10 Biggest Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2022
There is so much to look forward to if you’re saying “I do”, and a huge part of it is getting your bridesmaids, the women you love the most in your life, looking like fire and feeling fabulous. You may have had to cancel or postpone your wedding during the pandemic, but now is the time to start getting excited again for your big day. What better way to start than by looking at a multitude of beautiful gowns?
After extensive research, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the biggest bridesmaid dress trends for 2022. Whether you’re tying the knot in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, whatever the weather, you’re guaranteed to find dresses here for your girl gang that will give a fresh, on-trend look, as well as suiting all tastes and budgets!
The bridesmaid dresses are a crucial tool for tying your theme together; creating cohesion between your perfect wedding dress, your fiancé’s attire, your decorations, floral arrangements, and the venue’s overall aesthetic. From prioritising comfort to embracing a few 90’s throwbacks (oh yes!), you also have bold patterns and controlled clashes to consider, too!
These nine 2022 bridesmaid dress styles, covering everything from fabrics, colours, and cuts, will give you plenty of direction to start the thought process of what you want your big day to look like.
1. Mix & Match Bridesmaid Dresses
The biggest trend in 2022 is an emphasis on allowing the expression of your bridesmaid’s individuality. Why not do the same for your big day? Trust in their own knowledge of what works with their body shape, and allow them to showcase key features of their figures and their personalities with their chosen embellishments, accessories, colours, and cuts.
Beware of an open-ended free-for-all when choosing the mix and match bridesmaids dress option. You may get lucky, and they choose cute bridesmaid dresses that totally match your wedding theme. Or they could opt for something outrageously extravagant and end up looking out of place in the wedding pictures.
You can set clear boundaries to make sure your besties toe the line; this could be done by supplying them with a palette with 3 or 4 colours to choose from, or certain patterns you want them to stick to. They can then pick the nitty-gritty details such as fabrics, styles, lengths, and necklines, saving you a job in the process! Delegation at its finest.
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2. Warm and Earthy Tones
Warm, earthy palettes suit so many skin tones and are incredibly easy to mix and match a variety of dress cut styles and differing hues, whilst maintaining that all-important overarching theme. A flattering and versatile palette that is subdued and sophisticated.
Last year saw terracotta bridesmaid dresses rise in popularity, but really, you have a huge choice of colours to choose from: rust, dark orange, cinnamon, persimmon, auburn, sienna, and brown. A rust bridesmaid dress, for instance, is the perfect fall bridesmaid dress colour, will match a rustic or bohemian theme, and will be great for photography with a natural backdrop.
Shop the look: Babaroni
3. Nature, Bright & Geometric Patterns
The past year has forced a reconnection with nature, and it seems to be something that is now being reflected in fashion. Green hues, fruit-based patterns, and even a simple floral maxi dress, all have featured on the catwalks currently.
If you are going for a summer wedding, choosing natural and earthy tones such as the khaki maxi bridesmaids’ dress featured above is guaranteed to flatter your girls’ skin tones and allow them to show off those hard-earned tans!
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4. Creams & Neutral Colours
Not everything needs to be warm or bold in 2022. Muted tones are also in vogue, as they can give a super modern, clean, and crisp feel to your day. Choose from, or combine, nude, ivory, champagne, pearl, or oyster for your bridesmaid dress colours.
Remember that you really can make just as big a statement with a complete absence of colour! And if you really want to make those dresses pop, a patterned design or floral details are all you need.
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5. Cowl Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses
You’ve heard us right, the ’90s and early noughties are making a comeback (cowl-back?) with the cowl neck! A cowl can give the bridesmaids an effortless and lightweight dress, whilst allowing for a flirty look by showing the collarbones.
The best part about cowl neck dresses is that they look stylish and chic, no matter what colour you go for! Team a cowl neck slip dress with a minimalist or chic aesthetic wedding venue style, for that extra pop of colour.
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The forced informality of weddings and other events during the pandemic seems to have influenced some of the styles due to become popular in 2022 – bridesmaids are choosing the slightly non-conventional option of not wearing a dress at all.
Jumpsuits are surprisingly versatile, too; perfect for smaller gatherings and more casual ceremonies, they are available in a wide variety of colours, fabrics and necklines. Plus, we all know how fun jumpsuits are to wear!
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7. Empire Waists
More early noughties nostalgia here, the empire-waist strikes back! Although, 2022 brings with it some modifications that make it a little more elegant and sophisticated than its predecessor.
Team the empire waist with a streamlined silhouette, deep necklines, thin straps and make sure there’s a bit of structure to the chosen fabric. Avoid bows, ruching or other embellishments, or your bridesmaids might look a bit too retro for your big day! If one of your bridesmaids is pregnant, an empire waist dress will skim the fabric over the hips and torso and emphasise the bust to create the illusion of a taller, more hourglass-shaped figure.
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8. High Necklines & “Mock Neck”
Halter necks and spaghetti straps may still be fairing well for another year as a popular choice for your bridesmaids’ dress options, but predictions also show that high necklines are to become a big trend this year in their own right! This style creates a more formal look for any bridal party. Think something similar to Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress with the open bateau neckline.
Another option available is known as a “mock-neck”; its key feature is that it extends all the way to the middle of the throat as opposed to the lower jaw as found in a traditional turtleneck. The versatility of this style allows for a range of fabrics to be used, such as the classic velvet, chiffon that flows so carelessly, or crepe that hugs those curves. Use to flatter the upper body and show off the arms and shoulders, and pair with some statement earrings and an elegant updo for the full wow factor!
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9. Silk, Satin & Velvet
One of the biggest bridesmaid trends for 2022 is focused on comfort and how the fabrics feel against the skin. Think soft and flowy silks and satins, and don’t forget the timeless luxury provided by a velvet bridesmaid dress.
The great thing about all of these fabrics is that they automatically give off the vibe of celebration and opulence, adding a certain level of class and sophistication to your wedding party.
Shop the look: Verona Couture Bridal Boutique
10. Royal Wedding Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses
Royal weddings gone by are one of the biggest bridesmaid dress trends, no matter the year: cue the Pippa Middleton bridesmaid dress. We don’t even need to show you an image of this, you KNOW that dress! But what you may not know is that it encompasses a lot of what we’ve discussed above – a cowl neck, an empire waist, made from an ivory satin-based crepe fabric. John Lewis has an excellent look-alike Pippa Middleton bridesmaid dress for your special day.
Shop the look: John Lewis
Let the bridal shopping begin!
We’re so excited – and at times outright surprised – by these trends. After so much time apart with not a lot to celebrate, we absolutely can’t wait to see these styles in action. So head on over to our bridal wear event suppliers category and start browsing!
Things to consider…
1. Once you’ve popped the question to your besties, don’t forget to decide who will be paying for the bridesmaid’s dress and how the choice will be made as to what each person will be wearing.
2. One thing 2020 has taught us is that a lot of real-life can be digitised. Why not arrange a virtual party or fashion show with your girls once all the gowns are sorted and have a night of swish, flick, pose (and prosecco!), to celebrate how amazing they all look.
3. If you are going for cohesion all across the board, why not try to match your bridesmaids’ dress patterns or colour accents with your wedding cake? This way you will ensure your wedding theme carries through on all the important elements of your wedding day.
These are some of the key things to remember when picking out your girlies’ bridesmaid dresses. However, there is so much more to planning an event. Check out our guide on how to plan an event, to ensure you get the all-important details right from the start.