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When it comes to best-friend duties on your wedding day, it's easy to assemble a legendary squad. Not so easy? Choosing the outfit. There's a tradition of bridesmaids dresses served in full-length muted tones, strapless sheaths and princess vibes, but the truth is, when it comes to styling up your crew, no rules apply. In fact, to hell with dresses at all! Go pants, prints, primary colours or all of the above. Take inspiration with some not-so-obvious bridesmaid options right here:
brunette curvy girl in graphic print dress

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Go graphic

Don't fancy florals but hellbent on avoiding all-over colour? Wrap your besties in a gorgeous graphic print for a more modern riff on the bridesmaid dress. Bonus fact: the super-strong prints will make for extra fabulous photos.


ASOS CURVE tea dress in contemporary print, $84

Printed green dress with ribbon lacing on side

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Make it mini

Bridesmaid myth: dresses must be floor-length, ankle-length, tea-length, midi or on the knee. Wrong! If your crew is cool with getting their pins out, don't hesitate to move into mini-mode and free the knee. For summer weddings, your breezy bridesbabes will thank you.


ASOS printed mini with tie sides, $89

Black mesh mini dress with flowers

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Black magic

Back in the day, black was considered a wedding fashion faux pas but those days are no more. Black is flattering AF, looks great on every skin tone, shape and size - and you'll never be hard-pressed to find an amazing option in the shade (whether your talking dresses or jumpsuits). Bridesmaids can wear black - till death do us part.


ASOS embellished smock mini, $95

red dress with ruffle


Primary > pastels

Pretty pastels are always a wedding win, but a primary colour will really make your bridal party pop. Think sun-warm canary yellows, brilliant bright blues and, of course, the most celebrated colour of the season: red.


Jarlo petit ruffle maxi dress in red, $218

orange wrap shirt with statement sleeves

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Top shelf

There is no rule book stating that bridesmaids must wear a dress. Get them in jumpsuits, playsuits, pants or pinafores - the choice is yours. Or you can mix it up and choose a seriously statement-making top which your squad can pair with their favourite jeans, trousers or skirt. Just add accessories.


ASOS White off-shoulder wrap shirt, $109