5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends We'll See Everywhere in 2022

If "bridesmaid dress grievances" were a Family Feud question, the top five survey responses would include cashing out only to never wear the dress again, an unflattering fit, and having no say in the matter. It’s safe to say that everyone has finally received the memo that one-size-fits-all bridesmaid dresses do not need to be the norm and that our friends simply deserve more.

To get the lowdown on better options for brides and their best friends, I spoke with Bhldn’s general merchandising manager, Lori Conley, to get her expert opinion on the bridesmaid dress trends that we're actually excited to wear in 2022. The continuous thread running through all the trends is more consideration for bridesmaids' budgets and individual styles on the big day. We all want to still be friends after this!

Keep scrolling for the bridesmaid dress trends that will assure your best friends you have their back, along with my favorite picks from Bhldn and others across the internet.

'90s Redux

Some say the '90s are back; I say they never left. "There's nothing to make your maids look sleeker than a grouping of your closest girls in satin dresses," says Conley. "Think Posh Spice in her heyday."

Plus, "satin charmeuse, especially when cut on the bias, is figure-flattering, especially when styled in clean, modern silhouettes like the iconic '90s slip dress," she adds. Make your bridesmaids feel comfortable by letting them customize their look with minimalist details like "square necklines, spaghetti straps, and lace-up backs."

Shop my BHLDN picks:

It's the crushed-velvet flowers for me.

Shop more '90s-inspired dresses:

The extra-long, fitted cut makes this look so luxe.

The extra fabric on the bottom half of the dress leaves enough room to dance your heart out.

Ruffles

Pop culture's undeniable influence on fashion has manifested in romantic ruffles and Victorian-inspired styles that will be everywhere this spring. Conley cites last year's cultural obsession with Bridgerton as a key influence, adding that this trend will "run the gamut of soft and romantic to structured and architectural, ensuring that your maids get to have a fashion moment of their own."

Shop my BHLDN picks:
Shop more ruffle dresses:

A little flirty high-low action never hurt anybody.

This dress feel old and new at the same time.

The wrap dress will fit everyone so well.

Mix Not Match

After years of solid dresses walking down the aisle, one of Conley's favorite trends that brides are embracing is the mix-not-match trend. Conley suggests pairing "prints and solids in a complementary palette" to create a cohesive look among your bridesmaids. High on her list of prints are "grand millennial-inspired wallpaper prints in sleek modern bodies. Think Versailles-meets-flirty fitted midi columns for the freshest take on the trend."

Shop my BHLDN picks:

Keep the sleeves up for the ceremony and push them down your shoulders for the reception.

Shop more mix-not-match dresses:

A monochromatic print is a great way to add a pattern without introducing new colors.

Look. It's Ariel walking out of the ocean.

Neutrals

One of Conley's favorite trends is neutrals because "they work in any location and season, giving you the ultimate flexibility should your plans change." After years of wearing traditional bright and bold bridesmaid dress colors that we'll never be able to wear again, "champagnes, grays, and especially our newest shade, Sand Dune, feel like a breath of fresh air," says Conley. 

Shop my BHLDN picks:

This Sand Dune dress would look beautiful in the desert.

I'd wear this with a dark berry lipstick.

Shop more neutral dresses:

For the Samantha in the group.

Add your own jewelry to make this dress feel more tailored to your style.

This would go so well with the Nicholas dress above.

All Black Everything

I am apprehensive calling this one a trend because, well, it is the most evergreen bridesmaid dress option I'm aware of. If you decide to go this route, I suggest cross-checking the black dresses with each other to make sure they photograph well together. One shade of black that is slightly different than the rest can ruin the vibe.

Shop my BHLDN picks:

This high-cut dress will make your torso and legs look super long.

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