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 bridesmaid 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
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 remember when you’re laying out the options for the dresses. You’re well on way to that Vogue-worthy bridesmaids shot!
1. 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!
2. Give Specific Details
Do you care about the length of the dress? Sometimes keeping a similar length keeps everything cohesive while the dresses can vary on other factors. What about fabric—should they avoid tulle or velvet? Are patterns okay? Give your bridesmaids some ideas of what you do + don’t prefer.
3. Share the Overall Vibe
What is your wedding style? Is it a boho-chic wedding? Black-tie formal? Make sure they know the overall vibe to help inform the final dress decision.
4. Send Examples
Visuals are ALWAYS helpful…which is where we come in! Below we’ve got 20+ examples of how to do mismatched bridesmaid dresses the right way. Find your faves and share them with your girls!
There are four distinct categories for mismatched bridesmaid dress: monochrome, complementary, patterns, and tonal. Below, we’ve got photo inspiration for each type, as well as our purchasing tips to help you find the ones!
Monochrome Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
Boho in White
Divine in Dove Grey
Sequin Gold Glam
Babes in Black
Best Places to Buy Monochrome Bridesmaids Dresses
Start with: Maxi Dress in Sage $103
Start with: Winslow Dress $278
Start with: Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress $188
Colors that Complement
Spring to Summer
Best Places to Buy Complementing Bridesmaids Dresses
Start with: Evelyn Dress $348
Start with: Temecula Maxi Dress $298
Start with: Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress $168
Patterns + Prints
Spring for Florals
photo: Kami Olavarria
Dark + Stunning
Best Places to Buy Printed Bridesmaids Dresses
Start with: Sloan Soiree Dress $259
Start with: X REVOLVE Teien Caftan $351
Start with: Heather Halter Dress $178
Shades of Red
Bubbly Pink + Purple
Burnt Orange + Peach
Best Places to Buy Tonal Bridesmaids Dresses
Start with: Tulle Bow Tie Tiered Maxi Dress in Rose $93
Start with: Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress $295
Start with: Verona Cowl Dress $168
So, which mismatched bridesmaids look is your favorite?
For more ideas, we have an endless supply on our bridesmaids Pinterest board!