Bridesmaid dresses are often not in the spotlight as much as they should be. Whether this is because styles and trends don’t change in many people’s eyes or because the focus should be on the bride’s dress, it’s hard to tell.
However, there are numerous fun and beautiful dress trends that brides should be looking out for. From champagne bridesmaid dresses to Cottagecore to a simple pattern change, here are some of the trends in bridesmaid dresses in 2022.
Considering your wedding day is meant to be one of the most magical days of your life, it is only fitting that your bridesmaid dresses are just as magical. A touch of whimsy not only breaks the cliche dress mould but also adds a fun aspect to your bridesmaid’s look.
You can achieve this by getting dresses that maybe have different layers, poofy sleeves, a little bit of lace, or anything that would look like it comes from a magical world.
90s Done Right
90s trends are coming back with a bang, and they are making their way in bridesmaid dresses too. Strappy, body-hugging dresses are not only a classic shape but are simple and flattering to most body shapes.
They also aren’t “too sexy” for a bridesmaid dress, as they are floor-length, but more than comfortable enough to be worn for the entire day and night.
No matter what style or color palette you choose for your wedding, neutral bridesmaid dresses go with absolutely everything. Even if they don’t match the theme, they will often compliment it instead.
Neutrals can also be bumped up a bit by adding a pair of colorful heels or jewelry. Neutrals can be taken to the next level simply by accessorizing them properly.
There has always been a stigma attached to black wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Many people either think it is bad luck, it doesn’t provide that “princess” look and feel, or they simply don’t like it.
However, don’t underestimate the power of black bridesmaid dresses, especially if you are getting married in Winter or at night. They are sleek and stylish and provide excellent contrast against a theme that uses light or neutral colors.
Jumpsuits may not be dresses, but they are becoming more and more popular for bridesmaids to wear. They are definitely unique, come in many different styles and colors, and once again, look good on many different body shapes.
They are also much more functional, and your bridesmaids will thank you for getting them something that they will definitely be able to wear again.
Another unusual trend is two-piece bridesmaid outfits. Having a look that has a separate top and bottom allows you to mix and match colors and patterns or give your bridesmaids a more relaxed look and feel.
This look is also great for Summer as it can be extended to a bride’s outfit if they are looking for something very unique and different.
Cottagecore has been getting more and more popular as time goes on. If you don’t know what it is, think of how your grandmother decorates her house, but make it high-fashion. Old-fashioned patterns and colors but matched with sleek and stylish silhouettes.
Cottagecore adds a massive touch of comfort and coziness to an outfit, but with modern touches and designs.
Mix & Match Dresses
While this isn’t a dress trend, per se, it is a way to pick dresses. Brides will often have their bridesmaids wear the same dress in the same color; however, that isn’t a rule. A popular trend nowadays is to choose dresses and colors that complement each other, not necessarily match.
You can choose colors that are part of the same spectrum, such as shades of green, blue or pink. You can also choose colors based on the color wheel; colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel complement each other.
Lace isn’t just for a wedding dress. Not only does it look good on most styles and cuts, but it is a brilliant way to match the bride in a different way. Lace is a classic material that, when done properly, almost always looks good.
Metallics have come back in a big way over the past couple of years. From shoes to make-up, metallics are eye-catching and a great way to combat the norms of bridesmaid dresses. Metallics can also be mixed really well with each other.
You can choose silvers, gold, rose golds, or even greens and reds. Mixing them will give you a fresh yet sleek and sexy combined look.
Bold & Bright Patterns
Finally, when done right, bright and bold patterns will give your bridal party a truly unique look that most guests probably wouldn’t have seen before. While you should still have some constraint, there is nothing wrong with choosing bright, floral dresses.
This type of pattern is great for a Summer and outdoor wedding and combines a few of the trends on this list. Don’t be scared to experiment either; even if the patterns and colors don’t match the bride’s dress, if they match each other, you have a winner.