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We’ve all seen 27 Dresses at this point, right? In case you don’t live for cheesy rom-coms or have entirely too much time on your hands (ahem), here’s a quick recap: Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane, is the always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride workaholic who basically leads the single-as-a-Pringle brigade having been a bridesmaid 27 times. And trust, she has the dresses to prove it.
Queue the montage of Katherine Heigl’s character trying on 27 monstrosities — I mean bridesmaid dresses — that somehow all fit in one overstuffed closet in her New York apartment. Let’s just say this scene will live rent-free in my mind forever (along with how beautiful James Marsden was, but that’s a story for another day). The taffeta. The lime green. The outrageous. We know it, we feel it, we are it at this point. The movie even opens with two separate brides referencing the bridesmaid dresses and saying, “You can shorten it and wear it again!” to which Katherine Heigl’s character replies, “That is definitely so true!”
But, we all know the truth: No one will ever wear that again, Karen. In fact, if I didn’t care about the environment, I would throw ugly bridesmaid dresses in a firepit and dance around them while singing “to the window, to the wall” à la Sandra Bullock and Betty White in The Proposal. Dramatic? Yes. Warranted? Also, yes.
That being said, here are the bridesmaid dresses you’ll actually want to wear long after the wedding:
Karen Millen Ruffle Hem Midi Dress, $146 (Orig. $290)
Introducing the 💃🏿emoji in real life. We’re obsessed with this asymmetrical ruffle and could easily see this stunning red dress being worn for date nights and dancing long after the wedding.
It’s time to say “yes” to the bridesmaid dress. With a soft wrap detail and a high slit, this satin number will make heads turn no matter where you are.
Peekaboo mesh cutouts make this gorgeous floor-length dress feel edgy, modern and cool. Get ready for the oohs and aahs.
Any wedding will look like a star-studded Hollywood event with bridesmaids wearing this elegant green number.
Azazie Bora Bora, $119
If Instagram has taught us anything, a long flowy dress is a must for the perfect travel photo. This boho-inspired floor-length dress definitely fits the bill whether you’re running on the beach in Tulum or sitting in a treehouse in Bali.
Float down the aisle with this ruffled beauty and then drape a leather jacket over your shoulders for the after-party and beyond. With its plunging neckline and dramatic slit, this dress is an absolute showstopper you’ll wear over and over.
Finding a dress that will make everyone in a bridal party happy can feel next to impossible. Queue this sparkling sequin gown that any bridesmaid will want to wear over and over even after their bridal party duties are over.
Tobi Cowl Call Me Royal Navy Satin Cowl Neck Midi Dress, $52 (Orig. $130)
You can’t go wrong with a satin cowl neck midi. Case in point: This super affordable beauty will look just as good standing next to a bride on her big day as it will when you order another mimosa at brunch.
Prepare to have your inner goddess swoon as soon as you try on this whimsical and ethereal apricot-colored dress. It’s sure to complement even the pickiest of bridesmaids on and off the dance floor.
Jenny Yoo Gemma Maxi Dress, $230 (Orig. $330)
Sexy silhouette, meet the cowl neck of our dreams. It’s a perfect match if we do say so ourselves.
Your whole crew will definitely re-wear this curve-hugging silhouette. Do everyone a favor with this sultry midi dress for your bridal party.
Azazie Celestine, $159
We don’t know which we love more: the thigh-high slit, embroidered sequins or figure-flattering silhouette. Go ahead and add this beauty to your cart.
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