Bridal party style has come a long way. The days have gone, when bridesmaids were expected to wear the same apparel in the same color, as was dictated by tradition. Now, as mismatched bridal gowns are the trend of the time, brides and their girls have plenitudes of options. Each maid gets the opportunity to show her unique style statement while brides are relieved from the stress of finding a dress that everyone will like.
But more options come with its own set of challenges. The concept is to choose dresses that are different from each other, but not so different that they look disconnected. If you want to mix it up with your bridal party but need help to know how to curate a cohesive group of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, then follow these tips.
Decide how to go with mismatched options
When you want to create a mismatched look, you have several options to choose from. You can vary the style or color of your bridesmaid dresses, or go for both. Do you want to make the process easy? Choose a convertible bridesmaid dress in a single color, and then let your girls wear it in their own unique ways.
Keep at least one element common
In order to maintain a consistent look, at least one element should be common in your girls’ attire – that is the secret of wearing bridesmaid dresses. As long as all of the bridesmaid’s look shares at least one common feature, such as the silhouette, neckline, color, hemline or fabric – they will have a link to each other and don’t seem disjointed.
Consider keeping hemlines floor length
A knee-length or midi length will actually hit at different heights according to how tall each of your girls is. When you choose floor-length dresses or long bridesmaid dresses for all, you are guaranteed all hemlines will all hit at the same place and the gowns will look consistent when standing side by side.
Opt for a few tonal shades of the same color
When styling bridesmaids in mismatched dresses, narrow down the color scheme as it will help you a lot. If all of your girls are wearing soft neutrals or varying shades of a particular color, there is less risk of looking disconnected. If you are in doubt, keep the color palette more limited for a more cohesive effect.
Pull it together with accessories & beauty
Jewelry, hair accessories, shoes, and even makeup and hairstyles can help tie your mismatched bridesmaids’ look together. You can ask all of your girls to have the same fishtail braid, drop earrings, red lip and many more – these uniform extras will put the “match” in mismatched.
Choose the same bouquet for all
Think of the bridesmaid bouquets as another consistent accessory. And for this, choose a color or scheme that complements every dress. Choose solid bouquets for multicolor dresses and multicolor bouquets for solid dresses.
Think outside of just dresses
When we talk about bridesmaid look, the first thing that comes to our mind is dress. However, if you want to do something different, you can walk the extra mile. Try going beyond the standard gown and add a bridesmaid jumpsuit into the mix. It is a modern, fun way to add interest and variety that your girls will love.
Mismatched dresses look great when you know how to mix it up properly. Follow one or more of the ways to maintain a balance in their dresses and help them to achieve the look that they want. It is your day but let it be theirs too.
Author bio: Maria Jones is a fashion blogger, who writes on short and long bridesmaid dresses. Here, she has highlighted a few ways to nail the look with mismatched bridesmaid dresses.