There’s no need to break the bank when looking for bridesmaid dresses – check out our edit of 18 beautiful buys from the high street
Words Joy Montgomery
Wedding season is upon us and that means it’s time for those of us lucky enough to be chosen to begin the bridesmaid dress hunt. Previously a dreaded experience for any grown woman, thankfully brides now have a plethora of stylish options available to them. Gone are the days of overpriced, crushed-satin gowns. Thank God.
With the rustic, homemade wedding look still going strong this year, brides are wanting pick-and-mix dresses in trend led cuts. Cue the high street. Countless brands – including Topshop, Whistles and ASOS – now offer specified bridal lines. These dresses are wedding-ready yet chic enough to be worn again post-nuptials.
With matchy-matchy bridesmaid styles starting to look a little outdated, this year it’s all about mixing cuts and colours. Intricate beading and embroidery are both popular looks this season and have plentiful offerings on the high street. Hosting a black tie ‘do? Beading offers a bit of red carpet glamour on your big day – Monsoon and Needle & Thread are great for floor-skimming iterations in delicate hues. Meanwhile, contemporary florals and embroidery are perfect for a cool countryside bash. Zara’s embroidered mini dress exudes bohemian cool, while Ted Baker’s laser-cut skater dress is a dead ringer for Self Portrait. Forgo stilettos and pair these looks with pretty pointed flats for Alexa Chung-inspired nonchalance.
Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice? Our hero buy has to be Whistles’ La La Land one shoulder maxi dress. Figure flattering and with an on-trend yellow hue, it’s ideal for fashionable brides wanting something a little more chic for their grown-up maid of honour. Simply accessorise with a floral headpiece, glowing skin and just-woke-up-like-this hair. Pew to party? No problem.