Pretty Maids

We’ve scoped out some of the hottest trends in dresses that your bridesmaids just might want to wear more than once. From flowing fabrics in chic shades to cutting-edge necklines, there’s sure to be a style perfect for any type of wedding.

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Hot hues

Brides are keeping up with trends this year by choosing bold and saturated hues either as the main dress color or as hip accents (such as a sash or hemline trim). Some of the hottest colors include rich plum, emerald green and teal, fiery pomegranate and cobalt blue.

In addition to the bright and vibrant colors appearing this year, you can make a more understated approach. There are plenty of softer colors available, like blush, mint, creamy latte or buttercup. You can also liven up the palette by adding a bright sash or bouquet.

Then there’s the gray area. For the past few years, chocolate brown has been the hip neutral popping up in weddings. Today, one of the hottest new neutrals coming down the aisle is gray. From charcoal to silver, some shades are almost as body flattering as black and its neutrality complements most skin tones. Plus, gray is chic no matter what the season, and it really pops when paired with bright pink, cheery yellow or royal purple.

Why let your bridesmaids wear one color when they can wear two? If you want to skip the monotone maid look, two-toned dresses are in this season, as well as separates-inspired dresses.

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From caps

For years, strapless bridesmaid gowns have been the big seller. But designers are now introducing more styles with elegant necklines and unique strap designs. For example, one shoulder dresses are hot right now and are giving strapless gowns a run for their money. Hot off the runways, designers are also showcasing lots of halter and bateau necklines. With these fashion-forward styles, your bridesmaids can show off a little shoulder without having to worry about everything falling out when they bend over. Also, for a bit of chic cover-up, think cap-sleeve couture. This sleeve style gives a timeless, elegant feel to any dress.

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Short... and sweet

Hemlines are on the rise. Flying in the face of tradition, many brides are opting to dress their wedding party in the new fun, feminine and flirty tea-length styles. The added benefit? Shorter styles are usually less expensive and they offer the bridesmaid more opportunities to wear the dress again.

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