Whether you're working with a large bridal party or you've recently had to downsize or reschedule your wedding and need some new ideas, your bridesmaid dresses are just as important as ever when it comes to the overall look and feel of your special day. We're sharing the top trends to watch for bridesmaid dresses in 2021, because no matter how you're celebrating, we know you want your BFFs to look their best (and we know they want to feel amazing, too). From halter necklines to midi lengths and unexpected colors to consider, these 2021 bridesmaid dresses give you an entirely new set of styles to work with. Choose your favorite trends and get shopping!
Rust and Terracotta Color Palettes
If there's one color palette to know for bridesmaid dresses in 2021, it's rust and terracotta orange hues. This earthy color palette is an unexpected but gorgeous choice for your bridesmaids, especially if you're having a bohemian-themed or autumnal wedding. Dark orange colors with brown undertones, like cinnamon, persimmon, and auburn, are flattering on so many different skin tones—and they're easy to mix and match if you want your bridesmaids to wear different dress styles.
This luxe satin fabric proves that orange can work for formal occasions, too.
Amsale Bridesmaids Alicia dress in copper, $280, Amsale
Have your bridesmaids wear a lighter shade of orange or terracotta if you're getting married during the summer or early fall.
Birdy Grey Devin convertible dress (curve) in terracotta, $99, Birdy Grey
Combine two trends into one look with a velvet orange-hued gown.
DB Studio velvet off-the-shoulder dress in cinnamon, $120, David’s Bridal
Billowing sleeves and airy chiffon fabric will help your bridesmaids nail the boho-chic look.
Aure Zoe dress in auburn, $180, Brideside
Don't be afraid to add a few shorter hemlines into the mix. This coral midi dress will add dimension and variety to a group of mix-and-match styles.
All In Favor Phoebe dress in coral, $49, Nordstrom
This statement dress is a stunning option to have your maid of honor to stand out from the rest of the bridesmaids.
Hutch Biscayne ruffle wrap dress in Sedona, $275, BHLDN
The '90s are alive and thriving. Cowl necklines have made their return in full force, appearing in both wedding dress and bridesmaid dress trends for 2021. This flirty neckline goes hand-in-hand with another '90s and early aughts favorite: the spaghetti strap slip dress. You'll love this bridesmaid look if you're envisioning a chic minimalist aesthetic for your big day or if you want your 'maids to wear lightweight, effortless dresses.
This pretty-in-pink chiffon gown is irresistibly romantic and ethereal.
Amsale Bridesmaids Harriet chiffon dress in peony, $270, Amsale
Pair a cowl neckline with a midi length skirt for a dress that's on-trend and effortless.
DB Studio midi satin slip dress in marine, $80, David’s Bridal
Choose a rosy pink hue for an ultra-feminine look. We can totally envision this dress at a flower-filled springtime wedding.
Jenny Yoo Addison dress in wild rose, $285, Jenny Yoo
Have your bridesmaids wear this light blue satin dress for a spring or summertime wedding.
Max Mara Leisure Teoria draped satin midi dress, $225, NET-A-PORTER
You can never go wrong with the basics. A trendy cowl neckline gives this classic floor-length black gown a fashion-forward vibe.
Mumu Weddings Tuscany maxi slip dress in black luxe satin, $188, Show Me Your Mumu
Another way to rock the cowl trend? Cowl backs! This sexy style will make your bridesmaids feel (and look) like a million bucks on your wedding day.
Reformation Hamlet dress in ochre, $248, Reformation
If you needed any further proof that 2000s-inspired styles are in fashion again, allow us to introduce you to the empire waist. While this is technically a throwback style, the 2021 version feels super-sophisticated and elegant. The modern way to rock an empire waist gown is to choose a streamlined silhouette—skip embellishments like ruching and bows in favor of deeper necklines, thin straps, and fabrics with a bit of structure. An empire waist is wonderful for creating the illusion of a statuesque figure, emphasizing the bust, or skimming over the hips and torso (a helpful tip for pregnant bridesmaids).
An empire waist and deep V-neckline are highly flattering on bridesmaids with smaller busts. This simple look is so chic, even without any accessories.
Jenny Yoo Jude dress in whisper blue, $285, Jenny Yoo
Choose a fabric with sheen or shimmer for a more formal look.
Amsale Bridesmaids Briar dress in mauve, $280, Amsale
Airy fabrics, like chiffon and organza, are the epitome of Grecian goddess vibes when paired with an empire waist.
Birdy Grey Kaia dress (curve) in sage, $99, Birdy Grey
Pink tulle is a fun and whimsical take on the empire waist trend.
ASOS Design spot tulle maxi dress, $108, ASOS
Go for a retro-chic look with a fitted empire waist dress featuring demure cap sleeves.
Reformation Romina dress, $248, Reformation
With informal weddings and smaller gatherings becoming a new normal (thanks, COVID-19), wedding dress codes are following suit. Jumpsuits will be a popular alternative to bridesmaid dresses in 2021, not only because they're fun to wear, but because they're perfect for courthouse ceremonies, microweddings, and other events when you want a polished look without too much fuss. And bridesmaid jumpsuits are more versatile than you think—you can find them in practically any color, neckline, fabric (including sequins!) and formality level to complement your specific wedding style.
This terracotta-hued jumpsuit is perfect for combining two bridesmaid trends into one look.
Fame and Partners Thais jumpsuit in Sedona sunset, $279, BHLDN
Thanks to the front sash, this chiffon jumpsuit is part skirt, part pants, giving it a more formal look.
Kleinfeld short sleeve jumpsuit in haze, $169, Kleinfeld Bridal Party
A plain black jumpsuit is something your bridesmaids will be able to re-wear again and again (they'll thank you for it, trust us).
DB Studio stretch crepe jumpsuit in black, $120, David’s Bridal
Sheer pants and a plunging neckline bring a little spice to this basic navy blue jumpsuit.
Reformation Lemongrass jumpsuit in Navy, $278, Reformation
Throwing a New Years Eve wedding? A black sequined bridesmaid jumpsuit is definitely the way to go.
Bardot disco jumpsuit, from $30, Rent the Runway
Choose a jumpsuit with cut-outs on the back or sides for a hint of skin.
Lulus toast to you cut-out jumpsuit, $85, Lulus
If neither maxi nor mini dresses are really your thing, there's a third option for bridesmaid dresses in 2021 that we think you'll love. It's midi dresses—styles that hit mid-calf or just below the knee. This in-between hemline is a demure choice that feels a little bit retro yet modern at the same time, especially when you choose a curve-hugging silhouette. It's also extremely practical, since your bridesmaids won't have to worry about revealing too much in a short skirt or tripping over a too-long dress. Some of our favorite midi dress styles? Velvet, slit skirt, and cowl-neck designs.
We love the pretty mauve color, but this curve-hugging midi dress also comes in burgundy, blush, navy blue, and black.
DB Studio stretch crepe midi dress in quartz, $80, David’s Bridal
With 11 different colors and 15 sizes to choose from (including plus sizes), this midi dress is perfect for all body types and wedding styles. After the big day, your bridesmaids can dress it down with sneakers and a cute jacket.
BHLDN Cali satin midi dress in dove grey, $168, BHLDN
Love the velvet trend? Us too! This midi dress is a shorter version of one of the designer's most popular dresses, and it's available in nine different colors.
Jenny Yoo Lori dress in dark berry, $265, Jenny Yoo
The one-shoulder neckline and side cutout make this midi dress a total statement piece.
Bec&Bridge Delphine asymmetrical midi dress, $300, Revolve
A black midi dress with illusion sleeves is oh-so-chic for fall and winter weddings.
Torrid black dot midi dress, $80, Torrid
Adjustable tie straps and side drawstrings let you completely customize the look of this stunning satin dress.
Oresund Iris ruched satin dress, $795, NET-A-PORTER
Halter and High Necklines
With spaghetti straps still majorly trending for 2021 bridesmaid dresses, we're also predicting an influx of halter necklines and mock-neck styles. This trend is ideal for creating a formal look—for example, if you're having a black tie wedding or a romantic garden soirée. High necklines complement a range of dress fabrics, from flowy chiffon gowns with Grecian vibes to curve-hugging crepe and even velvet. They're also great for showing off shoulders and arms (plus a set of statement earrings). Have your bridesmaids complete the sleek look with straight hair parted down the center or an elegant updo.
This ethereal halter neckline gown is a more supportive alternative if you like sweetheart and strapless necklines.
Birdy Grey Kiko dress (curve) in silver, $99, Birdy Grey
A mock neck satin gown is timeless and glamorous.
BHLDN Cortland high-neck dress in navy, $220, BHLDN
The subtle twist detail on this halter neck gown gives the style a unique and fresh look.
Amsale Bridesmaids Tanya dress in olive, $280, Amsale
This, clean, classic dress is flattering and elegant. If blush isn't your style, choose from off-white, dusty blue, navy, or black.
Mumu Weddings Chicago high-neck gown in vintage rose, $198, Show Me Your Mumu
Velvet fabric and structured shoulders give this high-neck gown an edgy, '80s-inspired vibe and we are obsessed.
Ronny Kobo Venette velvet dress, from $60, Rent the Runway
For a sweeter take on the halter neck trend, this two-toned dress is playful and festive.
Anaya With Love tulle halter neck dress, $108, ASOS
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