Christmas is the most popular time for people to propose, and summer, naturally, the most popular time to have a wedding.
Which, by logic, would make this the most likely time for one of your newly-engaged BFFs to ask you to be her bridesmaid.
It can be a moment of mixed emotions.
Sure, the overriding one is of elation and honour, but if we are truly honest, the nightmares soon set in. Will you have to wear mint green? Will it be strapless? Will ten of us be forced into a one-size-fits-all dress?
And yet, thanks to a flurry of chic, fashion-forward bridesmaid dress brands, there’s no reason you can’t feel like yourself – even your coolest self – on your friend’s special day.
Plus you might actually want to wear it again, post-wedding. Hurrah! Here are six of the best brands for bridesmaids dresses:
First up is the bridesmaid-focussed ready-to-wear label Les Heroines. Launched by stylist Vanessa Cocchiaro in 2017, the pieces are elegant and contemporary and are named after influential women such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Simone de Beauvoir and Maya Angelou. This is occasion dressing for the thinking woman.
Prices for dresses and separates range from £140 up to £420.
Got a girl gang that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes? Planning a wedding aesthetic with a tight colour scheme? Look no further than Rewritten. Launched by friends Katie Arnott and Frances Cookson in 2016, the brand offers a tight and minimal edit of seven different dress styles (all designed and handmade in London) which come in seven jewel-hued colours (with several more on the way in Spring 2019). So your girls can all don an exactly matching hue, but find a shape and cut to suit their figure – everyone’s a winner.
Dresses range from £140 – £160.
This Romanian ready-to-wear brand, founded in 2012 by sisters Dana and Violette Basoc, doesn’t explicitly target bridesmaids, but the minimal, silky slips, jumpsuits and dresses are bang on for a stylish city wedding.
Prices start at £230.
Needle & Thread
For designs that are ultra-feminine yet totally on-the-money, British brand Needle & Thread has you covered. Not one for minimalists, these dresses are big on embellishment and big on impact, and the covered-up styles will suit most body types. Although not explicitly a bridesmaid dress brand, several of their styles feel very aisle-appropriate – the cap-sleeved Andromeda dress for example oozes glam winter wedding.
Prices start at £165.
LA-based brand Reformation, which officially launched wedding dresses in spring 2017, has become a go-to for millennial bridesmaids looking for something affordable, on-trend and understated. The dresses, which are all made from recycled fabrics, are generally backless, flowy and just-the-right-side-of-hippie. Perfect for the ‘gram.
Prices start at US$268 (£209.93).
Fame and Partners
Got a fussy #galdem? Different figures and strong opinions? Aussie brand Fame and Partners might just be the answer to your bridesmaid dress dilemmas. Operating like a modern day online atelier, they allow full customisation of all their pieces. Fancy that dress but in a different colour with a different neckline? No problemo.
Each dress comes in a variety of style and colour combinations that you can tailor yourself. There’s also a 48-hour express service in case you’re having a last minute crisis.
Prices start at £214 and go up with alterations.
Grace Loves Lace
Australian bridal brand Grace Loves Lace is perfect for those seeking some glamorous – and affordable – bohemian vibes. Each piece is handmade in their studio in Australia using French lace. Maxi dresses, bardot tops, silk trousers and dipped hem skirts all come in an array of flattering pastel colours.
Founded by Megan Ziems in 2010, the brand also makes wedding dresses – in fact one of Ziems’ creations was the most pinned wedding dress of 2017, with 2.5 million pins on Pinterest.
Grace Loves Lace dresses start from £160.00.