How to Effortlessly Coordinate Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
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Updated May 23, 2024
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When choosing wedding party attire, it's not always easy to please the whole group. Coordinating mismatched bridesmaid dresses, however, can be a great way to incorporate each person's personal style and preference. When executed correctly, not only will this method allow your bridal party to look cohesive without being overly uniform, but it can also be a great way to satisfy the wants of each member of the crew.

There are a number of ways to mix and match bridesmaid dresses for your big day. Lauren Whalley, Fashion, Beauty and Inclusivity Editor at The Knot, explains that, "The mismatched bridesmaid trend is going beyond just changing up the neckline of a dress. Many brides are going all out—mismatching different fabrics, colors and patterns." While coordinating outfits is certainly important for the occasion, what matters most is that each bridesmaid feels comfortable and confident throughout the day. Allowing them to choose a bridesmaid dress in the style that suits them best will ensure their personalities can shine through.

While the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend is certainly a popular choice this year, we don't predict that matching dresses will go away anytime soon. According to Whalley, the decision ultimately stems from the wedding's aesthetic, budget and of course, the couple's personal preference. "Someone having a glam ballroom wedding may like the luxe uniformity of all-black matching bridesmaid dresses. On the other hand, an outdoor spring wedding might lend to more laidback floral prints and patterns like you would see at a garden party," she says. The method of mixing and matching dresses simply allows for an individual look for each member of the wedding party.

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How to Coordinate Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Examples of mismatched bridesmaid dress ideas
Illustration: Natalie Romine for The Knot

At the altar, mismatched dresses offer an effortlessly beautiful look, but coordinating outfits for each of your bridesmaids can actually require a lot of effort. Not to worry—we're here to help make the process as seamless as possible. Here's our expert advice on how to nail the look.

Create a Vision Board

As a 2024 bride, Whalley browsed different bridesmaid dresses for her own wedding. Throughout the process, Pinterest became her best friend. Her best advice is to create a digital vision board that can be shared with each of your bridesmaids. "Don't just include dress examples, but also inspiration photos that give them a better idea of the overall vibe and feel you are going for," she advises.

Order Fabric Swatches

To narrow down your search, you'll want to see how various colors, patterns and textures look next to each other. The good news is that many bridesmaid dress brands make this easy, by offering fabric swatches that can be sent straight to your door. Take full advantage of this by requesting swatches of each color or fabric type you're considering. Remember, things can look different online, so it's always best to play it safe and have swatches on hand.

Determine a Unifying Design Detail

Even if you decide to go the mismatched dress route, it's important to determine at least one consistent element between each look that will help create cohesiveness. For instance, you may give your bridal party the freedom to choose the style and cut they want for their gown, but request that the color match the specific swatch you've picked out. Alternately, you may not have a specific color in mind, but ask that they each pick out a floral bridesmaid dress to keep with your theme.

Shop From the Same Retailer

Many brands make it easy to coordinate a mismatched wedding party look by offering various bridesmaid dress styles in the same fabric, or different shades of popular wedding color palettes. For a more seamless shopping experience, consider working with a retailer that specializes in bridesmaid ensembles. Chances are, they'll have stylists available to work one-on-one with your crew.

Consider Convertible Dresses

One of the simplest ways to achieve a mismatched bridal party look is to go with convertible gowns. Convertible gowns are able to be worn in a variety of different ways. Going this route allows each of your bridesmaids to wear their dress in a silhouette that makes them feel the most confident. Plus, because there are so many different ways to style convertible dresses, they can even switch up their look between the ceremony and reception—or at a later date.

Talk to Your Bridal Party

If you're unsure of whether you should go the mix and match route, consider getting your bridesmaids' opinions on the matter. Whalley explains that while it's your decision at the end of the day, it may be helpful to hear from the group about what would make them feel the most comfortable and confident.

View Bridesmaid Dress Combinations in Person

One of the best ways to coorindate a mismatched bridal party look is to play with colors, patterns and materials in person with guidance from an experienced professional. Visit The Knot Vendor Marketplace to filter through your local bridal salons and find locations with bridesmaid dresses in stock, then mix and match different dress combinations in store to see your ideas come to life.

    6 Ways to Do Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

    Ready to get inspired? Here are six of our favorite ways to incorporate mismatched bridesmaid dresses into your nuptials.

    Different Styles in the Same Color

    Maybe you love the look of matching bridal party dresses, but want to cater to each of your bridesmaids' personal styles and preferences—after all, there's no "one size fits all" when it comes to fashion. If that's the case, you might want to consider bridesmaid dresses in the same color but different styles (think: varying lengths, necklines and silhouettes). Many bridesmaid dress retailers make it easy to coordinate this kind of look by giving bridesmaids a variety of shapes to choose from that can then be ordered in the color of the couple's choosing.

    This bridal party's ensemble has us tickled pink. With mismatched pink bridesmaid dresses in different styles but the same soft shade, they were able to achieve a really charming look.

    Hoping to create a classic bridal party look? Neutrals are a no-brainer. This crew rocked mismatched neutral bridesmaid dresses by sticking to the same beige color but wearing varying styles and lengths.

    Here's a group whose attire doubles as the bride's something blue. Their baby blue A-line gowns each feature a unique neckline as a way to let their individual personalities shine through.

    Different Shades of the Same Color

    One way to incorporate different colored bridesmaid dresses without straying too far from your wedding color palette is to experiment with shades. If you have a desired color in mind for your bridal party's attire but don't like the idea of looking overly uniform, this might be the way to go. Once you've decided on the color, explore similar dress options in slightly darker or lighter shades. When you combine the looks together, you're left with a unique effect. Pro tip: This method works especially well for larger bridal parties.

    This bridal party achieved a gorgeous ombré effect by choosing dresses that are different shades within the same color family. The terracotta, pink and nude colors all pair seamlessly next to one another.

    There's no raining on this bridal party's parade. Their beautiful blue gowns, each in varying shades and styles, pair perfectly with the showers and flowers.

    Here's an ensemble that's as good as gold. The group wore traditional Indian wedding attire in coordinating colors, each look accented with gorgeous metallic embellishments.

    Different Colors Tied Together

    Who says you have to choose just one color for your bridesmaids' attire? Chances are, you've selected a handful of colors for your wedding, whether they're going to be incorporated into the floral arrangements, table settings or elsewhere. Why not have your squad rock those same colors down the aisle? Choosing dress colors based on your wedding color palette is a fun way to unite the various elements of your big day.

    This bridal party's mismatched fall bridesmaid dresses have outdoor wedding written all over them. Wearing different style dresses of the same material in muted red and mustard yellow makes for a warm and rustic look that pairs perfectly with the setting.

    We can't get enough of this citrus-hued wedding party attire. The combination of green suits and orange dresses makes for a delightfully colorful aesthetic.

    Even against the gorgeous city skyline, this wedding party holds the spotlight. We love the way their navy, maroon and gold dresses contrast one another while being united by the colors in their bouquets.

    A Mix of Solids and Patterns

    When you think of bridesmaid dresses, chances are, an image of a solid-color gown comes to mind. While simple dresses are a popular choice for many weddings (as to not create too much of a distraction at the altar), the reality is that you have options. Patterns are a great way to add an interesting element to your group's attire, especially when paired alongside solid gowns. Our advice for coordinating this type of look is to start by finding a pattern you truly love. From there, you can use the colors within that pattern to determine what shades your solid dresses will be.

    This group of mismatched blue bridesmaid dresses is an excellent example of how to play with patterns and textures yet still feel coordinated. We love how each dress has its own unique appeal, while still being united through the various shades of blue.

    This bridal party's attire is a prime example of how to coordinate without matching. The floral printed gowns incorporate the shades of pink worn by the other bridesmaids.

    If you're worried about the possibility of different patterns clashing, take note of this group's ensemble. The neutral-colored gowns help to break up the bright colors on the patterned ones.

    Various Textures and Embellishments

    Want to mix and match bridesmaid dresses like a pro? Once you've taken style, color and pattern into account, consider how you can incorporate various textures into your group's wardrobe for the day. Sequins, beading and embroidery are all interesting design elements that bump bridal party attire up a notch. Texture can also be a great way to help your maid of honor stand out within the group, when the others are wearing a solid gown.

    Vintage-loving brides: Here's some inspo you're sure to love. These textured gowns, featuring beading and sequins, all give off a 1920s vibe that has us swooning.

    Now here's a crew that certainly sparkled as they walked down the aisle. Their silver dresses, in satin and sequins, make for a look that's delightfully unique.

    Bridesmaids wear embellished dresses in different shades of red and pink.
    Photo: Java Rose Photography

    This bridal party's ensemble is oh-so romantic. Their red dresses of different hues are each adorned in sequins and crystals for a look that stands out.

    Similar Prints in Different Colors

    If you're more of a maximalist and you're not afraid to take risks when it comes to style, you might consider having each of your bridesmaids sport a different printed gown. This method is one that makes a statement, and for all the right reasons. Our advice is to give your group some guidelines for choosing a dress in a particular pattern. Whether you decide to go with sparse florals, gingham or even swiss dot, this method is one of the best ways to let your bridesmaids showcase their personalities.

    Now here's a group that's ready for a garden party. Their colorful floral gowns look lovely next to one another, especially when tied together with the same bouquet of flowers.

    These mismatched floral bridesmaid dresses have "spring" written all over them. We love the way this group mixed and matched the delicate prints in different pastel colors.

    These boho mismatched bridesmaid dresses feel pulled-together thanks to complementary prints in a color palette consisting of red and navy. The warm tones, fun patterns and flower crowns are just a few of the things we love about this look.

    Can Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses Ever Go Wrong?

    When it comes to mixed bridesmaid dresses, there are no hard and fast rules. However, certain guidelines can help you pull off the cohesive look you desire. One of the most important things to remember is that less is often more. Make sure you're only varying one or two things about each dress to keep some coordination. For example, opt for dresses in the same color but different silhouettes and materials, or try mixing and matching prints and solids but sticking to the same color palette and length. Providing your crew with a moodboard is a great way to ensure you don't end up with a bridal party that looks too mismatched.

      Where to Buy Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

      Want to buy your bridesmaid dresses online? Finding the right retailer can help streamline the process of coordinating different looks. These are four tried-and-true places to find a wide variety of styles at prices that won't break the bank.

      Birdy Grey

      Birdy Grey is a beloved bridesmaid dress retailer, and for good reason. Their selection of modern and timeless designs offers something for everyone to love. However, what truly sets them apart is that their dresses start at just $99 and there are over 2,500 variations to browse.

      Show Me Your Mumu

      If you're looking for trendy, fashion-forward options for your wedding party, Show Me Your Mumu is your one-stop shop. The versatile assortment includes midi and maxi dresses with details like ruffles and bow-tied belts. If you're a fan of satin, you'll love their colorful selection.

      Jenny Yoo

      With Jenny Yoo's timeless options, you can ensure your group will get the most possible use out of their dresses. Made from high-quality materials and featuring elegantly understated designs, your bridesmaids will be reaching for their Jenny Yoo gowns for years to come.

      Azazie

      With over 80 colors to choose from, you can guarantee that Azazie will have options for you, no matter what your wedding color palette vision looks like. Not only are their gowns affordable (starting at $79!), but they also offer custom sizing on most styles, ensuring a just-right fit and length for every bridesmaid—no alterations required.

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