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How to Pick Bridesmaid Dresses Your Squad Will Love

Tips on finding bridesmaid dresses that fit and flatter everyone? Right here.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of the friend who asked their bridesmaids to wear an awful dress. That won’t be your wedding. Finding dresses your bridesmaids will love is all about looking for universally flattering dresses for bridesmaids shapes, colors and fabrics. Read on for our top tips to finding flattering bridesmaid dresses for everyone in your bridal party.

Look for Universally Flattering Silhouettes

The truth is that there are some dress silhouettes that are just easier to pull off than others. So whether you have five model friends or your bridal party is made up of all shapes and sizes, a universally flattering silhouette should be your first check as you go to find dresses for bridesmaids that can be worn again. Which silhouettes are we talking about? A-line dresses are practically synonymous with the term flattering silhouette. A-line dresses are cut at the natural waist (a couple inches above the belly button) and then flare out from there. Bonus: A-lines are also probably the most popular silhouette for bridesmaid dresses and Kleinfeld Bridal Party has a ton of them.
> See All A-line Bridesmaid Dresses.

Go for a Bridesmaid Dress with Straps

We love a great strapless dress, but the truth is that bridesmaid dresses with straps are more likely to flatter more body types and keep all of your bridesmaids comfortable. If you love the look of strapless, consider opting for spaghetti straps. That said, if you have a lot of well-endowed friends in your bridal party, look for dress designs with wider straps. Anything from a wide halter straps to a tank top or cap sleeves will look amazing on most all of your bridal party.

Try Mix and Matched Necklines

An alternative to choosing a supportive neckline for all of your bridesmaids is to choose the same dress color and fabric but to have your bridal party pick their favorite neckline. It’s sort of the best of both worlds. Your friends with more a pear shape should look to higher necklines, off-the-shoulders, or jewel necklines (to help balance out their bottom half), while your friends with all-around curves will look great in a V-necklines, one-shoulders and even scoop necklines. Those of your besties with fewer curves will look great in halters and sweetheart necklines, which will help to create that shape.

Fabric Matters Too

Fabric can make a huge difference between a bridesmaid dress that flatters and fits in all the right places and one that doesn’t. As a general rule of thumb, look for fabrics with a little stretch (Kleinfeld has some really pretty bridesmaid dress designs in jersey fabric and stretch crepe like this one). And as you go to shop for and look for the best dresses for bridesmaids, consider ruched chiffon dress designs too. A lot of super flattering bridesmaid dresses involve ruching on the bodice and waist to help hide any problem areas (and give your bridesmaids that confidence they all deserve!).
> See Crepe Stretch Bridesmaid Dresses
> See Jersey Fabric Bridesmaid Dresses