I n the decade plus I’ve run APW I’ve looked at a lot of bridesmaid dresses (and I do mean a lot). And I’m happy to tell you that when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, the industry has vastly improved. Thankfully, after years of bridesmaid dresses being stuck in the land style forgot, now they’re being made in a variety of styles from up-to-the-moment to classic. But let’s just get this out of the way: there is no such thing as a timeless wedding, and there is no such thing as a timeless bridesmaid dress (before you argue with me, check out this slide show). And the good news is that gives you a ton of flexibility. You can go classic, or you can stamp the date of your wedding all over the dresses (so later you can brag that you got married so long ago it’s when mismatched bridesmaid dresses were in style).
But bridesmaid dresses change every year, and we decided to go to the depths of the internet to find you the best bridesmaid dresses for 2021. Currently, we have so many options when it comes to the patterns, colors, fabrics and textures of bridesmaid dresses. I’m talking good options, friends. Ones that are flattering and will make you feel like a million bucks. But more importantly, we have even more size inclusive options! Finally, gorgeous AF plus size, maternity and petite bridesmaid dresses. And it’s about damn time.
Options, options, options
I’m so happy to report that we’re seeing more flexibility when it comes to bridesmaid style than ever. More and more couples are opting to let their crew choose what they look and feel good in, and bridesmaid dress companies are stepping up to meet that demand. So, whether you’re opting for one color for your bridesmaid dresses (with different silhouettes or not) or choose to do a mix and match color palette for your bridal party, we’ve found some looks for you.
And one more thing. Your bridesmaids are not going to wear their dress again. I’m sorry (they’re a little sorry), but the truth is, they’re just not. So let go of the idea (cough, lie) that you picked something that this time for real they will wear again, and just pick dresses that they like, and make them look cute.
Now let’s go shopping for the perfect stylish bridesmaid dresses!
(Pro tip: almost all of the dresses in this roundup come in a variety of colors, so if you see a style you love even if it’s not pictured in the color of your dreams, click through!)
Stylish Bridesmaid Dresses
Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress via BHLDN | Off-the-Shoulder Lace and Mesh Bridesmaid Dress via David’s Bridal | Fiona Lace Dress via Roolee
Red: Red is the color of love, historically speaking. Add a little romance to your bridal party look with a stunning velvet open back dress, a chic off-the-shoulder gown, or lace dress that your “I Do Crew” will love so much they might just wear it again.
Squared Tank Lace Up Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by David’s Bridal | Strapless Satin High Low Dress with Pockets via The Dessy Group | Draped Cold-Shoulder Chiffon Maternity Dress via The Dessy Group
Pink: Y’all, I think we’re moving past blush on blush on blush. We’re starting to see more saturated shades of pink everywhere and we’re loving it! The classic cut of the squared tank dress gets a modern update with a slightly darker pink, the custom high-low dress has multiple pink options and that maternity dress? Chef’s kiss.
Hutch Alden Dress via BHLDN | One-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Jumpsuit with Pockets via The Dessy Group | Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress via BHLDN
Orange: A monochromatic maxi dress, the rust orange jumpsuit of my dreams and one subtly sexy satin dress, I’ll take one of each!
Samantha Ruffle Wrap Dress by Mumu Weddings | Jenny Yoo Issa Velvet Dress via BHLDN | Puff Cap Sleeve Cutout Tie-Back Trumpet Gown via The Dessy Group
Yellow: It’s universally known that yellow symbolizes happiness and optimism, which sounds like the perfect addition to a wedding color palette. So no matter what shade you’re on the hunt for we’ve got you covered, from this golden yellow satin wrap dress, to this velvet number that is perfect for fall, to a completely customizable trumpet gown.
Beckett Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress via BHLDN | Stassi Dress via Kennedy Blue | Grace Convertible Dress via Birdy Grey
Green: If you’re looking for a color to compliment any nature-inspired wedding, give green a try! Go glam with an olive green blouson dress, keep it classic with high-neck Kelly green bridesmaid dresses or opt for a convertible dress if you want your whole crew to wear a fit that is sure to please everyone.
Elsye Bridesmaid Dress by Birdy Grey | Bardot Pleated Maxi Bridesmaid Dress by Chi Chi London | Bailey Dress via Kennedy Blue
Blue: Baby blue had its time to shine in the 80s, but now the more saturated shades of blue have stolen the spotlight. If you’re looking to add dark colors to the mix but black is a little too dark, you can give navy a try with this cutout dress. You can bring the drama with silvery-blue bridesmaid dresses that look like they’re right out of Old Hollywood. But maybe you’re going for a deep blue that reminds you of the ocean, if so, this marine blue dress nails it.
V-Wire Crepe Mermaid Bridesmaid Dress via David’s Bridal | Lydia Dress via Azazie | Godshaw Goddess Gown by Mumu Weddings
Purple: Bring on the regal vibes in a modern Vera Wang design, look like a literal goddess in this one-shoulder stunner or keep it trendy with this strappy maxi dress in dusty plum.
Strapless Tuxedo Maxi Dress with Front Slit via The Dessy Group | Jazz Maternity Dress by Kennedy Blue | Fran Dress via Azazie
Black: While black may not be the most traditional color for stylish bridesmaid dresses, I’m here to make an argument for it. Seriously, look how cool this tuxedo maxi dress is! And have you ever seen such an elegant maternity bridesmaid dress? I think not. And last, but certainly not least, this illusion-neck dress, perfection!
So, APW, what stylish bridesmaid dresses are your favorite? Are you dressing your crew in matching ‘fits or going for a mix-match look? We want to hear all about your bridesmaid dress decisions in the comments!