Wedding trends: 15 Examples of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
While some bridal parties are seen wearing bridesmaid dresses in the exact same color and style, it’s becoming far more common to find a range of bridesmaid dresses along the aisle, displaying distinct colors, fabrics, and cuts – while still speaking to a common theme. With careful planning, this mismatched look can look just as coordinated and intentional as a matching scheme, while offering your maids a bit of personality and freedom to opt for the styles and colours that suit them best.
Planning your own coordinated-yet-mismatched look? Here are 15 examples from the Weddingful team to inspire you! For more wedding planning help, try our free wedding planner to be matched with vendors that fit your budget, location, and specific needs.
Stick with Color Families
Range of Warm Colors
For a greater sense of freedom, pick a general color family and choose from a wide range of colors that fit within the the general family. Here, cuts vary from short-sleeve tea length to strapless cocktail, while the warmth of the common color family ties these styles together in colors ranging from burgundy to mustard.
Range of Jewel Tones
Narrow things down a bit more with a more specific color family – a rich jewel tone scheme offers clear guidelines while allowing each bridesmaid to pick her favorite hue.
Range of Pastels
Another color family that works well for bridesmaids is the pastel color family. This range of tones will keep things light, offering light colors in a more subtle variance.
Range of Dark Shades
For a low-maintenance approach, allow your bridesmaids to choose any style they like in a dark shade. Your bridesmaids will have no trouble finding a wide range of dresses in dark blues and greys (and most probably have something lurking in the closet already).
Range of Colors from the Bouquet
These dresses all dabble in the purples and magentas visible in the bride’s colorful bouquet, offering a wide range of purply tints.
Play with Tints
Range of Tints
A tint is generally defined as “white + color”. Varying the tint of your bridesmaid dresses is a great way to adhere to the exact same color while mixing things up a bit. These green bridesmaids all display the game green hue, while varying in tint from almost-white to rich emerald.
Continuing to play with tint, you can create a cohesive theme by allowing a range of colors, as long as they offer the same tint. These dresses range in hue from yellow to pink to green, all unified by the same level of white present in their tones.
Color-faded Range of Tints
Take your range of tints one step further with a color-faded array that creates a rich visual display of light to dark, bringing all of the bridesmaids into a unified color scheme that highlights the brightest tone of all – the white dress of the beautiful bride!
Choose a COmmon fabric
All Satin Fabrics
Adhere to a common material, and your bridesmaids will look coordinated – even if they’re wearing a wide range of colors and tints, as shown in this example. Color fades, dark charcoals, and purple pastels all find common ground in a silky satin material.
All Lace Fabrics
Define a common theme with fabric – these bridesmaid dresses display different cuts and colors, while all adhering to a common all-lace fabric theme.
Same Colored Fabric in Different Prints
These Indian saris offer the same turquoise and gold, with various interpretations offered by different prints on each bridesmaid’s dress.
All Sparkling Beaded Fabrics
Another example of using fabric material as a common element, these gowns offer various faded shades, unified by the likeness of their sparkling beaded fabrics.
Opt for a COmmon Theme
Keep things traditional while maintaining a sense of personality with bridesmaid dresses in the exact same cut. All gowns are identical in cut and fabric, providing a common theme for a range of soft pastel hues.
These dresses feature different colors, shades, and prints, but they all speak to a certain vintage theme with their classic a-line shapes, classic pumps, and princess cuts.
These dresses all speak of a bright spring day full of lace, flowers, and upbeat colors. While these dresses are completely mismatched, they’re all united by a common feeling of cheerfulness and lighthearted joy.
As you can see, there are endless ways to play with color, cut, and fabric in order to create a personalized bridesmaid look. With these example as inspiration, you can draw upon your own personality and wedding theme in order to create a mismatched look that’s right for you and your maids!
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