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MIX AND MATCH BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Different Style (Same Color!)
The most common type of mix and match bridal party features different dress styles but in the same color. It’s perfect for when you fall in love with a wedding color but want the popular mismatched look. This option is the easiest to coordinate and will allow your bridesmaids to have a choice. Allowing your bridesmaids to choose their own style will let them feel more comfortable and confident. After all, different styles flatter different body types!
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Different Color (Same Style!)
When you can’t pick just one color, why not feature multiple? This option is easier to coordinate than a mix of different dress styles and colors, as there is no risk of designs that clash. Simply choose a dress style that will flatter all of the maids in your entourage. Usually, an a-line silhouette works best. From there specify the colors that they can wear, but make sure there is an even spread! You don’t want all but one person to match. We recommend that the bride specify what color each person in the party should wear.
DIFFERENT COLOR AND STYLE DRESSES
So you want your girls to wear bridesmaid dresses in different styles and colors. No worries! While this option requires the most work, it will also lend the most unique look. First, you will need to determine which colors you plan to feature. We recommend 3 to 4, and make sure that they complement one another. For example, mix shades and hues of one color. Like blue, pink, or purple. Next is selecting the style of dresses. While you want gowns to flatter each of your girls, each gown should also complement one another. So aim for matching silhouettes, fabrics, or details. Otherwise, you will end up with a lineup that looks too busy or chaotic. The best bet is to feature similar silhouettes, waistlines, necklines, or straps.
Tips for Coordinating Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
Even when your goal is a mismatched bridal party you want to look thoughtful, not thrown together. Follow these tips to make your mismatched maids appear intentional and well planned.
Tie Your Bridesmaid Dresses Together with
a Common Detail
Choosing dresses that feature common details are
one of the best ways to ensure a cohesive look. This
could be matching fabric (chiffon, tulle, velvet),
similar necklines, matching colors, similar
silhouettes, and so on. You need at least one or two
details that match, otherwise, you risk a chaotic vibe
that's hard on the eyes.
Use One Color in Varying Tones
Tone refers to the tint (lightness) and shade (darkness)
of a color. Once you’ve decided on a color for your
bridesmaids to wear, let them choose dresses in a range
of tones of that color. These dresses will all be sisters
—not twins—and the results will be beautiful.
Use Different Colors in the Same Tone
This option uses a combination of hues and tones.
The hue—which just means basic colors—and the
saturation of the tone—which means the intensity—
will keep all of the dresses looking uniform. In short,
you’re looking for similar colors that are also similar in
intensity. Think pastels, jewel tones, or a combination
of beige and pinks. Dresses in this second option can
be thought of as cousins from the same family.
Consider Hemlines Carefully
In the true spirit of mismatching, brides often choose
different length bridesmaid dresses. Just be sure that
there is a good mix of lengths (and silhouettes) to go
around. Otherwise, bridal party photos may look a bit
awkward if all your girls opt for long except one or
vice-versa. Whether you choose all floor-length gowns,
a uniform to-the-knee hem, or varying lengths based on
the dress and the 'maid, make sure you stick to a hemline
or have balanced options on the table. Your photographer
will thank you!
Benefits of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
There are so many perks to mismatched bridesmaid dresses. The first, as we mentioned, is that your girls will know which styles best flatter their bodies. They can also dress according to their personal style, whether it be modest or sexier. Meaning they will feel comfortable and confident. In addition, and as important, is that it will allow some flexibility in regards to price. Not everyone may be able to afford the same dress. Allowing your girls to pick their own dress means that they can cater to their own budget, without any guilt or pressure.
We understand that creating a mismatched bridal party is easier said than done! To help inspire you, check out our real weddings for colors and styles you can incorporate into your wedding.
Conclusion
So now we give you some serious suggestions to consider. It's time to make a decision! Do you prefer a mismatched bridesmaid dress or the same style? Please contact us by email: [email protected] , tell us what you think and we'll be happy to help you.