Fashion choices for modern bridesmaid dresses have been vast and varied for the past several years—which equals great news because there are tons of style options to choose from for your squad. It goes without saying we’re in the era of individuality when it comes to bridal party looks. “We’ve been moving away from the very traditional look of bridesmaids wearing identical dresses, with matching hairstyles, makeup, shoes, and accessories,” says Kate Halfpenny, founder and designer of Halfpenny London. “The modern style of different outfits, but in the same colorway, is a very welcome change.”
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Even more, we are also in the age of sustainable fashion. The idea of being able to re-wear a bridesmaid dress should be a key consideration for the styles you choose. For Halfpenny, the concept of re-wearing a bridesmaid dress, and incorporating it into one's everyday wardrobe, was the inspiration behind her new collection, Sister. “This is a collection for bridesmaids, and all of the pieces can be worn again,” the designer explains. “I believe well-made, lovingly crafted clothes are made to be worn and loved for many, many years.”
Below, with the help of Halfpenny, we share more thoughts on what’s stylish and chic for bridal party dresses, and break down the top trends that are sure to dominate in 2022.
2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Ultra-Whimsical Details
Think fanciful-like details like watercolor florals, ruffles, floral appliques, and gowns with a sweeping swoosh factor. We’re also talking about bridal party dresses in super-soft and subtle shades like blushing nudes, pale grey, greens, and the super-pretty 2022 Pantone Color of the Year, Very Peri.
V.Chapman The Dahlia Dress
There is so much to love about this romantic, chiffon midi dress. The dreamy sage color; the fitted silhouette; the ruffled tiers; and the floral embroidery make this dress a showstopper.
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Rixo Evie-Blush Poppies Dress
This pretty tea-length dress has ruffled hemlines, a delicate handpainted poppy design, and airy flutter sleeves that boast incredible movement. With sizes ranging from XS to 3XL, this is one of our top style choices.
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Marchesa Portici Dress
If you're opting to embrace the white bridal party dress trend, then this muted dove grey dress is a perfect choice. Thanks to the intricate 3D floral appliques scattered over the entirety of the gown, this look is the definition of light and airy. We also give it bonus points for the ruffled sleeves and ultra-thin ribbon tie belt.
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Needle & Thread Iris Grace Dress
This floral-tulle dress features a stunning watercolor pattern of oversized iris motifs, in soft shades of rose, pale pink, lavender, and sky blue. Trimmed in delicate ruffle details, this design just might be the prettiest bridesmaid dress imaginable.
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2022 Bridesmaid Trend: The Classic Black Dress
Who can’t use another black dress in their wardrobe? This closet staple adds an instant air of elegance and polish to any wedding party. Halfpenny says without question this is a bridesmaid dress that will be worn again, and will be unanimously adored by your closest friends. “Invest the time finding the right style and they will love it and feel great wearing it.”
BHLDN Tansy Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress
We adore the retro wrap style of this flowy, floor-length ruffle neck dress. We also love the incredible range of sizes offered for this gown, available in standard sizing up to 16, and curve sizing up to 26W.
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Amsale Caroline Dress
The flattering high neckline and sleek racerback of this textured faille gown are a few chic details that make it a standout modern bridesmaid dress. The fit-to-flare skirt adds a dramatic architectural element to the silhouette.
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Morilee by Madeline Gardner Tiered Strap Chiffon Dress
The square neckline is back, and totally on trend in 2022. This tiered maxi dress is easy and fun to wear, and the bow tie straps are a fabulous finishing touch.
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Narces Caterina Dress
If you don’t want to go all black, consider a cool color block style. Pink and black make for a beautiful combination, and the statement bow on the bodice of this gown is an outstanding design detail.
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2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Jumpsuits
Jumpsuits are not just a smart choice for brides looking for an alternative look, but they're also a popular style for bridal parties. It’s a very fashion-forward option that’s also a breeze to wear. “There are so many ways to style the jumpsuit, it’s a piece you can have fun with," says Halfpenny. “After the wedding day, rock it with a denim jacket.”
Halfpenny London Klass Jumpsuit
Your crew will thank you for choosing such a sleek and comfortable bridesmaid option with this silky, easy-wear, wide-leg design. The cinched waist creates a polished silhouette, and the convertible neckline can be worn on, or off the shoulder.
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David’s Bridal Crepe Plus Jumpsuit
This curve-size crepe jumpsuit has a chic ‘70s feel thanks to the wrap-style bodice, waist tie, and flutter sleeves. It’s available in three shades: black, royal purple, and this sophisticated hunter green hue which is our fave.
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Dessy Open-Back Halter Jumpsuit With Scarf Tie
The beautiful thing about this striking, open-back crepe jumpsuit is that it’s available in a range of 30-plus shades. Choose to go monochromatic or pick a fun secondary shade for the scarf tie in order to add a fab, personalized detail.
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Reformation Alfred Jumpsuit
Toile is an incredible fabric choice for bridesmaids, especially when it’s presented with a mod twist. This jumpsuit reimagines the vintage-feeling fabric with a figure-hugging design, complete with a fitted bodice and smoked backline.
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2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Slip Dresses
The obsession with all things ‘90s has brought back the love for this classic dress silhouette, for both brides and bridesmaids. This style compliments a variety of body shapes and sizes, as it skims the body giving a flattering shape and silhouette.
David’s Bridal DB Studio Midi Satin Slip Dress
We love the shorter length of this lustrous satin slip dress. The look is available in five colors, including this rich cinnamon shade which is a bold, and unexpected choice.
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Park and Fifth Belmont Dress
This is a slip dress that’s friendly for all figures with a size range that runs from XS to 7X. The floor-length gown is strapless bra-friendly, has a fully lined bodice, and a sleek-bias cut skirt.
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Olivia von Halle Issa Oyster Silk Satin Slip Dress
The soft shade of this dress, plus its ultra-simple and sleek silhouette, makes it a standout modern bridal party style choice. Dress it up with bold gold accessories, or keep the vibe subtle and elevated with delicate layered necklaces.
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& For Love Odile Dress
This black gown is a beautiful example of what happens when two bridesmaid dress trends collide. This sultry and sleek floor-length slip is a fashion classic and a perfect choice for any "it girl" wedding party vibe.
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2022 Bridesmaid Trend: Separates
“This is a beautiful way to customize everyone’s looks,” explains Halfpenny. “Going with separates allows you to mix and match skirts, necklines, and sleeves.” Circling back to the theme of sustainability, choosing separates is also one of the savviest fashion moves because multiple pieces mean infinite re-wear options.
BHLDN V. Chapman Naples Top & Pisa Skirt
Floral fabric, lace details, and puffed sleeves make this two-piece ensemble an absolute dream. The sweet cropped top pairs perfectly with an ankle-length mermaid skirt.
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Jenny Yoo Kenzie Top & Hampton Skirt
A scalloped edge, lace top matched with a chiffon circle skirt is a graceful and timeless bridal party style choice. Individualize the looks for each person by mixing and matching top and skirt shades.
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Lulus Ellarina Light Blue Metallic Tie-Strap Two-Piece Midi Dress
This two-piece look is made from thick jacquard fabric with metallic pink threading that creates a spectacular embroidered floral design. Our favorite part, however, is the sweet shoulder bow tie straps, made from blue satin.
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Claire Pettibone Magnolia Lace Corset Top & Magnolia Floral Midi Skirt
More than a decade after Pippa Middleton served as a bridesmaid for her sister Kate’s royal wedding, white remains a huge trend for bridal parties. This two-piece lace corset top and skirt is ideal for a beach or garden celebration.
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