29 Mar

We’re pretty excited about today’s post. It’s coming to you from our new, fab partner at LaurenConrad.com. She’s got some handy advice on bridesmaid dresses, so we’re going to let her take it from here. Happy Friday!

Hello 100 Layer Cake readers! My name is Alex and I am a fashion and beauty editor for LaurenConrad.com where I have been blogging all about the preparations (and lessons learned) for my upcoming nuptials in our Wedding Bells series. As you can see I’ve joined forces with the lovely ladies of 100 Layer Cake and am excited to share some of  my best industry tips and insights with all of you throughout the coming year. I’ll cover everything from aisle style to hair ideas and even a few makeup tutorial. To kick things off I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorite parts of planning: picking the bridesmaid dresses!

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

Coordinating bridesmaids dresses is tricky. More often than not you are working with a variety of different body types, skin tones, and hair cuts, which really complicates the process of picking the right dress for each attendant. To really throw a wrench into things, mismatched maids dresses have become all the rage as of late making the coordination a tad trickier…and that’s where I come in. If you’re into this on-trend medley of maids’ attire, take note of these 5 tips to create a perfectly coordinated crew of ladies for your big day.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

1. Decide what aspect you are going to mismatch. You don’t just have to mix and match colors, you can also have everyone wear the same color but in different styles, or you can play with different materials and textures. If you’re really daring, try mismatching all three!

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

2. Select a color scheme. If there is a marquee color for your big day, be sure to base the dresses on various tones of that central color or are pick shades that are within the same color family. If you’re not especially savvy with color matching, stop by your local hardware store and grab a fan of paint samples to get inspired.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

3. Make an inspiration board. As any modern bride may already know, Pinterest is an incredible visual resource. By pinning all of the dresses and accessories you are considering onto a single board you will be better able to imagine how everything will look together on the big day.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

4. Let your maids pick out their dresses. No one knows your body better than yourself and the same goes for your bridesmaids. If you can outline the basics of what each girl needs to look for in a dress, she will feel empowered to find something that looks best with her unique figure. For my maids, I went to Bella Bridesmaid (which was a recommendation from Lauren) and pre-selected the color, brand, and fabric with my Maid of Honor. Then, I set up a second appointment and invited all of my maids to pick out their own cut from the selection. I think everyone was really happy (and appreciative) of the fact that they got to have a say in the style they would be wearing on the big day.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dress ideas by Lauren Conrad

5. Tie it all together. One of the best ways to tie mismatched dresses together is by selecting a uniform element that each girl can wear. Whether it’s a necklace or even a fun pair of shoes—I think a common item that each maid can wear makes the overall look more cohesive.

More Ways to Mix & Match

Seeing as there are dozens of ways to mismatch your maids’ dresses, I thought I’d list out a few more ideas to get the wheels turning:

Same dress in different colors
Same dress in different lengths
Same color, different dress
Same color, different textures and/or patterns
Same dress, different accessories or beauty looks
Same color, length, fabric, different dress
Same designer, different dress

And there you have it. I hope you found this post helpful and feel confident to curate your mismatched bridesmaids! Are you into the mismatch look?

For more wedding inspirations be sure to check out my Wedding Board on Pinterest.

Until next time…

xx Alex

P.S. For more wedding-related etiquette tips, helpful planning timelines, breakdowns on wedding party duties and more, head on over the LaurenConrad.com and check out the Wedding section!

Photos: The Long Haul

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  3. Love Bella Bridesmaid!

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  5. I am having mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I told everyone to pick any cocktail length dress in a soft neutral/pastel: light pink, ivory, violet, dove gray, mint, etc . The selections have started coming in, and everyone is going to look so beautiful! And the best part–they genuinely will wear the dress again because they had so much flexibility in their choice. And everyone’s personality will shine through in their outfits.

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  7. nice dress,,
    so aweasome,,

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  9. Congratulations!

  10. My daughter is planning mismatched BM dresses so it is good to know:
    1. That its not that weird and
    2. It can look awesome.
    Will sent her this link for sure but have to be careful as I don’t want to be seen to be interfering! :)

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  13. I totally love the idea of mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Let your girls show their individual style and personality. They’re your girls, not your decorations and they don’t have to be all perfect and matching. You love them all for their unique qualities. :)

  14. I love mismatched bridesmaids – such a fabulous trend, long may it last!
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  15. These bridesmaid dresses are so beautiful, this article made ​​me learn a lot of knowledge about the selection of bridesmaid dresses, thank you!
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  16. Helpful post! And I love the flowiness of the bridesmaid dresses in this post. Beautiful.

  17. Does anyone know where the belts/ sashes are from in the 2nd to last photo? as well as the grey dress in the photo.

  18. Hey Lauren,

    All of the dresses and accessories are from Bella Bridesmaid. Here’s their link: http://www.bellabridesmaid.com/

  19. Wow! This post was definitely very thorough and helpful to new brides-to-be. I have heard about brides choosing the same dress in different colors and different dresses in the same color, but the other suggestions were totally new to me as well. I think, depending on how daring you are, there are lots of different options now for brides, making it much easier to accommodate bridesmaids of varying shapes and sizes. I’m guessing if you allow your bridesmaids to pick their own dresses, it would be ok to ask them to pay for them as well (since they will be more likely to wear them again)? Thoughts?

  20. Beautiful Dresses, I really like all Awesome.

  21. Good dresses but not for the bride searching for wedding dresses

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  23. First of all, I strongly suggest doing a ‘First Look’ before your wedding.

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  24. Mismatching can work very well, as it is often difficult to find one flattering style and colour that suits all the bridesmaids in a bridal party.

  25. fantastic tips for mismatched bridesmaid dresses from Lauren Conrad ………………………i think this post is really helpful……………………….. for new brides or for those who are coming soon to become a bride…………………………………thank for sharing……………………….

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  28. Hi, We have chosen a Peter Posh Apple slice cravat for the men and want to co-ordinate Bridesmaid dresses. But we are having huge problems matching to a material.

    My Fiancee has been to various material stores in London and we’ve been to the usual UK stores John Lewis etc. and a number of smaller material wholesale shops.

    Can anyone help us to find a source of material in the UK where we might find some apple slice colours ideally in a chiffon style.

    Our wedding is April 5th so we need to be getting some material and get making.

    Thanks so much

    Mel and Ian

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  30. I’m addicted to finding fabulous couture options for my bridesmaids. I’ve asked four girls to celebrate my big day: My best friend from childhood, my older sister, my future sister-in-law, and my cousin. A few years ago, when I originally chose them, the dress styles were very limited. Sure, there were some nice options from idress.co.nz, but never any that were full-on stylish.

  31. it’s really trouble ,when you get the mismatch formal dress,especially you get the small size,so all of us need to be careful about the size

  32. Hi I’m having six bridesmaids in different shades of green and in pairs of matching dresses (so 6 dresses 3 styles) but not sure if I should have 4 in different shades of green and 2 in champagne as my flower girls are in ivory and champagne also should my older flower girls match the infant or not?? Any comments/advice would be greatly appreciated (my dress is champagne and ivory lace) xxx

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