Spring is here! It seems like our social calendars are (finally!) exploding with weddings and parties that have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If, like us, you haven't been to many events in the last two years, your wardrobe could use a little update. The good news is, these days, many brides are encouraging their girls to wear what they love.
We turned to our friends at The Dessy Group for some advice on what bridesmaids and wedding guests are wearing now. Cindy Dessy says, "The 'mix & match' trend continues to evolve for bridesmaids. We at Dessy have always been huge proponents of this, as it really allows the bride to create a unique look and feel for her bridal party. We see prints and solids mixed. Girls are choosing different lengths; interspersing midi, hi-low, and maxi within a group. It’s amazing, in that it really allows each member of the bridal party to wear exactly what makes them feel most beautiful. What could be better?"
Scroll on for tons of different options in this season's top colors, prints, and silhouettes, for every style and budget.
The most formal dress code you're likely to see on a wedding invitation is "Black-tie." This generally means that the wedding will take place in the evening. Women are encouraged to wear floor-length gowns, and men should wear tuxedoes. A black-tie dress code is a fun reason to go all-out with your look! Think: sequins, blinged out accessories, and glam to the nines.
Dessy Collection, Style 3111
shown in olive green
The asymmentrical neckline and emerald-colored satin scream sophistication.
Adrianna Papell Platinum, Style 40327
shown in morganite and blush
Sequins are always a hit at a black-tie affair.
Vera Wang Bride, Style Cerise
shown in yellow
These off-the-shoulder sleeves are totally chic.
BHLDN, Leila Satin Maxi Dress
shown in moss
Timelessly elegant and comes in 11 colors.
After Six, Style 6853
shown in amber sunset
This oyster color is a summer favorite.
Slightly less formal than black-tie, this dress code means a floor-length gown and a tuxedo aren't required. Women can wear a slightly less formal dress, and men can wear a dark suit and tie. If you'd like to go with a fun color, a cut-out gown, or a chic jumpsuit, this is the more appropriate dress code to do so.
Aidan by Aidan Mattox, One-Shoulder Cutout Gown
shown in tigerlily
We can't get enough of this color.
Vera Wang Bride, Alexandra Jumpsuit
shown in blue
The wide legs on this jumpsuit will make you look 10 feet tall.
The Dessy Group x Lovely Bride, Style LB015
shown in blush garden
Playful and sexy at the same time.
Pink. Sequin. Midi. Yes, please!
Kiska Studios, One Shoulder Draped Dress
shown in yellow
Sunshine on a cloudy day.
Wear this sunset-colored gown to a golden hour wedding for seriously amazing photos.
While formal attire isn't required, a cocktail dress code means you should still dress up. Men typically wear a suit and tie and women can wear a cocktail — or, as we like to call it, party — dress. Scroll on for some of our favorite dresses with shorter hemlines.
Reformation, Style Gloriana
shown in cyanotype
The hidden bustier is flattering and subtly sexy.
Tobi, Amari Cowl Neck Midi Dress
shown in mauve
We love this dress for weddings, date night, and beyond.
V. Chapman, Lily Dress
shown in sage
We can never say no to a ruffle.
The Dessy Group, Social Style 8215
shown in sienna
An asymmentrical neckline paired with a side slit make this a fun, fresh look.
This draped cocktail dress with a cool buckle accent is effortlessly chic.
Casual, Tropical, or No Dress Code
A "casual" dress code or one that denotes "beach" or "tropical" attire means the wedding will likely be held outdoors and will be much more laid-back. A tee shirt and jeans probably isn't appropriate, but women can wear sundresses, and khakis and a sports jacket are perfect for him.
Few Moda, Calypso Maxi Dress
shown in light blue stripe
The quintessential midi dress to wear to all of your spring and summer events — and it comes in 29 colors.
This dress is just begging to be invited to a tropical destination wedding.
You had us at pastel floral print.
Adrianna Papell, Floral Print Chiffon Maxi
shown in coral multi
This lightweight chiffon maxi is perfect for any warm-weather garden party or beach wedding.
Gorgeous lace ruffles and sexy cut-outs make this a mini with major style.