So your best friend is getting married this summer and she’s asked you to be her bridesmaid. Perfect! Who doesn’t love bridesmaids, right? They’re the second best dressed ladies in a wedding, after the bride. If your friend has decided to get married in the sweet summer then you might need some ideas to make choosing your bridesmaid dress easier than watching another episode of “Say Yes to the Dress.”
It’s not just the bride with the wedding jitters; the bridesmaids and maid of honor are just as stressed about their dresses. To ease those wedding day butterflies, here are our picks for the best bridesmaid dresses under $100 — plus a few extras — that will make any bridesmaid stand like the divas she is.
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1. All that’s ethereal
Sources: 1. House of Brides, $99.95; 2. Nordstrom, $260+
If the bride wants you to choose something that’s in perfect harmony with her wedding’s theme, then you should do so. Summertime weddings mostly go with a surreal theme, which is calm and soothing yet maintains a festive appeal. The idea is to keep things simple yet attractive and trendy! The trends for summer weddings this year are playful yet at the same time dressed down. If the theme demands something dreamy, then go for pastels like blush, cream rose, coral, lilac, nude, and turquoise. As for the cut, style, and details: keep it stylish but simple. Add charm with statement accessories and a bohemian hairdo.
2. A print sprint
Who said you should keep bridesmaids dresses plain? Floral prints can add to a fun, colorful theme. While this pick from ASOS is shorter, you can keep the length and keep with the trends with a strapless or off-the-shoulder dress. Keep your accessories low key to keep the focus on the prints you’re wearing. Work it up with makeup and an effortless hairdo adorned with beautiful headband or tiara.
3. Keep ‘em separate
Sources: 1. LuLu’s, $54; 2. LuLu’s, $75; 3. Anthropologie, $159.95
Separates are the new black when it comes to dressing yourself in something comfy yet complimentary. Gone are the days when you’d only wear dresses to weddings and bridesmaids would be restricted to a similar color. Now you can wear separates, which offer more options in terms of different tops and bottoms. To keep things themed, try picking a color palette and choosing different shades from it. You can even shine a spotlight on the maid of honor by having her wear a solid shade.
4. All that glitters
Sources: 1. Sophie and Trey, $28; 2. Sophie and Trey, $59.99
When in doubt, wear sequins! Sequins and all things glittery never disappoint. For a wedding theme with shimmery extravagance, the right choice for bridesmaids would be dresses with a glamorous, sequined flair. You can effortlessly dress this look up or down without adding much to it. Shine bright, because you’re a bridesmaid and you should look good.
Shopping for dresses is the perfect time to bond with your fellow bridesmaids. Remember, don’t compromise on anything and get ready to look fabulous because, after all, it’s your friend’s big day.