15 best bridesmaid dresses for every style and budget

The best bridesmaid dresses - for all budgets, to ensure your wedding party looks and feels fantastic too

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Shopping for the best bridesmaid dresses is no easy task. With a range of tastes, body shapes and budgets to consider, finding the perfect dress for every member of your bridal party can feel a little overwhelming.

While most of us find what to wear to a wedding stressful enough, if you're part of a bridal party, or the bride-to-be trying to select the best bridesmaid dresses that will make your nearest and dearest feel great, you'll be pleased to know that the stores are brimming with the best dresses right now. If you're calling the shots, it's important to consider the various body types you're shopping for. If you want everyone to match, then you'll need to find a dress that suits everyone, whether that’s stylish dresses to hide a tummy or the best petite dresses. You might also want to check out the top wedding dress trends 2022 for some added inspiration for romantic styles and ideas.

It's important to consider the type of wedding the dresses are for, as a bridesmaid dress for a black-tie wedding will be different from that of a garden party. You'll also want to consider whether you want dresses that everyone can wear again afterward. The best midi dresses, with a pretty floral print, can easily be dressed down with trainers and the best denim jackets post-big-day, making for a versatile choice. However, if you'd rather a floor-sweeping number, remember you might not wear it again and rental dresses could be a more sustainable and cost-effective option. 

With all this to consider we’ve done all the hard work for you and rounded up our favorite bridesmaid dresses that will suit a range of sizes and budgets.

Best bridesmaid dresses as chosen by a fashion editor

Ghost Taylor Dress

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1. Ghost Taylor Dress

Best sleeveless bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $395 / £225
Sizes: XXS-XL
Material : Heavy Satin in 100% Viscose
Care: Hand wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering fit
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High quality
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Classic design

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

British clothing brand Ghost really knows its stuff when it comes to elegant bridesmaid dresses with a vintage aesthetic. This floor-length gown has a bias cut - a signature design for the brand, and waist-highlighting, diagonal panels for a seriously flattering fit. It has an open draped back detail with a tie ribbon to cinch you in, making it ideal for a smaller bust. Fully lined, the fabric feels weighty and high quality and will effortlessly drape over your figure. We love the dusty green hue but you can also snap it up in a soft pink and rich navy depending on the wedding color palette and theme. Finish with the best designer heels and a pearl-embellished clutch for a super chic look.

Nola London Rae Dress in Mimosa Yellow

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2. Nola London Rae Dress in Mimosa Yellow

Best wrap bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $340 / £210
Sizes: US: 2-14 / UK: 6-18
Material: Lightweight Satin in 100% EcoVero Viscose
Lining Material: 79% EcoVero Viscose, 21% Bamboo
Care: Dry Clean

Reasons to buy

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Flattering and timeless silhouette
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Uplifting color
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Versatile wear post wedding

Reasons to avoid

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Color doesn't suit everyone

When in doubt, go for a universally flattering wrap dress such as this stunning style from Nola London, guaranteed to suit every bridesmaid. Tapping into the dopamine dressing trend for bright color clothing, this sunshine yellow hue is sure to put a smile on everyone's faces. Falling to a midi length it has a plunging neckline and signature tie waist, for a shape that will frame a bust and elongate a silhouette. The dress is finished with balloon sleeves for a modern update. Crafted from sustainably sourced viscose, it ticks that eco-friendly box too. The timeless design is certainly one that can be worn again and is ideal for what to wear to a christening post the big day.

Rewritten Ibiza Dress in Coral

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3. Rewritten Ibiza Dress in Coral

Best strappy bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $145 / £135
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 100% Polyester Satin
Care: Machine Wash at 30

Reasons to buy

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Lots of different colors
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Perfect for a summer wedding
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Bridal collection too

Reasons to avoid

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Some styles are made to order

If you’re looking for the same color dress in different designs or vice versa, then Rewritten has got you covered with a wide selection of signature hues and silhouettes that coordinate seamlessly. You can also order color swatches of fabrics you're considering before investing, ideal if you have a strict palette for the big day. The Ibiza dress is available in 11 different colorways, although this warm coral hue will flatter numerous skin tones.

The simple, yet feminine design features adjustable straps, a nipped-in waist and a full circle skirt that is just right for twirling on the dance floor. A super pretty design, Rewritten's looks will work for everything from destination weddings to more formal evening affairs. The brand also stocks bridalwear, which continues the brand's signature for timeless styles if you want to have a really cohesive look with your bridal party. 

Whistles Sarah Tie Detail Dress

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4. Whistles Sarah Tie Detail Dress

Best modern bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $399 / £199
Sizes: US: 0-14 / UK: 4-18
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Contemporary design
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Easy to wear again
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Not necessarily suitable for all body types

This Whistles design is pared-back perfection. Tapping into the fashion trends 2022, it has a '90s-inspired silhouette with a scoop neckline and peplum hem which will help to balance a larger bust. The close-cut silhouette will hug curves, although some may want to invest in the best shapewear for a more sculpted look on the big day. 

Fitted at the bust and waist, the tie-back finish adds extra definition and detail. With a lower back, bridesmaids may need the best strapless bras for added support. A strong dress choice for a wedding in the city, it’s cool and contemporary but with a more tailored, less frothy feel, and one your bridesmaids can certainly pull out again. Available in pale blue or soft pink, style with chic metallic strappy sandals and the best designer handbag.

Phase Eight Albertina Sequin Maxi Dress

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5. Phase Eight Albertina Sequin Maxi Dress

Best plus size bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $270 / £150
Sizes: US: 12-26 / UK: 16-26
Material: 100% Polyester
Lining Material: 95% Viscose, 5% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Plus size specific
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Sequin details
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Ideal for eveningwear 

Reasons to avoid

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Dressy design

Phase Eight has become one of the best plus size clothing brands and while the brand stocks everyday pieces, it is one of our go-to labels for occasionwear. From what to wear to the races, to black-tie clothing, Phase Eight, deliver on the best bridesmaid dresses too. Packing a punch in this berry hue, we love the flattering V-neckline and sequin insert for added glam. The floaty sheer sleeve is ideal for bridesmaids who want a bit of arm coverage, although this evening look would also work as one of the best mother of the groom dresses for a cocktail wedding party. 

Self Portrait Floral Embroidered Round Neck Lace Midi Dress

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6. Self Portrait Floral Embroidered Round Neck Lace Midi Dress

Best lace bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $455 / £420
Sizes: US: 0-12 / UK: 4-16
Material: 98% Polyester, 2% Polyamide
Lining Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Dry Clean

Reasons to buy

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Flattering A-line
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Premium design
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Brand worn by Kate Middleton

Reasons to avoid

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No plus sizes

Lace is unapologetically romantic, making it an excellent choice for the best bridesmaid dresses. Self Portrait, loved by fashion editors and royalty alike, has been spotted amongst Kate Middleton's dresses on more than one occasion. A stunning combination of classic meets contemporary, this midi dress features delicate floral embroidery, modern cut-out panels, and a show-stopping tiered skirt for a whimsical finish. It’s guaranteed to flatter too with its fitted waist and A-line silhouette, framing a torso, nipping in at the waist, and gently skimming hips and thighs, creating an hourglass body shape. Keep accessories minimal and let the dress steal all the attention (except the bride's of course).

H&M Satin Bridesmaid Dress

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7. H&M Satin Bridesmaid Dress

Best budget bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $69.99 / £49.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash Cool

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Open back
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Chic color

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to find the right bra

We all know weddings can be pretty pricey so if you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly, look to Scandinavian clothing brand, H&M’s understated, yet elegant styles. Ideal for a rectangle body shape, this dress will glide effortlessly to the ankle. Featuring a retro halter neck with wide straps that tie neatly at the back. It has a low, open back and the satiny material gives it that luxe for less finish. Due to the cut, this design isn't great for those who need substantial bust support as the side cut away is quite deep. Available in a soft beige and a soft gray hue, this one won’t break the bank. 

Rixo Gio Sweetheart Neckline Midi Dress

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8. Rixo Gio Sweetheart Neckline Midi Dress

Best printed bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: £335 (International delivery available)
Sizes: XXS-3XL
Material: Silk
Care: Dry Clean

Reasons to buy

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Modern design
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Can be worn more than once
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Great size range

Reasons to avoid

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Not as dressy

Sure, florals may not be groundbreaking, pardon the fashion quote, but when it comes to dressing your bridesmaids, it’s definitely a bolder choice. Florals offer a romantic feel for the day and if you want a show-stopping print, no one does it better than Rixo. A little more high-end than your average floral dress, Rixo has some beautiful, vintage-inspired prints. The Gio is one of the brand's most sought-after designs and we can see why. Pretty pansies, blouson sleeves and a sweetheart neckline in pure silk, this frock has it all. The printed design makes this one of the best bridesmaid dresses that your bridal party can enjoy wearing long after the nuptials have taken place.

Reiss Puff Sleeve Off Shoulder Midi Dress

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9. Reiss Puff Sleeve Off Shoulder Midi Dress

Best white bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $390 / £238
Sizes: US: 0-14 / UK: 4-18
Material: 52% Lyocell, 26% Linen, 21% Cotton, 1% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Timeless and refined
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Hourglass creating
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Ideal for summer

Reasons to avoid

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Harder to wear for larger busts

When it comes to wedding day rules, it is generally frowned upon for anyone but the bride to wear white. However, it is becoming increasingly popular for the best mother of the bride dresses and for bridesmaid dresses to coordinate with the bride and have a white theme for multiple guests. A chic and statement choice, this beautiful, off-the-shoulder, puff sleeve design offers a modern spin to a princess-inspired look. The fitted bodice is universally flattering and the full skirt will help to create an hourglass silhouette. Team with barely-there sandals and delicate drop earrings for a chic finish. 

Not a fan of white for the bridal party? This dress will also make a great option for a rehearsal dinner outfit or the answer to what to wear to a bridal shower for the bride. 

Little Mistress Lilac Bardot Maxi Bridesmaid Dress

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10. Little Mistress Lilac Bardot Maxi Bridesmaid Dress

Best off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $135 / £75
Sizes: US: 2-16 / UK: 6-20
Material: 97% Polyester, 3% Elastane

Reasons to buy

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Vintage inspired
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Not too pricey
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Good size range

Reasons to avoid

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Not easy style for all body types

Little Mistress is here to solve all your bridesmaid woes with its vast collection of dress options, suiting every wedding color scheme, figure and budget. This lilac dress taps into the fashion color trends 2022, and offers a summery feel. 

A slightly harder silhouette for larger busts, this off-the-shoulder design offers a heavy dose of vintage glamour, and wouldn't look out of place on the red carpet. The ruffled neckline will add width to a bust and help to balance out fuller hips too. An elegant leg slit allows for easy movement, so bridesmaids can still dance the night away.

Chi Chi Clothing Petite Satin Slip Cami Midi Bridesmaid Dress

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11. Chi Chi Clothing Petite Satin Slip Cami Midi Bridesmaid Dress

Best petite bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $180 / £75
Sizes: US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Can easily be re-worn
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Ideal for petites

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric may require shapewear

Chi Chi Clothing’s bridesmaid collection is affordable yet premium-looking and certainly worthy of some attention. With dedicated plus size, petite and tall collections, this satin slip dress with a wedding-ready cowl neckline is one of the best petite dresses for bridesmaids, offering a glamorous look that is cut to suit those 5'4 and under - with a midi-length hem, that will actually stop in the right place. The bias cut will skim the body, however, satin fabric can be a little unforgiving, so opt for seam-free underwear or a body shaper for a smooth finish. A timeless classic, this bridesmaid dress can be worn at countless parties and soirees too.

Adrianna Papell Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress with Halter Neckline

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12. Adrianna Papell Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress with Halter Neckline

Best sequin bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $119.99 - $199 / £235
Sizes: US: 0-20 / UK: 4-24
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Spot Clean

Reasons to buy

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Available in regular, tall and petite
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Showstopping style
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Added detail and beading

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier than other dresses because of the beading

Selecting the best bridesmaid dresses starts with understanding the feel of the occasion. If there is an evening party in a high-end setting such as a black-tie affair in a hotel, then a floor-length gown might be required. For these types of events, an embellished dress works particularly well as it offers extra glamour. This Adrianna Papell effortlessly combines art deco design with a modern feel. The scalloped beading, a blouson bodice, paired with a gentle A-line skirt offers maximum impact without feeling too showy. Available in several colorways, you can select the right hue to match the wedding theme. 

Needle and Thread Lottie Lace Midi Dress

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13. Needle and Thread Lottie Lace Midi Dress

Best short bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $569 / £360
Sizes: US: 0-18 / UK: 4-22
Material: 100% Polyester
Care: Delicate Dry Clean

Reasons to buy

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Romantic ruffles
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Available in long and short
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Recently extended sizes

Reasons to avoid

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High price point

Not all bridesmaid dresses have to sweep the floor so if you’re looking for a short bridesmaid dress that still feels impactful, then look no further. Needle and Thread is known for its statement tulle ruffles, delicate embroidery and feminine florals and many of the brand's designs come in short and long lengths, which could also be an option for bridesmaids. On top of this, the brand have a beautiful children's collection that reflects the mainline design aesthetic, ideal if you're having a mix of ages in your bridal party. Many brides-to-be also choose the brand for their own wedding dresses too, as although Needle and Thread is not a bridal retailer, a number of the designs are suitable for such an event. 

Featuring sheer, romantic sleeves and a fit and flare design, this shorter style draws inspiration from Victorian lace for a gorgeously romantic feel. It also comes in a longer length for a more dramatic look too.

The Vampire’s Wife The Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-blend Dress

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14. The Vampire’s Wife The Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-blend Dress

Best designer bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $2,217 / £1,595
Sizes: US: 2-14 / UK: 6-18
Material: 56% Silk, 44% Polyester
Care: Specialist Clean

Reasons to buy

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Celebrity-approved
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Premium design
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Versatile 

Reasons to avoid

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High price point

Get ready to pull out all the stops in The Vampire’s Wife eye-catching collection. A cult fave, Kate Middleton has even worn this very design. Made from shimmering metallic silk-blend chiffon, it features a fitted bodice with dramatic padded shoulders and an A-line skirt. Trimmed with flirty frills at the sleeve cuff and hem, it offers a simple, pretty and flattering fit, with the frills balancing out a silhouette, to create the illusion of an hourglass silhouette. A more tailored design, this is ideal for those looking for a dress that feels more formal than frothy, and of course, like with many other styles in this list, it can be worn again by your bridal party for numerous occasions. In a deep emerald hue, this dress is ideal for an autumn or winter wedding. 

Mango Flowy Modal Dress

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15. Mango Flowy Modal Dress

Best black bridesmaid dress

Specifications

RRP: $79.99 / £49.99
Sizes: US-10 / UK 4-14
Material: 83% Modal, 17% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash at 30

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Super-versatile
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Timeless

Reasons to avoid

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Unusual color choice for a wedding

Black dresses are always elegant - just look to a capsule wardrobe favorite - 'little black dress'. However, they are an unusual choice for weddings, as wearing black can be frowned upon. If you're willing to rip up the rule book, then a black dress is a timeless choice, with a directional feel. The striking contrast of a white wedding gown and black dresses for the bridal party will also make quite an impact. To ensure this look remains elegant, opt for more slip or sheath style dresses that aren't 'too heavy'. Less is more here, so it should be pared-back designs all the way. 

Mango has a swoon-worthy collection of slinky gowns that are budget-friendly and this simple design gets our vote. With delicate thin straps and a throwback halter neck, it'll drape effortlessly for a refined and sophisticated look.

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.