In nine out of ten cases it is the bridesmaids who are tasked with paying for their own bridesmaid dresses. If you are a bridesmaid at more than one wedding each year, this can begin to become an expensive honour. Unless you have bags of money this can lead to you turning down the privilege of becoming your friend's bridesmaid, although this doesn't have to be the case.

Bridesmaid dresses have come along way in over the last couple of years. They aren't all fluffy and flouncy and decidedly over the top. Nowadays the average bridesmaid dress is elegant and sophisticated and many can be worn on several occasions.

The French work out how much to spend on an item of clothing based on the number of wears they will get from it. So for a pair of jeans that you wear pretty much everyday you could pay a couple of hundred pounds. However for a dress you'll only wear once you don't want to fork out more than £50. Buying a bridesmaid dress for £50 or less is pretty much impossible. But, if you can wear the dress more than once, you should be willing to pay more for it.

So, here are three of the most adaptable designs of Coast bridesmaid dresses that should tick several different boxes.

The Symphony Dress comes in both long and short styles, but you'll get a great deal more wear out of the shorter, knee-length design. This strapless dress is ultra sexy and chic; it has a ruched bodice, asymmetric drape detailing and a flowing chiffon skirt. It comes in plenty of shades but navy, violet and a deep, forest green are the most flexible hues. Add accessories to change the look and feel of this stunning Coast bridesmaid dress.

The Bethan Dress is one of Coast's freshest looking bridesmaid dresses UK. It is a bandeau dress with lace detail on the bust and enclosed boning. It is a-line in shape although it includes an empire-line belt to flatter your figure and emphasise curves and it boasts a stylish layered chiffon skirt. The sumptuous mulberry colour is stunning as well.

Our final pick of Coast beautiful bridesmaid dresses is the Melody Twist Dress. This above the knee style boasts a trendy twist front to add detail and shape. It also emphasises the waist and bust and slides over the hips and thighs. It is incredibly flattering and elegant.


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