You’ve got your man, you’ve got your maids but you also have a dilemma: there is no possible way one dress will look good on all your bridesmaids. I came across this issue after selecting a whopping six friends to accompany me on my wedding day, six friends ranging greatly in height, weight, and body type. Luckily for me all of my friends are easy going and would “wear whatever dress I want them too”. My friends are a godsend, some brides have a worse dilemma: “bridesmaidzillas” who outright refuse to wear a dress that isn’t perfect for them. In either situation, there is a solution that is heavily trending: mismatched bridesmaid dresses. When done right, even a bride who wants cohesion can find a way to make all their maids look beautiful and feel comfortable.
Different Styles, Same Color, Fabric & Length: This is a perfect option for the brides who like the appearance of matched bridesmaid dresses, but want to give the freedom to their maids to choose a style that bests suits their body (and budget). The best way to do this is to choose a designer and have the bridesmaids choose a dress within the designer’s options; this will avoid having different shades of the same color. Choosing the same fabric will help avoid one dress being ultra shiny and one being flat and flowy, which can really throw off a unified look.
Same Style, Different Colors: This can look ultra chic, especially if you have multiple colors chosen for your wedding. Having each bridesmaid in a different color or having pairs of the same color can look excellent. To really pull off this look, it’s important to have the same dress for each maid, which means the same length and fabric too. Choosing color families that go together is equally important, for instance, all pastel or all bold, or all bright. Having a baby blue dress next to a neon pink dress next to a dark purple dress will not be as easy on the eye as a baby blue dress next to a soft pink dress next to a lilac dress.
Same Color, Different Shades: The different shade look is best pulled off using the same dress, choosing one color and having all bridesmaids wear a different shade. If done correctly, this can look super stylish. This can also be effective, since it’s this look is going to be mismatched regardless, to just choose a fabric and length and tell bridesmaids to pick a dress in the color you’ve chosen. Chances are, there will not be two dresses the same, but if the dresses are all in the same fabric the radiating hues will look phenomenal.
Same Pattern, Different Dress: If you are an offbeat bride, choosing a cohesive pattern or print, like floral, polka dots, or stripes and having each bridesmaid choose a dress in the print can look really cool. The unison in the print will bring the maids together, but each unique dress will stand out. This is best done by setting a parameter to the length. Although, they all probably won’t find different dresses in the exact length, requesting that all dresses be above, to, or below the knee will help make this look work.
Same Dress, Different Accessories: If all bridesmaids can agree and look fabulous in just one dress, you can give them the freedom of showing their unique personality by adding mismatched accessories like different color sashes, shoes, or shawls.
Free-for-all: If you really don’t care about unison, or cohesion then allowing bridesmaids to just wear whatever dress, style, and color they choose is your option. Although, not recommended if you want your bridal party to stand out from the rest of the guests. This can look messy, and unpleasant to the eye, especially if you have a large bridal party.
Generally there are a few rules to what not do when selecting mismatched bridesmaid attire. Restricting the length and fabric of the dresses will help the bridesmaids look like they are all a part of the same bridal party, despite what color, shade, or style they choose for a dress.