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Bridesmaids Dresses You'll Actually Wear Again (under $250)

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You've been asked to be a bridesmaid and your first thought .(after feeling really honored,) is that you'll be marching down the aisle in a hideous dress you've spent too much money on and will never wear again. 

Part of the exercise in living a sustainable life is finding things that have multi-uses; that obviously includes the infamous Bridesmaid Dress. 

"The biggest, overarching trend is that brides these days are wanting their bridesmaids to not look cookie-cutter," says Melissa Colgan, senior style editor for Martha Stewart Weddings. This means that a Bride can choose one unifying factor -- fabric or color -- and then allow each bridesmaid to choose a dress that suits them. You get a cohesive look that's more flattering individually which is a win-win in our book! 

It's nearly impossible to choose 1 dress that suits all body types so we're really a fan of this modern bride trend. The key is to have each dress approved by the Bride and ultimately, the Bride should get final veto power. If the venue is on a beach then try to refrain from suggesting sequins. 

Here are some color options you can seek out:

1. White & Neutrals 

It's very chic to allow your wedding party (and possibly even guests, hello Beyonce!) to wear white. What once was taboo is now modern and elegant. It also shows the Bride has a ton of confidence. 

If white is off the table, neutrals are a beautiful and easy to pull-off alternative. Shades like nude and blush are universally flattering and work all year round. In either case, stay away from full lengths so that you honor the girl code of never trying to upstage the Bride. 

1. FROCK Los Angeles $144

2. FROCK Los Angeles $165

3. J. Crew $250

4. BCBGeneration $168

2. Blacks & Grays

1. FROCK Los Angeles $195

2. Ann Taylor $200

3. FROCK Los Angeles $126

4. FROCK Los Angeles $225

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