Bridesmaid style has come a long way. Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same dress. Today, brides are mixing it up with mismatched bridesmaid dresses, creating truly unique ensembles featuring gorgeous dresses with different styles, fabrics, hemlines and colors. The trend allows you to highlight each individual woman and ensure she's wearing a dress that makes her feel great.
Using mismatched bridesmaid dresses presents a new set of challenges, however. If it's not done right, you can end up with a disjointed-looking bridal party rather than a cohesive, complementary one. The first step is deciding which mismatched route you want to go. Here's a breakdown of each way to do it.
Same Dress Color in Different Styles
This option is perfect for the bride who wants to hold fast to the tradition of everyone in the same color, but also acknowledges the fabulousness that is diversity amongst her bridal party. By committing to the same hue yet allowing for options in style and design, you're acknowledging a golden rule that all bridesmaids can appreciate — not every dress is flattering for every person. (Duh!) An added bonus? Allow your girls to pick their favorite style. They will appreciate the freedom of choice and are sure to be comfortable and happy. What more could you ask for in a bridal party?
Style: Scarlett Dress, Lavern Dress, Melina Dress
Same Dress Style in Different Colors
If you've found a dress that you absolutely adore, and really want the same silhouette for all (just make sure it's a flattering one!) fear not — you can still embrace the versatility of "mismatched-ness" within your bridal party by opting for different colors. Just keep in mind that while rainbows are pretty, they're not completely necessary for a bridal party look, unless you really want a rainbow vibe — then go for it! Take time to examine and play with fabric swatches before you determine your scheme, and try to keep it to no more than three variations in color.
With this golden rule, you can have an unformed silhouette in complimenting colors that will stun your guests, and look gorgeous in photos, too.
Style: Mireio Dress
Different Dress Styles and Colors
If you're going to commit to using different bridesmaid dresses, you might just want go all out. For a really stunning look incorporate both different designs and colors into your bridal party ensemble. For this option, you can stick within the same family and play with different tones and hues or use the palate of your wedding inspiration while shopping and selecting. Just be certain that once all dresses are selected, you have the time to see them together — a bit of cohesiveness is key here.
Style: Lavern Dress, Janice Dress, Misha Dress
Bridesmaid Dresses: Peony Ana Bridal by ELEVENTH Gown Studio
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