Outside of finding your wedding dress, venue, and choosing a date, one of the biggest questions/concerns a bride faces is determining what type of bridesmaid dress to choose. Do you choose one style for all the girls, or allow them to find their own frock based on a specific color palette? These days, the choices are endless.
While the numerous possibilities are nice in theory, in practice it can be extremely difficult and stressful to narrow everything down and decide what you’re actually looking for. One thing is certain, however: there are some dresses are timeless and flattering – on everyone, I promise – which will make great options for your bridal party.
V-Neck Bridesmaid Dresses: The New #1 Look
What’s one of those classic looks? Why, V-neck bridesmaid dresses, of course! This neckline is flattering and chic, and it’s sure to complement all of your girls.
A V-neckline is pretty self-explanatory, but there are many variations and options! Below, you’ll find specific dress styles that exemplify the flattering and stylish traits of the neckline. Even if you have super opinionated bridesmaids, they won’t be able to find fault with this design.
10 Reasons to Love a V-Neckline:
1. It’s classic and simple
2. Universally flattering
3. Can be combined with many different strap options
4. Versatile in terms of how wide and deep the “V” actually is
5. Complements almost all types, from formal, informal, classic, trendy, and everything in between
6. Easy to accessorize with earrings or necklaces
7. Complements a variety of hairstyles and lengths
8. Will complement your gown, no matter the silhouette
9. Great for all seasons
10. It’s perfect!
Which V-neck is right for you?
Now that you have the basics down, let’s go over specific designs! To make things easy we’ve divided them into categories, though these aren’t hard and fast rules. If you and/or your girls love a dress but it’s outside of a prescribed “category,” go with it! Plus, many of these dresses could fit in any of the categories. It’s your special day, and you should be happy with the dresses chosen.
Best For: Smaller chests
Bari Jay 1452 is perfect for those with a smaller chest, because it features a plunging V-neckline which shows off your skin and creates cleavage. It might become too revealing for some, but for those who want a daring style and don’t have to worry about anything falling out, it’s a great choice.
The rest of the gown is chic and timeless, with an A-line silhouette to accent your curves and a floor-length, pleated chiffon skirt to provide plenty of light and airy fabric to make a statement on the dance floor. This gown is a great example of how a dress can balance a daring design element with sophistication to create a chic style. Plus, it shows just how stylish a V-neck can be!
Best For: Larger chests
Sometimes, it can be a struggle to find a gown with a neckline that works for larger chests: what might be modest and covered on one person might look for feel too revealing on another. This is where Kennedy Blue Colette comes in. The V-neckline is created by a lace overlay, which rests over a lining with a sweetheart design.
The sweetheart design is very flattering for larger busts because of the curve, while the lace overlay adds the V-design and provides subtle coverage. Lace cap sleeves add a delicate touch of old-world charm. The knee-length, A-line skirt shows off your figure. Overall, this is a stylish and flattering gown that will show off your chest without making it the focal point or becoming too revealing.
Best For: Curves
To highlight your curvy figure, go with a look like Bill Levkoff 1115. The V-neck combines with ruched straps to show off your upper body with sacrificing support and comfort, and ruching on the bodice wraps around your figure for a flattering fit. A ruched band at the natural waist nips in your figure and adds definition before the flowing A-line skirt with pleats skims over your lower body. Chic and feminine, this style will accentuate the curves you want to show off while minimizing and smoothing anything you don’t. It’s universally flattering and elegant, and your girls will simply adore it.
Best For: Straight figures
Dessy 2894 is great for straighter figures, because it will enhance the curves you do have while maintaining a long and lean appearance. Though relatively simple and classic, the style creates a red carpet/old Hollywood vibe you and your girls are sure to adore. The neckline is slimmer than some and not too low, and the thicker straps add the security and support your girls will love. Ruching and pleating on the bodice and natural waist creates an hourglass figure, which is further enhanced by the floor length, pleated chiffon skirt – which features a high slit for a sexy detail. Great for fuller busts as well, this style is comfortable and feminine.
Best For: Classic style
After Six 6697 is flowing and elegant, and it’s perfect for those looking for a classic yet trendy style. The wide neckline is also low, which shows off your upper body and skin while accenting cleavage – tastefully, of course. The rest of the gown is comfortable and feminine, and an A-line silhouette and pleats creates a universally flattering fit. The classic style is perfect for mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses as well, though all of your girls will want this gown!
Best For: Trendy style
If you’re looking for a unique design, check out Bari Jay 1624. Not only is the sparkling sequined fabric glamorous and unexpected, but it’s also very hip and trendy. The V-neckline isn’t as deep as some for a softer look, and spaghetti straps add delicate support without taking away from the clean lines of the gown. The loose bodice adds bohemian flare, while the slim A-line skirt skims over your curves and creates a long and lean appearance. Ideal for a wide variety of different wedding ceremonies, this gown will show off the unique and trendy style of you and your girls. It’s perfect!
Best For: Versatility
Alfred Sung D500 is a knee-length, A-line frock with cap sleeves made from stunning Dupioni fabric. The neckline is wide and open – perfect for a wide variety of accessories – while the cap sleeves ensure the fit is comfortable. The structured fabric lends a formal quality to the gown, while the knee-length skirt and effortless modern style gives it a relaxed vibe as well.
This dress would be at home at a variety of different wedding ceremonies, and it’ll flatter all of your girls. Plus, they could truly wear it again to a cocktail party – seriously! If cap sleeves aren’t your vibe, check out Alfred Sun D622 for a similar design with tank style straps instead.
Best For: Informal
Kennedy Blue Jodie is a great informal design that is still chic and elegant. It’s seriously perfect for so many different wedding ceremony styles. The V-neckline combines with spaghetti straps to create a relaxed and effortless look that shows off your arms and skin – and leaves plenty of room for your own choice of accessories!
The loose bodice lends itself to the informal vibe, and it combines with the knee length, A-line skirt to show off your figure while remaining loose and relaxed. It is more fun and flirty cocktail frock than stuffy bridesmaid gown, which you’re girls will love. I’m not joking when I say that your ‘maids could wear this dress again after the big day!
If you love Kennedy Blue Jodie but want a floor-length skirt, take a look at Kennedy Blue Lana: it’s the Jodie’s sister in every way, except it features a flowing floor-length skirt instead of a knee-length one. You could always mix and match the two for an eclectic look!
Best For: Formal
If you’re going for a formal and glamorous bridal party look that isn’t stuffy, then Angelina Faccenda 20476 is the one for you. The sequined mesh fabric is sparkling and eye-catching, and it combines with the slim A-line silhouette to create a formal, chic, and modern look. With a sequin design like this one, the V-neckline is a perfect choice: it’s clean and flattering, and it shows off your skin and style without competing with the rest of the gown. Pair with earrings to complete the gorgeous ensemble.
If all-over sequins and crystals are too much for your bridal party, check out Bari Jay 1613. Only the bodice features sequins, which adds that hint of glamour without going over the top. Plus, the chiffon skirt features pockets!
The final V-neck verdict.
No matter what style you choose, how you accessorize it, or what type of ceremony you’re planning, a V-neck bridesmaid dresses are a great way to go. Your girls will look and feel flattered and flawless on the big day, and there won’t be any cringing about dated styles when you look back on the photos in the future. It’s the perfect option!