If you think shopping for a new pair of jeans is difficult, try shopping for the perfect bridesmaid dress. There are a number of factors that make the process even more stressful than even finding your own wedding dress. First, you want to locate dresses that won't blow your entire wedding budget, but you don't want them to look cheap. Second, if you want all your bridesmaids to wear the same dress, you need to find a style that's flattering for multiple body types and tastes (no easy feat). And then, of course, you want your friends to feel comfortable.
On top of all that drama, bridesmaid dresses can often look old-fashioned and overly formal, and stylish options can be harder to find than you'd think. But they do exist, and we've edited together a selection of the best bridesmaid dresses for 2018. We're fans of ASOS bridesmaid dresses, and we love the brand Rewritten, which aims to make cool bridesmaid dresses. Another new label to note is French brand Les Heroines, which creates simple slip dresses, suits and wrap dresses in ivory, champagne and mint green. Both Rewritten and Les Heroines are perfect if you want your bridesmaids to coordinate but wear slightly different styles and colours. Scroll below to see our edit of the 23 best bridesmaid dresses.
This shade is a great alternative to traditional pastel tones.
This is the perfect choice for elegant black-tie weddings.
Or why not try something emerald?
For evening weddings, why not go for a jumpsuit?
There's a reason this brand is a go-to for bridesmaid dresses.
This chic one-shoulder number also comes in white.
Your bridesmaids will thank you for this pink maxi.
Floor-grazing gowns needn't be fussy.
One shoulder, nipped-in waist and under £50—there's nothing here we don't love.
There's always a right time for sequins. Just add delicate gold earrings and barely there heels.
Why not try something velvet?
Looking for something fun? Try this powder-blue ruffle frock from Self-Portrait.
Lavender is one of our favourite hues for bridesmaid dresses.
Looking for something mini? Try this pastel lace dress from Ted Baker.
Another sleek jumpsuit option.
This icy blue is great for all skin tones.
A beautiful option if you're willing to spend a little more.
This comes in five colours.
Rewritten specialises in creating cool bridesmaid dresses, which are effortless and far from old-fashioned styles.
Keep things classic and opt for a bandeau.
This has a statement bow on the back.
A beautiful option for unconventional bridesmaid dresses.