Styling Your Bridesmaids In Mismatched Dresses

Wedding trends come and go and determining for yourself exactly which trends (if any) to incorporate into your big day can be a pretty tricky task. Because trust me, none of us want to look back on our wedding photos in 20 years and think, “Why did I do that!?”

Styling your besties in mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a huge trend for the past few years. And as popular as it still is, we’re slowly starting to see brides revert to having all of their girls dressed in the same style.

So how do you decide what’s best for your own wedding? Here are some points to get you thinking about whether you should go the route of mismatched bridesmaid dresses or styling your girls in all the same look.

Styling Your Bridesmaids In Mismatched Dresses

Allowing your girls to decide which dress they want to wear at your wedding gives them the freedom and the opportunity to choose a style that best suits their personality. And while grandma might think the look is a bit “untraditional”, it’s totally ok to break the tradition of having uniformed bridesmaids and to go with a look that you and your ‘maids would prefer.

Now, when I say mismatched bridesmaid dresses, I’m not saying that every girl is in totally different colors and lengths, etc. I’m also referring to girls wearing the same color but different styles; or maybe you may have the same style and different colors. That is all upon your decision.

But before you take the final leap into having a mismatched bridal party, consider the pros & cons of styling all of your girls in something a little different.

Bridesmaids in mismatched outfits

PROS to Mismatched Dresses:

  • It’s a trendy and unique idea: It’s your day so you can style it however you want. Outfit your girls in a fun, mismatched look that is not only picture-perfect, but will be unique from any other bridal party that you’ve seen!
  • It’s great for flattering all of your girls: Every girl has a different body type, so mismatching dresses is a good opportunity for them to explore their silhouette and choose the dress suits them best. Not to mention, each girl has a unique personality, so she can choose a dress that she’ll feel the most confident and comfortable in.
  • There are endless options: This dress, or maybe that one? Get them both! There’s a variety of options out there, so this eliminates the decision of having to choose only one.
  • It gives your girls some flexibility with price: Depending on how much freedom you give them for choosing a style, they can spend an amount that best fits their budget.

CONS to Mismatched Dresses:

  • It can be distracting to have multiple styles in photos: You 100% deserve to be the focal point on your big day, but having your girls dressed in a variety of colors and styles could cause more of a distraction in your pictures than you’d like it to.
  • If not executed well, it can look messy and disjointed: Be careful and take control of your visual idea. It’s totally okay to set some guidelines for your ‘maids and definitely have them send you photos of their ideas before making a final decision.
  • It’s a trend that you could potentially regret: Don’t style your girls in mismatched dresses just because everyone else is doing it. Make sure you are 100% in love with this trend. If you are loyal to your wedding’s style, then you shouldn’t have any regrets down the road.
  • There are endless options: Okay, I know I also said this was a pro, but from a past-bridesmaid who was given the option to “choose any short bridesmaid dress in black”, it was a bit overwhelming to narrow it down to a style that I loved and thought the bride would love too!

4 Tips for Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

At Mikolo, we’re all about mismatched bridesmaid dresses – in fact, that’s basically the idea that our entire line was created from. But based on experience, here are 4 VERY IMPORTANT pieces of advice for you to consider if you’re going for the mix-n-match look.

1. Give your girls SOME direction. Just telling them that you want them to wear a “black dress” can be a bit overwhelming for your ‘maids — trust me, I’ve been there. Here are some things to think about when giving guidelines:

  • Do you have a specific designer in mind?
  • Do you want all of your girls in the same fabric?
  • Will they all be in the exact same color or multiple colors?
  • Do you prefer knee-length or floor-length?

2. Don’t be afraid to say no. If you don’t like a style or don’t think it goes with the overall feel of your wedding. Remember: it’s YOUR day and they should respect that.

3. Find inspiration. Seeking out inspo will help you narrow down the looks. Giving your ‘maids a visual will make it much easier for them to know what you’re looking for.

4. Head to the hardware store. Yup, you read that right. If you’re styling ‘maids in different colors, grab some paint swatches from the hardware store in your wedding color palette so they can reference those shades when dress shopping.



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