It’s crazy how much bridesmaid dress styles have changed over time.
In the ‘70s, there were pastel rainbow bridal parties. In the ‘80s it was all about poofy sleeves and TONS of pink.
And now that we’re approaching the 2020s, the mix and match bridesmaid dress trend is in!
Giving each ‘maid a different look is a modern concept that allows individuality and cohesiveness to live happily ever after.
Our Bella Stylists are all for it!
Grab a glass of rosé and kick back - you’re about to get a crash course in how to mix and match bridesmaid dresses five different ways.
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Different Dresses, Same Color
Want to keep things simple? The easiest way to mix and match dresses is to choose one color in one fabric from one designer. Have every bridesmaid wear that same color but in a different silhouette.
Once you choose your color scheme and fabric, have each bridesmaid pick a style that’s comfortable for her (with your approval, of course!).
If your busty best friend wants a high neckline, let her wear it. If your petite little cousin wants a strapless look, tell her to go for it.
With color and fabric consistency, you can mix up the sleeve lengths, necklines, and silhouettes.
Bonus tip if you want a bit of harmony: Choose dresses that also have the same design elements, such as ruffles, hem length, or draped details.
Are you unsure about the color or fabric? Consult with a professional or get inspiration from real wedding examples.
Same Dresses, Two or Three Coordinating Colors
Photo: Bella Indianapolis
Do you have your heart set on one specific silhouette?
Are you dead set on floor-length A-line gowns or chic, strapless sheaths?
Even if you want all of the ‘maids to wear the same dress, you can still get creative with color.
As the bride, it’s up to you to pick whatever colors you want. But if you want your bridal party to be Pinterest Perfect, choose colors that have the same tone and vibe.
For example, you might go with all pastels. Or stick to varied muted tones. You could even go crazy with bold brights!
It’s totally up to you.
The key is to look for color variations that work together.
Is one of your bridesmaids expecting a child? Shop our collection of maternity bridesmaid dresses!
Different Dresses, Same Texture
Maybe you’re thinking lace bridesmaids dresses. Perhaps you’re dreaming of sparkling sequins.
It’s easy to mix and match dresses that share the same texture!
Just like with colors, you can put your bridal party in different silhouettes, necklines, and sleeve lengths but keep the texture the same.
Choosing dresses that all have the same finish is one of the easiest ways to create a cool, cohesive look.
Related: Can You Have Two Maid of Honors?
Same Dresses, Variety of Colors, Textures, and Patterns
Photo: Bella Minneapolis
Designers are really good at putting cohesive collections together.
These days, most designers offer a vast variety of colors, patterns, and textures in the same silhouette. To get a bit more creative with your mixing and matching, buy all your bridesmaids a different one.
Here’s how to do it right:
Pick one silhouette for everyone in your bridal party to wear. Then mix it up by putting one bridesmaid in chiffon, one in sequins, etc. You could even let the maid of honor stand out by putting her in a chiffon/sequin combo.
At the same time, look for two or three colors that work well together. That way, you’ll have some colorful variety. With this mix and match approach, every single bridesmaid can enjoy a completely different look.
Different Dresses, Different Colors, Different Patterns, Different Textures
Photo: Bella Boston
Don’t be intimidated! We’re going to show you how to make this work!
With these tips and tricks, it’s easy peasy.
The key here is to mix silhouettes, colors, patterns, textures, and prints.
To get started, choose two or three consistent colors so your bridesmaids and honor attendants coordinate with each other. Some of our favorite color combos are:
- Various shades of dusty blue and grey
- Different shades of pink, peach, rose, and blush
- Multiple metallic shades such as gold, rose gold, and champagne
Next, choose different dress styles in your color palette. Then, start mixing in the fun details like sequins, ruffles, and prints.
If you want to mix in a print, pick at least two for balance. The same goes for sequins. If you love that glitzy sparkle and shine, make sure at least two girls have sequin gowns or, at the minimum, sequin elements or trim.
How to Choose the Perfect Bridesmaid Dresses
The mix-and-match look can go so very right.
Are you ready to have the most Pinterest-worthy wedding of the year?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you shop for dresses:
Choose a Single Starting Point
Find one thing to base your ensemble around and use that as your inspiration.
Saying, “I do!” to a single piece will help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed. Once you choose one thing you love, it’s easier to decide on the next one.
It might be a special dress that’s perfect for your maid of honor or a fun accessory that your dying to incorporate.
It could even be as simple as a color.
Found the perfect shade of blush pink? Build off that!
Be Creative, But Be Cohesive
The more you mix and match, the more important it is to keep other elements consistent.
Have all your bridesmaids wear the same jewelry, the same hairstyle, or the same hair accessory. Give them all the same bouquet. If possible, have them all wear the exact same shoes.
The more the dresses vary from ‘maid to ‘maid, the more you’ll want to tie their looks together in other ways.
Do Your Homework
Walking into the bridal store with your girls may sound fun, but it’s important to do some work solo.
After all, it can be hard to concentrate with so many opinions and options coming in (especially after you’ve all had a few mimosas).
Coming in advance for a Preview Appointment at a Bella Bridesmaids showroom will help you narrow down your options. You’ll have the chance to choose some colors and styles, so everyone is on the same page when you bring the squad in later.
If you’re excited about a mix and match bridal party, call your local Bella store!
One of our stylists will be happy to talk it out and help you find the perfect dresses.
We’re confident that your mix-and-matched wedding will be truly chic, and we can’t wait to see the Instagram pics!