Affordable bridesmaid dresses you can wear day-to-day, from Cos, Club Monaco, and more
Being a bridesmaid has traditionally been a thankless role. In ancient times, they were reputedly doppelgangers for the woman of the hour, and wore dresses almost identical to the bride's to divert the attention of evil spirits who sought to ruin the wedding. Later on, frumpy bridesmaids' outfits — ostensibly boosting a bride's comparative allure — became so entrenched in the popular imagination that Katherine Heigl's 'always-the-bridesmaid' vehicle 27 Dresses soared at the box office, while a frock-hunting scene in Bridesmaids produced one of the most side-splitting scatological slapstick scenes in history (above).
But those days are far behind us. In 2019, the last thing our boo'd-up gal pals want is to make us feel uncomfortable in our bridal party attire, or, worse, resentful and morally outraged at the amount spent on an unappealing, single-use dress. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of the best high-street options for bridesmaid dresses that you can wear all day, errday below.
Fans of H&M's sophisticated big sister know that minimal and functional doesn't equate to boring.
Bold colours and summery patterns are all par for the course with this British brand.
Business in the front, and party in the back; get thee a dress that does both, from Singaporean label Stolen (click on the gallery captions to shop them all).
This Canadian retailer's no-fuss wares are endlessly versatile, ideal for work, weddings, and weekends.