Spring and summer bridesmaid dresses are easy: take one part flowy, one part flirty and one part pretty girly color and voila, wedding party magic (and bridesmaids who might possibly not lay a curse on your marriage for the hideous one-time-only dress you forced them to pay big bucks for). But winter bridesmaid dresses? That’s a little more tricky.
Chiffon is the pretty, go-to fabric for bridesmaids, but is it too summery? What colors are season-appropriate but won’t make them look like they’re part of a holiday festival? And if we do ANY outside pics, will their dresses put them in danger of freezing to death? (re: that last question—the answer is yes, no matter what dress you pick. Just hope your girls love you enough not to hold it against you). Not to worry—we have some suggestions for winter bridesmaid dresses that will hold to your winter wonderland theme while ensuring that you’ll all still be friends even when the honeymoon is over (oh, and they’re all pretty darn reasonable too):
Great Winter Bridesmaid Dresses
Gala Elegance Bridesmaids
Vera Wang V-neck Satin Dress, $178 from David’s Bridal
Mori Lee Bridesmaid Style 681, $154 from Best Bridal Prices
Your bridesmaids will hardly feel the chill when they’re wrapped in the glow of a gala-worthy bridesmaids gown. Think satin sheen, elegant silhouette and just enough high fashion to help them forget that after tonight this will join the 17 other bridesmaid’s dresses they’ve collected in the back of their closet.
Get Glam Bridesmaids
After Six Bridesmaid Dress 6701, $171 from Bridals by Lori
Dessy Bridesmaid Dress 2921, $189 from The Wedding Shoppe Inc.
So you’ve decided your bridesmaids should look less like they’re walking the red carpet and more like they’re, well, bridesmaids. Soften the blow by choosing an on-trend color (radiant orchid, holla!) and a figure-flattering cut.
Cocktail Chic Bridesmaids
Eliza J Satin Choker Halter Dress, $138 from Dillard’s
Eliza J Beaded One-Shoulder Satin Dress, on sale $99 from Nordstrom
What’s a good wedding but a really great party? Make your girls elegantly party (read: not club) ready in a sleek and tasteful little cocktail dress that they might ACTUALLY get to wear again. Maybe. And by the by, there’s nothing wrong with bridesmaids in black for a winter wedding – it’s the perfect counterpoint to a whole lotta white or ivory, and the perfect backdrop for some extraordinary winter-themed bouquets. Just sayin’.
Luxe Lace Bridesmaids
57 Grand Bridesmaid Dress 5707, on sale $165 from Bridesmaids.com
Adrianna Papell Lace Cap Sleeve Dress, $108-$180 from Dillard’s
Lace is still a big trend for brides, and is perfect for a tastefully timeless winter wedding. Colored lace and contrasting lace overlays are both big trends for bridesmaids dresses at the moment – for winter, keep the colors saturated or accent with black, and balance the lace-love trendiness with a classic cut.