Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Lindsey Lanquist
Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again
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Though the bridal landscape is vast and diverse, some elements tend to skew a little formulaic. We have access to all the colors of the rainbow, yet we tend to choose shades of blush pink. Our plant options are many, but we tend to opt for flowers. And though we have a veritable plethora of bridesmaid dresses at our fingertips, we find ourselves choosing long bridesmaid gowns over short bridesmaid dresses time and time again.

This seeming homogeny isn’t hard to understand. We’re inspired by the things around us—the things we see on Instagram, on Pinterest and in real life. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t basically forgotten that short bridesmaid dresses were even an option, simply because the only weddings I’ve been to (and in) recently have exclusively featured long bridesmaid gowns.

But short bridesmaid dresses are fun. They vacillate between skewing delicate and romantic, bold and edgy and vibrant and fun—and sometimes they’re all of those things at the same time. Short bridesmaid dresses offer the same bridal versatility that longer bridesmaid dresses do; they fit into any destination, they’re available in any palette and they’re sure to complement any aesthetic. In fact, short bridesmaid dresses are perhaps even generally versatile than longer options, just because it’s far easier to rewear something short than find an occasion to sport an all-out gown.

Somewhere along the way, short bridesmaid dresses became seriously (and surprisingly) underrated, and they warrant a resurrection. And I’m here to usher that resurrection right on in.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Sherbert Lace Midi Dress, $188 at Anthropologie

Bridesmaid or not, I’m buying this and wearing it to every spring/summer wedding I’m invited to for years to come.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

BB Dakota Night Fever Wrap Dress, $105 at Shopbop

Winter wedding? No problem.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Ruffle Cami Dress, $103 at ASOS

The classic slip dress silhouette got a vibrant (and wedding-appropriate) upgrade.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Needle & Thread Embroidered Tulle Dress, $285 at ASOS

Fodder for fairytales—or fairytale weddings.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Starlight Starbright Velvet Wrap Dress, $41 at Lulu’s

A bridesmaid dress your loved ones can repurpose for date night.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Joie Sorina Dress, $198 at Shopbop

Stylish—but subtle enough that it won’t steal attention from the bride.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Jessa Lace Mini Dress, $250 at Free People

Because minis, when done correctly, can totally be a wedding-appropriate choice.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Jay Godfrey Surrey Midi Dress, $155 at Revolve

Make your bridal party’s wildest Barbie dreams come true.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Taliah Lace Midi Dress, $68 at Lulu’s

Why shy away from a vibrant palette when you could accept it for its inherent statement-making power, instead?

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Floaty Soft Midi Dress, $79 at ASOS

For the bride who prefers a high-fashion fairytale.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Long-Sleeve Midi Pencil Dress, $119 at ASOS

Another dress fit for any bridesmaid—or any wedding guest.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Structured Bandeau Midi Dress, $76 at ASOS

Worried a short bridesmaid dress can’t fit your wedding’s dream glam aesthetic? Think again.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Endless Romance Ruffled Midi Dress, $59 at Lulu’s

A no-fail silhouette in a no-fail color—need I say more?

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Steal Your Heart Crochet Midi Dress, $72 at Lulu’s

Perfect for anyone who likes their weddings sunny and their bridesmaids sunnier.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Line & Dot Cherie Wrap Dress, $31.80 at Shopbop

Equal parts cute and re-wearable. And peep that price tag, won’t ya?

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Elliatt Serpentine Dress, $190 at Revolve

Sexy and sophisticated—without veering into over-the-top territory on either.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Evidnt Doll Satin Midi Dress, $78 at Lulu’s

A bridesmaid dress you’ll want to rewear to your birthday party.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Lovers + Friends Midi Dress, $97 at Revolve

Nothing says “bridesmaid” like an off-the-shoulder pink dress with lace ruffles. And nothing does “off-the-shoulder pink dress with lace ruffles” hotter than this dress.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Bimini Tie-Strap Midi Dress, $56 at Lulu’s

Fun without feeling off-aesthetic, this midi is a shoe-in for your bridal party—and its rewear potential is endless.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Cynthia Rowley Babydoll Mini Dress, $198 at Shopbop

Why not make your bridesmaids look like little high-fashion flowers prancing down the aisle? It’s your big day—do what you want with it.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Cinq a Sept Cairen Dress, $135 at Revolve

If Cinderella had a bridesmaid dress, it would probably look like this.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Rina Dress, $340 at Free People

Not sure why Free People has a structured pastel yellow dress on offer, but when it looks this good—and is this bridesmaid-appropriate—why complain?

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Elliatt Creation Midi Dress, $99 at Revolve

Simultaneously dreamy and sexy. Your bridesmaids will look great and your wedding is sure to, too.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

BB Dakota Happy Pleat Midi Dress, $65 at Lulu’s

Because cute, flattering (and affordable) winter bridesmaid dresses can be hard to come by—but they shouldn’t have to be.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Strappy Cami Midi Dress, $60 at ASOS

Yellow might not be the most popular color in the bridal zeitgeist, but it’s a totally viable option—and an underutilized one, at that.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

NBD Yana Midi Dress, $198 at Revolve

This blue midi could take your bridesmaids from your wedding, to cocktail hour, to a job interview and back. Now that’s what I call versatility.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Pleated Velvet Cami Midi Dress, $72 at ASOS

Red velvet is always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Keepsake Heart and Soul Midi Dress, $195 at Shopbop

A classic bridesmaid silhouette, rendered a bit more interestingly than usual.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Alice + Olivia Santina Shirt Dress, $495 at Shopbop

A more contemporary option for the bride who doesn’t mind thinking outside the box.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

ML Monique Lhuillier Bella Mini Dress, $395 at Anthropologie

Another underutilized option on the color wheel.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Outrageous Fortune Ruffle Wrap Dress, $29 at ASOS

Classic color, classic textile, classic silhouette—what’s not to love?

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Stunning Love Tiered Midi Dress, $36 at Lulu’s

Because when it comes to bridesmaid dresses, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with peach ruffles.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Yumi Kim So Social Dress, $68.70 at Shopbop

This deep purple dress was made for a wedding. Help it realize its true calling.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Ruffle Bardot Midi Dress, $24 at Topshop

The 1980s and the 2010s—combined in one seriously cool bridesmaid dress.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Knot-Front Plunge Midi Dress, $72 at ASOS

Practically begging to be worn at a warm-weather wedding.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Black Swan Caroline Midi Dress, $67 at Lulu’s

A bridesmaid dress that’ll give your girls the appeal of a mini and the flexibility of a midi.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Ruffle Sleeveless Wrap Dress, $65 at & Other Stories

Party-worthy and wedding-worthy, these dress is ready to keep your bridesmaids looking their best.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Pleated Colorblock Dress, $230 at Anthropologie

Boomerang-approved.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Lovers + Friends Caleb Midi Dress, $158 at Revolve

Green doesn’t get enough love, and this dress is too stunning to go overlooked.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

X by NBD Thomas Embellished Dress, $167 at Revolve

Not your average bridesmaid dress. Then again, the person who’d opt for a sequin-covered bridal party isn’t your average bride.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Lovers + Friends Hailey Midi Dress, $248 at Revolve

For the outdoor bride who’d prefer her girls in something a little sleeker.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Satin Mini Dress, $60 at ASOS

Because your winter bridesmaid dress options aren’t solely restricted to velvet.

STYLECASTER | Short Bridesmaid Dresses Cute Enough to Wear Time and Time Again

Kiernan Rusty Rose Tie-Front Midi Dress, $43 at Lulu’s

I mean, can you think of anything more quintessentially bridesmaid-y?

 

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