20 incredible metallic bridesmaid dresses

In its past life, the trusty metallic dress was a Christmas party go-to. You felt a little bit like an ’80s gameshow hostess but that was ok because the festive season forgives pretty much any fashion faux pas – when else could you wear an ugly jumper to so much applause?

Then bridalwear designers had the genius idea that bridesmaids shimmying down the aisle in something shimmery is Instagram gold. The first time we spotted a girl gang in some eye-catching all-sequin gowns we were transfixed, and it’s since become a major trend with an influx of big names joining in with their own sparkletastic styles.

Gold, silver and copper are flattering on a variety of skin tones and hair colours. Even combinations that shouldn’t work, seem to. For example, don’t presume you can’t dress blonde bridesmaids in gold – we’ve seen this work countless times. Our favourite take on the trend is to pick one base metal and play about with it: put one ‘maid in full glitz, another in a skirt with sequin crop, and pick out a Art Deco-inspired beaded gown to complete the set.

Scroll through our gallery below for 20 lust-worthy metallic frocks:

Style 8686, around £279, Sorella Vita
Hollis gown, around £396, Watters
Style 1515, £POA, Allure Bridals
Style 8646, around £255, Alfred Angelo
Style 1617, around £283.50, Bari Jay
Sateen twill top (style T2979), around £95, and skirt (style S2980), £130, Dessy
Style L194006, £225, Jasmine
Style 5764, around £210, Hayley Paige
Style 1513, £POA, Allure Bridals
Veronica gown, around £230, Theia
Blake jacquard bodice, £69 and Blake jacquard skirt, £129, Coast
Style 8685, £259, Sorella Vita
Maya gown, around £230, Monique Lhuillier
Style 8647, around £255, Alfred Angelo
Lovedrobe luxe tonal sequin maxi dress, £129, ASOS
Style 1624, around £283.50, Bari Jay
Style D734, around £220, Alfred Sung
Everlasting gown, £504, Watters
Style L194007, £250, Jasmine