How to Pick Out Subdued but Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dresses

It hard to find the perfect bridesmaid dress. You want something that will flatter you, something will stand out, something that youl look good in and feel comfortable in but above all, you need to make sure that you don upstage the bride. Nothing good ever comes of bridesmaids upstaging the bride. Remember, it her big night, and your time either has already come or will come soon. So choose something that subdued but pretty, something that will make you feel great that will complement the beautiful bride gown. Need a little help? Here are some great suggestions for subdued but gorgeous bridesmaid dresses.

If youe looking for something simple, classic and sweet, consider a short charmeuse dress with ruched waist and pockets. This dress is a great investment, as you could easily wear it again and again it not just for weddings! This short, strapless number is sleek and fun, and the tiny pockets add some visual interest to the dress (as well as a place to hide your make up, credit card, phone, and so on). A classic silhouette that will be at home in your closet for year and years, this dress comes in a deep red, black, purple, blue and brown and is suitable for a variety of wedding celebrations.

If strapless isn your style, consider a halter dress. A short cotton dress with a Y-shaped halter neck is both flattering and comfortable, and is a great dress for summertime and outdoor weddings. The Y-neck adds visual interest while the skirt pleating and sleeveless silhouette help you stay cool. This dress is a great investment, as it could easily be worn at the office, out on the town, or to a summer barbecue. The options are endless. Versatility is a great thing to look for in a bridesmaid dress. Otherwise, youl end up spending money on something that youl only wear once. This great dress comes in red, black, purple, dark blue and brown.

For a fancier wedding, consider a full-length dress. A chiffon and charmeuse dress with a rounded neckline is a great option for a black tie event, as it both flattering and event appropriate. A great look for a variety of body types, this high-necked dress is a sophisticated look that pairs nicely with a great pair of heels and some statement jewelry. We favor it in a bold red tone, but if youe looking for something a bit more subdued, consider a dark blue or deep purple hued gown.

Looking for something fun and flirty?

Look no further than a short organza striped halter dress. Halter-style dresses are fun and flirty, but they don scream, ook at me so theye great options for bridesmaids who don want to upstage the bride. Perfect for spring and summer weddings, this fun, youthful dress is slimming, chic and offers a whole lot of wear-again potential. A halter bodice features a feminine sweetheart neckline, a look that flattering on a variety of body types. Meanwhile, diagonal stripes add visual interest and dimension to the dress, while the organza fabric is lightweight and comfortable, even on a very hot day. This adorable dress comes in black, red, turquoise and a beautiful lilac tone (our favorite).

Need something chic and sophisticated?

Consider a one shoulder satin dress with a pleated bodice and let the fun begin! A trendy, fashion-forward look, this dress is perfect for the fashionista bridesmaid. With a ruched waist, this dress is flattering on a variety of different figures, and the slim skirt features draping detail that disguises any trouble areas. A full lined number, this dress can easily be worn again and again  it great for a night out with the girls, or date night with your hubby. Plus, it comes in a variety of shades, including red, black, purple, deep blue and a vibrant watermelon shade that positively screams summer.

If youe looking for something fun and funky, consider a short strapless satin dress. A new take on a classic silhouette, this form-fitting number features a strapless bodice that showcases flattering ruching detail around the waist. A short skirt adds a touch of whimsy to the look, and the ruching makes for plenty of visual interest.

This dress is a great buy on its own, but add onto it the fact that it comes in a staggering 42 colors, and youe got yourself a winner. No matter what shade your bride requests, youl be able to find this dress in the color you need. From olive greens to bright sunshine yellows, deep fuchsia to baby blue, every color of the rainbow can be found on this flattering style. A fun, funky dress that perfect for a variety of occasions, this dress is a must see for any bridesmaid.

Contrary to popular belief, bridesmaid dresses are some of the most beautiful gowns on the market. Now, go ahead and get shopping!

Scott Payne is a freelance writer who writes about weddings and specific products such as bridesmaid dresses.