4 Top Tips for Buying High Street Bridesmaid Dresses
- If you’re buying bridesmaid dresses from a high street store, do a recce online first and call the shops ahead to see if they have the styles and sizes you like – if not, order them in to try on.
- When you’re ordering online, think about upgrading to a one-off delivery fee that’ll get you free delivery for a whole year. It’ll make buying several sizes to try on and return a much easier (and cheaper) experience.
- Brands like ASOS and Oasis often do the same style dress in different lengths and across their petite and tall ranges. If your bridesmaids are lots of different heights or body shapes, this is your best bet for finding a dress they feel comfortable in.
- Don’t assume that just because you’re buying different styles of navy dresses from the same shop, they’ll be the same shade of navy. Lots of brides love the mix-and-match looks, but if consistency is key for you make sure you compare the dresses in real life in good lighting.
Starting from just £20, here’s our pick of the best cheap high street bridesmaid dresses.
- Bridesmaid Dresses Under £50
- Bridesmaid Dresses Under £80
- Bridesmaid Dresses Under £100
- Bridesmaid Dresses Under £150
£50 is actually a very reasonable budget for a bridesmaid dress, you just have to be savvy with where you shop. Online sites are your key players here, like Missguided or Boohoo, but high street stores like New Look, H&M and even Zara are also great places to find a bargain.
1. H&M Satin Dress – £49.99
This light beige dress from H&M will give your group a gorgeous ethereal look, especially if you tie it in with nude accessories. The details, like the stand-up collar and tapered cuffs, make it look far more expensive than it is, and the long-sleeves and mid-calf length mean that everyone will feel comfortable in it too.
2. H&M Satin Dress – £49.99
Another similar but slightly more sleek style comes in the form of this second H&M satin dress in a powdery-soft shade of beige. These kinds of complementary white and ivory bridesmaids dresses are becoming increasingly popular choices, but if you definitely want a contrasting colour, check it out in metallic steel grey or ruby red instead.
3. H&M Puff-Sleeve Satin Dress – £34.99
Going for black bridesmaid dresses? This H&M dress is an excellent option: smart enough for a special occasion, but cool enough that your ‘maids will want to wait over and over again. The lightweight fabric means it’s even great for summer ceremonies as well.
4. New Look Light Green Satin Frill Hem Dress – £27.99
A slinky satin dress with a fishtail hem for under £30? We’re head-over-heels for New Look’s sage green number. Set off the colour with subtle jewellery (try our favourite bridesmaid jewellery sets for affordable inspiration) and coordinating metallic shoes.
5. New Look Dark Green Satin Pleated Midi Dress – £27.99
This bold emerald green bridesmaid dress is a gem – also for under £30, no less! – and it comes in a variety of other hues, including a soft grey. Regardless of what colour you choose, the frill-edged skirt, tie waist and chic v-neckline will ensure your girls are the stars of the show.
6. ASOS DESIGN Knot Strap Pleated Maxi Dress in Rose – £40
Soft, comfortable fabric hangs beautifully in this ASOS maxi dress, which also comes in a lovely forest green. The plunging neckline and pleats add to the wow factor, while the waist will cinch everyone in, but is still stretchy enough that they can enjoy the wedding breakfast just as much as the rest of your guests.
7. Boohoo Fitted Fishtail Maxi Bridesmaid Dress – £25
Not only is Boohoo’s fab fishtail maxi an absolute bargain at £25, Boohoo often runs whole-site discount codes and other promotions, meaning that if you’re vigilant you might be able to score it for even less. There are five colours to choose between, from this burgundy to a vibrant red, soft blush and rich teal.
8. Missguided Bridesmaid Green Sweetheart Twist Fishtail Maxi Dress – £28
For a similarly fitted skirt with a little more of a sleeve, we love this equally purse-friendly Missguided dress. It far exceeds its £28 price tag; the twist front and ruching make it look really elegant and appropriate for any style of venue.
9. Missguided Blue Cape Sleeve Fishtail Maxi – £28
This lavender-hued fishtail maxi has the most wonderful cape sleeves! You forget that a lot of the first view your guests get of the bridesmaids are them walking down the aisle where they’ll see a lot of the back of their dress, so why not add some flair with this fabulous look?
10. Dorothy Perkins Raspberry Lace Pleat Dress – £38
Short and sweet is the name of the game with this Dorothy Perkins dress, the vibrant red of the lace providing the ideal contrast to any spray of flowers you might have your heart set on. Make everyone’s legs look even longer in this dress by suggesting neutral pumps to complete the outfit.
11. Zara Midi Dress with Front Knot – £29.99
Satin is our favourite fabric of the season. This soft blush midi dress is just £30 but looks like it's just walked straight off a minimalist runway –. the delicate straps also make a great frame for your bridesmaids to show off any particularly treasured jewellery.
12. Zara Satin Camisole Dress – £25.99
We're not sure when Zara became the high street's official satin cami dress supplier, but we're definitely not mad about it – especially when it comes to the hunt for bridesmaids dresses on a budget. This petrol blue dress is enhanced by the covered button detailing, which crosses the body in a effortlessly chic way.
High Street Bridesmaid Dresses Under £80
You’ll find the bridesmaid dress-worthy range of most shops in this price bracket, and some of the premium collections from the budget brands. ASOS is really fantastic for this price range, as are Warehouse, Oasis and Topshop.
13. ASOS Design Bridesmaid Ruched Bodice Maxi Dress with Cap Sleeve Detail – £75
It might look like it's just emerged from a pricey bridal boutique, but this gorgeous ASOS dress really does come in at just £75. It ticks all the boxes and will go with basically anything – hair up or down, posy or oversized bouquet, heels or flats. This is the type of bridesmaid dress you'll never regret snapping up.
14. ASOS Design One Shoulder Tulle Midi Dress – £68
The all-over tulle and one-shoulder shape ensure that this ASOS design style is a bridesmaid dress with a difference. When it comes to bouquets, opt for seasonal wedding flowers that complement that striking oxblood colour.
15. ASOS Design Bridesmaid Short Sleeve Ruched Maxi Dress – £75
ASOS has really pulled out all the stops for bridesmaids dresses in 2020, dropping multiple elegant options that all come in under the £80 mark. Heather purple makes a sophisticated alternative to the wash of pinks you’ll find elsewhere on the rails, and the shoulders and bodice give off serious Grecian goddess vibes.
16. ASOS Design Premium Cami Pleated Maxi Dress with Trim Detail – £60
Speaking of the graceful Grecian look, we highly suggest your girls try this spearmint dress on for size. We know there's a whole lot of ASOS in this section, but trust us when we say this is just a fraction of the beautiful bridesmaid dress options you'll find on site – we had major trouble whittling it down.
17. Warehouse Angel Sleeve Bridesmaid Dress – £79
Warehouse is another ultimate mid-price destination for bridesmaid dresses this year, with dozens of to-die-for gowns under £100 in the same shades of blush pink, navy, mink and grey, meaning they’re a dream if you’re planning to mix and match. Our advice is to let your gang pick their own style, safe in the knowledge that they’ll all go together. But although we know you shouldn’t have favourites, this angel sleeve one is ours.
18. Oasis Multiway Pleat Maxi Dress – £65
If you want a one-size-fits-all solution for under £100, Oasis’s multiway bridesmaid dress is the genius solution you’ve been searching for. There are two colours – this distinctive silver and a red – and countless different ways to twist, tie and wrap it, so everyone can shape it to fit them in the way they like best. Done and done.
19. Oasis Lace Bardot Maxi Dress – £62
Oasis is no one-hit wonder – their entire bridal collection is a winner, but we couldn’t finish this round-up without giving a mention to at least a little lace. The unusual contrasting top and skirt looks like a two-piece, but with all of the comfort of one, with five different colour options available.
20. Topshop Blue Pleated Tulle And Lace Maxi Dress By Lace & Beads – £62
Comfortably within the £80 price point, this budget-friendly Lace and Beads dress is fit for a seriously grand big day. The little details, such as the tiered hemline and layering of the tulle, make it a big hit – not forgetting the lace back, which makes it just as charming from behind as it is from the front.
21. Mango Wrapped Satin Dress – £49.99
It's easy to forget about stores like Mango on your hunt for bridesmaid dresses, but do a little digging and you'll find way more on the rails than everyday staples. This butterscotch satin dress has well and truly won us over – we can see it taking pride of place in a cool city wedding with plenty of gold jewellery to jazz it up.
High Street Bridesmaid Dresses Under £100
That little extra push in your budget to £100 opens up lots of high street bridesmaid dress potential. Monsoon and Chi Chi London are excellent places to start your search.
22. Mango Lace Back Dress – £89.99
Like the toffee-hued long-sleeved dress above, this dress is Mango doing occasionwear at its best. It's ideal if you want a tonal look across your bridal party (and would actually make a pretty stunning low-key wedding gown in its own right).
23. Chi Chi London Julianna Dress – £80
You can’t go wrong with a satin slip – especially in Chi Chi’s standout grey-green. A simple white posy and pared-back hair and makeup are all your bridesmaids will need to see out the day in style. When a dress is this opulent, it can stand on its own two feet.
24. Chi Chi London Kaylie Dress – £80
The Kaylie dress, also from Chi Chi London, may have full sleeves and plenty of coverage, but that doesn't mean it can't be a little bit sexy too. The open back shows just the right amount of skin – glam it up with on-trend pearl jewellery and you'll be on to a winner.
25. & Other Stories Ruffle Hem Midi Dress – £85
Throwing a ceremony with vintage inspiration in mind? Your bridesmaids will look beautiful in this frilled dress from & Other Stories. Add a bold lip and sleek low bun for ultimate old Hollywood glamour.
26. Monsoon Jessica Slinky Jersey Maxi Dress – £99
Monsoon's classic navy Jessica dress would look just as great with a muted autumn palette as it would be bright splashes or colour for spring and summer. The v-neckline, batwing sleeves and draped overlay will look beautiful on all shapes and sizes, which is excellent news, because it runs from a 6 to a 22.
27. Arket Lustrous Gathered Dress – £89
You don’t always have to go traditional with bridesmaids dresses – for something more contemporary, try Scandi brand Arket. The golden lustrous gathered dress, with its dropped waist and high collar, feels very current, but has the right colour and fabric to still feel like a special occasion piece. Plus, more room for scoffing wedding cake.
28. Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress – £25
Yellow is the perfect summery shade that actually suits a lot more skin tones than you might think. We love a lace dress a look for bridesmaids because you get a full bloom floral feel, and with this strapless design from Warehouse they won’t get too warm if the temperature soars.
High Street Bridesmaid Dresses Under £150
Similar brands can be found in this price bracket, but you can also look to & Other Stories, Karen Millen and Coast. If you want lots of options in one place, consider going to a personal shopper service at a department store like John Lewis, where concession stands for Ghost, Phase Eight and more can often be found.
29. & Other Stories Pleated Halterneck Maxi Dress – £120
From the narrow pleats to the delicate printed fabric, this high street bridesmaid dress from & Other Stories is perfect for a spring fling. Team it with barely there heeled sandals to maintain the light and airy whimsical theme throughout.
30. Phase Eight Phillippa Frill Maxi Dress – £130
As you might have gathered from the rest of this article, satin is big news for both wedding guests and bridesmaids for 2020. Phase Eight's Phillippa maxi positively oozes glamour, and the peacock green colour it totally eye-catching and unique.
31. Ghost Verity Satin Slip Maxi Dress – £129
The dresses Ghost actually labels as ‘bridesmaid’ typically retail for upwards of £200, but don’t discount its slightly cheaper main collection. We’re big fans of the timeless, unfussy Verity dress, which has a skirt so long it'll look like your bridesmaids are floating down the aisle.
32. Karen Millen Italian Jersey Cross Strap Dress – £149
If you prefer a more bodycon bridesmaid dress, look to Karen Millen, which boasts a number of refined fitted designs. We’re obsessed with the exquisitely-draped shoulders on this smart navy midi – add heels as high as you dare and pastel flowers to make it pop.
33. Gabby Maxi Bridesmaid Dress with Fishtail – £119
Can you imagine anything more Marilyn than this curve-skimming scarlet gown from SilkFred brand Honor Gold? It’s one of their bestsellers, and with good reason. The weighty fabric and tailored shape are of the highest quality, meaning your bridesmaids will look truly sensational as they make their entrance.
34. Coast All Over Sequin Cross Over Back Maxi Dress – £149
A word of warning: only pick this Coast bridesmaid dress if you don’t mind sharing the spotlight with your nearest and dearest, because all eyes will definitely be on them! From the spaghetti strips down, it’s positively dripping in beads and sequins, right down to the hem of its maxi length. Silver doesn’t work with your scheme? There’s also black, blush and sage green colourways up for grabs.
35. Frock & Frill Daevy Duck Egg Dipped Hem Embellished Midi Dress – £135
This glitzy midaxi is a vintage-inspired jewel of a dress; in person, the duck-egg blue is amazingly dainty and delightful. The Daevy is definitely the one for you and your bridesmaids if you’re going a little Gatsby with your decorations at the reception – 2020 could be the new roaring ’20s after all.
Looking for plus-size bridesmaid dresses? Don’t miss our round-up of the best bridesmaid dresses for curves.
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