We've said it before and we'll say it again--we absolutely adore mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses! I mean, really, who doesn't? The whole look is just so unique and we're all about bridesmaids expressing their individuality through their bridal party attire. If you're totally into the trend, but aren't sure exactly how to pull it off, we have some important styling tips to help ensure that your girls are perfectly mismatched!
Your ladies are going to be front and center, so you want to make sure their dresses coordinate with your big day! Keep in mind that the look can be as refined or as jumbled as you want, but to keep it from looking sloppy, there should be at least one consistent element across the board. Here's what to consider for your mismatched look:
Decide on a color or color scheme for your bridal party attire. If you go with one color, have your girls choose different styles and/or necklines for a cohesive, mismatched look. If you want to be a bit more bold, choose a palette or color family (e.g., neutrals, pastels, dark purples, or blush pinks) and allow your girls to choose what they prefer. If you go this route, give your 'maids a paint chip (or something to reference) so they know exactly what options they have.
These 'maids were outfitted in blush, but all wore unique KB styles. Katie Lewis Photography
Choose whether you want your girls in the same style, similar styles, or completely different styles. If you're going with the same dress, mix different colors. If you are going with similar or completely different silhouettes, try to stick with a consistent feature such as a strapless neckline, knee-length hem, flowing fabric, etc. If you're planning to let your 'maids seek out their own dresses, make sure to give clear directions on what they should be buying.
These girls wore a variety of A-line, knee-length dresses in a pink palette. Tandem Tree Photography
We are 100% on board with your ladies mixing fabrics, but again, make sure that some guidelines are set. (Trust me - we've seen that bridal party with the one silky taffeta dress in a sea of chiffon. It sticks out like a sore thumb and it's not pretty.) Soft, flowing chiffon should be combined with other soft fabrics such as jersey or lace. Silky taffeta should be combined with other shiny, structured fabrics such as satin, silk, and occasionally lace.
Lace and chiffon in the same or similar colors works beautifully together. Richaux Productions
A fun way to make the mix-and-match look more cohesive is by incorporating similar details into your bridesmaids' style. Whether you put them all in the same shoe, statement necklace, braided hairstyle, or red lip, it's an easy way to pull your whole look together! And if you like the mismatched look, but want your girls in the same attire, do the opposite! Let them choose their own shoes, accessories, and/or, hairstyle!
These ladies expressed their own style by wearing different shoes. Katie Lewis Photography
Mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses is such a fun way to personalize your bridal party, and is great for making each girl feel comfortable in what she's wearing. Whether you choose their styles or give them free reign, with a few simple guidelines to determine your desired look, your 'maids will be perfectly mismatched in no time!
We want to know: What do you think of the mix-and-match trend? Do you have any styling tips of your own? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.