WEDDING season is back with a bang, and for brides and bridal parties shopping for bridesmaids dresses, the selection can be overwhelming, and expensive, which is why we are here to help you find the best high street bridesmaids dresses.
There are a whole host of designs to shop, but for those looking for affordable, stylish bridesmaids dresses for your girl gang, the high street has an impressive selection to secure the best high street bridesmaids dresses.
The best high street bridesmaids dresses come in different styles, shapes, colours and fabrics.
Some of the more popular colours include pastel shades, such as soft blush pink, champagne, or pistachio, though forest green and navy blue are also soaring in popularity.
Some brides have even dressed their bridesmaids in various shades of one colour for a little more colour in the photos.
From halterneck styles, to short sleeve designs, and creations, which can be worn multiple ways allowing each bridesmaid to style their dress their own way.
Satin slip dresses are a popular look every year, and season for that matter, when it comes to bridesmaids dresses, however, some may prefer chiffon designs for a more traditional look, short sleeved designs or wrap dresses.
When shopping for high street bridesmaids dresses you will have to shop quickly, as the stunning styles at affordable prices, makes an ideal combination for a sell out buy.
ASOS, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, New Look and River Island are among some of our fave high street stores to shop bridesmaids dresses – and they won't break the bank either.
To save you the stress, we have sifted through some of our favourite high street bridesmaids dresses to save you the legwork.
If you're dressing for the colder weather, whether it's a winter wedding or fresh spring day, and you still want something chic and stylish for your bridesmaids, then ASOS has nailed it.
This Batwing Bias Cut Maxi Dress is a level up from the classic bias satin maxi, or mini, dresses, we have worn day in day out for years now.
This creation is simple, classic, chic, but flattering and formal.
From the blouson sleeves to the cinched in waist detail, and spring pastel shade, this dress is a firm favourite in our books. Plus it's under £100.
- ASOS DESIGN Bridesmaids batwing bias cut maxi dress, £65 from ASOS – buy here
M&S has outfits for all occasions, including weddings.
While some love the men's suits, others are dressing their bridal party, and M&S is the place to go.
M&S stocks a variety of brands, including Little Mistress, Ghost, Phase Eight, Hobbs and more, which are ideal for bridesmaids, we well as wedding guests, and the mother of the bride.
One of our personal favourites is this Little Mistress Square Neck Pleated Maxi Bridesmaid Dress, which we think is perfect for watching your friend or relative walk down the aisle any time of year.
It has short sleeves, which are super subtle thanks to the round neck design, though not too restricting with the keyhole detail on the chest, which is ideal for those looking for some coverage.
The dark colour, combined with the pleated fabric, and long length is super flattering to elongate the body perfect for bridesmaids of all heights.
- LITTLE MISTRESS Square Neck Pleated Maxi Bridesmaid Dress, £80 from M&S – buy here
3. John Lewis
Want to dress your bridesmaids in something a little more luxe-looking and chic? Phase Eight at John Lewis has some impressive designs to choose from.
This style with the embellished tulle layering, as well as the chiffon batwing sleeves, make this a flattering design for all wearers.
We love the sage green hue, which is perfect for brides opting for a muted colour palette on their special day, spring and summer weddings, and even winter dos.
But what stands this out, and adds a little extra detail so it is not a pastel bridesmaids dress is the textured tulle sleeve, and the jewels fitted to the whole dress. When the light catches those embellished details, especially in photos, your bridesmaids will look dazzling – quite literally.
- Phase Eight Blanca Crystal Embellished Tulle Maxi Dress, £325 from John Lewis – buy here
When shopping for bridesmaids dresses, Monsoon is a great place to start, and to be quite frank, it always has been the go-to for formal occasionwear for decades.
There's an array of bridesmaids dresses on offer, as well as stunning pieces for flower girls, ushers, brides, and the mother of the bride, making it the one stop shop for every wedding essential.
This Tracy Twist Me Tie Me Maxi Dress ticks all the boxes for us, as it can be styled in multiple ways, so whether you choose to have all your bridesmaids wear the same wear, or alternate, you can do so.
- Tracy Twist Me Tie Me Maxi Dress, £99 from Monsoon – buy here
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5. New Look
A halterneck design is a popular style for bridesmaids, and can be incredibly flattering.
This style has certainly made a comeback, and we are here for it.A halterneck dress shows off the feminine areas, such as shoulders, and décolletage, so a little glimpse of skin without overdoing it, so the wearer has the appropriate amount of coverage for a formal ceremony.
Combine the halterneck with the silky satin fabric, and soft pastel shade, and you have a winning design we can't get enough of.
This design also comes in multiple colourways to suit every bridal scheme.
Or you can go all out with a glitzy variation from New Look, titled the Maya Halterneck Dress.
- Pink Satin Halter Maxi Dress, £39.99 from New Look – buy here
Oasis has a gorgeous selection of dresses for all occasions, including a dedicated wedding dress section, which is just what brides are after when shopping for their bridal parties ahead of their special day.
Oasis has long sleeve, short sleeve, midi and maxi designs, so shoppers are spoilt for choice when shopping for high street bridesmaids dresses.
With all the options it is hard to pick one single design to dress their bridesmaids in, but we have whittled it down to the Plunge V Neck Embellished Waist Maxi.
This plunge lilac number is a beautiful choice for a bridesmaid, as it is loose fitting, floaty, lightweight, and practical for all day wear.
- Plunge V Neck Embellished Waist Maxi, £35 (Was £139) from Oasis – buy here
Lately we have seen more brides opt for off-white, neutral tones and muted colour palettes, which are in harmony with the decor, and even a slight hint of colour in a similar version to the brides gown.
We are here for it.
A muted colour palette for the bridesmaids just makes everyone look super ethereal, it compliments the decor, flowers, and any season, plus it ensures all eyes are on the bride and groom without bold colours distracting from the newlyweds.
Not only is the colour soft and gentle, but as is the fabric and cut of this dress; from the cowl neck, loose belt, to the slight boat neckline.
- IDA Cowl Neck Bridesmaids Dress, £238 from Reiss – buy here
8.Chi Chi London
Chi Chi London is one brand to check out for those shopping occasionwear, and even evening attire if you are a wedding guest heading to a wedding.
This chic one-shoulder champagne number is perfect for all wedding themes, colour schemes, and seasons, as it is affordable, but still looks extremely luxe.
Unlike some satin maxi dress, this creation features a knot detail, which gathers slightly, and while it works to cinch in your waist and create that hourglass contour, it can also hide any bloating too, which is what we love because the draping distracts from any possible lumps and bumps.
- CHI CHI LONDON One-shoulder satin maxi dress, £102, from Chi Chi London – buy here
9. River Island
Keep it classy with a chic bandeau dress for your bridesmaids, with River Island's uber chic design.
It's rare we find a bandeau style dress for bridesmaids, but River Island has delivered and we are here for it.
This is the perfect style for destination weddings, as well as spring and summer ceremonies in the UK.
What we love is this is not just a satin slip dress, which is figure hugging and close to the skin, but has a slight layering, which makes for an even more flattering design bridesmaids will feel comfortable in.
It also comes in various colours so there is bound to be something to suit your colour scheme.
- Pink Bandeau Bridesmaids Dress, £85 from River Island – buy here
For bridesmaids who may be conscious of their arms or waist, this Nastygal style is a great solution.
The design features blouson sleeves, a v-plunge neckline, and a floating skirt, which is super flattering, floaty, lightweight, and classy.
The wrap design is one many shoppers love, including us, as it can hide a multitude of sins, is comfortable, and flattering on all body shapes.
The floaty design ensures your bridesmaids can move, and dance the night away with you come the evening reception, which is what all the fun is about, right?
Plus this style comes in different colours, and is on sale – what more could we want?
- Long Sleeve Midi Wrap Dress, £10 (Was £69) from Nastygal – buy here
Whistles is stocked in a variety of department stores, including John Lewis, Selfridges, and ASOS, as well as its own brand, which makes securing your beloved Whistles dress a little more possible with all the retailer options.
For those looking for something stylish and elegant, Whistles' Adeline dress gets our vote, especially for those having a winter wedding.
This deep plum is perfect for winter ceremonies, as it is warming, and the opposite of what the bride will be wearing, so near fear of colour clashing.The darker hue will also provide a stark contrast for the bride to stand out in front of, which is the aim of the game, after all it is their day.
- Adeline Frill Midi Dress, £169 from Whistles – buy here
12. Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child is a firm favourite for many shoppers, whether you are shopping occasionwear, wedding guest dresses, summer attire, or bridesmaids dresses.
There is a huge variety to say the least, from short sleeve and sleeveless, to long sleeves, midi and maxi, as well as a multitude of colours.
What we love about Nobody's Child is they pride themselves on being an eco-conscious and sustainable brand.
One style in particular we are head over heels for is the Dora Midaxi Dress, as it looks super simple and elegant from the front with the thick straps and square neckline, but the fun is all in the back detail, which boasts a tie back. We love.
- Blue Satin Dora Midaxi Bridesmaid Dress, £75 from Nobody's Child – buy here
Boohoo is one of our go-to's for stylish, but affordable garments for any occasion, and body type, as well as any time of year.
If you're in need of the same style dress, in different sizes, to suit your petite pal, tall bridesmaid or maternity Maid of Honour, they have you covered.
One of the many styles we have our eyes on includes the Chiffon Cut Out Maxi Dress, as it is demure, but fun, and perfect for day to night, spring, summer and autumn weddings.
This creation features billowy short sleeves, is super long maxi length, but boasts a thigh high split, which we are obsessed with.
While the front looks like it is super simple and doesn't give too much away, the back has a slight cut out element to stand this out from other bridesmaids dresses.
- Chiffon Cut Out Maxi Dress, £50 from Boohoo – buy here
14. Never Fully Dressed
We love Never Fully Dressed not only for their luxe looking designs, but also for the fact you can wear them multiple ways, as this means you can dress your bridesmaids in the same dress, but style differently to suit their style and body shape.
Take this Coco Wrap Dress, while you can wear as a wrap dress for bridesmaid duties, you can re-wear as a kaftan, or blouse tucked into jeans or trousers, even as a skirt, with the sleeves wrapped around the waist as a belt paired with a t-shirt or jumper.
- Coco Wrap Dress, £89, from Never Fully Dressed – buy here
Ghost not only has our seal of approval when it comes to shopping for bridesmaids dresses, but is a brand loved by celebrities, including Holly Willoughby.
It is the ultimate shopping destination when shopping for formal occasionwear, whether that is bridesmaids dresses, or bridal wear, wedding guest dress or mother of the bride.
White might be a controversial choice for bridesmaids for some brides but it's getting increasingly popular – here's one we love.
It's simple, it's elegant, and it comes in other colours too, so you can have all your bridesmaids in one colour, or a rainbow of shades depending on your wedding aesthetic.
- DELPHINE DRESS, £195 from Ghost – buy here
16. Karen Millen
Karen Millen has a dedicated edit for bridesmaids dresses when shopping online, which makes shopping for your bridal party a breeze.
With plenty of options to choose from at Karen Millen, let alone different retailers, it can feel overwhelming.
Our personal favourite includes the Soft Tailored sleeveless Midi Dress.
This design is a hybrid of a halterneck style, asymetric dress, and midi, and we love it. This design is super flattering, and a n unusual style, which is different to traditional bridesmaids dresses.
What we love most is this design comes in bright colours, so you can inject some colour into your wedding day.
- Soft Tailored Sleeveless Midi Dress, £125.30 (Was £179) from Karen Millen – buy here
17. JJs House
JJ's House is one retailer many brides, and bridesmaids may already be familiar with, as it caters for everyone's needs for the wedding season.
With an array of styles and colours to shop, there really is nowhere else to shop for bridesmaids dresses ahead of your special wedding day.
The A-line high neck dress is super flattering on all body shapes, and is the traditional style many know and love.
Plus, the designs are super affordable too.
- A-line High Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Bow, £87 from JJ's House – buy here
Can you rent bridesmaid dresses?
Yes, there are plenty of companies who champion sustainable fashion and offer hire options so you can rent any dress, including bridesmaids dresses.
It's a cheaper, more sustainable way of tackling your wedding day.
Some of the stand out fashion rental companies include Hurr, My Wardrobe HQ, Rent the Runway, By Rotation, and Hire Street.
How much do high street wedding dresses cost?
Bridesmaids dresses can vary from £30 from high street retailers, such as ASOS, Nastygal, River Island, to hundreds of pounds, depending on the style and brand you choose.
As a rule of thumb, bridesmaids dresses purchased on the rail will cost more than bespoke designs, or creations made to measure.
When do you order bridesmaid dresses?
Bridesmaids dresses can be purchased on the day when shopping at high street retailers, or may need to be ordered in advance.
David's Bridal has advised shoppers to order bridesmaids dresses five to six months ahead of the wedding date.
The site reads: "With so many colours and styles, there are endless ways to coordinate your bridesmaids. Since some styles will need to be special-ordered or altered, we recommend choosing the dresses for the bridal party as soon as you can. We recommend 5 – 6 months in advance."
However, some bridal shops may be able to accommodate last minute purchases.
Alternatively shop as you would usually, which can see delivery take anywhere from three to seven working days to arrive.
If you need your dresses altered, you can always rely on a local tailors or seamstress to make adjustments.
Who buys bridesmaid dresses?
The rules around who buys the bridesmaid dresses varies, as it depends on the bride and groom, as well as the bridal party.
In some cases the bride may pay for the bridesmaid dresses, usually if there are not many bridesmaids.
However, many bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own bridesmaids dresses, as well as hair and make-up on the big day.
What bridesmaid dresses go with what bridal gown?
It all depends on the wedding theme, as well as the season, and the brides personal style too.
Typically classic and simple bridesmaids dresses, such as satin slip dresses, or maxi designs are a firm favourite.
While popular colours range from winter whites, or gold hues, and soft pastel shades.
However, some winter weddings see navy blue and forest green a hit with the bridal party.
How to pick bridesmaid dresses?
When it comes to picking bridesmaid dresses, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the vast selection on offer.
In most cases the bride scopes out what designs she prefers, as they know the theme for their wedding, as well as what would complement the bridal gown.
From there they may put some choices to the bridesmaids.
However, in other cases it can turn into a fun day out, which involves heading to a bridal shop, trying on various styles and seeing what style suits all bridesmaids – and one they can all agree on.
While satin dresses or maxi designs are most popular options to buy, some bridesmaids may prefer more coverage around certain areas of their body, and it is important to take those factors into consideration.
Where to buy bridesmaids dresses on the high street?
There are plenty of places to hop bridesmaids dresses in general, which includes high street retailers, which is music to our ears.
Shoppers can head into stores, including stand alone shops or department stores, in search of the best high street bridesmaids dresses, or scour online rails.
Some of the go-to high street brand we recommend shopping at for bridesmaids dresses are:
- ASOS – shop here
- M&S – shop here
- John Lewis – shop here
- Whistles – shop here
- New Look – shop here
- River Island – shop here
- Ted Baker – shop here
- Ghost – shop here
- Karen Millen – shop here
- Reiss – shop here
- Coast – shop here
- Nobody's Child – shop here
Where sells the best bridesmaids dresses on the high street?
There are plenty of shops to secure a beautiful bridesmaids dress on the high street.
Our personal favourites include Selfridges, John Lewis and ASOS, as they stock a variety of brands so you are bound to find something to suit the colour scheme you are sticking to for your wedding, as well as multitude of styles, cuts, and sizes.
Having said that, we are also impressed with the luxe looking bridesmaid collection River Island has recently launched.
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