Having a good friend ask you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding is a great honour. It’s exciting to play a part in the biggest day of someone’s life. Of course, the prospect of that bride choosing the dress you will wear may seem a tad terrifying.
Whether the happy couple are coughing up the cost of the dress or you need to fund it yourself, what you really want is a bridesmaid dress that gets more than just one outing. Imagine opening your closet to find the perfect dress for any occasion and knowing you’re going to get your money’s worth out of it.
This is where we come in, check out the 10 types of bridesmaid dresses that you can wear again.
- Strapless A-Line Midi Dress
It ticks all the boxes on the wants of the perfect bridesmaid dress and the best part is you can wear it anywhere, whether you’re heading to a cocktail party or for a night out with friends. It really is a classic choice that won’t date the wedding photos and will serve you for years to come. Of course, the colour may have a lot to do with that, too.
Okay, it’s not a dress, but more and more brides are jumping on the bandwagon. The beauty of choosing jumpsuits is that they are comfortable and chic – it gives the wedding a unique touch, and you can wear it afterwards. The accessories will elevate it to formal status and you can also go casual with it for a first date or just a spot of shopping. Perfect.
- Silk Velvet Dress
It might not be the typical image of a bridesmaid dress, but for evening weddings it’s the ideal look. Bonus points for the fact that you can bring it out for Christmas parties and more.
- Maxi Dress
As a nation, we have long underestimated the versatility of the maxi dress. We’ve written it off, shrugged our shoulders and let it take criticism. Maxi dresses are beautiful and with the right colour (and floral pattern, if you so desire) it can create a truly elegant look. Not only will the bridesmaids be comfortable for the entire event, but they’ll be feeling pretty smug about the fact that this dress is going to serve them wall for basically everything else they attend. Ever.
- Midi Dress
The ideal choice for a summer wedding or even just a daytime affair – the great thing about midi dresses is that they’re available in a variety of styles, shapes, colours, and patterns so the bride can get exactly what she wants, and the bridesmaids will be left with a dress they can wear whenever they like.
- Long Chiffon Dress
For the more formal evening weddings, a long chiffon dress simply cannot be beaten. Whether you choose a deep purple number or opt for something a bit brighter, you know that this dress can be worn to other weddings and for events that require a bit more class.
- Embellished Dress
Choosing an above the knee embellished dress adds a unique feel to your wedding. Your bridesmaids feel comfortable, but they look fantastic while they’re at it. Of course, the greatest result here is that the dress can be worn time and time again for any number of affairs.
- Chiffon Midi-Dress
Do you love chiffon, but you’re always worried it will come off looking dated? Worry no more, a chiffon midi-dress is the way to go. It gives you a classic wedding look without the risk of looking back on photos and cringing. It will definitely come in handy when attending other weddings, too.
- Chiffon Bandeau Dress
The twist on a classic – giving chiffon a more modern look and making you even more likely to wear it out and about. While the one above is probably going to be your new wedding guest dress, the chiffon bandeau dress is a more versatile choice. You can literally wear this one anywhere.
- Embroidered Silk Gown
This is a breezy number that is ideal for an outdoor wedding during the summer or for a more laid-back event. It’s still stylish but has an air of comfort and relaxation about it. It can be worn for just about any occasion thereafter and you’ll always feel great.
The perfect bridesmaid dress is one that is timeless. There’s nothing worse than looking back on wedding photos and thinking how dated they look – don’t get caught up in passing fads and trends – stick to the classics and you can’t go wrong. Whatever you do, don’t forget the wedding gift! Before you go shopping check out Argos for amazing vouchers, which means you can spend more on those heels and a handbag.