Need to outfit your bridesmaids so that they look just as fabulous as you do on the big day? We're sharing the top trends to watch for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 so you can get the job done. From halter necklines to sleek silhouettes and fresh colors to consider, these aren't your average bridesmaid dresses—they're better! These 2020 bridesmaid dresses give you an entirely new set of styles to work with, so choose your favorite trend (or mix-and-match your top picks) and get shopping.
Here are the bridesmaid dresses 2020 couples won't want to miss.
The '90s are alive and thriving. Cowl necklines are making their return in full force, appearing in both wedding dress and bridesmaid dress trends. This flirty neckline goes hand-in-hand with another '90s and early aughts favorite, the slip dress. You'll love this bridesmaid look if you're envisioning a chic minimalist aesthetic for your big day, or if you want your 'maids to wear lightweight, effortless dresses.
Expect this gemstone-inspired hue to be an “It” color for bridesmaid dresses in 2020. Sapphire blue caught our eye in a handful of collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and we think this color strikes the perfect balance between bold and traditional. It’s not as edgy as black, making it a stylish alternative if you’re on the fence about going to the dark side, but still brings a sense of drama and luxury to your big day. Dress all of your ‘maids in sapphire blue for a seriously regal effect, pair it with other jewel tones like emerald and plum for a moody vibe, or mix in pastel shades such as blush and French blue to soften the overall look.
If neither maxi nor mini dresses are really your thing, there's a third option we think you'll love. It's midi dresses, a.k.a styles that hit mid-calf or just below the knee. This in-between hemline is a demure choice that feels a little bit retro (in a good way!), especially when accompanied by a bustier-style bodice. And it's also super practical, since your bridesmaids won't have to worry about revealing too much in a short skirt or tripping over a too-long dress when they take their heels off on the dance floor (because we know it's going to happen). For the most fashion-forward take, choose a midi skirt with a slit to show a little bit of leg.
With sleeves and straps still trending for 2020 bridesmaid dresses, we're also predicting a spike in traditional halter necklines and sleeveless mock-neck styles. This option is ideal for creating a statuesque, formal look—for example, if you're having a black tie wedding. The halter neckline complements a range of dress fabrics, from flowy chiffon to curve-hugging crepe and even lace. Have your bridesmaids complete the sleek look with straight hair parted down the center or an elegant updo.
If you prefer a clean, streamlined look for your wedding party’s attire, you’re going to love this latest bridesmaid dress trend. Structured silhouettes and minimal embellishments are on track to be major themes for bridesmaid dresses in 2020 — call it the Meghan Markle effect if you will. Breaking away from the usual bridesmaid dresses that feature flowy fabrics like tulle and chiffon, structured silhouettes are perfect for achieving an ultra-sophisticated look without the fuss.
Satin & silk
You won’t find any glitter, beading, or sequins here: shiny satin and silk will be the latest ways for your bridesmaids to rock a bit of shimmer in 2020. This slinky fabric is making a comeback, and we are totally on board with its minimalist-inspired look. If you’ve ever heard that satin is a tricky or unflattering fabric to wear, don’t write it off just yet. New stretch satin blends and modern silhouettes, like stylish wrap dresses, make this material more forgiving than ever before. And did we mention that an understated satin dress is totally re-wearable? Your gals will thank you!