Thinking out of the box: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

6 Dec

So, your boyfriend popped the question? Now it’s time for YOU to pop the question to those special girls in your life.


We stopped counting how many times we have been bridesmaids throughout the years. LOTS! It’s an honor, right? To stand by your BFF on her special day. To help her through all of those bridezilla moments. To be there for her epic bachelorette party. THEN there’s the dreaded “Bridesmaids dress.” You’re secretly afraid you’re going to be swallowed in hot pink tulle and poufy sleeves, aren’t you? (We’ve all been there. Your secret is safe with us!)  Image

You don’t want your girls to look miserable in every photo just because you wanted hot pink and ruffles.

But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be SO dreadful! Take the following tips to your bride-to-be and you will also be looking fabulous as you walk down the aisle. Just try to not to outshine the bride =)

Tip #1: Get your ‘Maids opinions! 

Don’t you want your girls to be confident and dancing the night away with you? Pick a bridesmaid dress that will allow them to do so. Better yet, take them shopping with you! Let them try several on. Of course, you have to approve, but don’t you want them to have an opinion? After all, they are the ones that have to wear it (and hopefully more than once)! If you’re like us, you probably have bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes. Let them choose a style that is figure flattering! For me, I just die for a great poufy skirt and bows. Others may look better in a one shoulder, form fitting number. Allowing them to pick different styles is a great way to value their opinion while still getting what you want, too! It’s a WIN/WIN!


You can allow your ‘maids to choose a flattering style for them while still achieving that cohesive, classic look you are going for.

Tip #2: Might we suggest a more adventurous Mix & Match option? Sure, Tip #1 may be just what you were looking for but it’s almost 2013 and we are urging Brides to step outside of their bridal box. It’s ok to mix & match not only styles but colors, fabrics, and even lengths! We love Molly Sims’ bridesmaids mix & match!


Molly created a very classic, yet fashion forward, look for her bridal party. Couldn’t you just die for all of the color variations, styles, and that bold print? Kudos! Get more great tips from Molly here!

Tip #3: Don’t go too trendy! (Yep, you read that right. We love trends as much or more than the next fashionista, but keep reading to find out WHY)

Your wedding photos will last a lifetime. You don’t want your bridesmaids dresses (or your dress for that matter) to fashionably expire before you even get your proofs back from the photog. I’m sure all those brides in the 80s thought the crimped hair and enormous sleeves weren’t going to go out of style either. Keep it classic, elegant, with a touch of flair and you should be good to go. Here are some examples of some fabulous options for your ‘Maids:


Don’t you just love the dresses above?!


How dreamy is this color palette we found here!?


We love how Miranda Lambert added her own country flair to her wedding. Do you love boots? Don’t be afraid to wear ’em!


*SWOON* for these!

We hope you found some of these tips helpful and wish you many more bridesmaid dress wears in the future. We would love to hear your bridesmaid dress experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly (especially the ugly!) Let us know what you think!


Two Belles Team


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