Sporty? Arty? New mum? Here are bridesmaid dress ideas for each of your very different maids

When I look around at my friends, they're quite different.

Some are real home bods. Glued to the Great British Bake Off. Always doing a spot of decorating or DIY. Fabulous cooks. I always chat to them when I need some inspiration on what to cook, what to plant in my garden in a certain area or how to cram my clothes into the storage space I have available.

Then there are my sporty friends who live in the gym, on the tennis court and always seem to be planning a competitive run or event. Good for motivating me when I feel a bit sluggish, need to get fit for skiing or want to sort out my post-Christmas fitness.

And then I've got friends with young families who are up to their necks in car seats, nappies, pushchairs, soft play centre dates - and always seem to be announcing that they're having another baby.

At the other end of the scale are my career women friends who inspire me with their energy, clear thinking, ambition and time management skills.

So what should they all wear?

If you've chosen a group of bridesmaids who are all very different (and of course, they may not know one another) then you're going to have to put the work and research in to make sure that they feel comfortable and looking their best in whatever frock you choose.

What you really shouldn't do is just present your girls with a frock that's one style suits all. Because it probably won't.

We're all different shapes, sizes €“ have features we like and others, not so much. It's a case as ever, of focusing on the good and disguising the rest.

So €“ bearing in mind the types of girl above €“ I've put together some dress styles by Dessy that might suit athletic types, new mums or mums to be, romantic types and those who are always on the move.

For a domestic goddess who's a bit of a romantic ...

purple chiffon bridesmaid dress Alfred Sung Style D691 in Majestic

Something a little bit floaty, classic and understated ... Alfred Sung Style D691 in Majestic. Breezy chiffon and one shoulder style - contemporary and classical all at the same time.

Sporty girls
purple bridesmaid dress with no sleeves Alfred Sung Stye D697 in Majestic

Usually have beautifully toned arms, waists and legs. So let them shown them off in this fitted frock by Alfred Sung Style D697 in Majestic.

The girl who's just had a baby or is expecting one

purple strapless maternity bridesmaid dress Alfred Sung Maternity Bridesmaid Dress Style M423 in Majestic

This is a maternity dress that flatters -and if your friend has had a baby fairly recently, she'll feel comfortable wearing it then too. Alfred Sung Maternity Bridesmaid Dress Style M423
purple chiffon twist dress Twist Wrap Dress with chiffon overskirt in Regalia

And for the girl who's always travelling

Our Twist Dresses are perfect for travellers as they pack beautifully and just shake out on arrival. Your bridesmaid can drape hers to suit her - and she'll find it a fabulously useful wardrobe addition in the future, long after your wedding day.

We've shown all the frocks above in a shade of purple, but you'll find them in a multitude of different colours on the Dessy website.