Bridesmaid fashion has come a long way since the puffy shoulders and bright polyester fabrics of the 80’s (thank goodness!). Modern bridal parties are opting for mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and it looks like this trend is here to stay. BUT, you can’t just let your bridesmaids go wild and choose whatever dress they prefer, can you? How do you make sure you’ll still end up with cohesive look that everyone will love? Here are a few of our tried-and-true tips for a perfectly mismatched bridal party.

Same Color, Different Styles

For a more traditional bride, choosing different bridesmaid dress styles in the same color is the way to go. You can allow each member of your bridal party to express their personal style while still coordinating their looks. This is one of the best methods for mismatched dresses because, as all women know, not every dress is flattering for everyone. Choose the color and let your bridesmaids pick out their own dress. They will welcome the freedom, and you will appreciate a group of happy and comfortable bridesmaids.

Different Colors, Same Color Palette

More adventurous brides are loving the color variety of a single color palette, from blushes to blues. Pick out a color scheme that matches your wedding colors. Though all the colors of the rainbow are great, you should establish some limitations for your bridesmaids. Try to stick to no more than three coordinating bridesmaid dress colors within the same color palette. This way, you can take advantage of the mismatched trend while still have a thread of uniformity. Plus, your photos will still look amazing.

Different Colors, Different Styles

The third option is to fully commit to the mismatched style and pick out dresses in different colors, styles and even fabrications. Mix up sequins with chiffon, florals with solids. If you do choose this option, make sure to have some element to connect the bridesmaid dresses. This could be a consistent color palette or aesthetic.

Not sure where to start or if you’ve gone too far? Brideside is here to help! We’ve styled thousands of mix and match parties and can send you a free style board to bring your vision to life.