How to Ace the Mix-and-Match Bridesmaid Dress Look

Five flattering ways to pull off this on-trend style.
by Libby MacCarthy
four bridesmaids in different ivory bridesmaid dresses

From picking out your gown to ordering invitations, you’ve probably logged countless hours creating your wedding vision. Now you have another tough call to make: what your crew will wear down the aisle. After all, your bridesmaids aren’t one size fits all, so why should their wedding day duds be? With so many style sensibilities, body types and budgets to consider, finding a compromise might seem impossible. Enter the perfect solution: mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses. Yes, it requires putting a lot of trust in your bridal party, but hear us out—these are your nearest and dearest, and they’ll want to do right by you. All you need are a few clearly communicated rules and a little vision to ensure they feel (almost) as beautiful and confident as you do.

Need a bit of inspo? We curated five seriously chic bridesmaid looks, plus tips to help you pull them off.

  1. 1. Same Color, Different Style

    Three models in peach colored bridemaids dresses

    There are a couple of ways to approach this, depending how much control you want to give your bridal party and how traditional you want the final look to be. The first option is to decide on a designer (or a few designers) and color, then let your girls choose the style they like best. This ultimately allows you to stay within your vision while ensuring your bridesmaids feel comfortable.

    Another option: Pinpoint a color and give your bridesmaids free rein over their down-the-aisle look. Of course, this requires a significant amount of trust, but the results can be both visually intriguing and modern—not to mention that your bridesmaids will be more likely to stay on budget and walk away with a dress they’ll be able to wear again. To keep your crew on the right path, communicate any details you’d prefer they avoid (such as prints, sequins, lace), and ask everyone to run their options by you before they buy.

    Shop the look: Long tulle convertible versa dress, $179.95; Lace and mesh long strapless dress; $179.95; Lace halter sheath dress, $69.99; all at David’s Bridal.

  2. 2. Ombré

    Women in four different purple bridesmaid dresses

    Let’s say you have a designer or even a dress in mind but want to keep your bridal party’s look from feeling cookie cutter. Going ombré offers the perfect solution: It looks striking in photos, plus it’s a great way to incorporate all your wedding colors. Bonus: By working with a tonal palette, you can cater to your bridesmaids’ skin tones and hair colors. After all, not every hue looks great on everyone. The best part? If you have a smaller bridal party, each friend can select a different hue. If you have six or more bridesmaids, divide the number in half, and choose a corresponding number of colors.

    Shop the look: Short dress with sweetheart illusion neckline, $129.95; One shoulder chiffon dress, $99.95; Short mesh cowl back dress, $129.95; Short crinkle chiffon dress with front cascade, $99.99; all at David's Bridal.

  3. 3. Prints + Solid Color

    Women in floral print and solid bridesmaid dresses

    Working with prints might seem complicated, but it’s actually a lot easier than you would think—and so worth it. Keep it simple by selecting one pattern and one solid color in a complementary shade (florals are always gorgeous, but graphic prints look amazing too). The two will work together to create contrast and drama in a totally chic way. Prepare for your wedding day style prowess to go viral.

    Shop the look: Long chiffon printed dress with pleated detail, $169.95;  Long mesh dress with one-shoulder neckline, $159.95; both at David’s Bridal.

  4. 4. Mixed Textures

    Models in metallic textured bridesmaid dresses

    Yes, chiffon is classic, but it’s not the only material option. Mix things up by combining it with lace, sequins, beads or silk to create a modern look. To ensure the final product feels cohesive, choose options in the same color or a palette of complementary hues, like pastels, for example. You can have your bridesmaids choose from a selection of designs you’ve curated or let them pick out their own dresses. 

    Shop the look: Long one shoulder metallic dress, $179.95; Long strapless metallic dress, $199.95; sleeveless metallic dress, $179.95; Long sequin blouson dress, $199.95; all at David’s Bridal.

  5. 5. Same Dress, Different Colors

    Women in printed and solid colored bridesmaid dresses

    You’re a traditionalist and want your girls to wear the same dress (if only for your own sanity), but that doesn’t mean the look has to be stuffy. Shake things up by having your girls don different colors. Of course, if rainbow brights aren’t exactly the look you’re after—they might not fit with the feel of a formal wedding—choose a palette that reflects your theme or the setting. A combo we love? Two shades of a single color plus a print that ties them all together. 

    Shop the look: Long one-shoulder printed chiffon dress, $159.95; Long one-shoulder crinkle chiffon dress in Juniper and Mint; all at David’s Bridal.

    Presented by The Knot and David’s Bridal, this sponsored series features fashion tips and style inspiration to help you plan a wedding that’s truly your own. Visit to make an appointment with an expert stylist and start the search for your dream dress.

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