striped navy sheath bridesmaid dress


Whether your preppy wedding was born of a love of East Coast sophistication, or your teenage obsession with Heathers, they are known for their classic style.  Take a note from some of these chic, simple, bridesmaid dresses to find a great preppy frock for your friends!

There is a wide range of preppy dresses to choose from, but among the most popular are those in navy and those sporting stripes. This modern sheath above is both timeless and modern, so your bridesmaid could definitely wear it again after your big day. Below (left), if your bridesmaids are younger and feeling bold, why not have them wear a striped mini-dress to your wedding. The simple powder blue and white design would go well with a preppy event in a pastel palette.

powder blue striped bridesmaid dress
simple white jacquard bridesmaid dress

One shared characteristic of most preppy bridesmaid dresses is simplicity. You aren't going to find a lot of fussy over-constructed elements in these looks. A strapless neckline with cotton piping (above, right), petite bow at the sash (below), or solid fabric all speak to the traditional style of these clothes.

black bridesmaid dress with bow sash
navy bridesmaid dress with raspberry colored ribbon sash
bright pink cotton bridesmaid dress with aqua flower

If you want your prep with a side of peppy 1980s flair, embrace juicier colors like a raspberry grosgrain ribbon sash (above, left) with a navy sheath, or a bright pink cotton sundress with an aqua flower.

while lace pepmlum bridesmaid dress by Ann Taylor

Loving the trend of all-white dresses?  Select a lace dress with a peplum for a little bit of preppy fun. The image above is styled with strappy shoes and a sparkly necklace. Substitute a strand of pearls and a simple pair of peep toes for a more classically preppy look.

If you don't want them to wear white, but you would prefer muted colors, try out seersucker.  A staple for Southern and preppy brides, pink (below, left) or blue (below, right) seersucker breathes really well on a hot summer day and is the epitome of effortless refinement.

short pink seersucker dress for preppy weddings
floor length blue seersucker bridesmaid dress
rose boatneck bridesmaid dress in simple sheath silhouette

When in doubt, go with a traditional bridesmaid dress that doesn't have a lot of bedazzled, sparkly, or shiny details. Again, a preppy event is all about being simple and timeless. Choose a dress with a chic boatneck (above) or with an easy sash (below) and you are set!

indigo blue preppy bridesmaid dress with bow sash

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