Planning your special day can be difficult especially when it comes to bridesmaid shopping. So we’re giving you a helping hand by rounding up the best bridesmaid ideas for the summer.

The best weddings reflect the current trends -take Yoko Ono’s cute mini skirt and knee high socks in the ’60s, or Princess Diana’s over-the-top ’80s style gown- so make sure yours reflects 2015. From summer colours to individual style, there’s something here that you and your bridesmaids will love.

The Length

One of the first questions your maids will ask is what length? Despite longer gowns being the traditional bridesmaid choice, a shorter hemline is becoming increasingly popular amongst modern brides.Treat your girlfriends to a short dress so they can party all night long and wear it again in the future.

short-dressesShop the edit- from left: Butterfly by Matthew Williamson aqua floral embroidered dress, No. 1 by Jenny Packham gold brocade dress, Instaglam by Red Herring peach one shoulder dress.

The Colour

Pastel bridesmaid dresses are all the rave but there’s one colour that we’re loving most: Coral. Universally flattering, super summery and feminine, it’s a colour everyone will love. Add a little embellishment and some colourful wild flowers to make a picture perfect outfit.

coral-dressesShop the edit- from left: No. 1 by Jenny Packham coral beaded maxi dress, Miss Selfridge coral sweetheart neck dress, Quiz coral crossover embellished dress.

The Alternative

Probably the biggest bridesmaid trend this year, mis-matched bridemaid dresses give your girls the chance to show off their style and feel their most confident. A dictating Bridezilla is a thing of the past, simply choose a theme and let them pick a different yet complementary shade and style to suit their unique figure.

mismatchedShop the edit- from left: Coast Lori Lee short dress, Coast Floris maxi dress, Coast bandeau dress.

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