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10 Tips for Finding a Universally Flattering Bridesmaid Dress

10 Tips for Finding a Universally Flattering Bridesmaid Dress

You’re at the wedding dress boutique and one bridesmaid looks fantastic in her gown while the rest are less than thrilled with your selection. Let’s face it: Women come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes, and finding a single bridesmaid dress silhouette that all your best ladies are happy with can feel like an impossible task. But it can be done. Read on for some helpful tips that will make the bridesmaids dress search a little more enjoyable for everyone. We’ve rounded up an awesome list of versatile bridesmaid dresses from our favorite retailers, including Amazon Fashion, ASOS and Nordstrom.



It’s true: One size doesn’t actually fit all. You want every one of your bridesmaids to feel confident and beautiful, but you don’t want to have to compromise your wedding aesthetic. (A practical option is to also add accessories like shrugs or additional tailoring to make sure that everyone feels gorgeous on your big day!) Ahead, 10 tips to help you find a dress that all your bridesmaids will look good in.




A 3/4 sleeve works on everyone.



We’re huge fans of the 3/4-length sleeve on a gown. They are a sleeve that works on every height — and every age. And when you can get both elegance and something that flatters across the board, that’s a total wedding win.


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  • IBTOM CASTLE Womens Vintage Lace and Tulle Bridesmaid Dress 3/4 Sleeves, $22.55-24.25;
  • Aiden Mattox Three-Quarter-Sleeve Gown, $495;
  • Alfred Sung Jersey Bodice A-Line Gown, $218 – $271;
If you want the same dress on every bridesmaid, an A-line silhouette is likely your safest bet.



The A-line silhouette is a classic for a reason: Pretty much everyone looks great in it. The only body type that might struggle a bit with this dress are apple shapes, but that can usually be addressed with good tailoring or finding an A-line that has a slightly higher waist.


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A classic sheath dress can actually flatter a wide variety of shapes.




You might not think it, but sometimes the best solution to finding something that flatters everyone is a dress that is more streamlined. The secret to the power of the sheath dress above is its just-below-the-knee hemline. For most women, this is the narrowest part of their leg and the dress will actually make their limbs appear longer. Of course, the tallest and most petite bridesmaids may have to tailor a bit to find their ideal length.


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  • J.Crew Spaghetti-Strap Dress in Guipure Lace, $188;
  • Eliza J High Neck Lace Sheath Dress, $158;
  • Merokeety Women’s Sleeveless Lace Floral Elegant Cocktail Dress Crew Neck Knee Length for Party, $20-$40;







Structure is a girl’s best friend.




Flimsy, gauzy fabric and relaxed construction (think slip dresses and the like) doesn’t flatter most shapes. Instead, find a dress with sturdier fabric and plenty of internal structure. It works well on both athletic and curvier bodies, slimmer figures will look lovely (think Audrey Hepburn), and bustier ladies will have the benefit of an accentuated waist to avoid making them look frumpy.


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Black isn’t the only slimming color.





There’s a reason LBDs are a wardrobe staple — they’re super versatile, working in every environment on every body type and skin tone. Plus, wearing one shade from head to toe (or knee, depending on the length you prefer) is always flattering. That said, a solid, monochromatic statement lengthens and streamlines your figure, no matter what the shade. So give other solid shades a chance. Pro tip: Look for styles where the fabric is matte, rather than shiny or iridescent.


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  • BHLDN Lena Dress, $198;
  • ASOS DESIGN Bridesmaid Soft Layer Maxi Dress with One-shoulder Pleated Bodice, $119,
  • Tadashi Shoji Ruched Jersey Pintuck Gown, $468;







Sometimes not matching is best.




Not only are separates modern and unexpected, but they can also help take the difficulty out of finding a dress that fits everyone perfectly. After all, how many of us are actually the same size in tops and skirts? By wearing separates, your bridesmaids will be able to find something that fits them perfectly. And if there is one thing that flatters more than anything else, it’s a proper fit.


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  • Cleo Top & Chateau Skirt, $80.00 – $180;
  • Tulle Maxi Skirt, $168;
  • Honey Qiao Women’s Satin Long Floor-Length High Waist Skirt, $45;







Concealing isn’t necessarily about covering with loads of fabric.




Celebrate her best assets! In actuality, princess skirts and layers with yards of extra fabric add bulk, not the other way around. Instead of drowning her in material, look for a skirt that skims her body. It will conceal her less-than-favorite features and put the focus on her hourglass proportions.


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  • ASOS Jarlo Maxi Dress with Lace Open Back and Train, $174;
  • High-Neck Keyhole Scuba Crepe Dress, $99.95;
  • Sleeveless Long Mesh Dress with Corded Lace, $180;








Look for subtle design features.





Vertical stripes, ruching at the waist and slits to the knee are all flattering design features, no matter what the body type. If all of your bridesmaids have a similar shape but it’s a difficult one to shop for, find features that will flaunt their best assets!


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  • La Femme Surplice Off-the-Shoulder Gown, $338;
  • ASOS DESIGN Bridesmaid Ruched Bodice Drape Maxi Dress with Wrap Waist, $119;
  • Extra Length Mesh Dress with Illusion Neckline, $175;








High-low hemlines look great on everyone (provided the ‘high’ isn’t too high).





These flirty adaptations to the traditional long dress can be so much fun to wear. They also let your ladies show off killer shoes. An at-the-knee hemline is best for everyone, although it should be noted that if you have petite bridesmaids, the best pairing for this dress is a pair of nude pumps without ankle straps (that can tend to cut you off at the ankle, thereby ‘shortening’ the appearance of your legs).


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  • Aidan by Aidan Mattox Floral Jacquard High/Low Ball Gown, $275;
  • ASOS Dolly & Delicious One-Shoulder Embellished High-Low Maxi Dress, $146;
  • Ever-Pretty Double V-Neck Rhinestones Ruched Bust Hi-Lo Evening Party Dress, $35-$55,







Have a bridal party with one of every body type? Consider a maxi dress!




When you have an array of different body shapes, including a pregnant bridesmaid, you may want to consider a maxi dress. Just make sure that everyone buys the correct size (maxi dresses tend to look sloppy when they are too big) and that the hem hits to the desired length with shoes on.


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  • Dessy Collection Lux Ruched Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Gown, $270–$284,
  • Lulus Plunging V-Neck Chiffon Gown, $84;
  • Sequin Tank Bridesmaid Dress with Satin Piping, $215;