How to mix and match your bridesmaid dresses

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Everyone has a bridesmaid horror story, and on your wedding day you want to make sure you get your best friend’s gowns just right. Styling your friends in the same dress is the classic option for bridesmaid attire; but as we move into the 21st century, more and more brides are mixing and matching their bridesmaid dresses for a totally unique look. We cover the best ways to rock the ‘mix and match’ bridesmaid trend below.

Mix it up

All your favourite girlfriends will likely have their own unique body types and personalities, and it can be nice to reflect that with bridesmaids dresses that are cut and styled to suit each leading lady. One of your bridesmaids might be slender; perfect for a high neckline and an a-line skirt, whilst another of your friends may be fabulously curvy; making her perfect for a sweetheart neckline. You can also match different colours of dress to each bridesmaid; a big personality may suit a bold colour, while someone of a more chilled nature may suit a muted pastel.

Dresses in different shades of blue, pink, or purple…

If you want to break the mould and give your girlfriends something a little more unique, then why not have them styled in dresses in different shades of the same colour? If blue is the colour of the hour, then you could have your ladies dressed in powdered blue, cobalt, or dark navy. If purple is the name of the game, you could match vibrant purple, with relaxed lilac tones.

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Mix and match materials

If you’d like a uniform look, but still want to keep your bridesmaids looking fresh and original; why not go for bridesmaid dresses in the same shade, but mix and match the materials? This can keep your bridesmaid look original, but not veer too far from your overall colour scheme; giving you the best of both worlds.

Break out the patterns

As Martha Weddings mentions “Once upon a time, bridesmaids wore only a single, solid head-to-toe hue. Not anymore”. Styling your bridesmaids in chic patterned outfits can bring a totally unique look to your bridal party and really make them stand out in the wedding photos. For a spring wedding, an intricate floral design in pastel colours can tie in really nicely with the season. For a summer wedding, you might like to go for bold prints and electric colours. Autumn and winter weddings may suit a more subtle patterns, styled with beading in seasonal colours.

Don’t overcomplicate it

If you want to try out this trend for yourself, you’ll want to make sure that you keep some elements of your bridesmaid dresses similar to keep the overall look tidy and appealing. For instance, you might like to keep the fabric of the dresses the same but mix and match the shades.

The mix and match bridesmaid trend is a big look for 2016, whether you choose to go for completely different styles and shades, or opt for a slight tweak of each dress; the mix and match trend will bring a freshness and originality to your bridesmaid look.

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