Love more than one look for your 'maids? Who says you have to choose? Here, find tips to mix and match like a pro.
Choosing just one dress that you and all your bridesmaids will love is no easy task. In fact, choosing a silhouette and color that suits different body shapes, skin tones, and style preferences can be one of the most challenging parts of planning a wedding. Think of it this way, though: Your bridesmaids aren't all the same, so why put them all in the same dresses? A mix of gowns—linked by a common theme, palette, or detail—makes for a happy group and a smart big-day look.
Interested in dressing your best girls in an array of different gowns but not sure how to make it work on your own? Here, our best tips—and some seriously chic inspiration—to teach you how to pull off the mismatched bridesmaids' dress trend on your own. You'll be pleasantly surprised by just how many pairing options are out there. Happy shopping!
Go Chic or Go Home
Black-and-white is never wrong, as seen above. Some fashionable girls might choose playful patterns, like the printed dress at left from Adeam or the polka dotted Ganni dress seen center; others might want totally wearable solid black, like this elegant option from Bari Jay Bridesmaids on the right. With a few poppy accessories, you've got a party.
The Details: Adaem Combo Print Open-Shoulder Dress, $1,300, net-a-porter.com. Ballet Beautiful satin street shoes, in Crimson, $280, balletbeautiful.com. Ganni "Leclair" Dress in Vanilla Ice, $35, shopbop.com. Houghton NYC "Hopeless Romantic" motorcycle jacket, $3,950, houghtonnyc.com. Bari Jay Bridesmaids "Style 1673," $220, barijay.com. Les Petits Joueurs "Andy Rainbow Love" clutch, $775, bergdorfgoodman.com.
To give your pastel combination even more variety, consider adding another patterned gown to the mix. This Amsale dress, with its subtle pattern and flattering halter, is a great third option.
The Details: Amsale Bridesmaids' "Style GA121E" Halter Dress in Fawn, $310, amsale.com. Chanel lambskin bag, $2,025, 800-550-0005.
Pale-as-can-be party dresses are sweet—but with floaty sleeveless styles and details like dramatic plunging necklines, not too sweet. Mix different pastels for a cohesive look that doesn't feel too matchy-matchy. This trio of dresses from Watters Bridesmaids, Theia, and Monique Lhuillier prove you don't have to pick just one color to make a coordinated statement.
The Details: Watters Bridesmaids and Social "Angelie" Gown in Blush, $285, watters.com. Theia "Sophia" Tank Tulle Gown $260, theiacouture.com. Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids' "Isla" Dress in Cerise, $270, moniquelhuillier.com. Balloon Saloon balloons, from $6 each, balloonsaloon.com.
Still unsure about mixing different patterns? Bring in one solid dress, like this navy option from Lela Rose, to bridge the gap between different patterns. It's a simple and stunning complement to your busier picks.
For a black-tie affair, you can't have too much glitz. Outfit your party in these glittering styles from Twobirds Bridesmaid, After Six Bridesmaid, and Needle & Thread.
The Details: Twobirds Bridesmaid's Classic Bodysuit and Lace Skirt in Black, $105 and $215, twobirdsbridesmaid.com. Milly glitter-eyelash clutch, $295, milly.com. After Six Bridesmaid's "Style 6753" Luxe Chiffon Dress in Oyster Silver, $210, dessy.com. Camilla Elphick "Crystal Amaze" sandals, $720, camillaelphick.com. After Six Bridesmaid's "Style 6753" Luxe Chiffon Dress in Oyster Silver, $210, dessy.com. Giuseppe Zanotti "Natalie" velvet booties, in Navy, $1,295, giuseppezanottidesign.com. Needle & Thread's "Starburst" Top in Black ($299, lyst.co.uk), and Tulle Maxi Skirt in Black, $110, needleandthread.com. Bill Blass "Sutton" slip-ons, in Silver, $388, billblass.com.