Choosing your bridesmaid dress alongside the bride-to-be should be a happy, memorable shopping experience. Ideally, it would involve champagne and long lunches too.
However, in reality, finding a cut and colour that suits everyone's taste and budget can be a total nightmare.
So, where to start?
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Less is definitely more when it comes to classic bridesmaid dressing - you want to look and feel incredible but let the bride have all the limelight.
Occasion wear can be tricky to get just right (spoiler: a fascinator will ruin everything) but opting for lace will give you that understated, dressy elegance appropriate for a wedding.
Nothing says luxe like lace, but when shopping for your outfit think about classic shapes (shift, maxi, A-line), necklines (strappy, strapless or halter-neck are perfect for summer wedding-goers) and complementing colours.
While pretty pastels are very on trend there's something really fresh about a cap-sleeved fluoro number.
For ladies working on budget, the high street has so much to offer - you only have to look at the collections at Whistles, Phase Eight, Coast and Monsoon to see that these brands know the score when it comes to dressy dresses.
Take a twirl through this gallery of 10 gorgeous styles for you and your fellow bridesmaids. If you're not all going for the exact same style (mixing it up can look just as striking) then a matching palette is key.
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