It’s bridal season, and we’re guessing by now that you have several save-the-date cards staring at you from behind their refrigerator magnets. And if you’re ever so lucky — if that’s the right word — you’re in the bridal party, drama and all. The idea of buying a heinous dress that we’ll never wear again makes us ill, which is why we searched for the best bridesmaid dresses for our latest Shop-A-Matic, just one part of our big wedding guide, which also features wedding gowns, hairstyles, cakes, bouquets, and stationery. We picked 110 options, from nontraditional little black dresses to bright-yellow springtime frocks that you’ll want to keep in your closet, reusable for rounds two, three, or fourteen. Check out our top five picks below.
Whitney Dress by J.Crew
Why we like it: A subtle print gives depth to the sleek chiffon column and adds a touch of bohemian whimsy. Your answer to what to wear to that destination wedding.
Off-the-Shoulder Silk Dress by Wren
Why we like it: The soft ruffles and off-the-shoulder neckline are a romantic twist on the classic little black dress. It’s equally elegant standing alongside the bride as on a night on the town.
Hushed Hamlet Dress by Maeve
Why we like it: The stripes add a preppy spin, making this strapless number ready for any standard country-club affair.
Linen Tweed Deep V-neck Dress by ADAM
Why we like it: With a defined waist, this dress is figure-flattering and comfortable. And the bright-pink hue is a nice complement to any summer tan.
Chiffon Halter Dress by Amsale
Why we like it: Floaty chiffon dresses up a punchy-bright halter for an evening affair. The empire waist makes this silhouette flattering for all body types.