strapless pink cocktail dress

Here's a problem almost as old as marriage itself: I get tons of complaints from readers that wedding party dresses are never attractive enough to be worn again. Friends shouldn't make friends buy a dress that will get only one use! Thankfully, the lovely blush tones that recently appeared in many designer clothing lines have trickled into bridal fashion. They flatter all skin and hair colors yet are still neutral enough to take the place of a little black dress at some future event.

Cynthia Rowley's first-ever bridesmaid collection uses many of her signature cuts, as in this flouncy cocktail dress.

$180; for stores
floor-length chiffon gown

This gown can easily be personalized with jewelry; the crinkled chiffon will also let you dress it down.

Vera Wang Maids, $240; 212-628-9898
empire-waist sheath dress

An Empire-waist sheath is the perfect understated style for someone who prefers to conceal her arms.

Simple Silhouettes, $285; 212-219-2223
one-shoulder bridesmaid dress

Lela Rose is introducing a new bridesmaid collection—I love the sweet rosettes and elegant one-shoulder look.

$290; for stores
wrap dress

This dress wraps 15 different ways, varying coverage to suit every figure. (Yes, there are instructions.)


Adam Glassman's guide to wedding fashion