Or more accurately, this post should be titled “trusting them to dress themselves,” because I’m going the mix-and-match bridesmaids’ dress route.
Both MOH K and Bridesmaid S have crazy good senses of style…and incredibly different body types. And how many dresses out there look good on a 5’11” athletic build and a 4’11” slim but super-busty build? Probably about two. In the whole world.
And I want both of the ladies (and everyone at the wedding, for that matter) to feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable—in my mind, that’s more important than “a look” or “a wedding vision.” So once we’d nailed down the venue (and they’d agreed to stand up with me) I got to thinking—what color scheme would look good on both of them?
I initially thought gold—but my sister doesn’t love the way she looks in gold. And we talked about dark green, but I worried it would wash S out if we couldn’t find a great shade. Now, a lot of the accents in our venue are a rich dark red/burgundy/wine color…one of those colors that looks good on everyone.
Hey there, bees! We’ve got another awesome & affordable collection for you from Outblush. Last time we told you about their stylish bridal dresses you can wear again. But Outblush also carries beautiful on-trend bridesmaids’ dresses that are oh so easy to put together for that perfectly mismatched Pinterest look.
For decades, most brides have put their bridesmaids in the exact same dress for a more cohesive look (no matter how [un]flattering the cut and color was on each person). These days brides are embracing the mismatched trend, but it can be hard to pull off if you don’t have experience choosing clothes for other people. Luckily, Outblush’s newest collection, “Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses” from Outblush, showcases how to dress your bridesmaids cohesively, but with a bit of flair.
Everyone has their own personality, so why not let your uniquely amazing bridesmaids express their own style by choosing different (yet complementary) pieces. Choose colors and shades that look great together, and create a rainbow of styles and colors once your bridal party is standing up with you at the altar. From short and beaded to long and laced, Outblush’s bridesmaids’ dresses can be mixed and matched for a bridal party look that reflects your personal style as well as that of your ‘maids. The best part about donning Outblush’s exclusive dresses? Your wedding photos will look unique, too!
We’ve picked out a few of our favorite items in the collection to get you started.
This lightweight dress from Choies can be worn multiple ways. Twist, wrap, or knot the straps to create looks from a one-shoulder dress to a Grecian gown.
This beautifully beaded sheath dress from Saks Fifth Avenue has sheer illusion panels for an eye-catching look.
Be an elegant bridesmaid in this gorgeous all-lace dress that features a floor-length skirt and deep V neckline for added sophistication.
Grab this show-stopping stunner from Windsor. This bandage dress features a studded mesh bodice and a mock neck for the most flattering fit.
Another full-length gown with beaded detailing, this strapless sweetheart gown features a mesh back for a modern twist on a classic look.
Check back often for more bridal collections from Outblush. And be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming collection, “Engagement Rings,” featuring rings or all cuts and prices to match your style and budget!
At last, I’m going to circle back around to the topic of bridesmaids’ dresses—specifically, mismatched ones. You’ve probably guessed by now that my tips for pulling off mismatched dresses didn’t just come from listening to advice from other brides. They came a little bit from my experience.
After I asked MOH R to be my matron of honor, her next question was what I wanted her to wear. Since we can’t go shopping together in person, I put together a Pinterest board of inspiration. Her favorite color is pink, so I decided to play to my audience a bit.
I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted the colors for the wedding to be in the blush/gold realm. At first I thought that I wanted a rustic wedding in a barn, but after meeting with a particular florist, he truly helped me see that the vision that I was describing to him wasn’t necessarily a rustic one but was more a romantic one. I was having so much difficulty really homing in on one theme and was kind of doing a hodgepodge, which was making it a bit tough. So his clarification really helped!
Anywho! On to the colors…and then…the dresses! When I told Mr. Ice Cream Sundae that I really loved the colors blush and gold for our October wedding, he said, “Well, aren’t those spring colors?” Er, he was kind of right. Every vision board that I had seen was tagged for spring/summer weddings. But, I was already completely in love with the color choices and didn’t want to change, so, he suggested adding in another color. So smart. I loved that idea! We decided that a wine/mahogany would be a beautiful accent color to add and would tie in better with the season as well.
Once the colors were chosen, it was time to choose the dresses. Being that I’m in San Francisco and my ‘maids are back in Syracuse (and one in North Carolina and my junior bridesmaid in Maryland), I had to choose a store that was available to everyone. I immediately started looking at David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo. I ultimately chose Alfred Angelo because of their dresses and their color choices. They had exactly what I was looking for!
Mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses have been all the rage lately. Calling them “mismatched” is a bit of a misnomer. They still match, they just aren’t exactly the same dress. They might be a mix of styles and carefully corresponding colors, or the same color but different styles.
I’ve been thinking a lot about bridesmaid style lately (more on that below!) and have noticed a few problems that brides tend to run into when they decide to go with mismatched dresses.
Problem No. 1: You rarely see photos of mismatching gone wrong.
I have great news, Bees! Five out of six of the Dreamcatcher bridesmaids have dresses that fit almost perfectly! Bridesmaid Source4 is still waiting on hers to come in, but we’re hopeful it’ll be fine since everyone else could make it work. Each girl took hers to a tailor, who was able to work some magic and make all the girls feel comfortable.
Personal Photo / Bridesmaid Ravenclaw lookin’ fab at the tailor’s!
When we last left off, I had six bridesmaids, five dresses, and only two out of five of them were the correct size. After choosing the dress, the obvious next step is ordering them. As I’ve mentioned, my ladies are pretty spread out geographically. Since we didn’t go with a chain that has locations everywhere, this became a bit of a challenge. I told them where they bought the dress was completely up to them, but I wanted to give them options in case they didn’t feel like doing research of their own. I called around to a few salons in NYC and my hometown, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hoping to find the best price. A really small boutique beat everyone else’s prices by $30 to $60, so five out of six of the girls decided to order through there. (Bridesmaid Source4 is three time zones away and thought it best to handle it herself.) The girls gave me their measurements, I passed them to the boutique, and we waited.
Four months, two weeks, and five days later they finally arrive. (Not that I was counting.) The dresses get picked up…and then chaos breaks lose. I know lots of you lovely bees have spread out bridesmaids, so here’s what happened to me, and how I hope you can prevent it. … read more
Bridesmaids: those awesome ladies (or gents) who will stand up beside you to show their love and support at your wedding.
Something I appreciate about getting married in this day and age is that your bridal party can be whatever you want it to be. I stayed somewhat traditional and asked my close female friends to be my bridesmaids, and I knew that I wanted them to wear mismatched gowns.
I know I’ve bragged a little bit before on how awesome my wedding party is. But bees, I had no idea they are honest to God CHAMPIONS. You see, our bridesmaids’ dresses came in this week. How exciting, right?!? Well, it was until we realized three out of the five we received are at least one or two sizes too small. But before we get knee deep in that story, let’s start from the beginning.
There are lots of gorgeous mismatched options out there, but personally I’ve always been partial to the traditional matching bridesmaids’ dresses. Other than matching, I didn’t have a strong opinion about what exactly the dresses should look like. After asking each of the girls individually what they were comfortable with, I came up with a few constraints. Most importantly, under $200. Definitely short, since the wedding is in summer. No strapless, so my girls can wear a bra with straps if they like. And somewhere in the turquoise or coral color spectrum. Due to schedules, locations, and the general hectic lives we all live, it wasn’t possible to get everyone together for one big trip. So over a couple months, we made adventures when we could.
Bridesmaid Ravenclaw and I started at the oh so popular David’s Bridal. We went early on a Saturday before it got too busy and had a really fun time! We found some potential winners, some definite losers, and lots in between.