Written in 2011 "The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids" is by far our most popular article among you lovely readers. So, we've decided that every year we will give this post a make-over to bring it to the now. We are talking about the same old secrets plus a few new ones with new pretty examples, trends and inspirations! So here is an updated guide on how to let your girls wear different dresses yet still look like your team… your bridal party. Don't fail to visit Part 1 and Part 2 of "The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids" to see more stylish bridal parties. (above image source)
Option No. 1: Same Color, Different Shades, Different Styles.
If you are looking for your bridesmaids to match your wedding color, the first, second and third images give you perfect examples on how to mismatch your girls' dresses in radiant color shades, while picture 4 features a bridal party wearing soft shades of greenish blues - that besides fitting every skin tone -may as well serve as your Something Blue. Neutrals are so hot right now, especially when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Neutrals give mismatched dresses a more unified look than any other color. Try them all in a short length like the photos #5 and #6, to give you - the bride - a more distinctive look. Long nude dresses are the best choice for a black-tie event, or for a more edgy approach mix long and short dresses like pic No.7. Same length, same bouquet and same color of shoes are some of the elements these brides used to bring together their bridal party look.
Option No. 2: Different Colors, Same Style.
Some brides would like to follow the mismatched bridesmaids trend, but they still would like to choose their bridesmaids’ dresses. Option number two is for them.
Picking the exact same dress in the different tones of your wedding color palette looks amazing! If you want to keep your wedding color palette and bridesmaids' look within the same family of colors, check out pic #1 from Style Unveiled (I personally love this one) and Pic #2. Or simply choose one of your wedding colors for each of your bridesmaids like the last bridal party.
Option NO. 3: Different Colors, Similar Style
This is basically an extension of Option number two, but in this case the dress is ALMOST the same. If you can't decide on only one style for your bridesmaids, you may also choose one style with two or three different variations and colors and let your bridesmaids determine what fits them best. The variation on the neckline is the hottest trend right now. This first bride (image no.1) decided to do all bridesmaids in different pastel colors, while the other brides (pic #2 and pic #3) chose two or three different colors and/or shades for their besties' dresses.
Option No. 4: Same Color, Different Style.
Give your bridesmaids the exact color you would like them to wear and let them came up with their own dress (photo no.1) Some brides decide to give their bridesmaids other indication like wearing lace - like in picture no.2 and no. 3 - or even choose the exact fabric (photo #4), this helps them create a cohesive look between the bridesmaids and other decorative details of the wedding. right now the hottest materials for bridesmaid dresses are sequins and lace (check out our post about that, right here). You can also pick a few variations of the same dress or choose a convertible bridesmaid dress (here are the options available out there), like the brides in image 5 and image 6.
Option No.5: Different Color, Different Style
If you like to be in control of what your bridesmaids wear on your wedding day, but you can't decide on only one dress, or you simply want to provide your girls with very stylish options that suite their personalities, you are going to love option No. 5. This super-clever bride dressed her besties with 3 dresses that she loved, they aren't similar style or similar color. In fact they are totally different, but they still look amazing. If you want to follow this bride's steps we recommend you to mix dresses within your wedding colors. (image source)
Option No. 6: Same dress, mismatched accessories. For a more settle mix keep the same dress for all your girls and mismatched the accessories. You have an infinity amount of possibilities to play with. Earrings, shoes, cardigans, rings and necklaces are just some alternatives. (image 1, image 2)
Option No. 7: Mixing Skirts and Tops
From having your girls wearing the same skirt in different colors to mixing the tops as well, this new trend provides you with a world of mismatching possibilities. Head to our post Bridesmaids in Skirts to see more options.
Option No. 8: Free Style
If you feel like your girls have a great sense of style give them the freedom to wear what they have on their closets. You can always provide some guidance about your wedding theme or colors to keep the look together. (pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4)
Don't Forget to Stop by Pat 1 and Part 2 to see more fabulous examples.
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