How to Choose a Flattering Bridesmaid Dress for Your Entire Bridal Party

Having trouble deciding which style of bridesmaids dress suits both your and your bridesmaids' tastes? Read our guide to find the perfect match.

By Jane Chertoff

Flattering Bridesmaid Dresses
Photo by Pharris Photography

Choosing a bridesmaids dress that looks amazing on your entire wedding party is a challenge—but it can be done! The key is going to be choosing a silhouette style and material that’s universally flattering, and being flexible about details such as neckline and sleeve type.

Remember, every one of your bridesmaids is unique and beautiful. So, even if you choose one style dress, it’s going to look slightly different on everyone. That being said, you can absolutely make your uniform vision come to life by choosing a dress that looks great on your entire bridal party. Here’s how to choose a flattering dress for all of your bridesmaids.

Best Dress Style for All Bridesmaids

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Looking for a universally flattering bridesmaid dress style that will look great on (generally) everybody? You can’t go wrong with an A-line dress.

This stylish silhouette works for all body types, thanks to the fact that it’s fitted naturally at the waist and flares out gradually to the hem of the dress. Attention is drawn up, taking attention away from hips and thighs. The waistline can also sometimes be adjusted higher or lower (depending on the dress) to accommodate different body types and heights—talk about versatile.

Which Materials and Fabrics Are Best?

Choosing a comfortable fabric is key for a flattering dress that looks relaxed and great on all your bridesmaids. Your best bets are an airy chiffon, which is beautiful, lightweight, and flatters every body type. You could also go with taffeta, which is structured and will hold its shape once tailored to all your girls. For a casual wedding, you can look for stretchy and comfortable jersey dresses, which will hug your bridesmaids like their favorite T-shirt.

Neckline

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The neckline is where you might want to have some variety in your dresses. If you are OK with your bridesmaids choosing their own neckline style, you can still end up with a uniform looking bridal party, of course. In fact, it might be wise to have some flexibility here, anyway. Some girls may be more comfortable with a V-neck or sleeveless dress, while others may want more coverage up top with a higher bateau neckline, for example.

Want everyone to have the same neckline? Choose a V-neck halter neckline style (not too deep) with wide straps that will flatter everyone equally.

Sleeve Options

There are so many options for sleeves when it comes to bridesmaids dresses—from spaghetti strap to one-shoulder, and cap sleeves to sleeveless. So, what should you choose for your wedding party? This is another category where it’s OK to let your girls decide which style they want to go with. After all, not everyone wants to wear a sleeveless dress, but girls with athletic arms, for example, may look amazing in a one-shoulder situation.

If your girls are wearing the same color and material, having them choose their own sleeve style can look fun and relaxed in your photos, too.

Long vs. Short

You’ll also need to decide if you want your bridesmaids to wear a long, maxi-style dress or a short, cocktail dress. T-length dresses are another option. The type of wedding you are having might dictate this one, more than what is going to look “flattering” on your wedding party. After all, whether your girls are short or tall, dresses can be altered to an appropriate length so that they look good. Consider how formal of an event it’s going to be, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, and the season/time of year before deciding on the length of your bridesmaids dresses.

Whatever length you decide, make sure that you leave plenty of time for alterations so that no dresses look too short on your tall bridesmaids or too long on your petite bridesmaidss.

Still Can’t Decide?

How to pick bridesmaid dresses? If you still are on the fence about which style bridesmaid dress style to choose, consider choosing a fabric material and color, and then letting your wedding party pick out their own dress. That way, everyone is guaranteed to wear something that they are comfortable in.

If you’re set on having your wedding party in uniform dresses, remember that you can’t go wrong with an A-line dress with a V-neckline in your favorite color. And, at the end of the day, every dress is going to get altered and look great on all of your favorite girls, meaning that they might (dare we say) actually wear it again sometime.

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