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Smart Tips for Choosing the Most Stylish Mismatched Bridesmaids' Dresses

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.comBallet Beautiful satin street shoes, in Crimson, $280, Ganni "Leclair" Dress in Vanilla Ice, $35, Houghton NYC "Hopeless Romantic" motorcycle jacket, $3,950, Bari Jay Bridesmaids "Style 1673," $220, Les Petits Joueurs "Andy Rainbow Love" clutch, $775,

Make 'Em Blush

Combining patterns is a cinch when they're all in dreamy, romantic pastels like these. Mix a patterned top with a stencil-print skirt, like these from Fendi, with a snuggly sweater and skirt combo—we love this combo from Jenny Yoo—for an unexpected look that's perfect for a fall or winter wedding.


The Details: Fendi "Blazon" Gold Organza Top with "Gonna" Stencil-Print Skirt, $1,700 and $3,950, Jenny Yoo Collection Paisley Sweater in Vintage Iris and "Winslow" Skirt in Watercolor Lavender Multi, $170 and $215,

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, Chanel lambskin bag, $2,025, 800-550-0005.

Girly, Please

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, Theia "Sophia" Tank Tulle Gown $260, Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids' "Isla" Dress in Cerise, $270, Balloon Saloon balloons, from $6 each,

Print Perfect

Everything is better in moderation, including floral prints and ultrafeminine details. Rather than ask your 'maids to all don the same printed looked, think about choosing a few different patterned dresses instead. Our tip for making sure they all work together? Look for a similar motif or complimentary colors. The Donna Morgan dress on the left and Vilshenko's on the right are a stellar pairing.


The Details: Donna Morgan "Chloe" Dress in Pink Multi Print, $280, bellabridesmaids.comVilshenko "Holly Rose Tattoo" Dress in Raspberry Crepe de Chine, $1,235, Fendi "Kan" mini bag, $1,900,

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.


The Details: Lela Rose Bridesmaids Mikado Dress, $231, dessy.comNina "Samina" heels, in Lemon Lime, $95,

Ruffled Up

Have your 'maids dress for flirty fun in the sheer tiers of this ruffled dress from Bill Blass and ruffle jacket, or the wearable rainbow that comes courtesy of Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet’s cheerful gown. Both options would be at home at your laid-back garden party wedding.


The Details: Bill Blass "Cynthia" ruffle dress and ruffle jacket, $588 and $488, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet’s "Luba" Gown, $695, Giuseppe Zanotti "Clover" red loafers, $950, Nicholas Kirkwood "Ziggy" platform sandals, in Coral Red, $995,

Not sold on dressing your 'maids entirely in bright hues? This perfectly playful blush dress from Sorella Vita mellows the prior two out.


The Details: Sorella Vita "Style 8430" in Blush, $219, Marc Fisher "Daiana" pumps, in Light Pink, $89

Sparkle On

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, Milly glitter-eyelash clutch, $295, After Six Bridesmaid's "Style 6753" Luxe Chiffon Dress in Oyster Silver, $210, dessy.comCamilla Elphick "Crystal Amaze" sandals, $720, After Six Bridesmaid's "Style 6753" Luxe Chiffon Dress in Oyster Silver, $210, Giuseppe Zanotti "Natalie" velvet booties, in Navy, $1,295, Needle & Thread's "Starburst" Top in Black ($299,, and Tulle Maxi Skirt in Black, $110, Bill Blass "Sutton" slip-ons, in Silver, $388,