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28 Chic Short Bridesmaid Dresses for 2022

Don't be afraid to go short with your bridesmaid dresses! You can achieve such a chic look for your wedding party if you go with an above-the-knee style - let our short bridesmaid dress edit convince you



We've all seen the pictures of wedding parties in classic maxis - but short bridesmaid dresses can be every bit as chic.

Whatever look you want to create, from glamorous boho to timeless elegance, we guarantee there's a short dress to suit the style. 'Short' doesn't have to mean an eyebrow-raising hemline - we're talking everything from on the knee upwards, so you can easily find a hem length your bridesmaids are happy with.

Choosing short bridesmaid dresses often means you can get away with bolder hues and stronger patterns that would swamp your bride squad if worn at maxi length. However, you can also get shorter styles in pared-back hues and delicate designs if that's more your aesthetic.

What's more, short bridesmaid dresses aren't just for spring and summer. Choose the right fabric and you can put together autumn and winter bridesmaid outfits that look as good as they feel.

Dive into our edit of the best short bridesmaid dresses to buy right now.

28 of Our Favourite Short Bridesmaid Dresses

1. Lyanna Floral Organza Mini Dress – £89, Oasis

Models wearing short floral bridesmaid dresses

Why not incorporate florals into your short bridesmaid dresses? The Lyanna dress from Oasis is seriously dreamy and would look perfect at a summer garden celebration. 

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2. Embroidered Floral Mesh Mini Dress – £129, Oasis

Model wearing a short black floral bridesmaid dress

Just like you can wear a black wedding dress on your big day, you can also dress your bridesmaids in black. The mesh sleeves on this dress from Coast add an interesting touch and the pretty floral pattern keep it wedding-ready. 

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3. Sequin Angel Mini Dress – £149, Coast 

Model wearing a navy sequin bridesmaid dress

A smattering of sequins takes this tulle navy bridesmaid dress from a simple style to something totally show stopping. It's also available in blush should you want a softer look. 

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4. One Shoulder Satin Drape Mini Dress – £85, Chi Chi London

Model wearing a pink satin drape short bridesmaid dress

One shoulder bridesmaid dresses are a flattering and glamorous choice. We adore this satin style from Chi Chi London - the beautiful neutral shade would work with all colour themes. 

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5. Midsummer Lace Dress – £350, Needle & Thread

Model wearing a ruffled blue short bridesmaid dress

Aptly named the Midsummer dress, Needle & Thread's glorious pastel blue creation is giving us Midsummer Night's Dream vibes. It's also available in several sugary shades such as lilac and lemon.

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6. Satin Cami Dip Hem Midi Dress – £78, Chi Chi London

Model wearing a satin green short bridesmaid dress

Green bridesmaid dresses are a really popular choice and this Chi Chi London number is going straight on our wish list. You can buy it in petite and regular sizing so it'll fit all your bridesmaids without the need for alterations. 

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7. Embellished Midi Dress – £140, Dorothy Perkins

Models wearing embellished short bridesmaid dresses holding floral bouquets

Whether you opt for this fabulous teal shade or the soft blush pink, your bridesmaids will look amazing in these knee-length bridesmaid dresses from Dorothy Perkins. The delicate embellishments will twinkle so wonderfully under lights. Go for both to nail the mismatched bridesmaid trend

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8. Square Neck Mini Dress – £34, River Island

Model wearing a short pink square neck bridesmaid dress

A short pink bridesmaid dress is a pretty option that'll complement a white wedding dress perfectly. We're obsessed with River Island's simple offering - the vibrant colour does all the talking without the need for embellishments. 

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9. Short Sleeveless Dress – £590, Pronovias

Model wearing a green short bridesmaid dress

The contrast in textures on this gorgeous emerald green bridesmaid dress from Pronovias makes for a really unique look. The best bit? That floating chiffon detail! 

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10. Lace Ruffle Sleeve Skater Dress – £25, Boohoo

Model wearing a lace pink short bridesmaid dress

Looking for a short lace bridesmaid dress? Available in red, pink or black consider this beauty from Boohoo. It's only £25 meaning you'll have more money in the budget to get your girls some lovely bridesmaid jewellery

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11. Boutique Off Shoulder Lace Skater Dress – £30, Boohoo

Model wearing a peach lace short bridesmaid dress

Speaking of affordable short bridesmaid dresses, Boohoo are also offering this pretty peach gown for £30. The large lace florals create a lovely silhouette for the structured skater skirt. 

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12. One Shoulder Ruffle Satin Midi Dress – £45, Boohoo

Model wearing a ruffle pastel blue midi dress

We haven't seen anything quite like this chic satin blue bridesmaid dress from Boohoo! Pair with white or silver accessories for a fresh look that would look right at place if you're having a winter wedding

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13. Sequin Skater Dress – £69.99, Quiz 

Models wearing sequin short bridesmaid dresses

For a classic bridesmaid dress silhouette with an extra special touch, look to these frocks from Quiz. The tulle skirt is so pretty and the sequin bodice pulls the whole look together. 

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14. Crinkle Sheer Mini Dress – £195, Karen Millen

Model wearing a floral short bridesmaid dress

Lydia Millen's edit for Karen Millen is an ethereal mix of elegance and fun. Take this short pink bridesmaid dress featuring playful pops of purple. It's not a traditional choice but it's definitely one we are on board with!

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15. Rosie Bodice Midi Dress – £210, Needle & Thread

Model wearing a lace and floral bodice midi bridesmaid dress

This bewitchingly pretty dress is billed as a midi, making it an ideal length if your bridesmaids want to go short but not too short. We adore the subtle pops of pink in the floral bodice.

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16. Faith Contrast Fitted Dress – £160, Phase Eight

Model wearing a contrasting pink and white short bridesmaid dress

We do love a contrast bodice, and Phase Eight's Faith dress is a perfect example. Going short means you can get away with more intricate designs - if the layered skirt were floor length, it would overwhelm your bridesmaids' look.

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17. Silky Satin Mini Dusk Dress – £60, Grace Love Lace

Satin, silky short bridesmaid dress

This short, chic slip dress would be idea for bridesmaids at a sunny destination wedding on the beach. It's available in three other colours, including navy and olive. 

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18. Blue Mini Azalea Dress – £270, Self-Portrait

Short bridesmaid dress

Got some fashion-loving bridesmaids on your hands? They'll certainly thank you for putting them in a mini Azalea, the short version of Self-Portrait's modern classic dress. It's available in other colours, but we particularly like this icy blue.

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19. Christine Dress – £235, Reformation

Short bridesmaid dress

Reformation's Christine dress is an absolute knockout, bringing together a short hemline, a beautiful sweetheart neckline and just the right amount of ruffle. It's also available in black, ivory and a floral print, so you can have your bridesmaids in the same style but different colours.

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20. Sequin Stripe Mini Dress – £94, SilkFred

Short bridesmaid dress

Let your maids sparkle in this sequin stripe dress. It's glamorous, but subtly done - they can amp up the effect with metallic accessories or keep it pared-back.

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21. Satin Cowl Mini Slip – £99, Karen Millen

Model wearing a short coral satin slip bridesmaid dress

A splash of colour will not only look amazing on the day but brighten up your wedding photographs. This coral creation from Karen Millen is on the shorter side but is a fun and playful option. 

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22. Satin Cowl Mini Slip – £79, Karen Millen

Model wearing a vibrant blue short bridesmaid dress

Want an elegant bridesmaids' look for under £80? It can be done! This short frock features a bardot neckline and a skater skirt for a sophisticated yet youthful finish. 

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23. Satin Chain Trim Draped Dress – £189, Karen Millen

Model wearing a silver short bridesmaid dress

Another wonderfully elegant proposition, this grey short bridesmaid dress proves that a shorter bridesmaid outfit can be nothing short of regal. The chain detail on the cut-out shoulder adds interest. 

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24. Anaya Short Sleeve Midi Dress – £80, Lovedrobe

Model wearing a blue ruffle short bridesmaid dress

Everything about this dress says cool bridesmaid, from the trendy tulle fabric to the romantic ruffles; just add statement gold jewellery. Available in sizes 8 - 30, it'll keep your whole crew comfortable. 

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25. Azariah Dress – £645, Cult of Gaia

Model wearing a pink satin short bridesmaid dress

Calling all fashion-forward couples, your bridesmaids won't be able to contain their excitement if they'll be rocking Cult Gaia's Azariah Dress. It's on the pricier side of things but if you're only having a few bridesmaids it's worth every penny. 

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26. Maya Deluxe Embellished Long Sleeve Dress – £85, Lovedrobe

Model wearing a purple embellished short bridesmaid dress

Looking for something ultra-romantic for your bridesmaids? You may want to call off the search now you've seen this Lovedrobe dress. The colour is very pretty, and we love that full sequinned bodice. 

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27. Asymmetric Satin One Sleeve Mini Dress – £49, Nasty Gal

Model wearing a one sleeved green short bridesmaid dress

At the sub-£50 mark, this short green dress is an excellent price point for a bride on a budget. It features a caped long sleeve and a flattering wrap style skirt, and it's giving us serious city-glam vibes.

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28. Halter Neck Mini Dress – £45, Nasty Gal

Model wearing a rust halter neck short bridesmaid dress

This halter neck rust dress could easily be accessorised to turn it into a very stylish bridesmaid outfit that we reckon will become one of their post-wedding wardrobe staples.

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Don't forget that other essential bridesmaid outfit - the one for the wedding morning! We've pulled together our favourite bride and bridesmaid gowns and pyjamas.