The ROYGBIV Guide To Rad Bridesmaid Dresses

The space in your closet is already limited — the last thing you need in there is a bunch of dust-gathering bridesmaid dresses that you only wore once. The good news is, assuming the bride's given you the task of finding something that fits her color palette, you have the freedom to search high and low for the perfect dress that you'll wear again and again.

Rather than frocks that are puffy or look prom-themed, opt for modern, streamlined silhouettes that feel timeless and flatter your body type. Whether or not you're spending a ton of money, you want to be able to wear it at least a few more times after the big day, be it for work events or other weddings.

So to celebrate marriage equality — and with the knowledge that wedding season will now likely be busier than ever — we rounded up the best frocks in every color of the rainbow, from short to floor-length and everything in between. Brush up on your color wheel and click through our rainbow of cool bridesmaid dresses ahead.
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This draped dress with wrapped-waist detailing flatters a number of body types.
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A floor-length gown that's red hot.
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A mid-length tank dress looks great with flats or strappy sandals.
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Can't go wrong with a shift shape in a bold hue.
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Orange can be tricky, but this fitted bodice and full skirt keep it looking sophisticated.
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An unexpected color for romantic lace.
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Mod in all the right ways.
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The boho bride will be fond of this one.
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Play with sheer panels.
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A sleeveless, high-neck dress perfect for warmer climates.
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Not your average lace dress.
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The happy medium between girly and sporty.
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Contrasting lace panels keep the top of the dress eye-catching.
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A minidress that looks good on just about everyone.
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A subtle V-neck that's not super-revealing.
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It is possible to wear a ruffled hem without feeling childish.
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Beach-wedding-ready.
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Business at the bottom, party on top.
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A modern take on the classic wrap dress.
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You won't overshadow the bride, but you'll still look damn good.
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A halter that still works for busty girls.
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A wrapped bodice that's oh-so-flattering.
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Simple elegance.
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Don't be afraid of a little sparkle.
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A sexy side cutout balances out the long skirt and sleeves.
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A dress fit for a goddess.
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Who says a bridesmaid dress can't be mesh?
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