Trending Now: Two-Piece Bridesmaids' Looks
It used to be that bridesmaids all wore the same exact dress—in the same style, the same fabric, and the same color. As one story goes, the tradition of having bridesmaids first came to be in early England, when the bride would surround herself with friends wearing outfits identical to her own to confuse evil spirits that might want to curse her. Another tale tells that bridesmaids accompanied the bride to protect her from anyone attempting to steal her dowry. Thankfully, these days the roles have shifted, and the rules for bridesmaids matching one another—much less the bride—have too.
In recent years, we've seen mix-and-match bridal parties, multiple colors worn within the group, and dresses chosen in the same fabric but various styles. The latest bridesmaids' fashion trend gives you even more freedom than ever. Two-piece looks, otherwise known as separates, have become popular with bridal parties everywhere, and we can't get enough of how chic these outfits can be.
Mixing tops and various bottoms can create a bridesmaids' look that's truly one-of-a-kind. We love this pair, in their Mrs Rose floral-print crop tops with sheer, sleeved overlay and matching long skirts seen here, but you don't have to dress your party in the same pattern or fabric from head-to-toe. You can choose to blend patterns with solids or opt for a two-tone look if that's more your style. The built-in bonus is that if your girls wear separates, they're twice as likely to wear each part of their outfit again!
Stylish and Seasonal
Back in Black
Consider keeping the tops the same but letting your ladies select their bottoms, like at this wedding, where lace tops from Bianca Spender were paired with skirts and pants the bridesmaids picked out themselves.
For this fall fête, bridesmaids wore custom separates by Belle New York—lace tops with brocade high-low skirts in shades of blush. Want something similar without going custom? Bring the skirts to a tailor to alter the hemlines to whatever length (or style) suits your day's vibe.
Mix it up, but just a little. Each of these four bridesmaids wore a floral-print Zanne Couture top but their skirts (from the same designer) were different colors.
Beachy and Beautiful
Going with two-piece outfits doesn't mean you have to go two different places to shop. Both the tops and bottoms worn by this bridal party were by Jenny Yoo.
A White Wedding
Color Blocking Cool
These bridesmaids chose an assortment of dark tops to wear over custom-made green skirts ordered from an Etsy vendor. Depending on the season and climate, you could make this look work for any wedding.
These ladies' lacy separates (designed by the bride) highlighted the detailing on the bodice of the bride's gown.
Affordable and Elegant
You don't have to break the bank to look great as a bridesmaid. The looks at this outdoor wedding were lovely and budget-friendly: softly-patterned skirts and simple, V-neck tanks were found at H&M.
Pretty tops and pleated midi-skirts from Glassons had this pair of bridesmaids looking casually chic.
Cozy and Cool
Shades of Blue
This bride channeled her love of separates into her big day by outfitting her bridesmaids in wrap skirts made in soft blue fabrics by a seamstress. Each of the ladies picked out a delicate white top to round out the ensemble.
Let Them Wear Pants
This combo by Joanna August works on women of all shapes and sizes.
A Double Dose of Pink
Mix up the materials for outfits that are twice as nice. This trio of attendants wore various lacy white toppers with their billowing yellow skirts from Anthropologie.
Consider the entire outfit and the bridesmaid's personalities. Here, voluminous taffeta skirts by Max Mara were paired with white blouses and statement jewelry gave each woman their own distinct look.
Camis and Wrap Skirts
The bride found lace tops in a local boutique and paired them with silky pleated skirts in a soft pink color. Fresh flower crowns added to the bohemian look.