frocks here!
There is also a short sleeve version currently in the sale for just £29.80.
Specialising in occasionwear, Adrianna Papell is a fashion house that knows occasionwear. With summer weddings hopefully on the cards, opt for something that brings that hazy sunshine feeling to life. We love the prints and vast array of colours that Papell produces and with maxi to mini styles there is something for everyone.
Needle and Thread
We love Needle and Thread dresses, they’re incredibly pretty and feminine but still feel very directional. From floral prints to frothy frills and summer perfect ginghams despite injecting knitwear into the collection, N&T still primarily focus on producing serious wardrobe candy. Whether you’re opting for boho bridal party vibes or something a little more Bridgeton, N&T is always a winner.
Feature image: Coast
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