Maria Loizou

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The Best Multifunctional Bridesmaid Dresses

With wedding planning an often-difficult task – from venue finding to perfecting the guest list, there’s much to consider in order to make the day a success. Perhaps one of the most important tasks? Outfitting the bridal party. The perfect bridesmaid dress needs to be versatile, flattering on different shapes and styles, but not boring. Gone are the days of bridesmaid dresses being an afterthought, instead they make a statement. However, as many of us are purchasing pieces more consciously, it’s more important than ever to find a dress that has opportunity to be worn more than once. With this in mind, discover the elegant bridesmaid dresses that have occasionwear appeal for plenty of seasons to come.

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The Tailored Dress Design

Karen Millen Compact Stretch Viscose Drape Detail Pencil Midi Dress
Compact Stretch Tailored High Low Midi Dress

Whilst bridesmaids' dresses are often fluid, longline iterations, this tailored pencil piece provides sophistication, particularly for a smaller, registry office location. In a beautiful pale blush hue, it’s a beautiful addition to a spring wedding, detailed with a contemporary drape effect on the skirt. The oversized puff sleeves make for a flattering finish, as it holds merit whether as a Maid of Honour or smaller wedding party offering.

The Destination Wedding Show Stopper

Karen millen orange applique maxi dress
Halter Neck Feather Sequin Detail Woven Maxi Dress

With destination weddings on the rise, a beautiful sunset backdrop and the golden glow of a tan creates the perfect opportunity to wear a striking colourful piece. This intricately beaded fringe dress creates movement with every step, with the halter neckline one that suits all shapes. Possible to be paired with platform sandals on the big day, this dress would also suit flatter sandals and a shawl as a more casual alternative – meaning you can wear it more than once during the same trip.

The Minimalist-Yet-Versatile Dress

Sage green karen millen midi dress
Soft Tailored Halter Tie Neck Pleat Detail Midi Dress

With a halter neckline dress a flattering shape on all, this pared back piece offers effortless sophistication – and multiple outfitting opportunity, be it dressed up or down. Featuring a flowing midi skirt, this particular piece comes in a plethora of different hues to match to the desired colour scheme. When it comes to wearing again, add a leather jacket and heeled sandals for a city date or meal with loved ones.

The Printed Piece

Karen Millen Diamante Trim Floral Woven Maxi Dress
Diamante Trim Palm Floral Woven Midi Dress

Often, bridesmaid dresses are plain – however don’t be afraid to shy away from print, particularly if one who challenges tradition. As a safe foray, floral prints are the perfect entry, matching the sentiment of the day yet still providing something different. This particular piece has all-year-round wedding appeal, the diamante providing a touch of sparkle. In a beautiful, timeless style, it can be worn at the races, garden parties, christenings and other weddings for future seasons.

The Elegant Black-Tie Offering

Karen Millen Satin Cape Maxi Dress
Tailored Satin Back Crepe Drape One Shoulder Maxi Dress

A black-tie wedding can be hard to dress for, and as cape dresses continue to achieve prominence in the occasionwear sphere, this luxe elegant offering is a sartorial must. Crafted in signature compact, it skims the form, elevated with a ruching detail on the waist. A beautiful stiletto heel best compliments this dress – simplistically completing the outfit with ease.

The Modern Waterfall Gown

Karen Millen Compact Stretch Viscose Waterfall Midi Dress
Soft Tailored Waterfall Halter Maxi Dress

With a cascading skirt and crafted from compact stretch fabric, this versatile piece is bound to suit each bridesmaid. Available in curve, petite and the main range, it features an intriguing cross detail on the back and features a tie waist detail. Effortless and complimentary on all, it transcends trends.

The City Wedding Glamour Piece

Karen Millen Crystal Embellished Woven Midi Dress
Cut Out Crystal Embellished Woven Maxi Dress

A city location requires sleek sophistication, and this Karen Millen signature is the perfect choice for any bridesmaid. A style loved by celebrities and influencers alike, the embellished high neckline and leg slit brings a touch of sparkle to this simplistic dress, making it perfect to wear to a big city destination wedding and future events.

The Country Destination Dress

Karen Millen Top Stitch Satin Woven Midi Dress
Pleat Detail Petal Print Strappy Woven Midi Dress

With a square neck and cinched at the waist as a figure-enhancing combination, this romantic red dress achieves bridal party perfection and future date night glamour. A pleated skirt creates ease of movement (necessary for a long day such as a wedding), and the midaxi skirt is this season’s favourite length. A key occasionwear piece, it can again be dressed down for different plans – flat shoes for garden parties or premium picnics.

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