How to Nail the Mismatched Bridesmaids Look

How to Do Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

All the ladies in the place with style + grace! And…different body types, unique style choices, a range of budgets, and individual personalities. There’s a reason mismatched bridesmaids dresses are practically taking over as the norm. We get it! There is hardly a perfect “Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress” that fits all your girls in both shape + style. It’s helpful for your bridesmaids to choose a dress that fits them in every way and (spoiler!) it’s helpful for you, too. By taking the pressure off finding something that everyone will love, you put the power in their hands. At the end of the day, everyone will look + feel their best—and that’s something to celebrate on the dance floor.

How to Pull off Mismatched Bridesmaids

blush mismatched bridesmaid dressesflowers: Shindig Chic // photo: Jamie Lee English // planner: Details, Darling

So, how do you accomplish a stylishly mismatched lineup and NOT a hodgepodged disaster? The line is THIN, ladies. But here are a few tips to get you well on your way to that Vogue-worthy bridesmaids shot!

  • USE PAINT SWATCHES. A fun and sure-fire way to achieve the colors you’re looking for is to show AND tell. Take a trip to your local hardware store and pick out the colors you’re envisioning! Then, make it fun and deliver the swatches to your ladies in a cute package when you ask them to join your bride tribe!
  • GIVE SPECIFIC DETAILS. Do you care about the length of the dress? What about fabric—should they avoid tulle or velvet? Are patterns okay? Give them some ideas of what you do + don’t prefer.
  • SHARE THE OVERALL VIBE. Is it a boho-chic wedding? Black-tie formal? Make sure they know the overall vibe to help inform the final dress decision.
  • SEND EXAMPLES. Visuals are ALWAYS helpful…which is where we come in! Below we’ve got 20+ examples of how to do mismatched bridesmaids dresses the right way. Find your faves and share them with your girls!

Without further ado, let’s hear it for the ladies!

One-Color Wonders

bridesmaids in white

photo: Lilly Red Creative // dresses: Spell
from this Byron Bay Boho Wedding

rust terracotta bridesmaids

photo: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography from this Southwestern-Boho Wedding

taupe bridesmaids

photo: Lauren Apel Photo // dresses: Free PeopleShow Me Your Mumu and Free People
from this Moody Wildflower Wedding

bridesmaids in white

flowers: Shindig Chic // photo: Chris and Ruth // planner: Sweet Emilia Jane

taupe mismatched bridesmaid dresses

photo: Palos Studio // planning + design: Harmony Creative Studio // flowers: Poppy Hill Flowers // bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

gold mismatched bridesmaid dresses

photo: Magnolia + Ember // venue: Union Station Nashville

bridesmaids in black

photo: Jenny Smith & Co // planning: Kea Thien // venue: The Ruby Street // florals: Walden Floral LA

Colors that Compliment

jewel tone bridesmaids

photo: Jieru Photography // dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
from this Jewel-Toned Autumn Inspiration

fall mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Alexandria Monette // planning + design: Fawn Events // florals: Joy of Blooms

boho mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Marnie Cornell // dresses: Nordstrom
from this Scandinavian-Inspired Wedding

fall mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Gabriel Conover Photography // planner: Simply Classic Events // dresses: Free People, Nordstrom, Reformation, Bebe // florals: Lazaro Floral // hair: Jessica Cerna // makeup: Van Nguyen

Pattern Play

bridesmaids in pastels

photo: Emily Magers Photography from this Pastel-Hued Wedding

bridesmaids star dresses

photo: Zibetti Photo & Film // dresses: Natalie Wynn Design
from this Midnight Magic Inspiration

floral mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Kami Olavarria

floral mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Jenny Smith & Co // planner: Deanna Nash Events // florals: Winston & Main

GWSxMumu Blush Bridesmaids

photo: Lauren Scotti // dresses: GWSxMumu Blush Meadow collection
see more of our bridesmaids dress collection here

Totally Tonal

pink and red mismatched bridesmaids

flowers: Shindig Chic // photo: Ariele Chapman

pink bridesmaids

photo: brittrenephoto from this Pink Palm Springs Wedding

sunset tone bridesmaids

photo: Peyton Byford Photography // design: BASH CO + EVENTS // dresses: Free PeopleRevolveASOS and Socialite
from this Festival-Inspired Wedding

bright colored mismatched bridesmaids

photo: Jenny Smith & Co // planner: Lucky Day Events Co. // florals: Bottles + Blooms

So, which mismatched bridesmaids look is your favorite? For even more ideas, check out our bridesmaid style Pinterest board!