Basic bridesmaid dresses that your best girls will only wear once are a thing of the past! Nowadays, brides are opting for more modern styles and designs, and that includes cocktail dresses! From chic one-shoulder necklines to feminine halters, these looks are stylish and unexpected, and are made to make everyone in your bridal party look absolutely beautiful!
If you’re looking to take a step away from traditional evening dresses for bridesmaids, then this is a look you must consider. Why? Keep scrolling as we show you the trendiest Model Chic Australia cocktail dresses for your bridesmaids that are so gorgeous, they will actually want to wear them again!
Why Should You Have Your Bridesmaids Wear Cocktail Dresses?
Let’s talk about the allure of cocktail dresses…why do we love them so much? We will give you three solid reasons that will have you calling your girls right now to tell them cocktail dresses are the way to go!
- Cocktail Dresses Break from the Traditional Evening Wear
When you think of bridesmaid dresses, your traditional long eveningwear formal dresses come to mind, and while we always have a special place in our heart for this style, cocktail dresses offer something different! This style of dress is typically fun, flowy, and perfect for summer weddings, modern weddings, and more casual or rustic celebrations.
- Midi Dresses are Easy to Move and Dance In
Cocktail dresses are typically short to medium in length, making them perfect for your bridesmaids to show off a little leg, while still saying conservative and wedding appropriate. Having some freedom around the legs also means your bridesmaids won’t feel as confined when they are moving on and off the dance floor! One of our favorite reasons to opt for cocktail dresses over your traditional long dresses? They give your girls a chance to show off their cute shoes as a statement accessory! Who doesn’t want to show off their heels?!
- They are the Perfect Attire for Hot Summer Weddings
If you’re getting married during the warmer Summer months at a farm, ranch, or any outdoor wedding, you may need to consider that long formalwear may not be comfortable for your bridesmaids. Cocktail dresses are a great alternative option because they give your bridesmaids room to breathe while still looking appropriate and cohesive with the theme.
In addition to warmer temperatures, if you’re getting married at a venue that has a lot of grass, dirt, or natural earth elements, long dresses run the risk of running straight through the mud! Cocktail midi dresses do not touch the ground and your girls will not have to constantly pick up their dress when trying to walk. Meaning one less trip for your bridesmaids to take to the dry cleaners after the wedding!
Need cocktail dress inspiration for your own wedding? Keep reading below for our favorite midi formal dress colour palette inspiration for your own bridal party!
White Cocktail Dresses
One of the most coveted bridesmaid dress trends of the moment is white cocktail dresses! The rules no longer apply to just the bride wearing white, and making the dresses cocktail-style makes the look even trendier! Our Sophia Halter Neck Cocktail Dress in Ivory, for example, is made in our exclusive luxe chiffon fabric that your bridesmaids will love to wear!
The Sophia dress features a halter neck with ties, a flowy V-neckline, and a chic optional waist belt that makes it perfect for a modern minimalist or contemporary wedding. Sleek and lightweight, this high-low cocktail dress has a tapered hem for a gorgeous silhouette. The best part about white dresses? They are so easy to style! Add a pair of statement earrings or choose a pop of colour for your bouquet that will stand out against the white.
Not a Fan of White? Consider Champagne Cocktail Dresses!
Like the white cocktail dress trend but don’t want your brides to match your dress? Going with a midi dress that comes in a Champagne hue will give you that similar feeling, without being the exact same colour as your actual wedding dress! Split your bridesmaids between our Camila Strapless Cocktail Bridesmaid Dress in Champagne and the Madeline Spaghetti Strap Cocktail Dress in Champagne for a feminine, cohesive mismatched look! Trust us, bridesmaids love being able to choose a silhouette and neckline that best flatters their figure and makes them even more likely to wear the dress again!
Warm, Earthy-Toned Cocktail Dresses
Fall weddings are beautiful for so many reasons, and those warm, earthy tones are no exception! Tones such as rust and burgundy are the perfect dress shades for a Fall outdoor wedding. Mostly because your backdrop with be the trees, grass, and nature. Since red is the opposite of green on the colour wheel, these warm tones are sure to take the spotlight and look absolutely stunning in your bridal party photographs. Our Amelia Spaghetti Strap Cocktail Dress is available in both Rust and Burgundy is perfect for our Autumn bridal parties! Style the dress with a pair of chic nude heels and a white bridesmaid bouquet to complete the look!
Emerald Cocktail Dresses
For our brides getting married in the winter, going for a rich Emerald colour is very trendy right now! The deeper green shade is flattering on all skin tones and body types and is bound to make everyone happy! Our Laura One Shoulder Cocktail Dress or our Amelia Spaghetti Strap Cocktail Dress, both in Emerald, will have your maids looking super stylish down the aisle. If you are hosting a winter wedding and getting married outdoors and are worried about your girls wearing a cocktail dress in the cold weather, pair their cocktail dresses with a fashion-forward jacket, coat, or shaw to help keep them warm!
If you are looking for affordable, online bridesmaid dresses and accessories, you can check out Model Chic Australia’s wide variety of cocktail dresses perfect for your special day. Need more inspiration? Follow along on our Instagram page to stay up-to-date on upcoming new dress releases for the shop and to get inspired by some of our real-life brides!