Current Trends for Summer Bridesmaid Dresses

By Jill Gardiner , last updated December 22, 2011

If you want your wedding to be modern and current instead of like the same old same old, check out some of the hottest summer trends for bridesmaids’ dresses. Whether it’s fun floral prints, fresh color combinations, or the newest cuts and lengths, the style this season tends towards flattering and wearable choices. Don’t choose a dress your bridal party will remind you about for the next twenty years, saying, “I can’t believe you made us wear that!” Take your cues from this list of the summer’s best dress trends and your bridesmaids will thank you for it.

Current Fabrics

Why reserve beautiful blooms just for bouquets and centerpieces? Instead of the traditional solid color dress, jump into summer color with bright, bold floral fabrics. This is a great way to expand your wedding color palette, giving your special day a young, fresh, vibrant feeling. Lilly Pulitzer, known for her floral prints, is a great source for floral bridesmaids’ dresses that your girls will wear again and again. Check out the strapless “Bloom” dress for $188.00. So that bridesmaids’ bouquets aren’t overshadowed by the dress’s pattern, pick one of the brightest colors in the print for inspiration, and then coordinate with the shoes for extra impact.

Another alternative to solids that’s hot this season is two-tone bridesmaids’ dresses. Check out Alexia Design’s fully color-customizable strapless knee-length dress. Touches of black at the neckline, waist, and/or hem, whether accenting neutrals or bright colors, gives a dress a modern feel. Check out the sleeveless satin dress with black flower detail at the waist, available in a range of colors for $168.00.

Current Styles

Shoulders are definitely on display this season. Keep your bridesmaids cool this summer with simple, strapless dresses. If going fully strapless is too bare for you (or your bridesmaids) try a one-shouldered cut like Melissa Sweet’s asymmetrical sheath dress in satin, $198.00.

Don’t cover up legs, either. Shorter styles aren’t only more comfortable in warmer weather; they’re also more wearable after the wedding day is over. Don’t kid yourself, a floor length bridesmaids’ dress that’s been taken up looks like exactly what it is: a shortened floor length bridesmaids’ dress. Check out BCBG Maxazria’s line of short strapless and one-shouldered dresses.


If you really want your bridesmaids to love you, then don’t settle on a single style. Instead, follow this summer’s best bridesmaid dress trend: picking a color and allowing each bridesmaid to choose a style. Chances are you’ll have women of all sizes, heights, and body types in your bridal party, and choosing a cut that will flatter them all will be next to impossible. By choosing just the color, you can allow each bridesmaid to look and feel her best on your wedding day. Add more interest by allowing bridesmaids to choose different styles and shades of a color, and then choose a metallic shoe. To make sure dresses still coordinate, check out Anna Elyse’s website, where they offer “My Bridal Party,” a feature that allows you to set certain criteria, then allows your bridesmaids to do the rest.

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