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5 Tips for Pulling Off the Mismatched Bridesmaids Look

March 8, 2017 | nicole

photo by Emily Delamater Photography

More often than not, brides are choosing mismatched bridesmaids looks for their best gals to wear on the big day. For some, the process of actually dressing the bridesmaids and pulling this look together can be a little overwhelming. No one wants their girls to look like a random jumble of colors, but you still want their personalities to shine. With these tips, you can have it all: mismatched dresses that look cohesive with each other and the rest of your wedding design.

Tip One: Stick to one color in varying tones

Here’s a little color theory for you: tone refers to the lightness (tint) or darkness (shade) of a color. Once you’ve decided on a color for your bridesmaids to wear, let them choose dresses in a range of light to dark versions of that color. Let’s try a metaphor: think of these dresses as sisters, not twins.

photo by LV IMAGERY; see more from this wedding here!

photo by a sea of love, dresses by Jenny Yoo; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Matt Lien; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Athena Grace; see more from this wedding here!

Tip Two: Choose different colors in the same tone

To achieve this look, select like-colors in the same level of brightness of hue. For instance, all of your girls dressed in pastels or all of your girls dressed in jewel tones. Think of these dresses as cousins from the same family.

photo by Ashleigh Hobson; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Victoria Carlson Photography, dresses by NordstromJ. CrewBloomingdale’s; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Fer Juaristi; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Melissa Marshall, dresses by Nordstrom, Show Me Your Mumu, BHLDN; see more from this wedding here!

Tip Three: Balance out a multiple-color palette

When selecting dresses, balance your bridesmaids by both dark and light tones and by color. This helps your palette appear cohesive instead of all over the place! Think of these dresses as sets of sisters who get along really well (still loving this metaphor?).

photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography, dresses by Reformation; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Daring Wanderer; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Emily Delamater Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jess Jolin Photography, dresses by David’s Bridal and Jenny Yoo; see more from this wedding here!

Tip Four: Go for one print or texture in a similar color story but various styles

This look is a little bit more adventurous, but can have a major payoff with a stylish statement. If you want your gals dressed in a print, keep them all warm-colored floral or all cool-colored polka dots, with varying pattern styles. If you envision them in a little sparkle, let them each choose a sequin gown that fits their personality in the same color and tone.

photo by Lauren Scotti Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Jason Burns Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lorenz Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Taylor Roades; see more from this wedding here!

Tip Five: Consider your focal point

In each of these examples below, the majority of the group is in a subtle or similar color or tone, while one bridesmaid pulls the visual focus. The idea here is to not have too many competing colors and to allow one to represent the boldest hue in your color palette or to set apart your Maid of Honor.

photo by Vanilla Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Abby Floyd Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Matt Lien; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Katelyn Shanice Photography; see more from this wedding here!

Love these mismatched bridesmaids looks? Check out these other posts on styling your bridesmaids:

3 Bold Bridesmaids Looks for Your Fashion Forward Wedding

Keep Your Girls Cool in These 22 Summer Bridesmaid Style Ideas

 

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