Bridesmaid Dresses She'll Actually Wear Again (We Mean It)

September 25, 2018

Bridesmaid Dresses She'll Actually Wear Again (We Mean It)

Gone are the days of head-to-toe matching bridesmaids. Today, your bride tribe has so many options for completely wearable looks that will fit right in to their closets and never end up at Goodwill. When researching this blog post, we decided to steer clear of the overly cited "biggest bridesmaids trends for (insert year)"... instead, we used our decades (yes decades) of experience in the fashion + wedding industries, taking a deep dive into ideas that are just good. Because we know that most of our readers are like us - just because some designer called something a trend doesn't mean it's good. So we scoured our favorite shops - both well-known big shops and lesser-known designers, and pulled together a collection that we're head-over-heels in love with. Please invite us to your weddings so we can see all of these amazing looks strut down the aisle in style.

Lovely Bride Star Dress


These celestial beauties are so romantic. In this image, model Quigley models a beauty from Lovely Bride. 

Whether you majored in astronomy, you have a thing for stars or you're channeling your inner goddess, this look just looks good on everyone. It allows you to incorporate a little hit of shine through the embellishment, with materials like soft and airy tulle or luxe velvet.

Brenda Long Star Tulle

Joanna August, $325

This designer uses celestial stars in the best way possible. They have a few different silhouettes, so check out their shop.

Stars Dress

Orion Tulle & Charmeuse Plunging Gown, Nordstrom, $1995

This gown has a pretty hefty price tag, but we had to include it for its ethereal effect. It also has me wishing that I chose this one as my wedding gown!


ModCloth Applied Astrology Velvet Skater Dress, $89

Another steal under $100, this one is gorgeous and versatile to throw into the mix. You can't go wrong with black and metallic gold.


There's just something about head to to sequins that makes you feel like a modern Audrey Hepburn crossed with Beyonce (i.e. one classy b*tch). I make it a rule to always have one go-to sequin dress in my wardrobe. We are seeing this material cut in a variety of silhouettes - always flattering fit-n-flare, floor length fitted, 1930s bias cut, fast + loose flapper style... the list goes on. Sequins are always a good idea. Read on to see some of our favorite picks.

Watters Seqin Dress

Watters Elson, $330 

This beauty is so flattering with the flutter sleeves. She comes in a variety of colors: from rose gold to blush, wine, navy, silver, champagne, gold and black. We would love to see a bridal party dressed in this stunning gown in assorted metallic tones.

Free People

Free People Light My Fire, $300

If you're not into solid sequins, this option goes lighter on the embellishment but still feels fancy and super special. It almost has an art deco crossed with a boho vibe and we're loving everything about it.

Jenny Yoo Long Gown

Jenny Yoo Sequin Gown, Nordstrom, $290

The back of this one is just stunning... and the blush pink color makes it so soft and romantic that this one is a total winner!

B Darlin Juniors Sequin V-Back Fit & Flare Dress, Macy's, $99

This one has a great detail - a deep V-neck in the front with tulle for extra coverage.

This one's so nice, we had to show it twice. Check out how it dips in the back! 

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier $3,985

I'm sure that someone can afford this one (that someone is not me). But a girl can dream, can't she?

Neiman Marcus

Fit-N-Flare Neiman Marcus $179

A bit more modestly priced, this fit and flare is flattering on practically everyone. I own this one in rose gold.


Asos Long Sequin Dress $135

This one is lovely because it has a heavily sequined top with a softer, more flowing long skirt.


The only time we'll ever steer you away from velvet is if you're getting married in the peak of summer. But if you're planning a fall or winter wedding, velvet is always a good idea. This crushed velvet mockness dress from MadeWell ($69) is gorgeous in gold. 

Velvet tends to look best (in our opinion) when it's in either a rich jewel tone, with the exception being shades of blush pink (see two great examples of that below). 

Another sweet fact: velvet is perfect in short and long silhouettes (even a jumpsuit- who knew?)... giving you plenty of options.

Madewell Dress

ModCloth Retro Recollection Velvet Dress $69

Your girls won't think twice about pickup up this dress to wear to your wedding. Not only is it under $100 (yay!), it's black and therefore completely wear-again-able (we made that word up, but it's true).


ModCloth Mystery Master Dress, $89

The best of both worlds - under $100 and in a range of ten sizes from XXS-4X. A common challenge when dressing bridesmaids is finding flattering fits for everyone, so we love ModCloth for making stylin' frocks for all sizes.

Green Wedding Shoes


The boho look has come and gone throughout the years, but there's a reason it keeps coming back: there's something effortlessly natural about these looks. To pull this idea off for without looking dated, we suggest glamming it up a bit - instead of organic crochet details, choose an unexpected color like lavender or pick dresses with some beading for a little hit of shine. This image pulls it all together from Green Wedding Shoes.

Needle & Thread Dress

Needle & Thread, $250

Very bohemian in style, but totally modern in silhouette. 

Anthropologie Sequin Dress

Anthropologie Sequin Silk, $488

Pretty in pale pink with gorgeous embellishemnents. Very modern art deco.

Free People

Free People Victoria Embellished Mini Dress, $300

Lovely in lilac... this one is so delicate!

J Crew Velvet Jumpsuit

J Crew Velvet Jumpsuit $148 

We love this mustardy gold color. This look definitely isn't for everyone, but for the right bridal party it can totally be pulled off.


Anthropologie Goldenrod Maxi Dress, $188

This one is effortlessly long and flowing. Pair it with other tones of yellow and gold for a mix and match style. 

It was important for us to cover a wide range of budgets, because we know it's a big ask to put one of the more expensive dresses on your bridesmaids' shopping lists. We wanted to include several options under $100, but we couldn't leave out the $500+ beauties from brands like Monique Lhuillier and BHLDN. Because if you're a badass boss lady and your friends all have sweet jobs, get fancy with your bad selves. 

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