Most people would agree that finding the perfect wedding dress is a task met with excitement and enthusiasm. But when it comes to shopping for bridesmaid dresses, there seems to be a cliché that they are always a bit, well, drab. But surging trends of mismatched gowns (where the bridal party all wear the same color, but a different style of dress), silky numbers and convertible dresses — just to name a few — have completely changed the game when styling a bridal party.
To add to that, the days of wrangling your whole crew to pick out dresses and get fitted at the same shop on the same day are long gone. The best places to buy bridesmaid dresses online make it easy for everyone to browse and buy when it’s easiest for them. One thing to keep in mind though, is that shopping online for something as important as a bridesmaid dress can be a little stressful because you don’t actually get to see or feel the dress until it arrives. That’s why we’ve consulted with Kirsten Saladino, an executive fashion director at the Hearst Fashion Group, who shared some of her favorite brands and tips for making such a big purchase.
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Best for Silk and Satin Dresses
Best for Made-to-Order Dresses
With Saladino’s help, we were able to put together a list of dress shops, including affordable retailers like ASOS and Lulu’s, and classic retailers such as David’s Bridal, all of which are sure to come through in a time crunch and deliver an expertly-outfitted bridal party.
No matter what looks you’re going for, the best way to avoid any hiccups is to the process is to prepare yourself with ample research. This way, you and your bridesmaids will be well aware of ship times and return policies to ensure the smoothest dress shopping experience possible.