As more couples get creative with their wedding day outfits and opt for less traditional looks, there’s a growing sense of flexibility for the entire wedding party, too—especially if you’re having a casual wedding. If fancy, formal weddings aren’t your thing, then you’re going to want to make sure that your bridesmaids’ looks reflect your taste. This means embracing more casual ensembles that still bring a sense of sophistication to your wedding day.
Whether they’re long, short, linen, or lace, the dress style that your bridesmaids wear really helps you set the tone (and formality) of your wedding party, and helps compliment your wedding dress. As some inspiration, below are some of our favorite casual bridesmaid dress styles to consider for a more casual ceremony.
One of the biggest trends of 2020, floral bridesmaid dresses add a ton of personality to any event. Whether it be a summer event on a vineyard or a backyard wedding in the spring, they’re a great way to connect your wedding party attire to your venue without being too cheesy. Look for something in light, flowy fabrics with a shorter hem, or longer in length with a slit, if you’re looking for a long bridesmaid dress for your crew. Big, bold prints give off a fun and easygoing vibe, while dainty, painterly florals are a little more dressy casual.
Long dresses are no longer the only way to go. Knee-length frocks or a and “midi” hemline—their even trendier sibling—can be found at many different types of weddings, but are especially fitting for informal celebrations. For an ultra-casual beach celebration, consider a short bridesmaid dress option in ocean tones and gauzy fabrics with a v-neck. If it’s a more traditional backyard wedding, pick something simple and sophisticated with a slightly longer hem, in a satin fabric.
The true beauty of a wrap dress is not only in its easygoing appearance, but also in its ability to flatter a wide range of body types, especially in the waist. If you think that your maids might be at odds agreeing on a specific style (or you simply want them to pick something that they can wear again), wrap dresses are a simple solution. Consider a strappy, asymmetrical option for a summer affair, or a short-sleeved, knee-length pick if you’re looking for more versatility.
If you’re a fan of eyelet lace, empire waists, and flowy silhouettes, this one’s for you. Bohemian styles are not only on the rise, but are also a great fit for weekend-long, festival-style events and those with a bit of vintage flair. Despite generally being longer in length, a bohemian maxi dress gowns rarely feels stuffy and is an easy way to reflect the relaxed nature of the event. Opt for organic colors such as sage green, dusty blue, and burnt orange for maximum effect.
There’s no mystery in the appeal of letting your bridesmaids pick something that suits them best, which is one of the reasons why mismatched wedding parties have grown in popularity over the years. Whether you decide to pick similar dresses in a range of hues, or give your maids full-fledged freedom, the mismatched look brings a sense of effortlessness and laid-back sensibility to your big day. Some bridesmaids prefer a specific neckline, such as a spaghetti strap dress, and some prefer a long sleeve dress to cover up a bit more. Giving your bridesmaids that autonomy can alleviate stress for you, so that you can focus on your wedding party. Just make sure that you have a vision before you make any official decisions, as it’s not always easy to know what you don’t like until you see it (and it’s definitely not fun to ask a bridesmaid to exchange a dress). Details such as fabrics, colors, and dress length should all be discussed with your maids in advance, but consider providing them with some paint chips or a mood board for added guidance in order to find the perfect dress.
As much as we love the dark, moody hues that took over Pinterest the last several seasons, bright-colored, casual bridesmaid dresses give off the easy, breezy vibes that are perfect for a relaxed summer affair. Depending on your overall color scheme, vivid shades of coral, yellow, red, and fuschia are all possible options, even if you’re having a fall wedding. Either stick to one shade or consider adopting the mismatched look explained above for some added flexibility.
If you like the idea of skipping dresses altogether, but are looking for something more casual, a jumpsuit with short sleeves is a fun and versatile option (and a little less formal than a pantsuit). Just like with dresses, you can mix up the necklines, fabrics, and silhouettes. Two-piece ensembles are another possibility that are inherently more casual, letting you get away with more formal fabrics such as silk, velvet, and organza. There’s something so effortlessly elegant about bridesmaids wearing lightweight tops and long, chiffon skirts. They also make it easy to master the mismatched look by keeping one piece consistent (top or bottom) throughout.