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It’s an obvious honor when a longtime BFF or super-close family member asks you to be a part of their special day, but once the initial excitement wears off, the dread sets in: Will you end up paying a ton for a tacky, unflattering bridesmaid dress with a too-big bow, complete with a matching shawl? Not if we have anything to say about it!
Luckily, you’d be hard-pressed to find a frock with puffy shoulders these days, but we scoured through the crinkled silk taffeta to find 12 so-pretty dresses you’ll get tons of wear out of — even after your best gal’s big day. So, from a cobalt blue maxi stunner to a lilac lace frock fit for summer nuptials, click through for a dozen options you’ll definitely want to the bride-to-be to take note of.