5 Amazing Bridesmaid Dresses for Under $100
BY CATEY HILL
You adore your bridesmaids – they’ve held your hand through breakups, shared their cutest outfits with you and kept your juiciest secrets for years – so it’s important to remember that they might get stressed out over the expense of being in a wedding. That’s because the average bridesmaid spends more than $1,600 to be part of your big day. Um, that’s a lot of money! But don’t worry, you can find amazing dresses that won’t cost them a ton!
You want your big day to be perfect (I mean, you’ve only been waiting for it your entire life!), which means your bridesmaids need to look perfect too. So to help you find amazing bridesmaid dresses that are inexpensive, I asked stylist Shahrnaz Shifteh – this is a woman who could accessorize a beige mumu and make it look chic! – to pick the top five bridesmaid dresses for under $100. Here are her budget-friendly picks:
1. For an outdoor wedding:
“This look is flowy and casual – a great complement to a garden or beach wedding,” says Shifteh. “Pick lighter,pastel colors in the spring or for a garden wedding, and bolder colors for a summer or beach wedding.” Bridesmaids should wear a simple pendant, a few bangles and flat sandals, ballet flats or wedges with this dress.
Strapless Chiffon Short Dress Style F12284
2. For a formal wedding:
“Floor length gowns are ideal for a formal wedding,” Shifteh explains. Bridesmaids should pair the dress with neutral or metallic, open-toe stiletto sandals and get it hemmed so that it lightly brushes the floor. Because of the beautiful shoulder detailing, bridesmaids don’t need to wear a necklace with this look, she says.
Flower One Shoulder Mesh Gown Style 8420Y033
3. For a trendy wedding:
“This is very runway – a Sarah Jessica Parker in ‘Sex and the City’ look,” Shifteh says. She recommends that bridesmaids accessorize with a fun cocktail ring and high-heeled pumps or sandals that don’t have crystals or embellishments on them since “the dress is the statement in this outfit.”
Short Draped Satin Dress with Sash Style VW360017
4. For modern-meets-elegant wedding:
“This dress is elegant with a twist – the slit gives it a very modern edge,” says Shifteh. She says that bridesmaids should wear this look with statement earrings and a stiletto sandal.
Strapless Long Charmeuse Dress with SlitStyle F44447
5. For a country club-style wedding:
“This dress is a great mix of preppy meets casual,” says Shifteh. She recommends bridesmaids wear this look with a simple strand of pearls and kitten heels.
Cotton Sateen Short Strapless Ruched DressStyle 83312
Bottom line: “Brides should not be afraid to mix and match dresses at their wedding,” says Shifteh. “Color and fabric should be similar, but beyond that, have fun,” she says.