When it comes to weddings, opting for a maxi dress can be a dangerous game: one wrong foot and you're twinning with the bridesmaids, being ushered into the garden for the official pics. But if floor-length is you at your best, regain your chill thanks to these three floral saviours. And if your bank account is already feeling the hen do/wedding gift/overnight-stay strain, then the price tag attached to them is going to bring sighs of relief, too…
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3 maxi dresses that won't get you confused with the bridesmaid
By Anna Heaton, 15 April 2017
Advisory rule number one: avoid solid colour and think perky floral prints instead. A stepped hem takes the formal scale down a notch, feeling more 'best-dressed guest' than 'in the wedding party'. Plus, the price is nothing a week's worth of packed lunches can't solve.
A cold-shoulder and discreet cut-out at the back moves this dreamy rose-print maxi away from classic bridesmaid territory. Throw in slinky satin fabric, thigh-high side-splits and you're on to a win.
Let's face it, asymmetric straps are the stuff your sartorial dreams are made of, plus the ruffles mean this dress is an SS17 wedding win. Fingers crossed the bride squad choice won't be dusty pink, but with the oversized floral print, you're out of the high-risk zone, for sure.