Mismatched bridesmaid dresses can save you a lot of dress hunting struggles, particularly if your maids are all different shapes and sizes. You can create a unique ensemble featuring gowns that everyone will feel and look amazing in by switching up colours, fabrics, hemlines and silhouettes.
What's more, you don’t need to worry about your guests not being able to identify who the bridesmaids are because there are endless beautiful options that will complement each other without feeling too uniform.
Once you have chosen your maids and asked “Will you be my bridesmaid?“, take a look at our guide on how to nail the mix and match bridesmaid dress trend, including top tips, where to buy different colour bridesmaid dresses to suit your budget and real wedding examples for inspiration.
Do Bridesmaid Dresses Have to Match?
Traditionally, all bridesmaid dresses would match, but it is now a popular choice with couples to opt for mix and match bridesmaid dresses. Not only do they look amazing (see our real examples below for proof!), they are a fail-safe option to keep all your bridesmaids happy and comfortable in what they are wearing.
Ella Yeoman, from bridesmaid dress brand Rewritten agrees, saying: "We are huge advocates of mixing and matching your bridesmaids dresses and always have been. The days are over of dressing your girls all in the exact same colour and style. Let them be comfortable and choose a dress to suit their different body shapes and sizes."
How to Choose Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses?
The first step to choosing your mismatched bridesmaid dresses is to decide which way you want to switch them up. Here, we explain each route you can go down...
A mix of fabrics can be a tricky art to master but if you do it right then it'll look stunning and it's a great way to celebrate each bridesmaids’ individuality. By using one uniform shade in a mix of fabrics each bridesmaid is able to show off their signature style but the single shade makes it easy to identify them.
Choosing a dress in one shade or tone but in a variety of styles and silhouettes is a great option if you have bridesmaids with varying body types. If one of your maids loves a strapless dress and another can’t bear the thought of going out without any kind of sleeve, then mismatched dress shapes could be your answer.
For a simple way of mixing up your bridesmaids’ look, consider the same dress in different lengths. Perhaps the maid of honour could wear a full length gown while the bridesmaids wear shorter tea-length dresses? Or mix and match with half your maids in long and half wearing shorter dresses.
The art to having bridesmaids in varying colours is to pick one set tone – whether that’s pretty pastel tones, jewel toned bridesmaid dresses or bright and bold shades.
4 Tips for Pulling Off Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
So, you want to mix and match your bridesmaid dresses but don't want them to look disjointed? We've got you covered with our top tips for pulling off the trend.
1. Consult Your Bridesmaids
One of the best parts of having mismatched bridesmaid dresses is that each of your bridesmaids can feel confident in their own look and you'll only know their preferences by asking. That doesn't mean you have to change your desired vision and colour scheme, but it'll give you an idea of which silhouettes, lengths and neckline to go for. Trust us, they'll be so pleased to have their opinions heard.
2. Shop One Brand
The easiest way to create a cohesive look is by sticking to one brand when shopping for your bridesmaid dresses - this means fabrics and colour palettes will be the same or subtly different. We have a whole edit of places to shop listed below that offer varying styles, colours and sizes.
3. Less is More
It can be easy to get carried away but when it comes to mix and match bridesmaid dresses but a good rule of thumb is to switch up one or two features. For example, sticking to the same colour but mixing up the fabrics and length, or having the same style of dress in different hues.
4. Don't Forget Accessories
Matching jewellery, shoes and bridesmaid bouquets can really tie the whole look together if your maids are wearing different dresses. You can even give these to them as bridesmaid gifts!
Examples of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
Take a look at how some real bridesmaids rocked the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend for even more inspiration.
Rust Toned Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses
These beautiful bridesmaids nail the mismatched look in fiery rust tones - each 'maid has their own style of dress in a complementary colour palette.#
Pale Pink Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses
Neutral Non-Matching Bridesmaid Dresses
Clashing Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
For a really bold bridesmaid look, go for clashing colours! We love this look with hot pink and muted orange bridesmaid dresses - it's perfect for a summer wedding.
Sparkly Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
What's more dazzling than a sparkly bridesmaid dress? Mismatched sparkly bridesmaid dresses! A touch of glitter elevates non-matching bridesmaid dresses and ties it together in a glam way.
Bridesmaid Dresses in Different Styles
If you know your bridesmaid has things she's conscious about, or prefers a certain style, you can cater to this by choosing bridesmaid dresses with different top styles, but similar skirts. This will help everyone feel comfortable but still look coordinated.
Where to Buy Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses?
You'll find lots of high street brands offer bridesmaid collections in a whole range of colours and designs so it is really easy for you to shop for mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Some of our favourites include ASOS, Rewritten, and Pretty Lavish and Quiz.
- Mismatched Green Bridesmaid Dresses
- Mismatched Blue Bridesmaid Dresses
- Mismatched Pink Bridesmaid Dresses
Mismatched Green Bridesmaid Dresses
Mixed Green Bridesmaid Dresses - from £60, ASOS
Green bridesmaid dresses are a popular choice and if you can't pick just one shade we don't blame you! From this gorgeous olive green dress, to the emerald number and a long-sleeved sage beauty, at ASOS you can find a whole range of verdant designs that complement each other. Plus, you can shop curve, tall and petite too!
Mixed Green Bridesmaid Dresses - from £39.99, Quiz
Quiz is our one-stop shop for affordable bridesmaid dresses so it's a great option if you have lots of maids to buy for. They have a wide range of green designs to choose from, whether you're looking for a sleek dark green dress, a sequined tea-length frock or a sophisticated one-shoulder gown.
Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses - from £75, Dorothy Perkins
Mismatched Blue Bridesmaid Dresses
Tulle Blue Bridesmaid Dresses - from £99, Coast
We're obsessed with Coast for a number of reasons - their inclusive bridesmaid dress range, their detailed designs and how they offer different styles of dress in the exact same colour. If tulle has taken your fancy you can't go wrong with their blue strappy dress, beaded beauty and tea-length tiered frock.
Satin Ice Blue Bridesmaid Dresses - from £88, Pretty Lavish
Pretty Lavish offer these ice blue beauties in a number off different necklines to suit everyone's taste. From a cowl neck and a one shoulder to a trendy halter, the choice is yours. They're the perfect way to subtly mix and match your bridesmaid dresses.
Mixed Blue Bridesmaid Dresses - from £150, Rewritten
Every Rewritten bridesmaid dress design is available in eleven colours so you can really mix them up however you please. We can't decide which style we like best - the satin wrap dress, the simple navy slip or the waterfall shoulder gown.
Mismatched Pink Bridesmaid Dresses
Dusky Pink Bridesmaid Dresses - from £82, Chi Chi London
Embellished Pink Bridesmaid Dresses - from £120, Boohoo
Embellished bridesmaid dresses can be pricey but Boohoo's collection has these pretty blush pink dresses starting at just £120. If your bridesmaid prefers to keep their arms covered the caped dress or tulle style is for them. Loves showing off their curves? Opt for the figure-hugging frock.
Textured Pink Bridesmaid Dresses - from £80, Little Mistress
If you are looking for other ideas for your bridesmaids then don’t miss our edit of the best gold bridesmaid dresses