In ye olden days, brides preferred matching dresses for their bridesmaids – or at the very least they did not find it appropriate to have a mismatched bridal party. But here in the 21st century many brides are giving their maids the creative freedom to pick out their own gowns. The results look amazing, when done right, and letting the ladies pick their own outfits gives them the opportunity to find dresses that fit them well and feel comfortable.
But just because there is more wiggle room in this situation, it does not mean there aren’t any rules. For starters, don’t think that you can turn to your bride tribe and say, “Get what you want,” and leave it at that. Give your girls some direction and save yourself the hassle of, “But what about this one?” Not to mention the nightmare of everyone showing up in something so off the mark that your photos end up looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.
To pull off the different colored bridesmaid dress trend, keep in mind:
💙 Colors don’t have to match, but they do have to go together. Stick with a color palette that includes complimentary colors. For example: pastels, vibrant colors, rich hues, etc. You could even look to your wedding color palette for inspiration and guidance.
💙 The vibe should match across the bridesmaids. That means everyone should look like they’re going to the same party.
There are several ways you can combine mismatched bridesmaid dresses in a way that still looks put together and stylish. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
💙 Different Colors + Same Fabric and Silhouette/Varied Silhouettes
This bridal party chose different colors within the pastel range, flowing fabric, and slightly different silhouettes (varied necklines, but all floor-length hems). Put together, this creates a sweet spring look that’s varied, but held together by the pastel shades and soft fabrics.
💙 Similar Shades + Different Textures and Fabric
These ladies chose dresses with similar shades (the anchor that holds everything else together) and mixed with textured fabric. And even though the textures are varied, they follow a certain theme: sparkly art deco. You can do the same by choosing different shades of the same color (azure, baby blue, cornflower, etc.) and tying together with a themed texture/fabric.
💙 Patterned/Printed Fabric + Complimentary Colors
This look is a little more difficult to pull off, but when it happens it looks so chic. In the photo above you can see how the bridesmaids chose dresses with floral patterns (different patterns/prints, but same theme), and a similar color palette (dark blues, pinks, light blues). It all comes together beautifully because they chose a theme and coordinating colors.
💙 Same Color Top + Different Color Bottom (or vice versa)
Separates are an easy way to pull off the mismatched bridesmaid dress look. Your maids can either choose the same colored top and a skirt in a different color (like they did in the photo above), or switch it around and wear different colored tops with same colored skirts. You could even play around with patterns, prints, and textures like in the photo below.
You can also tie a mismatched look together with accessories. For example, one bridesmaid’s belt color matches another’s dress or all of the bridesmaids wear matching jewelry, hair pieces, sashes, etc.