Tips for pulling off this bridesmaid trend

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. We compiled a simple guide for choosing the perfect dresses to compliment your wedding!

Colors As you know, color is one of the most important elements in your wedding! Choosing to mismatch your bridesmaid dresses is a great way to add personality and fun to your wedding. Mixing colors can pose challenges, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you want and communicate it to your bridesmaids! We suggest choosing a color family or palette as an easy way to create a cohesive look (such as neutrals, jewel tones, pinks, blues, etc.). You can be broad with a color family (pastels), more specific with a color (pink), or narrow it down to a particular shade (blush). You can order fabric swatches to have a tangible way to compare your options, or you can visit a hardware store and pick up free paint samples!

Fabrics Mixing fabrics is an easy way to create a beautiful mismatched look! Be careful, though, as fabrics that are too different may not look the best together. As a guideline, it’s usually best to pair cohesive fabrics like chiffon and lace together, and put shiny fabrics such as satin and silk together.

Styles The amazing thing about choosing a mismatched bridal style is that all your beautiful bridesmaids get to choose a dress style that truly flatters them! Let’s be honest, not every style looks good on everyone. We all are different heights, figures, and sizes, so choosing just one dress to compliment every bridesmaid can be tough. Letting your bridesmaids choose their dress style gives them the opportunity to find a dress that will really make them shine. You can also help your Maid of Honor stand out this way by styling her in a different dress! There are really no rules when it comes to mismatched bridesmaid styles, but you can choose to include one consistent feature across the dresses. Choosing to go all strapless, have flowy skirts, or deciding on a consistent gown length can be a few ways to find a consistent flow.