7 Bridesmaid Dresses You Won't Have to Burn After You Wear Them

Whether you’re responsible for selecting the gowns your doting girls will be sporting on the big day, or a MOH offering suggestions to the bride-to-be, take our advice: don’t go big, just go home (from that tacky dress store). There’s nothing worse than having to wear an overly ruffly, fluffy, disaster of a silhouette. Luckily, these 7 styles—in every wedding appropriate hue—will save you from that.

1. Pink

Stand out in bright pink when everyone else is doing the “been there, done that” blush thing. Not only is this striking hue perfect for a beach ceremony, it’s only $80 to rent!
Badgley Mischka Fluorescent Chiffon Gown, $80 for 4-day rental on renttherunway.com

2. plum

This one-shouldered, tea-length style is super-femme and figure flatting on all body types.
‘Ariel’ Dress, $240, bhldn.com

3. black

Nothing says black tie like a flowing chiffon pleated gown with lace cut-out panels.
BCBG Max Azria ‘Caia’ Chiffon Pleated Gown, $448, bcbg.com

4. teal

This jewel tone shade is gorgeous for a fall or winter wedding and the dress is also a great cocktail party option you can wear in the future. 
French Connection ‘Duchess Divine’ Dress, $283.50, bloomingdales.com

5. stripes

Backyard celebrations call more a more casual, yet sweet, look. J. Crew’s ‘Cameron’ dress accomplishes both of those goals. 
Cameron Dress in Stripe Silk Organza, $275, jcrew.com

6. silver

If the bride is wearing Vera Wang, shouldn’t you as well? Vera’s more affordable bridesmaid dress line for David’s Bridal is next level good, as this peplum style proves.
Satin and Matte Crepe Peplum Dress with Satin Sash Style VW360134, $158, davidsbridal.com

7. omnbre

We guarantee you’ll want to wear this gorgeous ombré number more than just once.
ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Ombré Chiffon Gown, $298, nordstrom.com