Matt James’ season premiere of The Bachelor was full of drama, glitz and glamor– –Thanks to his group of lone contestants flaunting some serious night-one looks. From flirty feathered dresses to sequin-filled beauties, this season’s women’s group doesn’t mess around when it comes to dressing up for their lead actor.

Since we spend a lot of our timing dreaming of parties they could be worn to, the night dresses, which are perfect for the camera and sweep Matt off his feet, caught our attention too. With pre-wedding celebrations in mind, wedding anniversaries, elopements, and after parties (and maybe even a few bridal shower options!), We watched as each attendee stepped out of the limo to greet the oh-so-handsome bachelorette and grabbed some of ours Favorite looks together. Here are our tips, along with the future brides (and their squads!).

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What Kristin was wearing: a sparkling one-shoulder highlight

Kristin, a 27-year-old lawyer from Virginia Beach, caught our attention in a sparkling silver one-shoulder gown. We’re pretty sure the dress is that Metallic tip from Jovani’s prom collection (Style number 00353) from Castle Couture. We love this for a dazzling rehearsal dinner or maybe an option for a New Years Eve bridal shower.

Dress: Jovani’s Prom Collection dress style number 00353.

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What Kit was wearing: A flirty feathered dress

Kit, a 27-year-old fashion entrepreneur from New York City, was dressed to impress on the first night of Matt James’ season. No wonder, because her mother is the famous fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Kit naturally went for one of her mother’s designs, a feathered ombre mini dress that featured a satin bow for a flirty, standout look. Kit’s dress is the perfect choice for brides looking for something chic for a rehearsal dinner, brunch or a fun outfit change at the reception.

Dress: Cynthia Rowley Kitty Ombre Feather Party Mini Dress

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What Carolyn Wore: A gold sequin stunner

Carolyn, a 30-year-old journalist from LA, decided on a number covered in gold trim. It reminded us of the hugely popular Badgely Mischka dress which has been acting as a trendy bridesmaid dress option since 2015. Don’t you agree?

Bachelorette party dressesDress: Badgley Mischka sequin dress
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What Marylynn Wore: A trendy dress in a moody shade with a modest neckline

Marylynn, the 28-year-old event coordinator from Studio City, California, opted for a satin dress with two trends that we saw more than once during the Bachelor’s premiere: side cutouts and a cutout shoulder. We like the rehearsal dinner dress, but maybe even more than a bridesmaid dress. It’s hard to tell by the lighting, but we think this look actually is this one-shoulder side cutout Satin dress from Jump in Hunter.

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What Bri Wore: A luxurious emerald green silk dress

Bri, a 24-year-old communications manager from San Francisco, passed out in an opulent silk dress that featured a sexy open back and sleek ruffle closure. This dress is from Michelle Mason and is located at Revolve. It is an ideal choice for guests attending a black tie wedding, perhaps at a museum or hotel in the DC area.

Bachelorette party dressesDress: Michelle Mason Ruffle Cowl Bias Gown

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What Serena C. Wore: A stylish, old, Hollywood-inspired look

We have to say, Serena C., a flight attendant from San Francisco, gets our first impression when it comes to style. She channeled classic Hollywood with an ultra-chic form-fitting dress similar to this Jenny Yoo design that also had a hood neckline and back. This night-one look goes perfectly with a subtle DC affair.

Dress: Jenny Yoo Sylvie Gown
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What Amber Wore: A beaded, embellished dress with an Art Deco flair

Amber, a 30-year-old nursing student from Costa Mesa, California, didn’t get much airtime (we’re not even sure if she got the chance to speak one-on-one with Matt) but we still remembered her nightgown. It was similar to Adrianna Papell’s Art Deco hold-up blouson dress, which is another popular choice for bridesmaids. Also one to consider when hosting a Gatsby-inspired bash.

Dress: Adrianna Papell Art Deco beaded blouson dress with halter neckline

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What Sydney Wore: A bold red beauty

Sydney, the 28-year-old marketing specialist from Nashville, Tennessee, met Matt in a bold red halter neck dress – something we think could be fun, a rehearsal dinner, an after party, or even bridesmaids or maid of honor to organize. Get a similar look with you the “Queens” dress by Amanda Uprichard in the color “lipstick” from Revolve.

Amanda Uprichard “Queens” dress

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What Victoria wore: a dazzling ensemble

Love her or hate her, Victoria, the 27 year old “Queen” of LA, made the scene with her entrance in a look dazzled from tiara to toe. We’re not sure if this is exactly her dress, but you can definitely get the look with it Viennese dress Style number 8918 in ivory.

Dress: Viennese clothing style number 8918
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What Khayla was wearing: A trendy orange one-shoulder dress

Orange is having a moment in the wedding world and we love this orange strapless number worn by Khayla, a 28 year old health care attorney from Durham, North Carolina. We couldn’t find exactly this, but this bright orange asymmetrical column dress ‘Eva’ by BCBGMAXAZR gives us the same chic vibe.

BCBGMAXAZR ‘Eva’ dress

Jacqueline-Tynes

Editorial Assistant, Washingtonian Weddings

Jacqueline comes to Washingtonian with nearly five years of digital content and SEO best practices experience. She was previously a senior editor at WeddingWire, specializing in wedding fashion, and previously an assistant at Vow Bride. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, now lives in Columbia Heights.

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy runs Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and prior to that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.

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