The Coolest Bridesmaid Trends Your Friends Won't Hate You For

In fact, your 'maids may even love you a little more

Updated 03/28/17
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Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

How to make your bridesmaids not hate you 101: Don't dress them in your grandma's bridesmaids dresses.

Any one episode of Say Yes to the Dress (although we know you've seen more than one...) proves that there are oodles of wedding dress styles out there to suit any bride-to-be. After all, no two brides are alike. And no two bridesmaids are either for that matter. So why on earth have we been dressing them in matching yards of chiffon and pastel ruffles for eons and eons?

These days, bridesmaid dresses are as unique as your besties. And no one knows unique better than LOHO bride founder Christy Baird. Baird fills her San Francisco and Los Angeles boutiques with an expertly-curated selection of bohemian wedding dresses from indie designers like Daughters of Simone and Houghton, allowing untraditional brides to stay true to themselves and in a "league of her own" (the meaning behind the LOHO bride acronym). And this queen of unconventional wedding wear is breaking it down when it comes to reinventing the bridesmaid dress.

Baird recently shared with Who What Wear that she believes that bridesmaid looks don't need to squash your BFFs' individuality. And neither do we! With modern silhouettes, unexpected details, and fresh textures, today's options for bridesmaid ensembles will let the personalities of your favorite ladies shine on through.

Cool enough for your Instagram-famous sorority sister and elegant enough for your smarty-pants law school bestie, these are the top five modern bridesmaid trends according to Baird and Who What Wear that no one will hate you for making them wear come the end of the reception.

In fact, your 'maids may even love you a little more.

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Sultry Shoulders and Sassy Sleeves

Plum Pretty Sugar Off-the-Shoulder Gown

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Unexpected and statement sleeves are everywhere in 2017—and that includes bridesmaid dresses! Let your 'maids make a dramatic entrance in fringed or bell sleeves; or go for a more romantic, demure look and show some skin in an off-the-shoulder dress like this pretty frock from Plum Pretty Sugar. (Convertible floral off-the-shoulder gown, $198, Plum Pretty Sugar available at Nordstrom)

02 of 05

Something to Slip Into

LPA Slip Dress

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A silky slip dress can go simple and minimalist or glam and sexy depending on how you style it (and those necklines and hemlines!). Plus, it has tons of re-wear potential. ("Dress 73" slip dress, $330, LPA available at Revolve)

03 of 05

Suit Up

Show Me Your Mumu Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu

Okay, so we know the term is bridesmaid dress, but who ever said that's a hard and fast rule? Jumpsuits are undeniably modern and dance-floor ready—a must for the coolest of 'maids. ("The Jagger" jumpsuit, $194, Show Me Your Mumu)

04 of 05

National Velvet

Fleur du Mal's Pink Velvet Chemise

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See ya, chiffon. Velvet is quickly dethroning the airy fabric as a wedding day go-to thanks to its lush, rich texture like the lustrous sheen of this Fleur du Mal number. (Velvet chemise, $695, Fleur du Mal available at Net-a-Porter)

05 of 05

BFF Barrettes

Urban Outfitters Margot Hair Pin

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Leave the stylized flower crowns at the florist's and instead go modern and minimal with hair accessories that your 'maids can totally wear again. Simplistic clips and metallic hair pins look super sleek and can double as bridesmaid gifts. ("Margot" hair pin, $10, Urban Outfitters)

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