Regardless of the season, purple is a color that can easily be incorporated into weddings. With tons of gorgeous purple floral, a many various purple tones, the options are endless when it comes to purple accent colors.
If you’re planning a wedding in the winter or fall, opt for darker purple tones like eggplant. Dresses with floor length skirts are also best for this time of year, offering a little bit more coverage against the elements. For spring and summer weddings, dresses with shorter hemlines and softer tones are best. Lilac, lavender, and even some shades of mauve are popular choices.
We’ve rounded up our favorite purple bridesmaid dresses here including long and short dresses, cheaper frocks and expensive high end gowns, and something in just about every shade of purple under the sun.
1. Ever Pretty Elegant Sleeveless Round Neck Evening Party Dress
This deeper shade of purple is one of our favorite gemstone colors and a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses. The deep and bold tone can overwhelm if it’s not done right, which is why we love this two-toned lace top to break up the look a bit. The sizing is accurate, the dress is very well-made, and bridesmaid will love the affordable cost of under $50. This is great option for both slender and curvy women, with a flowing and forgiving skirt, and a banded slimming waistband. This alternative purple gown also breaks up the solid coloring a bit with a gold embellished bodice for a formal look.
Price: $49.99 (28 percent off MSRP)
2. Donna Morgan Women’s Strapless Sweetheart Chiffon Dress
Available in “grape” (pictured) above, as well as “iris” and “grey ridge”, you’ll find this dress in several purple tones depending on your color scheme. Pick your favorite or mix and match several hues for a more ombre bridal party. The dresses are made from high quality silk and are extremely flattering, cinching and the waist. The shorter skirt is fun and flirty, but the overall silhouette maintains a classic bridesmaid style. If you’re a fan of this style and cut but prefer a long gown, you can find this dress in a maxi style here.
Price: $21.98 – $198 depending on size
3. Adrianna Papell Women’s Shirred V-Neck Tulle Gown
While dress designers that specialize in bridesmaid gowns might top your list, don’t rule out other formalwear designers as many of them have designs that can easily translate into the bridal world. This gorgeous gown is designed with tons of ruching, resulting in a texturized bodice that slims the tummy and is very flattering. It cascades down, featuring a simple floor length skirt. For a unique look, mix and match several of the styles from Adrianna Papell’s line that use the same aubergine fabric.
Price: $99.99 – $219 depending on size
4. Tadashi Shoji Women’s V-Neck Embroidered-Lace Dress
This dress takes a simple purple dress to the next level with a sleek and tailored look that bridesmaids will feel great in. The price point is a bit higher, but the well made dress means that bridesmaids can avoid pricey trips to the tailor down the road. There’s a good amount of coverage at the top of the dress, with thick lacy straps, featuring a scalloped edge. The same scalloped edge is mimicked in the skirt hem, which hits just above the knee. The crisscrossed banding at waist and delicate lace details keep the look modern and fresh. Opt for a black dress shoe with a little bit of sparkle, keeping in mind that with a shorter dress, your shoes will be on display. These simple heels from Betsey Johnson top our list.
Price: $238 – $321.30 depending on size
5. Vera Wang Women’s Sweetheart Strapless Long Dress
Vera Wang is just as successful at designing bridesmaid gowns as she is at wedding gowns. With high quality fabrics, simple styles, and clean lines, she achieves a dress that bridesmaids would be happy to splurge on. The stress has optional straps for additional support, but they can easily be left off to feature the delicate sweetheart neckline. Don’t miss this roundup of the best bridesmaid jewelry gift sets and buy one for your girls to accessorize this gown.
Price: $103.41 – $240 depending on size
6. Lark & Ro Women’s Sleeveless Double V-Neck Dress
If you’re trying to keep costs low, you can’t go wrong with this sleek and simple option from Lark & Ro, which is sure to flatter all your bridesmaids with its hourglass silhouette. It’s very simple, made with a nice, soft, comfortable material. Given the simplicity, you’ll want to dress it up with some killer accessories. Metallic tones like gold and silver are a safe choice. Shop this statement set for the perfect necklace and earrings for your bridesmaids. Want something more delicate? This sparkly set is sure to impress.
7. Donna Morgan Women’s Rachel Long One-Shoulder Chiffon Dress
This darker purple color is a winner, especially for fall and winter weddings when deeper tones really shine. The dress is available in all sizes 0-18 plus, with a romantic, elegant design. The chiffon is light and airy, with a ruched empire waist and a unique asymmetric neckline that is different from most one shoulder dress designs. The dress also comes with padding in the cups so you can likely get away without wearing a bra. For someone who needs more support and coverage, check out this alternative purple gown from Donna Morgan with a halter design.
Price: $55.80 – $240 depending on size
8. Adrianna Papell Women’s Strapless Tulle Long Gown
Most of the dresses on this list feature deeper and darker purple tones, but if you’re looking to have your bridesmaids wear purple in the spring or summer months, a dress like this is the way to do it. With soft mauve and purple tones, this unique dress is a show stopper and bridesmaids will love the opportunity to wear something a little different. The embellished belt creates a slimming effect by drawing attention to the waist. The look is completed with an oversized bow on the back and a coordinating shawl for accessorizing. If this dress is above your price point, you can find tons of reasonably priced light purple bridesmaid dresses here.
Price: $84.80 – $240 depending on size
9. Adrianna Papell Women’s Sleeveless Mid-Length Party Dress
This dress is party appropriate. The full skirt is fun and flirty, and the bright colors will pop in wedding photos, especially against black tuxedos and a white dress. If you’re not afraid of color opt for the “dahlia” color, pictured above. For something a bit more muted, this dress is also available in a “dusty rose” color or “berry”, which has some deeper undertones. The high neckline conceals any unwanted cleavage, and the tea-length fit-and-flare skirt lands below the knee for a very flattering and sophisticated cut. You’ll find pockets hidden in the pleated skirt, which bridesmaids will appreciate.
Price: $71.64 – $160 depending on size
10. Taylor Dresses Women’s Fit & Flare Dress
With nude lace sprinkled throughout the deep dark purple, this dress features a unique design that’s different from most bridesmaid dresses. Most girls will feel comfortable in this style, with a skirt that flares away from the body, a high neckline, and a slimming waist. The price is also very affordable, with most sizes available under or around $100.
Price: $72.64 – $148 depending on size
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