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Wedding Trends: Mix and Match Bridesmaids

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Posted on April 29 2011

One wedding fad that is very much in fashion to stay is having mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses. It is the way to go for a less-formal, more bohemian look if you are having a more casual wedding; think rustic, yellow tea-length gowns in different fabrics for a farmhouse wedding. It can also be a way to get away from a cookie-cutter bridal party look, even on the more formal side. In addition to giving your special day and photos a unique look, there are other advantages to mix and match bridesmaid gowns. 
An added bonus is that you can stick to a color palette or even a single color but find dress or separates silhouettes that work for every body type in your wedding, from petite to plus size. For instance, a busty bridesmaid may feel more comfortable in a dress with straps, while another who wants to showcase her neckline may opt for a strapless silhouette. Look at how these two gorgeous Lela Rose dresses play off of one another, in mulberry and wild berry.
Some bridesmaid dress makers, like Alfred Angelo, offer separates where your honorable maids can choose a skirt and top that flatters their figure best, all made of the same shade of bridal satin or chiffon. As another option, brides can choose the same silhouette for bridesmaids in different colors, tied together with a common element like a sash. Take a look at how well these Bari Jay bridesmaid gowns go together, in coordinating warm tones of brick and tangerine, tied together by a floral sash that pulls the designs together; perfect for an early fall wedding. 
If you want longer gowns, take a look at how these shades of blue and green coordinate—perfect for a beachfront wedding who wants mermaid-style maids. If you are doing a still-popular black and white themed wedding, take a walk on the wild side of fashion by mixing short black dresses with this striped zebra black and white number for your maid of honor. Similar, yet different coordinated bouquets, sashes, or clutches can help tie together the mix-and-match bridesmaid look.

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