So you’ve been invited to a wedding. Yes, you’re finally at that age when your friends and colleagues are started to get hitched, and you find yourself bao-ing more money in a year than you’ve ever done for the past 20 years.
And since you’ll be shelling out close to $200 on a red packet (depending on the venue and how close you are to the bride or groom), spending hundreds of dollars on a dress is certainly out of the question – unless you know you’re going to wear the same dress for the next 10 weddings.
What’s more, if you’re a bridesmaid, you’ll probably be assigned a specific dress colour, and that colour might change the next time you become a bridesmaid for somebody else. So it’s definitely not worth your money to splurge on an unflattering dress that you’ll probably wear only once (seriously, we need to ban those convertible one-size fits all dresses).
Which is why we’ve taken matters into our own hands and found 15 dresses (in almost every colour we could think of) from a mix of bridesmaid speciality stores and high street brands that you’ll look great in without burning a serious hole in your wallet.
Scroll through to check them out.
Additional Reporting: Hidayah Idris
Send nudes in this handkerchief hem slip dress from & Other Stories.
Contrary to popular belief, yellow is not as difficult as a colour to work with for a wedding. A pastel tone is a great way to add a fresh, pop of colour at your wedding without stealing attention from the bride!
If you’re planning to have a sunset wedding, think about how gorgeous this marigold yellow dress will look in pictures.
Try peach for your bridesmaids if you’re looking for some fun, summery vibes.
Coral has been increasingly popular for beachside weddings – and we can see why! The colour simply pops against the sand and it suits all skin tones.
Berry tones like maroon and oxblood will add a nice contrast in your pictures and make it visually interesting.
If you want an ultra-feminine look for your wedding, try this baby pink gown from Fashion Nova.
This ’50s style pink wedding dress would look great at a retro-themed wedding.
Can’t decide between pink or purple? Try lilac, one of the lightest hues of the purple family. This colour will add some softness to your wedding day.
Purple is one of the most romantic colours and adds a feminine finish to your wedding pictures.
If you’re looking to spice things up, an electric purple dress will do just the trick!
Can’t decide on what kind of blue to have? Why settle? Choose an ombre dress that combines all the hues.
We just love the calming vibes of this pastel blue embellished gown.
There’s just something about mint that’s so pleasing to the eye. This would look great at a rustic style wedding with shades of brown.
A colour that epitomizes calm and composure, teal is a great colour that flatters all skin tones and would look great at a forest style wedding with loads of lush greenery.
If you’re looking for a darker tone for your bridesmaid but find black too sombre, navy blue is a great alternative.
You can never go wrong with a timeless black dress.
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