Even if weddings look a little different in 2021, some things never change – like wanting your bridal party to look and feel their best on your big day. That’s why it’s best to avoid dress styles that are outdated, out-of-fashion or just plain unflattering.

Here are some of the latest trends in bridesmaid dresses that work on bridesmaids of any shape or shade.

1. Cowl Necklines

This collarbone-baring neckline was a staple of ‘90s fashion and is back in a big way in 2021. A wide variety of bridesmaid dress designers have recently featured this chic detail in their collections, including Jenny Yoo, Birdy Grey and Amsale.

Plus, the elegant drape effect is almost universally flattering as it tends to add volume to smaller busts and actually minimize larger busts.

2. High Necklines

Another neckline rising in popularity among bridesmaid designers is the mock turtleneck. Not quite as high as a traditional turtleneck, this version is slimmer yet still modest and stylish. Just pair it with some statement earrings to complete the ethereal look.

3. Luxe Fabrics

When it comes to dress fabric, luxury is the name of the game. While velvet has been trending for the last couple of years, glossy materials like satin and charmeuse are the new must-haves. These silky fabrics add a level of sophistication without the extra bulk to just about any silhouette.

4. Warm Tones

While cool Classic Blue may have been 2020’s Color of the Year, but 2021 is definitely trending warmer. Earthy shades like rust, terracotta and sienna have been popping up in designs from BHLDN, Dessy and other big names, and are the perfect choice for an autumn or bohemian-style wedding.

5. Powerful Prints

Go big by dressing your bridesmaids up in patterned frocks. This may not be conventional, but it’s a great way to add texture and interest to your wedding crew’s attire. Choose a dainty floral pattern for an ethereal or garden-themed day or an eye-catching graphic print for a contemporary feel.

6. Neutral Shades

On the more subtle end on the spectrum is the trend of neutral hued gowns. White may be traditionally reserved for the bride, other muted tones – like champagne, ivory, taupe and nude – can create a super modern and fresh looking bridal party.

7. Empire Waists

Feeling inspired by the fashions of “Bridgerton,” the binge-worth Netflix show? Incorporate a piece of those regency era looks to your 21st century wedding day with sleek empire waisted bridesmaid gowns. This iconic waistline is great at lengthening the silhouette and emphasizing the bust while minimizing the hips and tummy.

8. Modern Jumpsuits

Skip the gown altogether and have your bridesmaids walk down the aisle rocking matching jumpsuits. These dress alternatives strike a balance between formal and casual, making them perfect for a small, intimate backyard wedding or courthouse elopement. Plus, they’re super fun and comfortable enough for even the most rigorous dance moves!

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