The Winning Recipe for Mismatched Bridesmaid Fashion


The age of monochromatic bridesmaid fashion is fading, as brides are outfitting their gals in flirty designs, patterns and prints. From completely mismatched yet complimentary dresses to one bold-printed dress for all, this trend is hot, hot, hot.

Worried the mismatched approach will look sloppy? A word of advice: Don’t relinquish complete control to your leading ladies; if you give them liberty to choose a dress, tame the wild look by streamlining shoes (or shoe color), jewelry, hair styles, makeup and nail color. (One bridesmaid with bright pink lips will stand out like a sore thumb in pictures.)

Check out these sweet mismatched bridesmaids:

THE INSPIRATION: One of the most pinned images of mismatched bridesmaid attire on Pinterest, Molly Sims’ coordinated mocha, cream and black palette weaves perfectly through her wedding party.

We can't get enough of Molly Sims' bridesmaids' dresses! Mismatched prints + maxi length = serious style.

SUNSHINY DAY: Some prints, some plain, bright yellow, light yellow — it’s adorable! Matching cowboy boots and long locks tie this group together.

Mismatched and printed bridesmaid dresses. Photo: Ryan Ray Via Snippet & Ink

NAUTICAL & PREPPY: Mixing loud patterns like polka dots and stripes can be tricky. Stick to two classic colors like navy and white, however, and it works.

navy and white bridesmaid ideas

A LITTLE SPARKLE: When it comes to mismatched bridesmaids, you need to choose a side: bling or no bling. The last thing you want is for one gal to wear a beaded gown and the others to show up in plain chiffon. It’s simple: bling for one, bling for all. We are swooning for the beaded neutrals below.

Dresses! photo graham terhune

DON’T FALL SHORT: While you may be loosening the reigns when it comes to color, pattern and beading, we suggest sticking to one length — long, short, etc. — bringing a cleanness to the chaos.

Floral Print Bridesmaids Dresses |

FLOWERS FOR ALL: There’s a lot going on with these ladies — up-dos, long waves, sleeves, sleeveless, ruffles, prints — but those fantastic matching ethereal bouquets make it harmonious.

Give your 'maids a color (or print!) and let them choose their own adventure. The results are fabulous.