Since Trista (Rehn) Sutter stepped onto the scene as the first Bachelorette in a black halter gown that practically screamed Jessica McClintock, a template for the perfect date-night wardrobe had scarcely begun. We now have guidelines for how to dress for an excursion through an exotic rainforest, a ballroom dance complete with a private concert, and the casual shopping spree through Paris, courtesy of ABC’s matchmaking gift to the world. Yet, some of the most golden style moments of the show have been smothered in the glut of sequin-covered gowns that manage to make an appearance each season. Ugh. Luckily for you, we’re here to resurrect some of the most fashionable Bachelorette ensembles that deserve recognition. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite fashion moments — and don’t worry, they won’t rekindle nightmares of the prom dress you likely regret.
Trista (Rehn) Sutter: Season 1
The proverbial girl next door, Trista stunned in classic pieces like this little LBD. A staple of supermodels, from Kate Moss to Kendall Jenner, the slip dress has yet to lose its lustre. Trista was onto something when she paired it with sandal heels, a formula exercised by designers with a penchant for minimalism, like Jacquemus.
This hair-and-dress situation gives us How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets The Wedding Planner vibes, and we are into it.
Jillian Harris: Season 5
This cocktail dress perfectly reflects Jillian Harris‘ contagious joie de vivre that defined her tenure as the Bachelorette. The spunky embellishments juxtapose the simple silhouette with a hint of flare. While, yes, glitter accents can seem pageanty and juvenile, we welcome their presence on a slinky mini every now and then. It seems today’s it-girls would agree.
Ashley (Hebert) Rosenbaum: Season 7
Throughout her season, Ashley donned a plethora of bodycon dresses and mini skirts. It was 2011, after all. This mini dress that she wore on Jimmy Kimmel Live, post-After the Final Rose, featured a delicate lace overlay that tinged the basic silhouette with vintage charm. Gigi Hadid stunned in a tan, appliqued gown by Zuhair Murad at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. And while the dress worn by Ashley cannot be weighed against the craft of Murad’s atelier, Hadid reinforces the reality star’s case that nothing complements a sun-bronzed glow like a tan dress with intricate details.
Emily Maynard Johnson: Season 8
The Southern belle of the Bachelorette series, Emily Maynard, certainly brought a spiked dose of big hair and glitter to the mansion. Contrary to the parade of grape soda and blueberry hued sequin gowns that have persisted through each season, (sigh), this mini dress more closely resembles the fashion moment of a trendy social lite. Paris Hilton, we’re looking at you.
It cannot get much more Bachelorette than this dress, which looks like an actual bundle of rose petals. According to In Style, Emily loved the Jean Fares Couture gown that she wore on her date with Joe [Gendreau] so much, that she “never wanted to take it off.”
Desiree (Hartsock) Siegfried: Season 9
An aspiring wedding gown designer, Desiree Hartsock was not one to shy away from a few extra bells and whistles in an ensemble. Though a costume for a western-themed group date, key pieces in this look could enhance any summer wardrobe. A multi tiered maxi skirt, for instance, offers a refreshing alternative to the go-to mini. Additionally, the delicate white blouse that she is wearing could lend to a chic South-of-France vibe if paired with high-waisted light wash denim, a basket bag, and mules.
Andi Dorfman: Season 10
In a rare turn of events for the show, Andi did not opt for a bedazzled gown leading up to her proposal. The cream hue imbued with a subtle hint of yellow complemented her features beautifully, while the whispy silhouette flowed seamlessly about her frame.
Kaitlyn Bristowe: Season 11
JoJo Fletcher: Season 12
From Desiree’s saloon getup to JoJo’s cognac flare pants, the Bachelorettes clearly crave a western look every now and then. And can we blame them? The pants’ elongating silhouette complements the lightweight surplice blouse, creating flattering proportions.
Do we really need to explain ourselves for this one? JoJo looks absolutely stunning in this red dress, and we want to add it to our shopping cart, pronto. Shop a similar one, here.
It is not too often that a storied French brand finds its ways to the Bachelorette set. Although the ensembles worn on the show do not mirror the zeitgeist of high-fashion runways, the addition of an Isabel Marant tweed jacket worn by JoJo significantly upgrades the show’s wardrobe portfolio, which is saturated with many renditions of the predictable leather bomber.
Rachel Lindsay: Season 13
If you don’t have a basket bag in tow during your jaunt through Europe, why not consider accessorizing by way of bicycle? Alltogether utilitarian and endearing, who wouldn’t want to meander through cobblestone streets this way? Other accents in Rachel‘s ensemble are likewise charming, cementing an air of elegance with a harmonious color palette. Seeing the lovely contrast between her petal pink scarf and stone drop earrings, we are currently shopping for turquoise accessories of our own.
Properly exhibiting the principle of high-low dressing, Rachel layered a Tiffany blue Zara coat over a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. This ensemble makes a strong case for investing in a pastel coat to bring an outfit full circle. In fact, we’ll take Dean, too.
Becca Kufrin: Season 14
From Season 1 to now, the slip dress still stands as a fail-safe piece that every Bachelorette should own. Featuring a dipped back and lamé finish, Becca‘s upgraded rendition of the silhouette helped her kick off her season strong. We look forward to watching her style unfold, this summer.
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