What You Need to Know About 2017 Bridesmaid Dress Trends

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If you are all set to be a bridesmaid this year, there is a lot to look forward to in 2017 bridesmaid dress trends. Whether the bride is a fan of classics or prefers current dress styles, there are sensational options to choose from this year. Take a look at this round-up by the fashion experts at Canada’s premier bridal destination, Best for Bride, of what is hot and happening in bridesmaids fashion in 2017.

Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2017

Stylish single-shoulder dresses

Sexy and glamorous, the one-shoulder neckline detail is a favorite in the wedding world. It is a dress style that allows you to show off your shoulders without baring too much skin. Single-shoulder dresses are best with a defined waistline, though they are available in column and dropped waist designs too. This practical dress style looks flattering on almost everyone, making it a great choice when the bridal party has women with different body types.

Ruffled one-shoulder Mori Lee 21503 dress from Best for Bride Canada.

Ruffled one-shoulder Mori Lee 21503 dress with full-length skirt. Matching tie sash defines waistline of the A-line silhouette.

Floral patterns on dresses

Floral prints are a popular trend for 2017, as noted in the trend report on the Fashionisers website. This year, the popular print takes on dimensions at either end of the scale, appearing as big and bold prints or as a scattering of miniscule floral motifs. Spring and summer will see many brides opting for floral patterns to liven up their bridal party outfits. This print is a winner at garden weddings. Florals look good in tea-length dresses and full-length gowns.

Floral printed chiffon 21528 gown from the Mori Lee from Best for Bride Canada.

Floral printed chiffon 21528 gown from the Mori Lee bridesmaid collection. Cap-sleeves, sweetheart neckline and A-line silhouette with side slit.

Dresses in neutral colors

Neutrals blend with any color scheme, and colors in this spectrum look good on most complexions. Bridesmaids have a wide variety of sophisticated gowns in various neutral colors to make their pick from this year. Popular neutral colors include camel, taupe, beige and silver. Darker shades like navy and brown will be big on the autumn and winter wedding scene. Dresses in these colors can be paired with colorful accessories like bouquets, sashes and shoes that tie it to the color theme of the wedding.

Chiffon bridesmaid dress in blush from the Mori Lee spring 2017 collection.

Chiffon blush bridesmaid dress from the Mori Lee Spring 2017 collection.

This chiffon bridesmaid dress in blush has a subtle color that doesn’t overpower. This helps the embellished halter neckline, over a sweetheart bodice, stand out.

Interesting back details

Dresses that show off fabulous back details are now part of many bridesmaid designer collections. Unusual cut-outs, interesting bows, and subtle illusion style backs are the most popular trends. It is a fantastic way to complement the bride’s attire, while giving the bridesmaids their own way to make a statement.

Alfred Angelo 7412 features a beautiful cut-out back detail in sheer over draped surplice bodice.

Alfred Angelo 7412 features a beautiful cut-out back detail in sheer over draped surplice bodice.

While the above dress features a beautiful cut-out back detail, it also features a cap-sleeve yoke and V-neckline in the front in an A-line silhouette.

Metallic trend

Step up the glamour quotient of your bridal party with dresses embellished with metallic sequins. Rose gold is the new favorite in metallic and was featured all over the Spring 2017 runways this year. This soft, feminine shade adds subtle elegance to the shimmering embellishments, and are a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. The details work best on long flowy gowns in a column or fit and flare style. These are perfect for formal wedding styles. Although they are easy to accessorize, this statement color requires few accessories to complete the look.

Rose-sequined 8120L gown from the Alfred Angelo 2017 bridesmaids dress collection. Features sweetheart neckline and fit and flare silhouette.

Rose-sequined 8120L gown from the Alfred Angelo 2017 bridesmaids dress collection. Features sweetheart neckline and fit and flare silhouette.

Lace bridesmaid’s dresses

Lace is a timeless classic on the wedding scene. Brides seeking to match their lace wedding dress with that of the bridal party will love this look. From full-length lace dresses, to select details in the neckline, skirt or bodice, lace is a common feature in many collections this year. Lace works well for both formal and informal weddings. Add a classic vibe with elegant embroidered lace appliques that are strategically placed on a ruffle, or in the skirt. Meanwhile, all-over lace details on a dress are perfect for garden ceremonies and vintage-style weddings.

All-over lace on A-line bridesmaid gown from Mori Lee Spring 2017 collection

All-over lace on A-line bridesmaid gown from Mori Lee Spring 2017 collection.

The above All-over lace on A-line bridesmaid gown also features a V-neckline, plunging back, and a tie sash accentuating the waistline.

Fluttering sleeves and necklines

Sleeve and neckline options with ruffles and loose fluttering layers are popular in bridesmaid’s dresses. Not only does this allow you to move your arms freely, the fluid movement adds to the femininity of the dress silhouette. Perfect for the spring and summer wedding scene, fluttering sleeves and overlay bodices look best in pastel and light-colored dresses. This sleeve and neckline style are commonly seen in chiffon, tulle and other light and airy fabrics.

The Mori Lee 21509 is a chiffon gown with spaghetti straps and a loose ruffled sleeve.

Mori Lee 21509 chiffon gown with spaghetti straps and loose ruffle sleeve.

This chiffon gown’s details play up the light and flowing nature of the garment, making it the perfect choice for an effortless, feminine look.

What is your favorite bridesmaid style for 2017? Share with us in the comments.

More on this featured author: Best for Bride is a popular bridal destination in Canada. They feature top-class designer wedding dresses and bridal party collections. The modern bride can find everything she needs for her wedding day, from dresses to accessories, dress alterations and even wedding day services at this one-stop bridal destination. U.S. brides and bridesmaids can shop online for great styles. For more details on their bridesmaid dress inventory and range of services, take a look at the Best for Bride website or follow them @bestforbrides.

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  • theweddingcat

    I really dig the floral patterned dress. And sequins are usually a good idea too.

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      I’m so obsessed with floral patterns right now. I liked them before but I want to buy every floral shirt I see. It’s getting bad. LOL

  • Keelie Briggs

    I’m a huge fan of Mori Lee wedding dresses, I hadn’t seen the bridesmaid dress range but they’re also gorgeous!

  • completelycasey

    Great post! I just went bridesmaid dress shopping for my wedding and noticed all of these trends!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Hope you have a wonderful wedding with no bridesmaid drama. Be sure to check out our tips and tricks to keep sane, lol.

  • wedincentralpark

    oooh metallic!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      Right!? I have always loved metallic shoes. Fun for it to be incorporated into dresses.

  • scenesfromcedarstreet

    I’m married but I’m in a wedding this September and I’m wearing a dress almost identical to the Mori Lee chiffon gown, I can’t wait, it’s so beautiful!!

  • Erin

    Such beautiful dresses

  • Lauren

    Simple, elegant and beautiful
    That chiffon gown with spaghetti straps and loose ruffle sleeve is perfect.


  • Jen Morrow

    I love that ANY of those dresses can be worn again for another event!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      I know! It’s so exciting that bridesmaid dresses are finally becoming versatile and pretty enough to wear again.

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