Ah, the bridesmaids’ dress—something so many women have a love/hate relationship with. One of our favorite things about planning weddings, though, is watching how this wedding staple has undergone a serious facelift in recent years. Gone are the days of shoulder pads and over-the-top frills—replaced by dresses that are much more modern and manageable. From free-flowing florals to deep and dreamy gem tones, we’ve gathered some of our favorite fall bridesmaids’ dresses from Rent the Runway, and we’re breaking them down for you below. Kiss that pepto pink tulle gown goodbye once and for all—today’s roundup is all about the chic and the sleek.

Easy Breezy Fall Florals


We’re starting our roundup today with easy-breezy fall florals. The key to making floral bridesmaids’ gowns work for fall is to opt for longer-line dresses in deeper hues. We love this Nicholas Pink Evie Maxi—the deep cabernet florals against the pale-pink background make for a pattern that works, not only for spring, but for autumn as well. We also love this ASTR Rust Floral Off Shoulder Dress and this Printed Nathalia Maxi by Cinq á Sept—both in deep crimson hues that are spot-on for fall weddings. Our favorite fall floral, though? This dreamy Ruffle Dress by Free People.

Deep Gem Tones


Is there anything more stark and stunning for a fall wedding than a bride tribe donning deep gem tones? We think not. For all-things ruby, we’re weak in the knees over this super chic Dahlia Cape Gown by Halston Heritage (imagine how chic your bridesbabes would be in a cape gown, after all). Looking for something in a sexy, saturated amethyst hue? Opt for this Jill Jill Stuart Elderberry Side Cut Out Gown. This Slate & Willow Hunter Green Petal Dress and this Jay Godfrey Teal Clarke Gown are both perfect options for a bride looking for deep teals for her besties. And this Jill Jill Stuart Academy Gown and this Sapphire Angel Rays Trapeze Free People Dress are both perfect for fall affairs with a focus on sapphire.

Moody Blues


With everything from periwinkle hydrangeas to blue thistle in season, we love the idea of incorporating blue hues into a fall affair. This Blue Melina Lace Maxi by Dress the Population is perfect for a whimsical bridal party, while this Jill Jill Stuart Cobalt Cross Gown is great for a more formal affair. We’re also pretty weak in the knees over the Milly Blue Italian Nicole Dress—pair it with baby's breath floral crowns and brown leather wedges for a 70’s-inspired boho affair. Or, for something both classic and celebratory, we love this Slate & Willow Lace Midi—the dreamy cobalt hue will leave guests seeing blue for days to come.

Autumn-Inspired Hues


From dusty sages to deep olives to creamy tans, there are a handful of colors that just feel like fall the moment you see them. We’re pretty obsessed with this Keepsake Green Porcelain Lace Dress for an earthy autumn affair. We also love this Cinq á Sept Pink Dulcina Dress—while pink isn’t typically a shade that feels like fall, this dusty mauve hue is a subdued take on its bright-pink counterparts, making it perfect for an August or September soirée. And this Tibi Green Silk Crew Dress with bell sleeves is an absolute dream for vintage-inspired, boho nuptials. Want to really switch things up? Dress your besties in two-pieces, starting with this autumn-worthy (and super stunning) Olive Leather Skirt by J.O.A. Our favorite bridesmaid dress in a fall hue, though? This high-neck Free People dress in a copper shade that’s as dreamy and decadent as the season itself.

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Wedding Planner Francine Ribeau Events