If you think shopping for a new pair of jeans is difficult, try shopping for the perfect bridesmaid outfit. 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 25 best bridesmaid looks.
Nod to pastels in a soft lavender shade.
For elegant evening ceremonies, try something metallic.
This is ideal for city weddings.
& Other Stories has just launched an ultra-chic bridesmaid collection, which includes winning options you can wear long after the wedding like this lace midi.
This floral frock is ever bit as chic with heels or trainers.
Maxi dresses needn't be fussy.
Lilac tops our list for the coolest colour to be seen in this summer.
For something punchy, try Topshop for this bold halter-neck midi dress.
Or why not opt for this star-print velvet maxi for a black-tie wedding?
Heading off on a beach wedding? Try this ethereal style.
Just add block-heel mules.
It's not all about neutrals. Team this vibrant option with gold heels and fuss-free hair for standout wedding snaps.
Not into block colours? Try a subtle polka-dot print.
Style this powder-blue maxi with flats and a wild floral bouquet.
This is the perfect choice for elegant black-tie weddings.
Floor-grazing gowns are in abundance over at Mango.
Another sleek jumpsuit option.
We can always rely on ASOS for incredible bridesmaid dress options.
For boho bridesmaids.
This icy blue is great for all skin tones.
This comes in five colours.
Rewritten specialises in creating cool bridesmaid dresses, which are effortless and far from old-fashioned.
This has a statement bow on the back.
A beautiful option for unconventional bridesmaid dresses.
This isn't just an incredible bridesmaid dress—it can also be used post-wedding as a chic summer frock. Just remember to get it when it launches at the end of November.
Now your bridesmaids are all ready to look chic for your nuptials.
Opening Image: Jeff Thibodeauco via The Fashion Guitar
This story was published and at an earlier time and has since been updated.