Mismatched Bridesmaids? The Do’s and The Dont’s

When it comes to bridesmaids, however many girlfriends you’ve got by your side on your big day, we all know the perils of choosing  something that not only suits but also appropriately fits every girl. It’s not often that a group of women, with different shapes, styles and skin tones can walk into a shop and successfully try on the exact same dress, and all look and feel comfortable in it. So why is it that we think this uniform look will work for our wedding day?

Yes, of course there are bridal parties that look stunning in the same dresses; sisters are the first that come to mind. Small parties can also pull off the look with only a few girls to match together. But frankly thats not always the case for bridal parties. More often than not, one wants her shoulders covered, the other is conscious of her chest, the third hates the dress you’ve already chosen. And so, as we are finding here at The Boutique, brides are choosing to settle their qualms by instead opting for a “mismatch” look.

The concept of having mismatched bridesmaids is definitely not new to the bridal scene, however, more recently, as what is fashionable for the younger bride changes, its popularity has risen greatly. Giving a nod to vintage styles and laid-back settings, these mismatched bridesmaids have made a comeback supporting the retro styles of the 1920s and onwards.

However, as easy as it sounds to simply randomly pick numerous dresses for numerous girls there are some tips and pointers we would love you to note down before settling on a mismatched look.

Firstly, it is important for every bride to figure out what their main objective is; be it comfort, elegance, colour or style. Although the “mismatched” bridesmaid trend is in full swing, understanding the way that mismatched bridesmaids work together is most important. It would be difficult to say that we’ve loved every attempt we’ve seen, but the truth is that the wedding parties that work best, are the ones that are subtly different yet still stand out as unique dresses in their own rights. Sometimes a change in material is enough to create that striking difference, occasionally its the cut or the style of the dress. Perhaps it’s the colour that changes from bridesmaid to bridesmaid. Obviously there would be no issue with changing all three, however it is important to remember that most brides want their bridal party to look like one close unit, not just a variety of individuals chosen randomly on the day!

It would be relatively simple to give each bridesmaid a colour swatch of the desired colour theme for the wedding, asking each maid to find a dress that compliments the colour you have chosen. For example, you could choose a bright and warm blue tone, leaving your maids to find something similar. With this you’re likely to get some paler tones and some richer hues, perhaps even some choices with printed patterns, but all chosen to compliment the original colour swatch.

Alternatively, another popular route to take, would be to pick an era. 1920, 1930, or perhaps even 1960s! Whatever the choice, it would then give your girls the freedom to style themselves to their hearts desires, without ending up with an eye sore on the day!

In store we’ve got all the options you need from True Bride, Linzi Jay & Matchimony, have a huge range of colours and styles to chose from, including a flexible multiway dress, designed for brides looking to execute the mismatched theme.  Whether you’re looking for beaded detailing, sparkling sequins, chic separates on block colours we have something for you! Check out more about our bridesmaids dresses here.