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Christa Vagnozzi

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Best Bridesmaid Dresses & Bridesmaid Gowns

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September and February are synonymous with Fashion Week, but in the bridal world, it’s April and October that count. During these two months, editors, buyers, and a few lucky brides-to-be come together to view the latest wedding gown collections and - if we’re lucky - get a glimpse of color strutting down the catwalk in the form of bridesmaid dresses. This season, thanks to glamorous silhouettes, couture details, and a rise in hemlines, the idea of being a bridesmaid suddenly seems so much more appealing. Straight from the runways, here are the hottest bridesmaid dresses for fall/winter 2008.

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With the best bridesmaid dresses, you can find classy designs that could actually be worn again. Always the best price, these bridesmaid gowns are made by the best of the best, from Melissa Sweet to Lazaro to Alvina Valenta.

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  • Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids

    Christa says: This cool blue dress by Alvina Valenta can turn ordinary bridesmaids into glamour girls. I particularly love the crystal buckle detail and ruffle collar - very Jackie O.

    • Style 9881
    • Teal satin
    • Halter neckline
    • Tea-length
  • Melissa Sweet

    Christa says: This Melissa Sweet dress showcases one of the hottest colors of the season: yellow. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding, the tank top and silk charmeuse make this style not only feminine but totally comfy to wear.

    • Style MS226
    • Silk charmeuse
    • Scoop neckline
    • Empire waist
  • Jim Hjelm

    Christa says: Every girl needs a little black dress, and being a bridesmaid is the perfect opportunity to purchase a new one (as long as the bride says it’s okay, of course). The lace bolero makes this Jim Hjelm creation wedding-appropriate. Lose the jacket afterward and you’re ready for cocktails with the girls or dinner with your favorite guy.

    • Style 5867
    • Basic black
    • Curved neckline
    • Strapless, A-line
  • Priscilla of Boston

    Christa says: All women need a pop of color from time to time. Priscilla of Boston agrees. A juicy papaya hue and ruffle-trimmed hemline brings a flirty touch to an otherwise ladylike silhouette.

    • Style PB216
    • Knee-length
    • Scoop neckline
    • Ruffle trim
  • Amsale Bridesmaids

    Christa says: Channel your inner Greek goddess with this flowy gown by Amsale. The lavender hue is subtle yet stylish, while the halter neckline is great for showing off the shoulders.

    • Ruched bodice
    • Empire waist
    • Halter neckline

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  • Lazaro Bridesmaids

    Christa says: Sexy and sophisticated, it’s hard to believe this Lazaro frock is really a bridesmaid dress. The best part? No, not the adorable hand-rolled rosette (though I do love this detail), but the fact that this shift dress is made of jersey - cue the dance music.

    • Style 3870
    • Burgundy jersey
    • Halter neckline
    • Knee-length
  • Watters & Watters

    Christa says: Leave it to Watters & Watters to take a traditional fabric and weave it into a modern look. The gold brocade pattern on this tea-length bridesmaid dress makes it an instant classic.

    • Gold damask silk
    • Scoop neckline
    • Tea-length, a-line
  • Jim Hjelm

    Christa says: A bold color choice, Jim Hjelm encourages brides to have a little fun when choosing bridal party attire with this kiwi creation. Dress it up with gold chandelier earrings and strappy sandals.

    • Style 5866
    • Kiwi chiffon
    • Ruched bodice with ribbon detail
    • Strapless, A-line
  • Siri

    Christa says: Siri makes hot pink look all grown-up by pairing it with a navy blue sash. Because the sash is made from taffeta, you can scrunch it for a new twist on the classic bow.

    Another cool touch: This gown has pockets.

    • Style: Loire Valley
    • Shantung silk
    • Squared-off neckline
    • Tea-length
  • Vineyard Collection

    Christa says: What I like about this navy dress by Vineyard Collection is that it will look great on practically any skin tone and can be teamed with just about any color you choose for the bouquet. Lime green cymbidium orchids, hot pink peonies, peach ranunculus - take your pick.

    • Style 1420
    • Navy chiffon
    • V-neckline
    • Floor-length

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Searching for the best bridesmaid dresses doesn't have to be arduous. We suggest bridesmaid gowns that are tasteful and elegant to complement the rest of your wedding plans. Always the best price, these bridal party dresses include stunning designs from Alvina Valenta, Melissa Sweet and others.