Need to outfit your bridesmaids so that they look just as fabulous as you do on the big day? We're sharing the top trends to watch for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 so you can get the job done. From thigh-high slits to wrap dresses, structured fabrics, and fresh colors to consider, these aren't your average bridesmaid dresses — they're better! These 2020 bridesmaid dresses give you an entirely new set of styles to work with, so choose your favorite trend (or mix-and-match your top picks) and get shopping

Here are the bridesmaid dresses 2020 couples won't want to miss.  

FirstView

Dress by Jenny Yoo Collection

Sapphire blue

Expect this gemstone-inspired hue to be an “It” color for bridesmaid dresses in 2020. Sapphire blue caught our eye in a handful of collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and we think this color strikes the perfect balance between bold and traditional. It’s not as edgy as black — making it a stylish alternative if you’re on the fence about going to the dark side — but still brings a sense of drama and luxury to your big day. Dress all of your ‘maids in sapphire blue (velvet, no less!) for a seriously regal effect, or mix in pastel shades like blush and French blue to soften the overall look.

Watters

Dress by Wtoo by Watters

Unexpected pastels

Speaking of pastels, there are a few new colors in town that you should know about. Blush is a fan fave when it comes to pastel bridesmaid dresses, but it’s not the only option! Soft hues like lilac, lavender, sage green, and even buttercup yellow are on our radar to be some of the next big colors for bridesmaid dresses in 2020. These pastels are no-brainers for spring weddings, but they can also work for other seasons, depending on how you style them. We could envision this Wtoo by Watters dress fitting right in at a springtime garden soirée or paired with rich burgundy tones for a fall wedding.

Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids

Dress by Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids 

Structured silhouettes

If you prefer a clean, streamlined look for your wedding party’s attire, you’re going to love this latest bridesmaid dress trend. Structured silhouettes and minimal embellishments are on track to be major themes for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 — call it the Meghan Markle effect if you will. Breaking away from the usual bridesmaid dresses that feature flowy fabrics like tulle and chiffon, structured silhouettes are perfect for achieving an ultra-sophisticated look without the fuss.

David's Bridal

Dress by David's Bridal

One-shoulder necklines

First came strapless necklines, followed by cold-shoulder styles, then spaghetti straps, and now one-shoulder gowns. This asymmetrical neckline was super popular in the early aughts, and if we’ve learned anything about bridesmaid dress trends, it’s that we shouldn’t be surprised when things come back into fashion. We’re loving the one-shoulder look for 2020 bridesmaid dresses, and this David’s Bridal style is a chic example of how to pull off the trend in an updated way. All it takes is a subtle ruffle detail to turn a one-shoulder gown into a show-stopping look. Consider this neckline if you have a lot of bridesmaids, since it’s flattering for all body types and bust sizes.

Marcy Castelgrande

Dress by Jenny Yoo Collection

Satin

You won’t find any glitter, beading, or sequins here: smooth and shiny satin will be the latest way for your bridesmaids to rock a bit of shimmer in 2020. This slinky fabric is making a comeback, and we are totally on board with its minimalist-inspired look. If you’ve ever heard that satin is a tricky or unflattering fabric to wear, don’t write it off just yet. New stretch satin blends and modern silhouettes, like stylish wrap dresses, make this material more forgiving than ever before. And did we mention that an understated satin dress is totally re-wearable? Your gals will thank you!

Watters

Dress by Wtoo by Watters

High slits

Bridesmaid dresses in 2020 will be all about showing some leg with the help of thigh-high slits. From floaty chiffon styles to sleek column silhouettes, a slit is a fresh way to tweak the traditional bridesmaid dress and make it feel more fashion-forward and youthful. We doubt your besties will argue with that! The great thing is that slits can be easily altered to reveal just the right amount of skin, so there’s no need to stress about wardrobe malfunctions or offending grandma as your ‘maids strut down the aisle. 

David's Bridal

Dress by David's Bridal

Wrap dresses

Wrap styles are one of the flirtiest and most versatile bridesmaid dress trends for 2020. This universally flattering silhouette has appeared in nearly every bridesmaid collection for the last few seasons, and we don’t anticipate it going away anytime soon. We’ve seen wrap dresses in all lengths — mini, midi, maxi — and with all types of sleeves, from spaghetti straps to short flutter sleeves and long sleeves. This silhouette also works with a variety of different fabrics, including velvet, chiffon, satin, and Georgette.

Main images courtesy of Jenny Yoo Collection, Watters, and Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids.