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While the bride (and groom!) will always be the center of attention on the wedding day, we love it when bridesmaids are able to shine, too. It's important for your bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident in their outfits—no one likes that awkward feeling of not looking their best! The mix and match trend is a great way to let your bridesmaids pick out a silhouette that suits their body type, and you can even give them swatches of your preferred dress color to make sure the bridesmaid look is still unified. If being dressed in exact matching colors isn't your first priority, but you still want a similar look for your bridal party, have them dress in different shades of the same color—some 'maids can wear navy, others in sky blue or turquoise. Here, we spotlight a few of our absolute favorite bridesmaid dresses. (We bet these ladies have actually worn these dresses again!)
Black and White
The bridesmaids all wore various silhouettes in black and white at the bride's chic picnic wedding. "I didn't want them to look the same at all!" said the bride. She definitely achieved that perfect mix-and-match look and her bridesmaids were definitely thankful to be able to wear dresses that suited their personalities.
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At this Indian wedding, the bridesmaids wore various different black dresses that fit each of their own personal styles.
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The bride's BFFs wore long dark blue taffeta skirts from Max Mara paired with assorted white blouses and statement jewelry.
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Floor Length Floral
The bridesmaids chose their own floral dresses for the bride's playful summer wedding.
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Pop of Color
The bride's sisters wore bold printed Vera Wang gowns that worked perfectly with the scarlet floral arrangements.
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The bridesmaids wore vintage gowns with touches of lace and coral that complemented the bride's style.
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New Year's Blues
At this New Year's Day wedding, bridesmaids wore dresses in varying shades of blue that matched the bride's vintage Hollywood vision.
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For this springtime wedding, bridesmaids wore printed Erin Fetherston dresses.
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The pastel shades of these bridesmaids' dresses add a light and airy feel to the Texas wedding.
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Chic and Simple
Taking a cue from Kate and Pippa, the bride asked her bridesmaids to wear wedding white.
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The bridesmaids looked stylish and comfortable in shorter hemlines.
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The champagne shades of these glamorous gowns are the perfect complement to the grandeur of the French wedding venue.
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With their whimsical flower crowns and flowy dresses, this bridal party is quintessential California.
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In lieu of having bridesmaids, the bride requested that the female guests wore pastels and neutrals, and gave each of them a wrist corsage.
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Bridesmaids wore colorful floral dresses at this wedding that incorporated Indian and Italian traditions.
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It's a family tradition for this bride for her bridesmaids to wear ivory. "My grandmother and both my sisters had ivory bridesmaids dresses," said the bride. Her number one concern though for her 'maids was to make sure that their dresses weren't too "bridesmaids-y." "My mom (the dress hero) was in Alice & Olivia and happened to stumble upon this dress. We ordered everyone's approximate size and… one extra dress," she recalled. "We figured we could use the extra dress if needed to make alterations. Sure enough, one of the bridesmaids was 6 months pregnant at the wedding, and wearing a dress and a half."