White bridesmaid dresses have become increasingly popular for modern brides—perhaps Kate Middleton had a little something to do with the trend when her sister Pippa wore that unforgettable cowl neck style. If you’re thinking of making like a royal wedding, and choosing a frothy white palette for your lineup of maids, endless options abound for a range of styles—and no, they will not steal your thunder.
The trick to mastering the all-white bridesmaid look is going for silhouettes and fabrics that compliment your wedding dress. If you’re having an outdoor wedding at the beach, in a garden, or deep into the woods or generally aiming for more of a bohemian aesthetic, eyelet embroidery, unique lace detailing, and sheer wispy fabrics all come with a wanderlust spirit. Go for a cotton fabric or a mix of shorter hemlines to keep the vibe laid back. Full-length gowns with extra detail will befit a more lavish setting. Top any of these looks off with a gorgeous flower crown for added romanticism.
For minimalist brides, an assortment of pared-back column gowns in white with varying necklines is flawless. A sleek one-shoulder, darling cap-sleeve, and high halter neck are all gorgeous and flattering silhouettes for your maids. They’ll appreciate being able to choose a shape that most flatters their figure and likely get multiple wears out of this type of dress.
If you’re a super glamorous bride or having a black tie wedding, you can most certainly keep the theme going with your gals. An elegant lace gown, crêpe de chine trumpet gown, or tulle-adorned maxi in white will suit a fancier fête. A slight train works with these silhouettes, too—they effect will feel dramatic, but not in an inelegant way.
You can also mix and match textures. A crisp white palette unifies a range of looks with ethereal effect—put one maid in an asymmetric lace gown, another in a silky column, and a third in a wispy chiffon midi for a masterful grouping.
If you’re thinking white bridesmaid dresses are right for your wedding, ahead, we pulled together 57 versions for every style and budget.