FINALLY, the days of everyone wearing the same looking dresses are over! Bridesmaid dresses have indeed come a long way in the last few years. Today, brides are upping the game by mixing bridesmaid dresses with different styles, fabrics, and colors that make them way cooler and exciting. This trend allows women to accentuate their individual style and ensure she’s wearing a dress that makes her feel great and fabulous.
However, doing the mismatched look presents a new set of challenges. If it’s not done right, you can end up with a much disorganized look. So, here are a few things to look out for when going for different dresses to achieve an elegant yet awesome fashion story:
BRIDESMAID DRESSES “FREE FOR ALL”?
We see many brides adopting the “decentralize” style of decision-making. The bride dictates only the colour and the bridesmaids have the freedom to shop for their own gown. Unless it’s as straightforward as black, this method often usually does not have a happy ending. Think about it, letting six girls to find pastel green bridesmaid dresses; you are bound to wind up with six different shades of pastel green that may not contrast well. You might also run the risk of having different fabrics that won’t photograph in the same way. The result? Awkward photos!
BRIDESMAID DRESSES HEM
I bet you have all seen those photos where the bridesmaids are wearing a variety of dress styles. One main reason between the ones that look good and the ones that don’t is the hem length. It’s difficult to create a neat and united look when you have mixed hems. So it is best to stick to one length. Knee, ankle or fully covered.
THREE FEATURES RULE
Remember those smart looking male models in a suit? Ever wonder why do they look so sleek and neat? It is the fact that they usually only play around with maximum 3 colors. Similarly, it is advisable for bridesmaid to choose maximum 3 things that they vary for each dress and maintain the rest. Things to play around with include fabric (brocade, cotton, lace, chiffon etc.), necklines, colors, heels, wristband style and handheld flower bouquet. Changing more than that can start to look very complicated and confusing. Sometimes, if there are too much going on, try narrowing it down to varying 2 features.
Colours of bridesmaid dresses can definitely influence the feel and mood of a ceremony. This is also why different colored bridesmaid dresses are gaining popularity. Decide first between pastel shades or stronger/deeper colours. It is usually difficult and not advisable to mix pastel colours with stronger colours as it will create a very contrasted look. Further, it can be difficult to select colours that look good together s you might be limited by the colour range offered by the dress designer. You can still get dresses from different designers to achieve the range of colours you have in mind, but always remember to not just rely on pictures to visualize the compatibility. This is because a colour of a dress can look very different on screen/pictures versus in real life. The most effective way here is to check out the full size samples in daylight, switching out different options until you are happy with the combo. Lastly, consider pre selecting the colour each bridesmaid will wear to prevent conflict or confusion, keeping in mind the 3 features rule.
LESS IS MORE
Sometimes less is more. This wisdom actually applies for generically for bridesmaid dresses options, not just the mismatched style. Decide on the options of the bridesmaid dresses in advance. This can be done preferably without your bridesmaids’ input. Decide on the style, necklines, fabric and colours that you like. After which, allow them to choose their favorite. It will save you a lot of hassle and perhaps even argument if you allow your bridesmaid to contribute with the inputs.
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