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If you’re saying “I do” in 2021, there’s so much to look forward to—especially if your plans were affected by COVID-19 in 2020. As with every new year, a fresh wave of wedding trends is upon us, from bridal gowns to table decor and floral arrangements. But the most important, if you’re having a wedding party, is the latest bridesmaid trends, and out the gate, we’re here to tell you: it’s all about dresses with uniqueness, be it an on-trend color, whimsical print, or a luxe fabric.
Depending on your wedding style, be it classic, bohemian, or glamorous, the choice of bridesmaid dress is a crucial element to consider for a cohesive feel, whether you’re planning for one or two maids or a more extensive lineup. The right choice will perfectly tie the details of your special day together, from the venue’s aesthetic to your ceremony attire. Even better if it feels fresh and on-point for the season, too.
For an expert take on the biggest bridesmaid trends in 2021, Lori Conley, BHLDN’s general merchandise manager, shares her top five predictions ahead. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, these bridesmaid dress trends will ensure a decidedly fresh look for your special day, with something to please every taste and budget.
Meet the Expert
Lori Conely is BHDLN and Anthropologie Wedding's General Merchandise Manager.
2021 Bridesmaid Trend: Mix, Not Match
Conley tells Brides, “Make your bridal party one worth remembering by mixing things up! We love the eclectic boho vibes that come to life when bridesmaids mix prints, fabrics, and styling to show their personality. The key to controlling the chaos? Set some boundaries on the color family to ensure that it feels cohesive.”
2021 Bridesmaid Trend: Luxe Fabrics (Sachin & Babi Cali Satin Midi Dress)
“Velvet and charmeuse feel so rich and celebratory looking toward 2021—a year when we can’t wait to bring the party back to weddings,” Conley explains. “Charmeuse is perfect in drippy and flowy styles, like the silhouette of the moment—the slip dress—while velvet is best when featured in tailored styles and sleek silhouettes.”
2021 Bridesmaid Trend: Greens & Blues (TFNC High Neck Tiered Midaxi Bridesmaid Dress)
Conley tells brides, “Shades of green and blue feel like a fresh change of pace, as bridesmaids pallets have been dominated by pink hues for so long.” For spring and summer weddings, the BHLDN insider says sage, olive, and dusty blues will feel freshest. For autumn and winter? Emerald green and midnight blue are set to rule, with a seasonally appropriate mood.
2021 Bridesmaid Trend: Print
Prints on prints on prints are the trend for a personality-filled bridesmaid lineup in 2021, according to Conley. “Printed bridesmaid dresses bring so much personality and whimsy to a bridal party,” the merchandising manager explains. “Watercolor-inspired prints can be super dreamy feeling, while a bold graphic print can read very modern.”