Bridesmaids are not left unaffected by the changing tides of wedding trends. Bridesmaids normally grin and bear it when their bride chooses the one-style-fits-all, sometimes horridly unflattering bridesmaids dress because, well, they are good friends and that’s what they signed up for. Plus, they only have to wear the dress for one day, right? We’ve seen it many times over the years; bridesmaids looking less-than-thrilled with their puffy sleeves, obnoxious colors and rigid necklines. Now, brides are giving their party a few more choices in the matter. Madison Miller from Whittington Bridal in Houston, Texas gave us some industry insight about this mix-n-match bridesmaid trend.
Bridal shops have witnessed more and more brides embracing the mix-n-match bridesmaid dress trend – and it’s fabulous. “We’ve had many brides who want everyone in not only different colors,” said Madison Miller, Marketing Manager and Stylist at Whittington Bridal in Houston Texas. “But also completely different styles and fits of dresses – some with sequins, others with beading and so on.”
Miller notes that the trend seemed to pick up speed around the same time that the more casual Boho trend was popularized two years ago. However, mix-n-match wardrobes are starting to seep into the black tie, formal wedding landscapes, too via different styles of similar sequined dresses. “Sequins are huge everywhere right now,” Miller said.
Normally brides who want to achieve this dynamic look for their bridal party gravitate towards the same color, but different styles of dresses. There are a few other ways to spin this trend, though.
“The second most popular way to achieve this trend is the hombre color effect. That is becoming much more popular,” Miller said. “Another angle brides are taking is to have all of the bridesmaids in one color, and the maid of honor in another. Lastly, and least popular it seems but still a part of the trend, is everyone having totally different dresses that are neutral in color. We’ve had quite a few brides who buy a blush gown and put their girls in ivory bridesmaid dresses.”
An easy way to get the mix-n-match look is by trying convertible dresses. Most bridal shops have some form of convertible dress, where bridesmaids can adapt the dress 20 different ways, but still look a little more uniform. “Some brides want their friends and family to have options and feel comfortable,” Miller said. “That way, if the attendants get to choose the dress, they might actually wear it again.” …Instead of the poor thing never seeing the light of day, rotting in the back of their closets.
No matter what, a wedding is going to be beautiful. However, Miller has noticed that if a bride ties the mix-n-match trend throughout the entire wedding, that really pulls the look together. “It has to be done right,” Miller said. “For a formal wedding, it may not match as well. This trend seems to be a bit more casual because everyone gets to wear [almost] exactly what they want.”
Keep in mind, mix-n-match dresses may mean more trips to the bridal shop to approve bridesmaid dresses. That can put a strain on a bride’s schedule, unless they don’t feel the need to approve every dress.
Brides-to-be who are pre-planning their wedding might ask, how long is this trend going to last? Miller believes that, although it is a very fun trend, it might not be here to stay. “The [wedding] day should be centered around the bride and the groom,” Miller said. “When you think about having a wide variety of different styles for attendants – that may take away from the bride and groom on their big day. It’s definitely modern and trendy, but not here to stay.”
Brides who are planning their wedding, consider shaking it up a bit with the mix-n-match trend. It’s dynamic and in-style, giving brides and bridesmaids far more choices than ever before. By mixing and matching attendant apparel, bridesmaids can feel just as comfortable and confident as the bride – because everyone deserves to feel flawless on such a special day.