The new way to dress your bridesmaids

It’s well known that weddings reflect the times and trends of the era that they take place. The 70s wedding dress with bell sleeves was accessorised with a floral crown, while the 80s wedding was inspired by the lavish, royal affair of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

After the noughties trend for big, celebrity inspired events, weddings have since become more intimate, carefree and humble. Wedding dresses are sleeker, ceremonies are more relaxed and styling is bohemian and vintage inspired. Along with the more laid-back wedding has come the trend for mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Whether it’s a difference in neckline, shade or texture, we’re loving this new individual way to dress our favourite ladies.

Pastel bridesmaid dressesGet the look-From left: Quiz pale blue mesh maxi dress, Coast Debenhams exclusive lucinda dress, Coast lori lee maxi dress, Coast lori lee short dress, Coast fernanda maxi dress.

Change the colour
It’s likely that all your bridesmaids have different personalities, preferences and styles so it’s a great idea to let them have more of an input into their dress. An elegant way of doing this is by varying the shades of each dress. Simply find your favourite colour and choose dresses in complementary shades and tones. Take inspiration from Ashley Tisdale’s bohemian wedding by dressing your bridesmaids in several pastel shades. As bridesmaids dresses are usually widely available in several colourways, this is an effortless yet stylish option.

Different bridesmaid dresses

Change the style
It’s also important to realise your bridesmaids are all different shapes and sizes, even though it’s your big day they all want to look their best for your photographs. By choosing one colour and varying necklines or styles your bridesmaids will complement each other while different silhouettes will flatter each individual figure.

Top Tips
If you still feel apprehensive about mixing and matching, follow our top tips for mismatched bridesmaid success:


Keep the dresses the same length
If you vary the lengths of the dresses it may look quite confusing. Length is an easy feature to decide on so simply choose whether you’re going long or short and stick with it.

Only vary two features
Even with an individual look, ultimately you still want your bridesmaids to complement each other and not blend into the guests. So make sure to only vary a couple of features to avoid confusion.

Don’t do it alone
Although this bridesmaid look is much more individual and shows a lot more character, it’s still important to shop for them together. This way the gowns will still complement each other and match in some way.

Pastels are the safe option
If you’re not feeling too brave about mixing colours, choose pastels. Pale pink, blue, green and cream complement each other well and flatter every skin tone so your bridesmaids will look fabulous on your special day.

Will you be shunning traditional identical gowns for complementary, individual looks?

All bridesmaid dresses

(Images courtesy of Ashley Tisdale-Instagram, pinterest,,,

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