Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses
You've got it, maids!
Searching for a bridesmaid dress palette that showcases the colorful personalities in your party? Perhaps something a little more daring than the classic monochromatic look? We've got you covered! BHLDN stylist Kirby C. is sharing five of her favorite avant-garde palettes, plus tips for taking mix and match maids to the next level.
soft florals meet
Palette Inspo | "This palette started with the floral dress. Instead of matching its colors in an obvious way, we played off the florals with eggplant and Sedona sunset for richness, plus lilac and seafoam to lighten the overall effect."
About the Dresses | "Every dress has an element of draping or a super-feminine cut, for a story that feels incredibly chic but still comfortable and easy."
Who's the Bride? | "She’s a little bit boho and a little bit romantic."
Perfect Gown Pairing | "The Heartleaf Gown, for its boho florals and romantic flutter sleeves."
a vibrant palette
in full bloom
Palette Inspo | "The printed dress is the centerpiece of this palette; all the other colors complement its pattern in some way. We love the idea of mixing pastels and jewel tones for something fresh and new!"
About the Dresses | "This story was inspired by the idea of unexpected maids looks—like a jumpsuit! You can achieve this by mixing of-the-moment party styles with more traditional bridesmaid dresses."
Who's the Bride? | "She’s a romantic bride with a modern edge."
Perfect Gown Pairing | "The Octavia Gown. The ballgown silhouette is romantic, while the open back is a chic, modern finishing touch."
a tonal palette
with dazzling details
Palette Inspo | "I love the idea of a tonal bridesmaid palette, and I’ve been seeing a trend toward these colors. A subtle mix of blush and oyster adds dimension to the tonal look."
About the Dresses | "The dresses enliven this sophisticated look with movement and texture from touches of beading, embroidery, and silky fabrications. I wanted to show that you can get the tonal effect while still offering your maids the chance to wear unique dresses."
Who's the Bride? | "She’s definitely a romantic bride."
Perfect Gown Pairing | "The Milano Gown; its romantic scalloped sleeves and allover lace pair beautifully with this palette."
a playful mix of spring's
Palette Inspo | "This light and happy palette was inspired by a spring day. I think of the colors as a cotton candy cloud."
About the Dresses | "All of the dresses share an airy, feminine quality with lightweight fabrications and breezy silhouettes—perfect for a warm weather wedding."
Who's the Bride? | "She’s dreamy and feminine."
Perfect Gown Pairing | "The Cera Gown; its tulle skirt is the perfect match for a light, airy maids look."
Out Of The Blue
cool and refreshing
Palette Inspo | "This palette is all about glamour! The mix of cool tones feels unexpected, and the combination of charmeuse and beading adds just the right amount of sparkle."
About the Dresses | "Each dress is sophisticated while still offering a nod to trend. The beading and charmeuse play off each other, and we elevated the more understated dresses with glam feather jackets."
Who's the Bride? | "She’s glamorous and elegant."
Perfect Gown Pairing | "The Haven Gown. Its fitted shape is classic glamour, and the floral detailing is a perfectly sophisticated finishing touch."
How to Make the Look Your Own
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the mix and match trend?
Kirby: This look is all about elevating your bridesmaid palette by thinking outside the box and integrating unexpected looks—maybe even party dresses not specifically designed for maids. It offers lots of opportunities to go beyond traditional colors and play with details or embellishments.
Q: Creating a palette like this might seem daunting—any tips for getting the look?
Kirby: It can definitely feel overwhelming since the options are endless! I would suggest starting with a color or color palette. Once you’ve chosen that, you can move on to silhouettes, fabrics, and embellishments. I love the idea of picking one “accent” dress (maybe for your maid of honor) that can guide the rest of the dresses. Choose tones from that dress or complementary colors for the rest of your maids.
Q: Where can brides find inspiration for their mix and match looks?
Kirby: Don’t be afraid to look outside of the bridal world for inspiration! While other weddings can be a good guide, they can also make it more difficult to imagine something uniquely yours. Take a look at the runways of your favorite designer, or consider your favorite flower, painting, or film.
Q: How can brides make sure their mix and match palette feels unified?
Kirby: Use one dress as your main source of inspiration. That dress should guide you in finding common colors, fabrics, or textures.
Q: Finally, what about accessories?
Kirby: That really depends on your vibe overall, but here are some ideas! You might decide to pair more understated dresses with bolder jewelry, or have all your maids wear layered delicate pieces. I also love the idea of gifting each maid a monogram necklace. If you’re worried about clashing, ask your maids to stick to one metal—gold, rose gold, or silver.