7 Dress Styles to Consider for Your Bridesmaids

Did you know that dressing your bridesmaids alike goes back to a Middle Age tradition that’s meant to fool the spirits who want to curse the bride? Fortunately, there are no evil spirits who can do that now, and you can even dress your bridesmaids in mismatched dresses.

Nowadays, you can choose from a variety of styles like these seven dress styles.


Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are perfect for a solemn and intimate ceremony because they blend sophistication and informality. It’s a floor-length dress that is loose-flowing at the bottom but form-fitting at the top, perfect for women of any size and height. You can have fun with the necklines, patterns, and colors without compromising comfort and functionality.

Best of all, they can be paired with comfy neutral tone wedges, espadrilles and even flipflops. Pick a style that does not cut off at the ankles or else the ladies will look short. You can go wild with the accessories, but make sure they go well with the print and color. Alternatively, you can go for a solid-colored maxi dress and a statement accessory.

Sheath Dress

The word “sheath” refers to the close-fitting and elongated shape of the dress that looks like a scabbard for a sword. The silhouette makes it ideal for formal events, especially if you want your bridesmaids to wear a longer and conservative hemline, preferably a mid-calf hemline.

Photo courtesy of LIVESNAPPS

It’s also the perfect silhouette for ladies with heart-shaped and hourglass-shaped bodies because it highlights their body proportions. If your ladies are worried about their waistline, this is the best choice to hide those flabs because the darts along the waist will make them look slimmer.


The sundress is perfect for outdoor wedding because it’s light, flowy, and comfy. You can pick a mini, midi, or maxi depending on the body type, but you can compromise with a midi for all sizes. If the ceremony is done outdoors, you might want to pick a neckline that won’t burn the shoulders of your ladies. If it’s a beach wedding, go for strapless and halter-tops and bright-colored fabrics.

Tea Dress

The chic tea dress can look good on any body type when you pay attention to the details of the dress. If properly done, your bridesmaids will look sexy yet elegant. Consider the time and venue of the wedding, as well as the theme and color.

Photo courtesy of AFFINITY PICTURES

These will determine how short you can go with the hemline (length of the dress). A pretty safe choice is to go for a hemline that’s 15 centimeters above the knee with a flowing and decorated skirt. Shoes can also make and break the outfit, because if your bridesmaids want to wear heels, it can be very difficult to pull off, not to mention uncomfortable.

Slip Dress

The slip dress looks like a lingerie, but your bridesmaids can pull of the look if you pick the right details. A flattering fit can turn heads, but make sure that the ladies don’t have a wardrobe malfunction on your wedding or look underdressed. A floor-length slip dress will look more formal than a mini slip dress, plus a lace detailing on the neckline and hemline will look gorgeous with a dark-colored fabric. No need to go wild with accessories because the slip dress is a statement piece in itself.

Printed Dress

Photo courtesy of AVIOR PICTURES

Printed dresses are perfect for outdoor events such as garden and beach weddings, but the chaos of colors and patterns can be difficult to pull off in such a formal setting. The first thing you should look for is the leaning of the dress or the group of colors most of the patterns belong to in the color chart. It’s like the background color of the prints. Next, look at the size of the flowers and the spacing in between them. Generally, the larger flowers will look better on larger women, so compromise on a mix of large and small floral print with a solid leaning. If your bridesmaids want to look slimmer, consider darker shades on the floral patterns and a white background. Complete the outfit with a pair of neutral or nude-colored shoes.


Breathe life into the timeless and versatile little black dress by going for beautiful fabrics such as lace, tulle, velvet, and satin. A ruffled neckline with a fun strap (besides the usual spaghetti straps) will look great with statement earrings and shoes. For a more formal venue, you can pick a high-neck dress with embellished skirts if you want to go minimal on accessories and make sure your bridesmaids aren’t underdressed.

Copyright © 2016 Perfect Weddings, All Rights Reserved.