Bridesmaids Dresses: Mixed or Matched?

Matching bridesmaids has long been as much of a given as a roast on a Sunday, but now a new trend is emerging. Couples are mix and matching their bridesmaids dresses with gorgeous results. We’ve compiled some key looks to help you decide which is better: mixed or matched…

Matching bridesmaids has long been as much of a given as a roast on a Sunday, but no more – a new trend is emerging. Couples are choosing to mix and match their bridesmaids dresses with gorgeous results. But which do you think is better? We’ve put together some key looks to help you decide.


Needle & Thread

The modern way to do matched: Needle and Thread do their very distinctive embroidered patterns in different styles so your bridesmaids can have a uniform look whilst still wearing dresses that suit their figures and style. Alternatively choose their simple ballet dresses and mix and match your bridesmaids in different colours to suit their skin tone. Keeping one thing the same whilst mixing up another one will be sure to keep everyone happy.


L – R: Pink Coppelia Ballet Dress & Blue Coppelia Ballet Dress both £130


L – R: Butterfly Gown £225, Embellished Bib Gown £450, Embroidery Motif Prom £285, Embroidery Motif Maxi Dress £185


ASOS has a great range of really affordable and on trend bridesmaids dresses, but one of the best is the Coast Corwin Multiway Maxi Dress. It comes with two long straps and then just watch the styling video to customise into bandeau, one-shoulder, Grecian or plunge to suit each bridesmaid. At £109 this is a great bargain for a super flattering dress that will make your bridesmaids look great and feel comfortable.

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Mixed bridesmaids dresses tend to work best with a neutral colour theme: think peaches, creams, stones, blushes; or metallic. However you can pull off a brightly coloured troupe if you have an extra special eye for visual harmony, and it helps if you have something to tie it together like flower crowns. It can be fun to try and source vintage gowns for your best girls, but we’ve put together some of our favourite high street finds just in case you haven’t got the time or inclination.


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Selfridges has such an amazing range and represents great British designers so well that if you’ve got a large enough budget, we highly recommend them. We’ve picked some of our favourites which are all different styles and lengths but stick to a colour scheme of blush, pale blue and metallic.


L – R: Alexander McQueen Pleated Crepe Gown £1995, Delpozo Floral-lace Silk and Tulle Gown £3100, Givenchy Ruffled Tulle Gown £2340, Jenny Packham Sequin Embellished Silk Gown £2795, Mary Katrantzou Metallic Jacquard A-line Dress £1785

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We couldn’t help but feature ASOS again, as they simply have such an outstanding range of affordable and varied dresses available. We’ve chosen unusual shapes and cuts, and differing lengths but with a similar colour palette of pale pinks and neutrals.


L – R: ASOS Premium Maxi Dress With Frill Hem and Cold Shoulder £55, ASOS Nude Floral Organza Bardot Mini Dress £85, TFNC Wedding High Neck Maxi Dress With Frills £55, Tall Wedding Sateen Bow Back Maxi £50


Reiss is a great affordable option with beautifully made, classic designs that will flatter any shape or size. We’ve chosen a white and pistachio colour theme, and lace and patterned materials to tie the dresses together.


L – R: Dahlia Lace Dress in Cloud £195, Braida Frill Detail Dress in Pistachio £185, Hexa Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress in Off White £190, Heather Lace Dress in Sage £185


Zara will bring some Spanish cool to your wedding at a very affordable price tag. Bridesmaids don’t have to wear dresses so we’ve rounded up some great jumpsuits in pastel colours to help you break the mould on your special day.


L – R: Pale pink cropped jumpsuit £25.99, Blue/grey jumpsuit with crossover neckline £49.99, Silver frilled shoulder jumpsuit £49.99

Kate Lovell
Author: Kate Lovell

Our very first writer for The Gay Wedding Guide with over 300 articles written. Unfortunately, she no longer writes for us as she left to focus on other copywriting and projects but she'll always have a dedicated place in our hearts here at The Gay Wedding Guide.

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