7 Tips for Choosing Timeless Bridesmaid Dresses

Avoid trends at all costs

A bride surrounded by her bridesmaids, who are wearing dresses in different shades of blue

Photo by Kyle John Photography

Nothing ruins a wedding photo like a bunch of dated bridesmaid dresses! Similar to your wedding gown, you want something that's fashion-forward and modern but utterly timeless. To avoid having your kids laugh out loud when you're flipping through your wedding album 20 years from now, take the advice of these stylish ladies and learn how to choose bridesmaid dresses that will look picture perfect far into the future.

Skip the Trends

Just because crop tops and high-waisted skirts or flowered pattern dresses are in style right now doesn't mean they'll be chic 10 or 20 years down the line, warns professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz of Bridesmaid For Hire. "Remember: trends fade, but pictures last forever—particularly the ones posted on the Internet!" Plus, you'd hate to find yourself looking back on photos a few years from now with your hands on your cheeks wondering what the heck you were thinking, right?

Test the Dress Yourself

After picking a dress you like, spend some quality time with it yourself before having your bridesmaids order it, suggests Glantz. "Try it on, wear it around, take photos in it (this is really important) and attempt to bust a dance move. Basically, see if you're comfortable and confident in it," she advises. And if you're not? Well, on to the next one!

Get Your Girls' Opinions

Because your BFFs will be the ones ultimately rocking the dress, ask for their opinions and get their help picking it out, says Glantz. "Even if it's not something you love, if they love it, that will shine through on your wedding day and in photos."

Let Each Bridesmaid Pick Their Own Style

You choose the color and/or theme, then give your girls leeway to do the rest—that way they can pick a style that fits their body type and also fits in with your vision, notes Cammy Hebert, co-founder of Show Me Your Mumu. "If your girls are happy and confident in their dresses on your big day, a part of them will always love the dress and so will you."

Think Long-Term

Remember to not only think in the moment but about the future, too. Consider how you might feel if you looked back at the photos years down the road, says Jessica Janik, founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid. In fact, she recommends applying this rule to bridesmaid dresses and everything else for the big day (think décor, your dress, etc.) if you want your wedding to be truly timeless.

Consider Neutrals

Go bold with your flowers. As for your bridesmaid dresses, Kerrie Hileman, owner of the White Magnolia Bridal Collection, suggests steering clear of anything too bright that may go out of style in the future. If you're currently blushing over magenta or lime green, take into consideration how that will look on your bridesmaids too, adds Glantz. "Just because it's your favorite color doesn't mean it needs to be worn by the women you love the most in this world." True that!

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Start browsing Pinterest now and don't wait until the last minute to pick out bridesmaid dresses, urges Glantz. "Otherwise, when it comes down to crunch time, you'll settle for a look nobody will love."

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