3.06.2013

The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids 3.0


Written in 2011 "The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids"  is by far our most popular article among you lovely readers. So, we've decided that every year we will give this post a make-over to bring it to the now. We are talking about the same old secrets plus a few new ones with new pretty examples, trends and inspirations! So here is an updated guide on how to let your girls wear different dresses yet still look like your team… your bridal party. Don't fail to visit Part 1  and Part 2 of "The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids" to see more stylish bridal parties. (above image source)


Option No. 1: Same Color, Different Shades, Different Styles.
If you are looking for your bridesmaids to match your wedding color, the firstsecond and third images give you perfect examples on how to mismatch your girls' dresses in radiant color shades, while picture 4 features a bridal party wearing soft shades of greenish blues - that besides fitting every skin tone -may as well serve as your Something Blue. Neutrals are so hot right now, especially when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Neutrals give mismatched dresses a more unified look than any other color. Try them all in a short length like the photos #5 and #6,  to give you - the bride - a more distinctive look. Long nude dresses are the best choice for a black-tie event, or for a more edgy approach mix long and short dresses like pic No.7Same length, same bouquet and same color of shoes are some of the elements these brides used to bring together their bridal party look.




Option No. 2: Different Colors, Same Style.
Some brides would like to follow the mismatched bridesmaids trend, but they still would like to choose their bridesmaids’ dresses. Option number two is for them.
Picking the exact same dress in the different tones of your wedding color palette looks amazing! If you want to keep your wedding color palette and bridesmaids' look within the same family of colors, check out pic #1 from Style Unveiled (I personally love this one) and Pic #2.  Or simply choose one of your wedding colors for each of your bridesmaids like the last bridal party.

Option NO. 3: Different Colors, Similar Style
This is basically an extension of Option number two, but in this case the dress is ALMOST the same. If you can't decide on only one style for your bridesmaids, you may also choose one style with two or three different variations and colors and let your bridesmaids determine what fits them best. The variation on the neckline is the hottest trend right now. This first bride (image no.1) decided to do all bridesmaids in different pastel colors, while the other brides (pic #2 and pic #3) chose two or three different colors and/or shades for their besties' dresses.




Option No. 4: Same Color, Different Style.
Give your bridesmaids the exact color you would like them to wear and let them came up with their own dress (photo no.1) Some brides decide to give their bridesmaids other indication like wearing lace - like in picture no.2 and no. 3 - or even choose the exact fabric (photo #4), this helps them create a cohesive look between the bridesmaids and other decorative details of the wedding. right now the hottest materials for bridesmaid dresses are sequins and lace (check out our post about that, right here). You can also pick a few variations of the same dress or choose a convertible bridesmaid dress (here are the options available out there), like the brides in  image 5 and image 6.






Option No.5: Different Color, Different Style
If you like to be in control of what your bridesmaids wear on your wedding day, but you can't decide on only one dress, or you simply want to provide your girls with very stylish options that suite their personalities, you are going to love option No. 5. This super-clever bride dressed her besties with 3 dresses that she loved, they aren't similar style or similar color. In fact they are totally different, but they still look amazing. If you want to follow this bride's steps we recommend you to mix dresses within your wedding colors. (image source)
Option No. 6: Same dress, mismatched accessories. For a more settle mix keep the same dress for all your girls and mismatched the accessories. You have an infinity amount of possibilities to play with. Earrings, shoes, cardigans, rings and necklaces are just some alternatives. (image 1, image 2)

Option No. 7: Mixing Skirts and Tops
From having your girls wearing the same skirt in different colors to mixing the tops as well, this new trend provides you with a world of mismatching possibilities. Head to our post Bridesmaids in Skirts to see more options.

Option No. 8: Free Style
If you feel like your girls have a great sense of style give them the freedom to wear what they have on their closets. You can always provide some guidance about your wedding theme or colors to keep the look together. (pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4)




Don't Forget to Stop by Pat 1 and Part 2 to see more fabulous examples.


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25 comments:

  1. What gorgeous dresses! Being a matchy-matchy kind of person, I especially love option #4.

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  2. Photo 8 of 29, the Bridesmaid two to the right of the bride with the bow front light pink strapless dress, what brand is that?

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  3. That first skirt-and-top picture...UGH. Just my opinion, but I feel like I won't be too alone in that, haha. Great post, though! I love the idea of same color, different styles, since each of my bridesmaids have very different bodies (one curvy all over, one hourglass, and one...let's say svelte/tall and slender), so this way they can wear what they're comfortable in, while keeping the color palette continuous. Thanks!

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  4. I think this idea works very well for a lot of people. I for one have never gravitated to the idea of a group of grown women being forced to wear the exact same style of dress. That's silly. What flatters one person's figure will definitely not flatter everyone.

    Plus, in these times, you also have to think of the expense. Why should a woman spend money on a dress that she may not even like? Isn't it better for her to be free to purchase a new dress in a flattering style, that expresses her personality? I think that's an important element in a wedding- freedom to be. Everyone is more relaxed and the pictures look better, once the advice on blending is followed.

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  5. Zoe, I second that. I just don't like the way that the skirt-and-top outfit came together on any of them, and I really don't like the skirts.

    HOWEVER, every other picture was absolutely fabulous. When I first found this post, I wasn't too keen on the idea that the bridesmaids would mismatch, but after seeing how a lot of the "wedding entourage" made it work, I kind of want to do something similar when I get married (one day, haha :3).

    Thanks for the post!

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  6. It's interesting that the brides in photos like these never have any fat friends...

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  7. How would I search for dresses that are exactly the same but only have differing necklines/straps? I'm drawing a blank and finding it difficult to search for.

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    1. You can find many dresses that are exactly the same but only have differing necklines/straps on The Dessy Group Good luck!

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  8. I chose the fabric and let my bridesmaids choose dress patterns, and I had their dresses hand-made by a seamstress. This was in 1995. I also had bow ties made for the groomsmen out of the same fabric.

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  9. UGH seconded. :)

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  10. Great selections! Just love the look of the mismatched bridesmaid dresses! I had mismatched at my wedding by accident as 2 bridesmaids ended up not feeling comfortable in the original dress. Everyone thought it was my idea to have them not match! Worked out perfectly!

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  11. I'm getting married in October of this year and I'm totally doing this! My fiance and mom aren't really feeling it but once I get a vision it is hard for me to switch up. I'm a bit anti-establishment and very little about our nuptials are going to be traditional. Plus, how often do 30+ year-old women go out dressed exactly the same?!

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  12. Does anyone know what brand the wedding dress is in the 3rd pic down? Thanks so much

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  13. I love the mismatched yellow ones! Where can I find them?

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    1. Erin, I believe the yellow dresses are from Jenny Yoo, style Keira. ;)

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  14. I love the idea! I would have to say though, I think one thing should match. Either same color/different style, or different color/same style. I think if both the color and style is different it looks like prom night and not a wedding.

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  15. OK, has anyone else noticed that the bridesmaid in the fifth picture down wearing the navy blue ruffled one-shoulder dress totally looks like Jessica Alba? !!! Weird. Great article!

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    1. i also noticed that!

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    2. Me too!! I was wondering if it was her

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  16. Interestingly some are successful because they are of the same hue; some because of the same fabric; some are successful because of similar length; and some are successful because of similar theme....I love whimsical weddings and these weddings are truly whimsically beautiful!

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  17. Worked GREAT for all my girls!! My husbands' sisters all wore Target's mint green dresses in different styles on his side and my girls did light pinks with the MOH wearing lavender
    http://kirstenandcoffee.com/2013/08/22/so-this-is-love/#jp-carousel-904

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  18. Does anyone know where the navy lace dress are from in Option #4 pic 2? They have to be from the same designer because it too hard to match navy blues that well (as you can see in the pic directly above it.)

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  19. Fantastic work! Option number 8 is really cool...It inspired me to create something like this!
    Thanks!
    Regards,
    Siddharth Malkania
    Indian Candid Wedding Photographer
    http://siddharthmalkania.com/

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  20. I really do NOT like the mix matched look it doesn't look put together especially when different lengths styles and shades are used.

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  21. Hi Where can I get the dresses in the very first picture? right under the heading?

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