“You’ll wear it again,” every bride tells her bridesmaids… but will they? Really? Honestly, the odds aren’t great. So why not consider frocks that can be rented for a fraction of the cost? Here, 15 fall and winter gowns, midis, jumpsuits and everything in between, all of which can be loaned out from good old Rent the Runway.
You’d think red lace and a plunging neck would be too much together, but somehow it’s so (so) right.
LM Collection ($50 to $70)
Slightly more casual, yes, but a midi silhouette is pretty much universally flattering.
Shoshanna ($60 to $80)
Don’t be fooled by the high neck; this subtle cutout number is anything but prudish.
Erin Erin Fetherston ($55 to $75)
Perfect for showing off a standout pair of heels.
Allison Parris ($80 to $100)
Chic business in the front, equally chic party in the back.
Katie May ($70)
Not your average bridesmaid getup, but holy cow is this glam.
Badgley Mischka ($95)
Casual but still refined… and just really pretty.
Tibi ($55 to $75)
Show off toned shoulders by pulling your hair back.
Laundry by Shelli Segal ($40 to $60)
We’re imagining this look topped off with gold statement earrings, but that’s just us.
A slightly more modest option, but no less elegant.
Slate & Willow ($70 to $90)
Not to be confused with the aforementioned cap sleeves, a caped bridesmaid dress is dramatic and show-stopping (aka make sure the brides approves).
Jill Jill Stuart ($45 to $65)
Lace solves the whole “but aren’t long sleeves too covered-up?” question.
ML Monique Lhuillier ($75)
Garden party nuptials, anyone?
Marchesa Notte ($135 to $150)
Millennial pink: still trending.
Adrianna Papell ($35 to $55)
FYI, this gorge gown can be worn in 15 different ways (including as a halter or one-shoulder)—perfect for a bridal that wants variety with a hint of consistency.
Two Birds ($70)